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PCS News 10/16/17-10/27/17

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Update From the Board

At the October 16th Board of Trustees Meeting, Jen Murdock Smith reported the results from the 4th grade Science NECAP.  Polaris is required to administer this Science Test as a public school in the State of New Hampshire.  We were pleased to learn that last year’s fourth graders at Polaris did very well, out-performing the State average.  Congratulations to the students and their teachers for a job well done!
Since August, the Board of Trustees has welcomed two new members. One of these openings occurred after the resignation of Susan Hartford, who was nominated as Chair Emeritus of the Board for her long-term service and commitment to Polaris as a Board of Trustee member, Chair and most recent Secretary.  Susan is one of the Founders of Polaris and a strong advocate for gifted children.  While the Board will miss Susan’s quiet and thoughtful manner, we understand her desire to devote more time to her own family.
The Board is excited about our 2017-2018 goal to expand our membership to nine, which will eventually include four parents and five community representatives.  One of our new community members is Jeff Tatro, who is a Senior Vice President for Health Care and Not-for-Profits at Citizens’ Bank.  Our newest Board member is Don Winterton, who is a retired Director of National Field Sales for a pharmaceutical company, and a grandfather of a Polaris student. Please watch for their full bios to be included on our website. As the Board searches for additional members to strengthen our ties to the communities where Polaris students reside, we welcome your suggestions..  Please contact Jen Murdock-Smith if you know of someone with the skills, knowledge, and background to serve on our Board of Trustees.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees has been moved to the fourth Monday of the month to avoid potential conflicts during Thanksgiving Week.  The November meeting will be held on Monday, November 27th at 6pm in the basement office.
In addition, the Polaris Charter School Board of Trustees fully supports the Annual Fund Drive, in which many parents and Board members are already involved.  If you have not yet made a pledge or a donation to Polaris this year, the Board strongly encourages you to give as much as you are able.  Our target is to raise $15,000 in 2017-2018 to help with increasing costs for instructional materials, as well as to assist with our rising costs for salaries, benefits, and lease agreement. Although Polaris is a NH public school, we do not receive any funds from local property taxes, nor can we charge tuition, as would a private school.  All public charter schools in NH must rely on state grants, (which amount to less than half of what your local public schools receive,) and the generosity of the parents, the Board of Trustees, and the local business community.  Our Annual Fund Drive depends most heavily on the parents with children enrolled at Polaris.
Because Polaris is asking so much of our small community, we are not formally participating in #Giving Tuesday this year. (#Giving Tuesday is an international social media fundraising campaign that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, the broadly advertised sale days right after Thanksgiving.)  However, we are informally adopting the mantra of #Giving Tuesday, which is: Giving shows our thanks for what we have already received. The Polaris Board of Trustees and the Administration want to express our appreciation to all our teachers, staff, parents, and community members who have given so much of their time, skills, energy, and money to help Polaris be the successful charter school that we are today and, with your help,  will continue to be going forward.

Standardized Test Results

The results  of the Smarter Balanced and Science NECAP aggregate results have been released and we are excited to share the results!

Smarter Balanced Assessment

Percent of Students Scoring Proficient and Above

Polaris  ELA 2016-2017 State ELA   2016-2017 Polaris Math 2016-2017 State Math  2016-2017
Grade 3 SBAC 61% 54% 61% 55%
Grade 4 SBAC 75% 56% 65% 51%
Grade 5 SBAC 75% 61% 62% 45%
Grade 6 SBAC 80% 57% 80% 46%

Science NECAP For Grade 4

Percent of Students Scoring Proficient and Above

Polaris 2017 State 2017
82 49


Low Income Eligibility Forms

If you have not already done so, please complete turn in your forms!!

Core Value – Respect

Listen here to what Kid President has to say about Respect  https://ed.ted.com/on/gGcZ8ATe

Following this, we spent mornings answering the following Discussion Questions:

Kid President says “Before you say something about the barbecue sauce on somebody else’s shirt, take a look at the barbecue sauce on your own shirt.” What does he mean by this? (Hint: It has NOTHING to do with barbecue sauce!)
 Describe 2 situations where saying “nothing” is better than saying anything else.
At the end of the video, Kid President asks what you think needs to be said more often. What should be added to the list.

Star Students

Our Star Students recognized on October 16th were: Andrew, David, Drew, Eva, Maddie L., Tricia and Yousif.

And Stars celebrated on the 23rd were: Amara, Andrew, Bria, Gavin, Julian, Mark and Maru.

Congratulations!

Staffing Announcement

We are grateful for Sarah Ginley for her time as our Administrative Assistant. Unfortunately, personal reasons precluded her for continuing with us. We are pleased to announce that Stacey Lunderville will now be fulfilling this role. Stacey has been a Primary Education Assistant and has also provided coverage in the front office so she is very familiar with our school.
Stacey graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Degree in Applied Science. She has also been a home caregiver for the past eleven years and finds helping others rewarding and her compassion has transitioned nicely into the classroom. When Stacey is not working she enjoys spending time with her family.

Hydra Class Share

Miss Haynes’s class learned about the different geological eras. They each chose a creative way to help people remember what the different eras were and what happened in them. Some of them made books, some created skits, and one group even made a rap! Also, as a school we have been talking about bullying and even saw a presentation a few weeks ago. Miss Haynes’ class also read the book Confessions of a Former Bully, and learned about different tools we can use to combat bullying. Students then created comic strips portraying a situation in which a bullying tool could be used.

 

Dorado Class Share

In the Dorado class we have been working on All About Me books and Posters!  We have spent countless hours scouring magazines for the perfect pictures to represent our Hobbies, Families, Favorites, School, and Friends.  We also brought in some pictures from home to add to our posters and books.  We shared a small piece of our posters during Morning Gathering.

Upcoming Events

  • Nov 5th – Day light savings time ends
  •  Nov 7th – No School Teacher Workshop
  •  Nov 10th – No School Veteran’s day
  •  Nov 15th – Information Session for Polaris Admissions
  •  Nov 22nd, 23rd, 24th- Thanksgiving Weekend No School

Giving Tuesday

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