Inter-Lakes School District

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Dear SCS Families:

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As I type this, the forecast is calling for another beautiful day in the Lakes Region. I hope this finds you and your family enjoying a cool place to play and relax.

The Inter-Lakes administrators are preparing for the next school year and I know that the faculty is also gearing up. I want to commend and thank Ms. Markley and Mrs. Brown for organizing and running a successful Summer Blast program at SCS. They have been exploring ocean themed learning and it sounds like everyone had a lot of fun. I also want to recognize our new custodian, Roger Copp. Mr. Copp has been working tirelessly to prepare the school and things are looking great! Wait until you see the new gym floor. Go Foxes!!!

Welcome to our New Faculty

This year we have two new members joining the SCS team. Mrs. Sarah “Sally” Johnston is our new Middle Multiage teacher. She has already spent many hours here at school getting ready and is excited to get started. Mrs. Johnston is a longtime Sandwich resident and SCS alumna. She has been working in the Winnisquam School District for the last seven years and is an accomplished educator. We are excited to have her back at SCS! In addition, Mrs. Kim Massaro is joining us as the new art teacher. Mrs. Massaro is an experienced educator, professional artist, and an artist in residence. I feel incredibly fortunate to have two such talented teachers joining our school community. Please feel free to stop by and say hello.

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Last year a committee of educators was tasked with selecting a new K-6 reading resource. The goals of this committee included finding a resource that will provide an efficient scope and sequence as well as the materials to meet all learners where they are at. As a result, the Inter-Lakes School District will be implementing Wonders. This all inclusive resource will provide our students and educators with a comprehensive approach to reading and writing. I want to thank the Inter-Lakes School Board for their support, as a resource like this is a large commitment. I also want to acknowledge our educators as they have already completed the initial professional development and are preparing their classrooms and schedules for the implementation.

Computer Science

In response to New Hampshire’s House Bill 1674 there was significant conversation and work around the implementation of computer science and digital literacy last year. After much problem solving and discussion from participating parents and educators, the decision to replace world language with

computer science was approved by the Inter-Lakes School Board in May. The curriculum will include digital citizenship, play-based programming, hardware and software exposure, and healthy technology habits. To facilitate the adopted curriculum, Ms. Wilcox will switch from teaching world language to computer science on Mondays. In addition, Dr. Dassori will be working an additional day each week to support information literacy in specials and the classrooms. We are excited for these new opportunities, but also understand that removing foreign language has an impact. As part of last year’s discussions, we are hoping that we may find the right person to run an extra-curricular language program after school. If you know of that person, please contact me.

Safety at SCS

The Inter-Lakes School Board, administration, and faculty remain committed to student health and safety. Over the past two years, each campus has received significant safety upgrades. This summer a state of the art emergency and surveillance system was installed at each school. This system will allow us to monitor the security of the facility and communicate with emergency personnel efficiently. This year you will notice that staff will be wearing new enhanced ID badges and that there will be a call box at the main entrance. The call box will allow the office staff to grant visitors access to the foyer. It is our intent to maintain a welcome environment while also ensuring the safety of our students and staff.

First Day of School

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 27, 2019.  Students may arrive at SCS as early as 7:35 am. The instructional school day will start promptly at 7:55 am. Kindergarten pick-up will remain at 12:05 pm and all remaining students will be dismissed at 2:35 pm. Please make sure to confirm bus stops by calling our contracted bus company, First Student, at 603-476-5564. Please see the following page for details regarding times, transportation and meals.

The start of the school year is both exciting and busy. The SCS staff and I are looking forward to a great start! In the event that that you have questions, comments or concerns please call us at 603-284-7712 or email me at jeremy.hillger@interlakes.org. I hope you have a great August!

Respectfully,

Jeremy Hillger

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Reading and Writing:  After a read aloud we discussed why the author wrote the story.  It is as easy as  P.I.E. ( Persuade, Inform, Entertain) to determine the author's purpose for writing the book. We have been reading many books to "Inform", such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and nonfiction books about animals.  The children did a writing piece after listening to a few books about Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.  They wrote down something they wished they could change to make the world a better place.  The children are also being "Entertained" by various versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  We started this fun comparison with Jan Brett's book, Three Snow Bears.  As we explore other versions, we are finding many similarities and differences. Students are sharing the story elements (setting, character, problem, and solution) as we make anchor charts for each book. Our flexible reading groups are reading various stories and working on different skills such as: working on CVC words, listing facts and opinions found in the text, locating sight words, sequencing a story with words and or pictures, or practicing fluency through reader's theater. 

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Science: Middle Multiage Scientists created small carts out of a variety of materials while working to answer the focus question,” What features of a cart will help it roll from here to there?” Wheel and axle, bearings and friction were some of the terms that the students were introduced to. After creating carts that would roll, students were engaged in the 'distance challenge.' They took the time to change features on their carts in order to get them to roll down a cardboard ramp and travel as far as possible.  

ELA: 'Opinion Writing' is our current writing project. Students chose their topics, created opening statements, and are working through the writing process to develop three paragraphs that will explain their assertion/arguments. Some of these interesting topics include extending the number of weeks of our winter activities program, installing air conditioning at SCS, and adding another recess to the school day. 

watsonEnglish Language Arts:  With snow days and delayed openings the printing of the first issue of Fox Tales was delayed a bit, but it is finally completed and ready to be shared. We hope you enjoy reading the stories in this first issue, I know the kids worked really hard on their stories, poems, drawings, and photography. Although it wasn’t planned, this issue has a double theme, Sports Biographies and “How To” related pieces. Our second issue will be coming out in March. As for our writing skills, we have been working on writing good complete sentences with subjects and verbs as well as how to punctuate dialogue correctly. We will be working on writing narrative pieces next and hopefully these will be included in the next issue of Fox Tales. In reading we will be finishing up independent book projects and, in honor of Black History Month, we will be reading a couple books by Mildred D. Taylor, whose books focus on the struggles faced by African Americans during the early 20th Century.

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ELA/Social Studies/Project D.C.: We recently finished reading James L. Swanson’s Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. We learned a tremendous amount about President Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, Ford’s theater, and the events surrounding the assassination of our 16th president.   Students are now writing essays that reflect on the question: Did John Wilkes Booth accomplish his goal? The consensus of the class is that Booth did not succeed in his goal, and they are using evidence from the text to argue that Booth ultimately failed on a variety of levels, despite committing this heinous act, primarily because his taking of the president’s life did not serve to reinvigorate the Civil War.

    Over the past few weeks, sixth graders have begun making a seventeen foot by six foot scaled map of the National Mall.  In addition to the map, each student has chosen a building located on the Mall and are building a three-dimensional scale model of the building.  This project requires careful mathematical calculations, the use of Google Earth to learn the actual dimensions of their buildings, and attention to detail as they build their models.  So far, they are taking their work seriously and they are off to a great start.

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