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Week Ending 3/20/15

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Breakthrough NH

Breakthrough Manchester is currently recruiting sixth grade applicants to our tuition-free, three-year, challenging academic summer program. The original deadline for applications was March 12, but we are extending the deadline to Friday, March 27th for any interested applicants. 

Students are only recruited if they are currently in 6th grade, so this is the only opportunity for these students to apply.

Breakthrough is intended to provide bright, motivated students who live within Manchester city limits with the chance to prevent summer slide and enter high school fully prepared to succeed in rigorous college preparatory coursework and eventually matriculate to a four-year college.

We are especially interested in reaching out to students who:

– are eligible for free or reduced lunch (low to moderate income)
– will be the first in their family to attend a 4-year college or university in the US
– come from a single parent household or live with relatives or guardians
– speak a language other than English at home
– represent a racial or ethnic minority that is underrepresented on college campuses

For more information, please visit/share the following pages on our website, or feel free to reach out with any questions.  Thank you!

http://www.breakthroughmanchester.org/our-students/admission/ (includes the link to the application document)

http://www.breakthroughmanchester.org/our-students/a-sneak-peek-at-a-breakthrough-summer/ (includes a link to a “sneak peek” video as well as the schedule of the Breakthrough summer session and the schedule of a typical summer day)

Smarter Balanced

Our students in “grades” 3 – 6 will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment that is required by the state. This replaces the NECAP exam (the science test will still be administrated in May). We are still working out the schedule but students will likely be tested in two hour sessions over the course of five days. The Smarter Balanced test consists of an English/Language Arts portion and a Math portion. Within each of those subjects, there are two type of tests, a computer adaptive test (CAT) and a performance task (PT). The CAT asks one question at a time and adjusts the difficulty according to students’ answers. The English/Language Arts PT is a writing task administered over two days.  On day one, students read articles related to a topic and answer open ended questions. During day two students will be asked to write a longer piece that requires them to use the five steps in the writing process. The math PT is a multi-step, real-world math problem. You can view practice tests and questions at: http://nh.portal.airast.org/students-and-families and click on practice tests.

Destination Imagination 

Congratulations again to the Intermediate DI team – they are going on to the State tournament!


AJ, Finn, Devansh, Xavier, Charlotte, Daniel and Nikosia

NHPCSA Best Practices Conference

Polaris staff had the opportunity to attend a day of professional development at the annual NHPCSA Best Practices Conferences on March 13th.  Charter schools from all over the state were represented and we were able to choose four different break out sessions on topics most relevant to our roles. It is great to collaborate and share resources with these other great schools!


Since there was no school last Friday, Mrs. Post’s class shared the projects that they have been working on this trimester. Students made machine’s designed for a specific task. They have learned a lot about trial and error and they showcased some awesome inventions! Only one picture from a distance is shown so as not to ruin the surprises for our Learning Celebration next Wednesday.

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On Tuesday we watched a video about responsibility.  You can view it here. In one the professional development sessions we attended last Friday, Mrs. Rainey, Ms. Haynes and I learned a new song that we taught to the kids on Wednesday. Ask them to sing “Alive/Awake/Alert/Enthusiastic!”


On Thursday we listened to a song about responsibility that you can listen to here.


  • The Learning Celebration has been rescheduled and is now on March 25th.  Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will be on Friday 3/27 and after school on Wednesday April 1st
  • Please do not have your children exit the car on Coolidge Ave. unless a staff person is there
  • There will be a FULL day of school on Wednesday, April 15th  so staff and students can attend the Fisher Cats Educational Day baseball game

Happenings in Mrs. Rainey’s Class

The group studying animals in Mrs. Rainey’s class has been learning about food chains, food webs and owls. This week, they formed hypotheses about what they would find when they dissected an owl pellet to find out more about what an owl eats. They dissected the owl pellets and next week, they will work on classifying the bones and rebuilding the skeletons of the animals they found.


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Friday was also Mrs. Rainey’s class share day. After reading the book Wonder, students wanted to create anti-bullying videos to educate other students about this topic. They worked hard to demonstrate multiple scenarios of bullying and why it is important to stand up to a bully. These videos will be shown at the Learning Celebration. We are very excited to share these videos with you! 

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World Language

Hola Familias,

I am the new Spanish teacher and it has been a pleasure getting to know your children this past week. We spent the first class introducing ourselves and meeting some new amigos; Señorita Perrita y Señor Burro. We practiced counting and even searched for oro (gold)!  

It is exciting to be a part of the Polaris community. I am currently a certified K-8 Elementary Ed teacher and have a bachelor’s degree in Spanish too. I’m also a very proud mom to four children and coach field hockey at Londonderry Middle School in the Fall. I had previously taught 2nd grade in a Spanish Immersion classroom before staying home with my kids. While raising my children I taught Spanish to preschoolers and kindergarteners and substituted at local schools. Now, I am looking forward to this new opportunity and chapter in my life.

I believe that it’s important to try to teach in a fun and enjoyable way.  I enjoy teaching using a variety of styles to help reach the various learning abilities. Therefore, along with learning some typical Spanish lessons the kids will be playing games, doing projects, listening to music, watching Spanish videos and much more.

Some kids may find it helpful to have a single subject notebook they could use for Spanish.  Also, if anyone would like to donate any old magazines, newspapers, toilet paper or paper towel rolls, tissue paper and/or streamers (like the ones you use for birthday parties) for some projects I have planned that would be great. I’m confident the kids and I are going to enjoy our time together. If you have any questions or concerns you can reach me at s.fawcett@polarischarterschool.org


Señora Fawcett

Star Students

Our responsible start students were recognized on Monday. They convinced me to take a funny faces picture as well.  Nice job: Jennifer, Julia, Lucas, Mayla, Natalie, Nikosia, Serena and Shea.

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PEF News


The auction is coming up soon! Send in your RSVPs to the school or to auctionRSVP@polarischarterschool.org.

Check out the long list of exciting auction items, which is updated weekly. polariseducationalfoundation.org/auction

The details – Friday, April 10th, 6:30 PM at The Yard. Tickets are $25 each. Adults only (but child care is available – see below). You can send in a check payable to the PEF, or pay for auction tickets online from the auction page. 


The YMCA is offering a “Parents’ Night Out” at Polaris during our Auction on April 10th.  You can drop kids off starting at 6:00, and pick them up by 11:00.  The cost is $30 for the first child, and $15 for each sibling.  We need 5 families to sign up in order to run it.  Payment is due with sign-up and must be in by Friday, April 3rd.  Send a check to school with a note stating it’s for the Parents’ Night Out and the names of the children who will attend.


Game and Movie Night: This Saturday, March 21st, 2:30 to 7 PM. Bring a “picnic” dinner for your family; the PEF will have popcorn and drinks for sale. Games are at 2:30, and the Lego movie will be shown around 5. There will also be a ham radio demonstration!

PEF meetings for the rest of the school year (all at 7 PM at the school):

Tonight, Friday 03/20

Thursday 04/16

Friday 05/15

June meeting – date TBD

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