As part of Race to the Top, New York State has adopted the Common Core Standards. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have throughout their academic career here at Hoosic Valley.
Use the links below to learn more about these standards and the impact on our classrooms.
November 22, 2013 - Today, all students in Grades 1-6 were issued report cards for the first marking period. You will no doubt see some differences between the report card you receive today, and previous ones that your child has received. Click here for more information from Mr. Foti regarding elementary report cards.
School Wide Reading Contest
New this year will be our school wide reading contest. The class with the most minutes or books read per month will win the coveted STAR READERS sign to hang on their door. Encourage your student to read for at least twenty minutes each night, either independently or to a brother, sister, parent, friend or even their pet!
"The more that your read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Seuss
Parent Communications Form
October 29, 2013 - Parents, it is so important that we have written notices about bus changes, absences, early dismissals and other situation that will change how or when you student gets to school or delivered back home. It may be easier to use our Parent Communication Form to send in these important messages. You can either print out the blank form and complete or fill out online, print, sign and send in to school. Remember, we need absence notes within five days of the students return for the absence to count as a legal absence.
Elementary School Store
The elementary school has a school store available for students to pick up pens, pencils and some special supplies. The store will open October 7th and be located outside the Elementary Main Office. Store hours are Monday through Friday 8:05 – 8:20, 11:40 – 12:10 and Fridays 1:00 – 1:30. Click here to check our some of our new items.
The school store offers our sixth graders the opportunity to "run" a business. They have to manage their inventory, work with customers and make a profit! The money they earn helps offset the sixth grade end of year field trips.
2012-2013 Testing for Grades 3-8
August 8, 2013 - The New York State Education Department recently released the 2013 test results for grade 3-8 in ELA and Math. You will notice that more students struggled on this year's test than in previous years. This is due to changes in expectations related to the migration to the Common Core State Standards.
Proficiency rates – the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standards – on the new Common Core assessments cannot be compared with last year’s proficiency results. This is a new beginning and starting point that will provide better, clearer information to parents, teachers, and principals about what our children know and are able to do. Click here to read the full press release from SED Commissioner King.
Click here to access scores and additional information about the 2013 3-8 testing
Elementary School Behavioral Expectations
We have all worked diligently to decrease bullying in our district. The recent Dignity for All Students Act now requires many of the steps we have taken. We are currently working on the establishment of “school-wide expectations”, which is a key step in building a comprehensive bullying prevention program.The expectations that were chosen by students and staff are: Be Responsible, Be Ready to Learn, Be Respectful and Use Self-Control. Click here to read more about our expectations
DID YOU KNOW HELP IS AVAILABLE?
If you share housing with relatives, friends or others because you lost your housing or have nowhere else to go, you may be covered under the McKinney-Vento Act. Students covered under the Act have the right to stay in the same school and get transportation to school, or immediately enroll in the local school.
PTO is excited to announce that they are partnering with CapCom Federal Credit Union to once again offer school banking to our students in grades K-6. Besides saving, CapCom offers rewards to students with their Great Grades and Reading Program. If you have used school banking in the past you'll have to transfer your account, please check out the CapCom website for more info on account creation, transfers and promotions.
The bank will be open every Friday from 8:15 – 8:45 am in the library. PTO is looking for volunteers to help our students become savers. If you can help out from 8 - 9 once a month on Fridays please contact Becky Calhoun or a PTO Officer.
Schaghticoke, NY 12154