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    Greetings families,

     

    Massachusetts requires elementary and middle school students to attend school for 900 hours per school year and high school students 990 hours per school year.  These hours take place over 180 days.  State regulations require that a school district create a 185 day school-year calendar and are required to operate each school for 180 days.   The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has not allowed any exceptions to the 180 requirement in prior years.

     

    If this school year contains no snow days, the final day of school will be June 12.  If we have snow days, a day will be added beyond June 12 for every snow day.  This past year, the final day of school was June 21.

     

    You are receiving this email  because our district is exploring using a model called Alternative Learning Days as a means of providing students with meaningful, relative, school work during these called snow days. The practice of assigning work to students to make up snow days is already happening in states like Minnesota, Ohio, and New Hampshire.  Many communities in Massachusetts are also using this concept and have been for the past three years.

     

    Our district is exploring this model where lessons/projects will be developed and assigned to equal the amount of instructional time, not the length of the school day, students would have received had they been in school. The assignments would not introduce new material and would be due three days after the called snow day in order for students to receive support and extra help.  Teachers would be available during the snow day via email should they need support.  Assignments could involve a fun activity that can be associated with playing outdoors or interacting with friends and family in order to tie in a concept related to the school curriculum.

     

    As we explore this possibility, we want to be sure to include all stakeholders in making this decision.  We are surveying families seeking their interest in pursuing this concept.  I would ask that you complete a three-question survey to assist us in making this decision.  The link to the survey is:

     

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5BSTM9B

     

    Thank you,

     

    John Vosburgh

    Superintendent

     

     

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  • Alt Learning Days Parents Survey

    Posted by Laurie Gavazzi on 9/29/2018

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    Greetings families,

     

    Massachusetts requires elementary and middle school students to attend school for 900 hours per school year and high school students 990 hours per school year.  These hours take place over 180 days.  State regulations require that a school district create a 185 day school-year calendar and are required to operate each school for 180 days.   The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has not allowed any exceptions to the 180 requirement in prior years.

     

    If this school year contains no snow days, the final day of school will be June 12.  If we have snow days, a day will be added beyond June 12 for every snow day.  This past year, the final day of school was June 21.

     

    You are receiving this email  because our district is exploring using a model called Alternative Learning Days as a means of providing students with meaningful, relative, school work during these called snow days. The practice of assigning work to students to make up snow days is already happening in states like Minnesota, Ohio, and New Hampshire.  Many communities in Massachusetts are also using this concept and have been for the past three years.

     

    Our district is exploring this model where lessons/projects will be developed and assigned to equal the amount of instructional time, not the length of the school day, students would have received had they been in school. The assignments would not introduce new material and would be due three days after the called snow day in order for students to receive support and extra help.  Teachers would be available during the snow day via email should they need support.  Assignments could involve a fun activity that can be associated with playing outdoors or interacting with friends and family in order to tie in a concept related to the school curriculum.

     

    As we explore this possibility, we want to be sure to include all stakeholders in making this decision.  We are surveying families seeking their interest in pursuing this concept.  I would ask that you complete a three-question survey to assist us in making this decision.  The link to the survey is:

     

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5BSTM9B

     

    Thank you,

     

    John Vosburgh

    Superintendent

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  • District Newsletter September 2018

    Posted by Laurie Gavazzi on 9/10/2018

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    September 10, 2018

     

    Greetings students and families,

    I hope you all are transitioning well into the new school year.  The first days have gone very smoothly at all three schools as there seemed to be a great deal of excitment and enthusiasm in the air.

    We appreciate your patience and communication with transportation.  As is the case in any district, the bus stops, routes, and times are always a little clunky in the first few days of school.  Fortunately each day showed improvement.  We will continue to monitor our bussing needs, troubleshooting problems as they arise.  

    Over the summer we transitioned into a new district website.  While the new website is still under construction and information still being added, the information provided there is relevant and accurate to your current needs.  We will continue to update this site at every level and in every school as the year goes on.

    Our teachers have been very busy this summer attending many professional development workshops to further enhance their skills and instructional strategies preparing themselves for your students.  In addition, our custodians have spent countless hours cleaning and shining up the schools for our students to arrive.  We are looking forward to a great school year!

     

    Dr. John Vosburgh

    Superintendent

     

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  • September~ Important School Information

    Posted by Laurie Gavazzi on 8/22/2018 3:00:00 PM
    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29TH 
     
    Greetings to our Students & Families
     
      Please note the designated areas for your child to go to on their first day of school :
     
    Kindergarten students will assemble in back of our school on the grasslawn
     
    1st Grade students will assemble in the Library
     
    2nd Grade students will assemble in the Auditorium
     
    3rd Grade students will assemble in the Gymnasium
     
    Kindergarten will attend half days of school on August 29th, 30th and 31st
    Dismissal time for Kindergarten will be at 12:00pm.
    Full days for grades 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
     
    SCHOOL CALENDAR EVENTS:
    Monday, August 27th is Kindergarten Orientation 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Monday, September 3 there will be NO SCHOOL in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.
     
    September 4th begins full days for all students in Grade K-3rd.
    September 4th is Opening Day for Pre-Kindergarten
    Septmember 5th is Pre-Kindergarten Open House from 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    September 6th is Open House for Grades K-3 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
     
    STARTING SCHOOL DAYS & DISMISSAL TIMES:
    Parent Drop-Off will being at 8:40am with proper supervision.  During morning drop-off, cars should pull into a line in the school's driveway next to McDonald's side of the building.
    Students should NOT be dropped off unattended before 8:35am as staff is not on duty to supervise before that time.
    PLEASE refrain from parking in the McDonald's parking lot, as their spaces are reserved for patrons only.
    Students' school day will begin at 8:45am
    All students will be considered "Tardy" at 8:50am and will need to report to the Main Office.
     
    DISMISSALS:
    Walkers will be dismissed at 3:10pm from the closest door of the Main Office.
     
    Parent Pick-Ups will be at 3:15pm:  This will takes place in the Cafeteria.
    Families must enter and exit through the school's doors closest to McDonald's. When the doors are opened, parents come into the cafeteria to pick up their child and immediately exit the building. Due to the number of pick-ups this can be a time-consuming process, but it's necessary for each child's safety.

    Families are strongly encouraged to have their child ride the bus to and from school daily due to the limited availability of parking at the school.

     

    Bus Dismissal will be at 3:15pm.  Teachers will walk all students to our buses at the end of the day. Buses park in the back of the building on the basketball courts.

    This area is NOT open for public parking.

    When all buses are loaded, they leave the school and proceed to their designated bus stops. Please be patient with pick-up and drop-off times at bus stops during the First week of school as these are mostly new routes for our drivers.

     

    Day Care:  Please contact our School Program Coordinator, Jenn Mach at MACHJ@ACRSD.NET if you are in need of  before and/or after school Day Care.

     

    ALL VISITORS NEED TO ENTER THROUGH THE MAIN OFFICE ENTRANCE TO SIGN-IN.

     

    Thank your your attention for our students well-being and their safety.

     

    Please see our new HVES School Calendar

    with our upcoming events.

     

     
     
     
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  • HV Elementary

     

    The Hoosac Valley Elementary School is the district’s elementary school for Pre-Kindergarden through third grade.  The building has been reconfigured in 2017, and currently hosts an enrollment of approximately 400 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

    Meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of students is the primary focus of the staff and administration. Academically the core curriculum in the elementary school in the district is based on both the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and on national standards in English, social studies, mathematics, science and the arts.
    All students participate in art, music, library, and physical education each week.  Throughout the school year, enrichment opportunities such as Explorers, Robotics, MakersSpace, Community Builders, theater, sports, and art classes are provided after school.
    Hoosac Valley Elementary has optimally small classes of 20 or fewer students.  All of our Pre-Kindergarten, and kindergarten classes have full-time paraprofessionals who assist in the classroom, at lunch, and during recess.  Paraprofessionals also assist teachers in the first through third grade classes.   

    Hoosac Valley Academics

    English-Language Arts
    The 2017 MA Frameworks in English Language Arts are the basis of our instruction in Early Kindergarten through grade 3.  Children learn to read, write, listen and speak at grade appropriate levels.  The framework provides a rigorous and comprehensive program to meet the needs of elementary students as they learn to communicate.
     
    Social Studies
    The social studies curriculum at the elementary level consists of students learning about their own personal history, the history of their state, the history of their country, and finally about the world geographically.  In the younger grades, students learn the continents and the major oceans of the world.  They learn about their early heritage and their personal heritage by researching a country of their ancestry.
     
    Math
    The 2017 MA Frameworks in Mathematics represent a significant shift from our previous standards and framework; these new standards are an improvement because of the focus, coherence, rigor, and clarity of the standards.  The standards have clear connections within and across grades.  They are organized into clusters that represent the progression of the big ideas of mathematics across several grades.  The standards are designed to be extremely clear – to students, teachers and families – so that the depth of the mathematical concepts are fully explained.  The new standards describe in detail the various aspects of skills and knowledge that must be addressed in order to master each standard.
     
    The framework also promotes rigor through the Standards for Mathematical Practice – the proficiencies and ‘habits of mind’ such as abstract reasoning, modeling, precision, and perseverance.  The Mathematical Practices articulate the type of rich thinking and deep expertise that needs to be woven into the teaching and learning of the content at all grade levels.
     
    Science
    Science in our elementary schools is used as a vehicle to develop life-long learners with the skills and passion to investigate mysteries, solve problems, and use their knowledge and skills to help others and our planet.  A life science unit, a physical science unit, and an earth science unit are taught at most grade levels each year.  The inquiry process is used as much as possible.  Students are given the opportunity to explore concepts through guided exploration rather than simply being told information.  Children are more likely to remember and fully understand concepts that they are able to develop themselves.  The understanding of how science inquiry is conducted and how it is used to understand the world around us prepares children for many of the challenges they will face in life.
     
    Specials
    Music: At the elementary level, the students enjoy weekly lessons in general music.  There are also opportunities to take additional classes in chorus and to learn to play various instruments.
     
    Physical Education: The focus in the K-3 Physical Education/Wellness Department is to teach children the importance of physical activity in everyday life.  We stress the value of good sportsmanship, skill development, and social interaction with their peer group through game activities.  At the end of each class, students are able to demonstrate an understanding of game rules and respect for their peers and teachers.  We value hard work over winning and help students apply this philosophy to everyday school life.
     
    Art: Students in Kindergarten through third grade participate in studio art classes as part of their regular curriculum.  All of the art classes allow students the opportunity to use their hands to learn age appropriate techniques and processes, to practice observation, and to use their minds to solve visual and spatial problems.
     
    Computers:  Students will learn how to navigate on Chromebooks laptops.  Students in Kindergarten through third grade participate will be working in programs to further their reading skills in Lexia, math skills in Symphony Math and exploring Typing Club and Learn to Type Free. Pre-Kindergarten will also have Lexia and Symphony Math in their educational learning/skill development.
     
    Library:  On a weekly basis students will come to the library to select a book of their choice.  According to students grade level, they will be able to select a book that will fit their reading capabilities and to further their reading development.  Students are monitored in their Reading Paths in their reading advancements. 

     
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