End of Second Marking Period
The second marking period ends Friday, January 27. Students in grades Pre-K - 5 will bring home their report cards on Friday, February 3. Official parent-teacher conferences are not scheduled for the second quarter, but please feel free to request a meeting if desired.
We are pleased to continue to offer a Pre-Kindergarten program for all children in the district for the 2017-2018 school year. It is a wonderful opportunity for children and we are delighted with the program and all that it provides for our young students. Information about the Pre-K program follows.
Eligibility: Students who will turn 4 on or before December 1, 2017 are eligible to attend our Universal Pre-K program. Students who are five years of age on December 1, 2017 are eligible for Kindergarten.
Children who are three years old and will turn four by December 1, 2017 may attend the program but are not eligible for district bus transportation until they turn four years old. New York State law requires car seats and bus aides for children under the age of 4.
The Pre-K program follows the school calendar with classes being held Monday - Friday.
Morning program 8:30 - 11:00 2 sections
Afternoon program 12:30 - 3:00 2 sections
Parents may request the morning or afternoon program for their child upon registration. The district will attempt to accommodate placement requests, however morning or afternoon placement decisions may need to be made based on bus routes. All children are eligible for busing to/from Pre-Kindergarten upon turning 4 years old.
Each classroom will be staffed by a NYS-certified teacher and a NYS-certified teaching assistant. The program is provided at no charge to all district residents. Out-of-district students will be accepted on a space-available basis at the district’s tuition rate.
The district plans to have four sections of UPK available. Each classroom will accommodate 18 students, for a total of 72 students. If more than 72 students register, a lottery must be held to determine final enrollment.
REGISTRATION: Beginning in February, registration for the Lowville UPK program will be ongoing by calling the elementary office for a registration packet at 376-9005.
The annual Family Sports Night, sponsored by the Lowville Elementary PTO, will be held this year on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. During the evening, elementary students and their families will be able to enjoy swimming, basketball, and volleyball. All activities will be held in the upstairs gymnasium area. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is $1.00 for each student. We request parents stay with their children and enjoy a family night out.
This is always a fun and popular event. We hope many families will be able to join us over winter break and relieve some of that cabin fever!
Family Reading/Math Night
The elementary school AIS providers will be hosting a Family Reading/Math Night on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All students in Pre-K - 5 and their families are invited to attend this event for a night of reading and math. More information will be sent home at a later date.
Spring Book Fair Supports PARP
February 27-March 3
Reading is the key to school success and, like any skill, it takes practice. The surest way to get children to read is to give them time to read and books they want to read. A book fair is one way to encourage and promote the love of reading. During the month of March, parents and children can read and share a new book or a story together.
The Elementary PTO, in support of Parents as Reading Partners, is sponsoring its annual Spring Book Fair. It has arranged for Scholastic Book Fairs to be at school on Monday, February 27 to Friday, March 3. The fair will also be open two evenings, Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The fair promises to present many different books for students, and also has a parent/teacher section. Please stop in and visit the Book Fair. We appreciate your support.
Elementary Science Fair!
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are hard at work preparing for the 7th Annual Elementary Science Fair. The Science Fair will be held on February 11 at 9:00 in the Elementary Cafeteria. A wide variety of science projects will be presented including projects in Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Space/Technology. A great deal of learning and fun will be had by everyone in attendance. If you are free, please come support our budding scientists! Look for results in the next District Newsletter or visit the Elementary Science Fair webpage.
The third marking period is off to a great start. Students were very busy during the first semester and they continue with many of those activities while taking on additional ones during the last half of the year. We do hope that families enjoyed some relaxing time over the holidays to refresh and be ready for this busy end of the year.
Not only are our students busy every day, but our staff are as well. Our teachers meet regularly to brainstorm ways to improve student performance and provide new opportunities for our students.
There have been many conversations over the past four years about how we can continue to improve our math program. We are so thankful for the support we received from parents when we implemented the NYS math modules four years ago. Since that time, teachers have been working tirelessly with this new curriculum. Their efforts have been rewarded by good student performance in mathematics.
We always strive to improve; therefore, we have a new initiative in mathematics. We have two very informed teachers who will be working on special projects devoted to mathematics. Mrs. Diane Birchenough will be focused on a Primary Math Curriculum Writing Project. She will be working with teachers to create a consistent curriculum, grades PreK-2, based on the NYS math modules. Mrs. Birchenough brings a great deal of experience to this project as she is a New York State Common Core Math Fellow as well as a member of the NYSED Math Content Advisory Panel. Most importantly, Mrs. Birchenough is an exceptional primary teacher at Lowville Elementary.
Mrs. Sue McArdle will be working as a Math Coach for teachers grades PreK-5. Mrs. McArdle is a very experienced classroom teacher at Lowville Elementary. She has attended NYS Math Common Core trainings which provided her with first-hand knowledge of the curriculum. She has also provided professional development to staff in the past. In addition, she has taught in the after school math AIS program. She has always been a teacher whose students are enthusiastic about math.
Mrs. McArdle will be working with teachers in grades 3-5 aligning our curriculum based on the NYS Math Modules. She will also provide professional development to our teachers in curriculum and instruction in mathematics. Mrs. McArdle will spend time analyzing our Math AIS program and propose ways to improve the program.
We are very excited to have this opportunity available through the NYS Community Schools Initiative. We are so fortunate to be using the expertise of our staff for such an important project. We look forward to the rewards our students will experience due to time spent on these tasks.
Thank you for supporting our students and staff. If you ever have any questions about our academic program or other opportunities we offer at school, do not hesitate to call me.
Philomena B. Goss
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Lowville Elementary School
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7668 North State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
Mrs. Philomena Goss
Mrs. Deb Domagala