Northwood School Laker

May 3, 2024

Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Here at Northwood School, everyone is a teacher, whether their job title includes the word or not. All adults in our school serve as role models, mentors, and educators. Our custodial staff help to teach students responsibility and safety. Our office staff help to teach them about respect and communication. Our paraprofessional staff teach students a variety of social, academic, and self-regulation skills. Our related service providers teach them many skills needed to succeed in social interactions and academic challenges as well as how to take care of themselves physically and emotionally. Classroom teachers, related arts teachers, interventionists, and special educators teach students the critical skills and concepts of their domains along with life skills. Our staff and faculty do all of this with humor, compassion, patience, and relentless commitment to doing the absolute best they can for kids.

Being an educator is a career that extends well beyond the work day. In addition to their regular hours, they are often working while they're at home, coming in early, staying late, attending evening events, cheering kids on at games, and taking workshops or graduate courses. Our teachers commit to their jobs with their whole selves. Whether they’re within the four walls of the school or not, they are constantly thinking about their students, reflecting on lessons, worrying about how to make sure students are getting what they need, figuring out how to solve problems, communicating with families, researching topics, bouncing ideas off of colleagues, exploring new ideas for teaching strategies, designing assessments, grading papers, finding materials to support a lesson, reading professional books, and sharing stories about how funny/smart/hard-working their students are.  

Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportunity to reflect on and express gratitude for our teachers' tireless dedication, exceptional skill, and unwavering commitment. The Parent Teacher Group, Sunshine Committee, Northwood School Board, and the SAU and building administrative teams will be showing our appreciation for teachers next week to honor the invaluable impact that our teachers have on students. We hope you'll join us in saying thank you!

Thank you, Northwood School teachers, for all that you do and all that you are for kids!

~ Jocelyn

NH-SAS Administration is Here!

What is it?

During the month of May, NWS students are participating in the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System Program, and a few end of the year assessments. New Hampshire school districts and public charter schools are required by state law (RSA 193-C) and federal accountability laws (Every Student Succeeds Act) to assess students using a standardized assessment. Several assessments, outlined below, are utilized in order to comply with these requirements.

Statewide assessments are an important part of a student’s core educational program. They:

  • Are an evaluation of student mastery of content and skills in various academic areas
  • Serve as one tool for measuring the degree to which students are on track to graduate high school and are college and career ready
  • Help inform future instruction in the classroom for all levels of learners

Along with student work on classroom assignments, projects, essays and local assessments, state assessment results give teachers, parents, and the community important information about where students are on their path toward academic success.

What does this mean for Northwood School?

During the month of May, Northwood School students will participate in the NH-SAS, the general statewide assessment for English language arts (ELA), mathematics and science, in the following grades and content areas:

  • Grades 3-8 students are assessed in English Language Arts and Mathematics, and
  • Grades 5 and 8 students are also assessed in Science

Tips for taking the NH-SAS Assessment:

The following list is an example of strategies to use for most state and standardized tests of:

  1. Read the question thoroughly and more than once.
  2. Read the question first before making an answer choice.
  3. Consider ALL choices before marking or stating your final answer.
  4. Highlight key points in long questions and passages of reading.
  5. Carefully read the introductory passages for clues to answers.
  6. Get plenty of sleep the night before the assessment!

Take a deep breath, relax, and do the best you can! Good luck and have a great weekend!  

~Mr. Ling

News from Kindergarten

Each May the kindergarteners take turns being teacher for the day. They lead morning meeting, read books to the class, and teach a lesson that they practiced with their families. This week we learned all about 4 wheelers, doing laundry, the game Tenzi, and how to make tie-dye butterflies. Great job, little teachers!

2024 Literary Magazine

Students are invited to submit original writing to the literary magazine, which will be published at the end of the year. Students may email their poems, stories, plays, or essays to their classroom teacher or to Ms. Carloni.

School & Community Information

Guest Teachers Needed

If you are interested in being a guest teacher (also known as a substitute teacher), please apply at this link. The pay is $100 a day and you get to work with wonderful kids and great staff! Please contact Ms. Roy or Ms. Young with any questions.

Important Dates

May 9 - 2nd grade performance, 6:30

May 10 - 8th grade semi-formal, 7:00 - 9:00

May 13 - Book Fair & Spring Showcase 4:00 - 7:00

May 15 - Kindergarten Registration/Screening

May 15 - School Board meeting, 6:30

May 16 - 17 - 8th grade trip

May 21 - K/1 Performance, 6:30

May 24 - Teacher Workshop, no school

May 27 - Memorial Day, no school

May 31 - Field Day

June 5 - School Board meeting, 6:30

June 6 - Grades 4-8 performance, 6:30

June 11 - 3rd grade field trip

June 13 - Graduation, 6:00

June 18 - Last day of school, early release 12:30

July 8 - ESY/Title I summer programs begin

July 15 - Pre-K summer program begins

Please check the Athletics Calendar for information on games and meets.