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 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.
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