The following regulations have been established to insure the safety of all students who ride the bus:
- Students shall always cooperate with the bus driver for the safety of all concerned.
- Students must remain seated, facing front when bus is in motion.
- Quiet talk, orderly behavior is required at the bus stop and on the bus.
- Hands and arms must be kept inside the bus.
- Children will not litter the inside of the bus or throw anything out the window.
- Dangerous objects and/or hazardous materials shall not be transported and/or permitted on the bus. Items include knives, firearms, fireworks, or any flammable liquids.
- Students shall be picked up and unloaded only at regularly scheduled bus stops.
- STUDENTS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO RIDE ON A BUS TO WHICH THEY ARE ASSIGNED.
- Animals shall not be transported on the bus.
- The Superintendent and/or designee reserves the right to make decisions on any items not specifically mentioned under these regulations or rules.
DROP OFF/PICK UP:
Once we got the school year into gear, everyone has been working together during drop off and pick up to make a big difference as we safely and efficiently welcome and dismiss over 550 students daily. Thank you all in advance for your efforts. A couple of points to remember:
- During DROP OFF please remember these seven rules:
1. The drop off time begins at 8:10 AM. Please do not drop students off before 8:10 AM as there is no supervision at that time.
2. Please drive slowly/cautiously on school grounds.
3. Pull your car all the way up as far as you can go (i.e., to the cone or directly behind cars lining up at the cone) before you drop off your child.
4. DO NOT PASS cars in line at drop off. Please wait until the car in front of you moves before you do.
5. Students should exit from the passenger side only.
6. Please use Johnson St. (Not Abbott St.) to enter and exit.
7. Do not park on Abbott St.
- During PICK UP please remember these six rules:
1. Pull your car all the way up as far as you can go (i.e., to the last cone or directly behind cars lining up at the cone) before you pick up your child.
2. Please drive slowly/cautiously on school grounds as students are entering their cars regularly.
3. Have all children enter cars from the right (sidewalk) side.
4. Students should enter cars on the passenger side only.
5. Please use Johnson St. (Not Abbott St.) to enter and exit.
6. Do not park on Abbott St.
Finally, parents are reminded that student drop off and pick up should be in the carpool area only. There should be no drop off or pick up of students on Abbott St. for safety reasons. Additionally, the pick up/drop off line runs briskly. We encourage all parents to stay in their cars and allow the children to buckle/unbuckle and open/close doors if possible. Please practice with children at home how to buckle and unbuckle themselves if they are unsure. Thank you.
If your child is a walker, please remind him/her to always stay on the sidewalks when walking to or from school and to walk and not run. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE WINTER MONTHS WHEN SNOW BECOMES A FACTOR. We remind them regularly at school but getting the message from you too at home will help. During both arrival and dismissal times traffic can be brisk and we want to ensure student get to and from home/school safely.
Working with the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (MSRS) unit (Part of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation), we have been focusing on pedestrian safety this year at the Sargent. In October, we had a representative from the MSRS along with NAPD Officer Mark Wilson talk to our students about pedestrian safety during our school-wide RAISE Assembly. Additionally, in December the MSRS came out at the Sargent working with our grade 2 students well as our Johnson and Abbott Street walkers on pedestrian safety. The goal is to educate our students about being safe in the community on our sidewalks and roads.
The school and district are in continuous process of revisiting, reviewing and tweaking our procedures (crisis and otherwise) to best ensure that our children are safe. Please be reminded of the following school rules for all visitors (parents):
1. The only door used for visitor entry at the Sargent School during the school day (8:10 AM - 3:30 PM) is the front door. All other doors will be locked all day and into the evening. For the Kids' Stop after school program and associated community program after school activities, visitors/parents should enter using the back "cafe" doors.
2. ALL visitors during the school day will be “buzzed in” and MUST report to and sign in at the office immediately upon arrival.
3. All visitors during the school day MUST wear an identification badge/label issued at the office.
4. If you are dismissing your child during the school day, student dismissal can occur at the OFFICE ONLY. Students will be called in their classrooms and report to the office to meet parents. NO STUDENT WILL BE DISMISSED TO PARENTS FROM HOMEROOMS OR FROM THE LIBRARY.
5. In order to ensure order and safety, parents are asked NOT to congregate on the playground (or near the overhang) during AM drop off/recess. Less adults means less activity during this very hectic time. It also enables more certainty of who is supposed to be near the children. If you have child who is anxious and in need of some support during this time, please contact our adjustment counselor and she will assist.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation with these rules and others to ensure the Sargent School is as safe an environment as possible.
If your child is going to be absent, please be sure to call the school’s absentee line (978-725-3673, ext. 3) and inform us either the night before or the morning of absence. In the message, please leave your child's name, homeroom teacher, and the reason for absence. We appreciate in advance your cooperation in this matter. Absent students without prior notification will receive an automated call home at approximately 10:30 AM indicating the child is absent. Thank you.
With the largest elementary school population in North Andover and only one secretary in the office, dismissal time can be hectic. To provide a smoother dismissal and to ensure students are dismissed correctly, parents are asked this year to follow the following new procedure: If there is to be a change in your child’s regular dismissal procedure, a dismissal note should be written and sent to school with your child that morning. No calls with dismissal changes will be accepted after 2:00 PM except in emergency cases only. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us to create a smooth and safe school dismissal for all.
On Early Release Wednesdays during the school year, the dismissal time is 2:00 PM for all students. These Wednesday dates are as follows:
9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/29, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 4/8, 4/15, 6/3, 6/10.
On all other Wednesdays, dismissal will be at regular time (3:00 PM). All Wednesday dates not listed above will be full days and thus students will be dismissed at 3:00 PM.
On Half-Days, dismissal will be @ 11:50 AM for all students. These dates are as follows:
10/20, 10/21, 11/26, and 6/22 (Scheduled last day of school with five snow days).
It is that time of year again: Winter. As cold weather is the norm, parents are asked to ensure their children are wearing clothing to school appropriate for the temperature outside. On most winter days, a winter coat, gloves/mittens, hat, and winter footgear is appropriate.
Additionally, barring extreme weather conditions (cold and/or wet) we will ALWAYS try to go outside for recess. I am a firm believer that kids need to release some of their boundless, physical energy during the school day. Students (and parents) are reminded that proper dress is required to go outside for recess during cold weather. Students who are not wearing appropriate clothing (including but not limited to proper coats/sweatshirts/jackets, long pants, covered footwear) will not be allowed to participate in outdoor recess during the cold days. Additionally, snow pants and boots are required to play in the snow.
I know, first hand, that mornings can be a lot of "fun" for parents negotiating with children regarding proper dress particularly in the upper grades. Please let me know if you'd like me to have a "pep talk" with your child regarding the appropriate clothing school rule. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
RAISE AT THE SARGENT
During the school year Sargent school students and staff do a host of school activities related to creating a positive school climate and RAISE (Respect, Achievement, Inclusion, Service and Empathy).
Early in the school year our school counselor talked to students about what to do if they are having conflicts with fellow students.
During the school year, we at the Annie L. Sargent School will continue our efforts this year to promote the values of RAISE (Respect, Achievement, Inclusion, Service, and Empathy) in our school community every school day. Organized by our School Climate Committee we will be promoting a sense of community among members of our Sargent family and continue the teachings, learnings and activities of students related to the principles of RAISE.
In the front lobby, we are changing up our RAISE bulletin board this year. Each month, a grade level (K-5) uses the board to highlight their work on one of the RAISE values. The first group was our Kindergarteners. They focused on "I"nclusion and showcased their work on multi-cultural traditions and celebrations through the holidays. Grade One classrooms read the book Officer Buckle and Gloria and wrote their own safety and "R"espect rules for the school. This month's theme is "S"ervice and Grade Two will be posting "100 Acts of Kindness." As part of “A”chievement, Grade One also gave us “Five Cool Reasons to Read” which came from our Read Across America Campaign. Take look next time you come in!
Also, our monthly RAISE assemblies that focus on various principles of RAISE. Assemblies include special guest speakers from the community, for example Officer Mark Wilson from the NAPD as well as students from NAHS. Additionally, NAHS Peer Leaders will be connecting and working with our fifth graders to teach/model for them principles of RAISE in the hopes that our fifth graders will enhance their own RAISE principles and be good role models for our K-4 students.
Our first school-wide RAISE assembly took place in October. One of the topics addressed during this assembly was pedestrian safety education (particularly fitting the day before Halloween). Officer Mark Wilson spoke with the students as well as Ms. Heather Ross from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Our November RAISE assembly’s theme was "S"ervice. Current service projects happening at the Sargent were highlighted and guest speakers discussed "S"ervice with the students.
In December our school-wide RAISE assembly focused on “I”nclusion as students sang winter/holiday songs from across the globe.
In January our RAISE Assembly focus was on “A”chievement. Selected students will participate by standing and speaking on individual "A"chievements. The question is posed, "What does "A"chievement look like at the Sargent School?" Using various props, students will stand and speak of "A"chievements ranging from "A black belt in Karate" to "I learned to zipper my on my coat" to "I learned to tie my sneakers" and/or to "I got an 'A' on my spelling test after I studied a lot."
In February we have some exciting RAISE activities afoot. As your child about our “Watch Out, Shout Out! It will “make you want to shout!”
In March, we ended our fun and engaging Read Across America initiative in our monthly RAISE Assembly. Mrs. Tepperman spearheaded the initiative and put together a marvelous slide show from the book "My Librarian Is A Camel." Mrs. Tepperman chose students from K-5 to help narrate the story for our assembly. The students were focused to learn about ways kids from around the world get books to read. Some books arrive to them by boat, airplane and even by camel! Mrs. Tepperman followed the slide show with a wonderful play entitled "The Incredible Boy Who Ate Books!" Members of the Sargent School Council performed the play! It was met with rave reviews! The Assembly ended with the School Council students carrying in the huge map that was updated the day before and our total mileage placed us in Utah! Ms. Lahey had arranged a surprise visit by 10 members of the drum line from NAHS. They followed the map into the gym with rousing excitement as they played dramatic drum rolls as each teacher loudly shared their classroom’s final number of mileage tickets! The anticipation of the kids was wonderful to see and the drum line played amazingly as the final mileage was tallied ~ and our final destination was somewhere beyond California ~ very close to Hawaii! The Assembly ended with introductions for each high school student who then congratulated the Sargent students and shared why they too, enjoy reading and some of their favorite books! All and all it was a high energy, successful two weeks of "Reading Across America" capped off with an amazing community-spirited assembly! Students are asking if we can do the same event for next year….. and who knows.....maybe we could circle the globe!!
Stay tuned to see what wonderful things we have planned in April!
This is a new age in which we live as there have been more and more elementary students with access to electronic devices and the Internet at home. Related to this, there has been an overall uptick in school of some student-to-student conflicts (in the upper grades, 4 & 5) with on-line postings, texting, phoning etc., etc. There were not a lot but more than you would think with elementary-aged students. Please be aware of your child's access and "doings" on line. We will be looking more into more formalized Internet safety information for students and parents this school year.
The MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) results for last year’s grade 3, 4, and 5 students were reported out by the State during the last week of September. There was a Sargent Parent MCAS Information Night in October to review the results and answer any MCAS-related questions.
The Sargent teachers and I meet throughout the year and reviewing the mountains of the results data from last year’s test, discovering strength and weakness trends as indicated by the data, and developing interventions to address weakness trends while maintaining strength trends