May 9 – 13: State Testing Week Grades 3 and 4

During the week of May 9 to May
13, students in Grades 3 and 4 will be taking state-mandated examinations in
Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Mathematics, and Science. The state uses
these tests to promote and measure student achievement of state curriculum
standards and to meet state and federal accountability requirements. For our
purposes, the testing provides additional and critical information
about individual and group performance. 
We can measure a child’s individual progress from year to year as well
as our grade-level performance over a period of time.  By no means are these standardized scores the
only data we use to look at student achievement but they are an essential piece.
We also use these test results to evaluate the strength of our curriculum and
instructional program.

In preparing our children for the
tests we make every effort to forestall any anxiety and to help them feel
comfortable and confident in approaching them. 
We ask you to do the same.  Simply seeing that your child has
a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast each day will help.

If you have any questions about
these tests, please call and I would be happy to talk with you.


Here is the
week’s test schedule:

Grade 3/4

 

Monday/Tuesday        May 9, 10                    Language Arts

Wednesday/Thurs.      May 11-12                  Mathematics

Friday                             May
13                      Science


For children who are absent on these days, make-up examinations will be given during the week of May 16-20.

 

 

April 28: Kindergarten Information Session

On Thursday
evening, April 28, at 7 PM, there will be an Information Session for parents of
children who will be attending our Kindergarten in September 2011
.

As appropriate for this grade
level, it will be a “Show and Tell” that will both inform the parents and allow
them to see how our children learn.  Our
excellent Kindergarten staff will explain the program including the curriculum,
special events, and available resources. The teachers will show how technology enriches
the curriculum and enhances children’s learning.

We are proud to “show off” our
kindergarten program.  It’s one of the
many jewels of Newell Elementary School reflecting our key features – a caring
competent staff, strong curriculum, and concern for each individual child.  

Reminder: Support Staff Member of the Year Nominations Due April 29


Is there a member of our support staff that you believe deserves recognition for outstanding service to our school community?  If so, please submit your nomination to the main office by this Friday, April 29.  Nomination forms are available in the main office. 

Criteria for selection are based on the contributions made by this staff member to creating a sense of community, promoting a climate for learning, and modeling a commitment to character. One recipient will be identified at each school by the selection committee to receive this award.

Candidates may self- nominate or be nominated by a colleague, parent, student, or community member.  

Support staff includes secretaries, school aides, classroom assistants, custodial workers, bus drivers, and lunchroom employees.  This is an opportunity to laud a member of our non-certificated staff who works hard every day to make our school a safe, comfortable, and welcoming place for children.


Deb Kammerer: Newell ES’s Monmouth County Teacher of the Year

 

Newell Elementary School is proud
to recognize Ms. Deb Kammerer as the recipient of this year’s Monmouth County
Teacher of the Year Award.

Ms. Kammerer has worked in the
UFRSD for close to five years as a special education teacher. Currently she
works with students in grades two and three. Her colleagues describe her as
intelligent, highly competent, and extremely professional, someone who already
has earned a Master’s Degree but continues to go to school at Rutgers for certification
as a behaviorist “not only to better herself, but to enhance the instruction for
the students with whom she works.”

She has been lauded for her
willingness to “do what it takes” to help children be successful, and “to
provide insight, feedback and meaningful suggestions” to other staff members about
ways to help children learn.

Congratulations to Ms. Kammerer
on this recognition.  As a skilled,
compassionate, and dedicated teacher, respected by parents and colleagues
alike, she is an excellent representative of Newell Elementary School’s extraordinary staff.