We are happy that you are visiting our webpage. We hope that our district’s website is able to be a resource to you for information about our school, the services we provide to children, our school community and its many activities.
Hoosic Valley Elementary School is a vibrant learning community. Our faculty and staff strive every day to create a positive environment in which our students can learn and grow to their full potential. The links you will find on our webpage endeavor to inform you about activities in the school, but we also have important reference information guidance for parents and families. We hope that you will find what you need here, but as always if you need more information you can always call us at 753-4458.
Understanding Your Child's Report Card
New York State has adopted new, more rigorous learning standards in ELA and Math. Since that time, we at Hoosic Valley have been involved in an ongoing process to review our curriculum, our teaching, how we assess your children's learning, and more recently our grade reporting. Click here to view our report card rubric.
You may have seen in recent years that our Elementary grade reports have changed. Some of these changes have been the result of our transition to software based grade reporting. More importantly, many of the changes have been the result of our wish to communicate to parents how your children are progressing relative to the grade level expectations of the Common Core curriculum. It is very likely that next year you will see additional refinements to our grade reports as the faculty and administration continue to work to improve our process of standards based grade reporting.
Think Before You Speak
November 12, 2015 - Next week the elementary school is celebrating Think Before You Speak Week. The planned character education events for the PK – 6 building are:
Mix Match Monday: wear a mix match of clothing, styles and colors to show that we are all diverse and our differences make life interesting!
Loyal Blue Tuesday: Wear BLUE to promote loyalty, kindness, and being a “true blue” friend
Red Wednesday Madness: Wear RED to show that it’s okay to be angry but….words are not for hurting and hands are not for hitting
Peaceable White Thursday: Wear WHITE for peaceful friendships and problem solving
Friday: Pink Shirt Day: Wear PINK to show that you want to end bullying in our school
November 20th: Character Counts Programs
The 6th Grade School Store is open for business. The school store is available for students to pick up pens, pencils and some special supplies.
The schedule will be as follows:
* 8:00-8:15 stationed outside of the main office
* 11:45-12:15 stationed outside of the main office
* 2:00 - 2:15 Monday, Wednesday & Friday stationed in the 3rd, 4th, 5th grade wing
* 2:00 - 2:15 Tuesday & Thursday stationed in K, 1 & 2 wing
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.
Academic Help is Available
As we continue our work to update our curriculum to reflect the increased academic expectations of the Common Core curriculum, we have focused much of our attention and energy to how we can offer support to students who are struggling with the new academic expectations. As you may know, we have implemented a number of support activities involving all school faculty and staff during the school day, and teachers make themselves available every Tuesday through Thursday from 2:20 – 3:00 to work with students who need, and can benefit from support after school.
We want parents to be active participants in the learning process. We encourage parents to to contact their child’s teacher with any questions related to homework difficulty or graded assignments. It is important to address these difficulties as they arise rather than allowing students to struggle and fall further and further behind. There are many different opportunities for extra help, please contact your child's teacher with any concerns or questions.
Morning Student Drop Off
We have a designated route for student drop off at the elementary school. Parents should drive around the short loop between the tennis courts and the front playground and drop students off at the end of the sidewalk. There are signs indicating student drop off. We ask that all parents who are dropping off students use this route. We have a faculty member assigned to that area assuring the safety off your child along with the smooth flow of traffic as you exit and buses enter.
Recently, there have been a number of people who have driven into the staff parking lot and dropped off their children at a spot which requires students to cross in front of buses entering the parking lot. This is a less safe route where we do not have anyone assigned at the crosswalk.
For your child’s safety, and to assure the most orderly and safe passage of everyone, we ask that when you are dropping off your child, please follow the signs to drop off your child at the end of the sidewalk, where they will not have to cross traffic to enter the school.
Parent Communications Form
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.
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.
The Character Education Program at Hoosic Valley is designed to developing and sustaining a school environment that allows all students to feel safe, confident and eager to learn. We will accomplish these goals by providing services and opportunities that promote positive characteristics.
We have established a set of school-wide expectations”, which is a key step in building a positive school climate. The expectations are: Act Responsibly, Be Ready to Learn, Create Respect and Display Self-Control.
Our monthly virtues include: Ready to Learn, Self-Control, Citizenship, Empathy, Integrity, Friendship, Responsibility, Tolerance, Civility, and Courage. Respect is our eleventh character trait and it's so important we promote the virtue of respect all year long. Click here to learn more about our character ed program
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.