Newell Elementary School Teacher of the Year–Mrs. Kim DeRisi

Dear Newell Elementary School Family,

It is my pleasure to share that Mrs. Kim DeRisi has been selected as Newell Elementary School Teacher of the Year!

Over the past few years, Mrs. DeRisi has transformed our elementary school halls into works of art. Her creative flare, passion for her craft and love for our children truly shine through and through each and every day. Her daily interactions with staff, students and parents reflect the person of character that she models, regardless of the situation. Mrs. DeRisi’s approach to promoting a curriculum with coherence and establishing a culture for learning are evident in the many projects that the students of Newell have experienced in her art classes.

Newell Elementary School is a better place because of Mrs. DeRisi and we are so honored to have her on our team!!


PARCC Information–3rd and 4th Grades

March 31, 2017


Dear NES Parents/Guardians of 3rd and 4th Grade Students,

We want to make you aware of some important information regarding the PARCC Assessments coming up next month.

Our third and fourth grade students are in the process of previewing the PARCC test format and practicing taking both the PARCC Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessments. If you’d like to explore the PARCC test samples and resources, please take time to visit the PARCC website- This would also be a great opportunity to encourage your child to do his/her best, discuss the importance of a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast each day to prepare students for a productive morning of testing. Please also ensure they come to school with a nourishing snack and their favorite books to read if they finish early.

REMINDER: Our 3rd and 4th grade students will begin testing on Monday, April 24th and complete testing on Tuesday, May 3rd. Due to Bring Your Child to Work Day on April 27th, we will not be PARCC testing on that date. Each grade will participate in four days of Math testing and three days of Language Arts(ELA) assessments. Each day of PARCC testing will begin in the morning and conclude before 3rd and 4th grade lunches. Please note that it is important for students to arrive on time in order to be present for the first testing section of each day. Make-ups for both grades will take place May 4th- May 19th. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the administration of the PARCC Assessments.

As always, thank you for your continued support.


Tara Silva
Vice Principal