Dear Parents and Friends,
Our new Superintendent, Mary Moriarty, visited SCS a week or so ago. Mrs. Moriarty spent about 90 minutes at the school speaking with Mr. Hillger and me, and also touring the building to introduce herself to the staff and students.
One thing Mr. Hillger and I discussed with Superintendent Moriarty was class size at SCS for the 2016-17 school year. We believe that our Primary Multiage (K-1) enrollment will be between 22 and 25 students; Middle Multiage (2-3) enrollment will be between 21 and 23 students; Upper Multiage (4-5) enrollment will be at around 18 students; and grade 6 will be at 13 students, for a total school enrollment between 74 and 79 students. We discussed the possibility of hiring one additional teacher to work in both the Primary and Middle Multiage classrooms. This would provide more opportunities to personalize instruction across four grade levels at one time and balance out other instructional demands in areas such as mathematics. This will be one of the first things our new Superintendent and Principal work on in July.
Our annual Community Barbecue was a lot of fun last week. The three of us who will be leaving SCS at the end of this school year, Connie Ryan, Brenda Grad and I, extend our thanks for all of your kind words, cards and gifts that were presented before the grilling started.
The SCS gym was transformed into a theater for two plays this week. The Primary and Upper Multiage each worked on productions that were performed for parents, staff and students on June 9. What great shows they were!
Parents of Inter-Lakes school age children: We are very excited to announce the fourth year of GOT LUNCH! Inter-Lakes, a summer healthy lunch program for Inter-Lakes school children. Although our target is the population that qualifies for free or reduced price lunches during the school year, it is NOT a requirement for participation. If you need help this summer, this program is designed for you.
Working in concert with individuals, businesses, the school system, community service agencies and faith based organizations, GOT LUNCH! Inter-Lakes mission is to provide a healthy lunch for the students of the Inter-Lakes school system that find themselves in need during the 10 weeks of summer recess.
There is no cost for this program. If you would like to participate in this program, fill in the form at this weblink: GOT LUNCH
We had a busy two weeks, Over the last few months the children enjoyed listening to stories of the Little Red Hen and wheat. This week they had a chance to make their own bread with the help of Upper Multiage. King Arthur Flour was kind enough to donate all the ingredients to make the bread. A BIG thank you to Diane Booty who organized this activity. We had 25 loaves to donate to our local food pantry. The children also worked hard as they painted their props, practiced their play and continued to do other school work like math, reading and writing. I think the pictures will show how our last few weeks went !
Math: The children in the Orange Group continue to work on multiplication. They have learned the traditional method for solving 1-digit by 2-digit multiplication problems. This week we reviewed for, and the children took, the end-of -the -year math assessment. Next week we will continue our work with learning how to solve 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication problems. Lastly, as we get ready to begin summer vacation I will once again ask for your help to keep your child’s math skills sharp this summer. Please take a few minutes here and there to review the basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.
The main focus in the Upper Multiage this week has been getting ourselves prepared for our musical Tide Pool Condos. We performed the show twice on Thursday, including a daytime performance for students and an evening performance for family and friends. Thank you to all of you who came out to support our hard-working thespians. They really put on a terrific show. From preparing the set, to memorizing lines, to choreographing dances, to learning cues, to developing a stage presence, to learning to project one’s voice when speaking and singing… there is so much that goes into putting on a musical.
TThe Sixth Grade Class Night Celebration is Wednesday, June 15th at 5:30 pm in the SCS Multi-purpose room. The last day of school is Thursday, June 16th (half day).
Merrowvista: This year’s transition experience at Camp Merrowvista went off without a hitch. The SCS Sixth Graders worked alongside their Inter-Lakes counterparts for three full days and two nights. They focused on the skills of teamwork, communication, cooperation and trust, while experiencing a variety of challenges like climbing, raft building, surfing the Whale Watch, and doing the dishes as a community. The SCS students were courageous and outgoing with their new peer group and took advantage of the opportunity to make a good first impression. Job well done!