Science….Here, There, and Everywhere!
Have you ever wondered what causes the ocean tides to rise and fall? Can you explain why the USA has more tornadoes than any other country in the world? These are just a few of the questions children are asked to ponder and explain.
Our knowledge of how and why things are the way they are in the natural world is our greatest natural resource, (second only to our children). Join Westerly Public School’s Teacher Leaders, along with our GemsNet-URI partners in this two-part adult series. Here are a few highlights of the wonderful learning you will take with you:
Experience hands-on science investigations and discussions that takes place in the elementary classroom.
Explore the connection between the Next generation Science Standards and science instruction in our schools.
Investigate the School- Home Science Connection- Learn exciting ways that you can ignite your child’s curiosity about the natural world around them.
Session 1: Kindergarten- Grade 2 Monday, February 29th 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Session 2: Grades 3-4 Monday, March 7th 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Tower Street School Community Center
Register: Call 348-2719, walk-ins are always welcomed*
*Childcare: available with advance registration only
Our 2014-2015 Science NECAP scores have been released by the state and I am pleased to announce that our students performed well. Teachers continue to analyze student work samples and assessment data to improve all areas of science inquiry.
The PARCC assessment results for the 2014-2015 school year will be released to the public on November 16th. The results will serve as a baseline measure that we will use to track student performance in the areas of Mathematics and Reading in the future. As a new assessment, we expect that student achievement results will differ from NECAP for the following reason: NECAP measured the old Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and Grade Span Expectations (GSEs) whereas PARCC measures progress toward college and career readiness using the new Common Core State Standards. It is important to keep in mind that assessments are the tools and methods educators use to evaluate and measure the academic readiness, learning progress, and skill acquisition of students. Assessments range from teacher questioning techniques to statewide assessments like PARCC. As we do every year, our district will measure student progress and achievement in numerous ways, including: classroom tests that our teachers develop, administer, and grade. These assessments occur as part of everyday instruction. Additionally, school-wide or district-wide assessments are common tests that are administered periodically throughout the year and help to guide instruction and curriculum development as well as to identify additional programs or resources that might be needed to support student learning.
If you are transferring to Dunn's Corners school, Mrs. Butler will schedule a school tour and answer any questions you may have. If you haven't registered your child yet, please remember to call (401) 315-1570 to set up an appointment at Central Registration.
If you are transferring OUT of Dunn's Corners school, we will prepare your child's records to be sent to his or her new school (once registered).
We will close achievement gaps in special education, increase proficiency levels for all students, and bring greater numbers of students to the achievement category: proficient with distinction.
Mission of Westerly Public Schools:
To create an inspiring, challenging and supportive environment where students are encouraged and assisted in reaching their highest potential.