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 530 students daily. Thank you all in advance for your efforts. A couple of points to remember:
- During DROP OFF please remember these seven rules:
- 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.
- Please drive slowly/cautiously on school grounds.
- 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.
- DO NOT PASS cars in line at drop off. Please wait until the car in front of you moves before you do.
- Students should exit from the passenger side only.
- Please use Johnson St. (Not Abbott St.) to enter and exit.
- Do not park on Abbott St.
- During PM Car Pool PICK UP please remember these six rules:
- Only those cars with a Sargent issued name placard are able to pick up students. If you do not have a placard, drivers need to park and go to the office to sign out the child with proper identification.
- 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.
- Please drive slowly/cautiously on school grounds as students are entering their cars regularly.
- Have all children enter cars from the right (sidewalk) side. Students should enter cars on the passenger side only.
- Please use Johnson St. (Not Abbott St.) to enter and exit.
- Do not park on Abbott St.
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.
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. 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.
In October, for the second year in a row, the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program workers and Sargent parent volunteers came to work with and train our second graders and “walkers” on pedestrian safety. It was well received. Ask you students (grade 2 and walkers) about the pedestrian pointers they learned!
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. During the school year students and staff will be participating in several fire, evacuation and shelter-in-place drills run by the North Andover Police and Fire departments respectively. Additionally, please be reminded of the following school rules for all visitors (parents):
- 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.
- ALL visitors during the school day will be “buzzed in” and MUST report to and sign in at the office immediately upon arrival.
- All visitors during the school day MUST wear an identification badge/label issued at the office.
- 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.
- 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, 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. 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 1:45 PM for all students. These Wednesday dates are as follows:
9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, 1/6, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11, 5/25, 6/1, 6/15
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:
10/19, 10/20, 11/25, 6/22 (As of 5/1, 6/22 is scheduled last day of school.)
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 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.
We will continue our tradition of “Watch out, Shout out! Fridays” where RAISE-worthy deeds during the week are recognized on the intercom between refrains of The Isley Brothers/Otis Day and the Nights: “You Make Me Want To Shout!” 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. 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 last year Officer Mark Wilson from the NAPD as well as students from NAHS.
Our September school-wide RAISE assembly took place on September 24th where we were OUTSIDE and celebrated the Sargent Elementary School’s 20th year anniversary AND the completion of our new playground! The weather was perfect as was the celebration. In the celebration, our focus was on SERVICE and we recognized those in our community who provided services to the Annie L. Sargent School over the years and currently including the kids, staff, parents, PTO, PTO playground committee, school district administration, town officials, community members, local organizations and even the Calzetta sisters who previously owned the land where the Sargent sits! Performers included many of our students and the North Andover High School Drum Line and Choral Group. It was a wonderful time!
In October, the 5th grade students did a skit with them asking "What does Respect really mean?" Our new resource officer, Kara Caffrey, took part in the skit by answering questions the students had around self-respect, respect for each other, teachers, parents, and respecting school property. This Assembly also featured the introduction of the Sargent School Dancers called the "RAISE 'em ups!" There were 24 dancers who performed to the Aretha Franklin song R-E-S-P-E-C-T! The students were so excited to see their teachers, teaching assistants and our new Liberian breaking out the dance moves and sending home the point that everyone needs a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T! It was a fun and engaging event for all! We are hopeful the "RAISE 'em ups" will be back for another commanding performance in future Assemblies!
In November, Our RAISE Assembly was special treat students and staff. During the assembly, local artist Rob Surette focused his Art performance on ACHIEVEMENT. His unique painting show was a wonderful example for all of the kids and staff to learn about perseverance and hard work being factors in true Achievement. It was an “electric” event for all! Our very generous Sargent School PTO sponsored this event wonderful event.
In December, we had our annual RAISE/Holiday Sing-a-long assembly. Frosty visited and it was a good time had by all in recognizing and celebrating together as a community ALL of the RAISE principles.
In January, our monthly RAISE assembly’s focus was on “I”nclusion as we focused on “I”nclusion related to the inclusion of all and the teachings of Martin Luther King. Stay tuned for a video montage of what “Inclusion” means to the Sargent Community.
In February, we had our Read Across America kick off assembly. During the month of March the Sargent will be celebrating “A”chievement in reading as we literally “Read Across America” while visiting our nation’s National Parks along the way to join in on the celebration of the 100thyear birthday. Additionally, three authors will be visiting the Sargent this month to explore writing with the children. Good times!
In March, we celebrated the “A”chievement of completing our Read Across America program. The Sargent students, staff and families did in fact “read” across America while simultaneously visiting several or our Nation’s National Parks. Kudos to all involved in this great program.
In April we celebrated Inclusion and sang “Take me out to the ball game!” to kick off the Red Sox season. World Series here we come!
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER
A hearty Sargent Welcome goes our to our newest NAPS Elementary Schools’ Resource Officer Kara Caffrey! Officer Caffrey works as yet another resource in the NAPS’s elementary schools helping to educate and support North Andover kids and families.
In October, Officer Caffrey conducted an assembly for our third, fourth and fifth graders: Think Before You Send – Digital Communication Responsibility. In the assembly Officer Caffrey gave an “age appropriate discussion” with students about social media, Internet safety and cyberbullying (and how to prevent it). Specific points were the following:
- Privacy online
- Keeping yourself and you're personal information safe online online vs. in person friends
- legal issues (just when the police could get involved)
- cyber bullying
- "if you wouldn't want it on a billboard don't say it online"
This is a new age in which we live as there have been more and more elementary students with access to electronic devices, Internet at home, and social media. Related to this, there has been an overall uptick in school of some student-to-student conflicts (mainly in the upper grades, 4 & 5) with on-line postings, texting, Instagram, Snapchat, etc., etc. These sorts of conflicts can have a negative affect on students socially, emotionally and academically. Please be aware of your child's access and "doings" on line and contact us if we can provide any assistance.
Related to this, NAPS Elementary School Resource Officer Kara Caffrey spoke with grade 3, 4 and 5 students this past October about Digital Communication Responsibility entitled: Think Before You Send – Digital Communication Responsibility. During the assembly, Officer Caffrey had an “age appropriate discussion” with students about social media, Internet safety and cyberbullying (and how to prevent it).
Grade four and five students brought home their MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) results in backpacks on October 5th. MCAS accountability results for last year’s third, fourth and fifth grade Sargent students were reported out by the State in December and we had our Sargent Parent Presentation in 2/24 and 2/25 to review Sargent’s results, accountability status and the strategies we are employing this year to maintain our strengths and address our challenges.
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. The 2016 MCAS testing schedule for grade 3, 4 and 5 students is listed below. (Please note that it was announced that Massachusetts’s grade 4 students will not be participating in the Writing Long Composition section of the test this year.)
The Sargent School Spring 2016 Testing dates are as follows:
MCAS 2016 Sargent Spring Testing Dates
(Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Math Session 1
Math Session 2
Math Session 1
Math Session 2
Math Session 1
Math Session 2
Sci./Tech./Eng. Session 1
Sci./Tech. /Eng.Session 2
Testing start times begin promptly at 8:45 AM for most sessions and can extend throughout the day. All third, fourth and fifth grade parents are asked to please refrain from scheduling student doctor’s appointments, family vacations, etc. during the above MCAS testing days/periods.
Additionally, the following are some minor testing changes for this year: The MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) is designed to measure each individual student's academic progress, as well as each school system's delivery of instruction. Our teachers and principals have been working very hard to insure that we provide excellent opportunities to learn and grow.
As you may be aware, North Andover will be taking the MCAS this spring while the state is developing MCAS 2.0 for 2017. Per the determination of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, in spring 2016 the MCAS tests in grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics will be augmented with a limited number of PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Careers) items in order to help make statewide comparisons easier and to offer students and staff the opportunity to experience PARCC items while new assessments for 2017 and beyond are being developed. PARCC tests use more open-ended, performance-based questions. Scores from the MCAS portion of the test will be reported as usual, and the Department intends to report performance on the PARCC items as a standalone reporting category that will not be factored into students' MCAS scores.
The table below shows the item types that will appear on the spring 2016 MCAS tests for grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics. In addition, as previously announced, the ELA Composition for grades 4 and 7 will not be administered in spring 2016.
MCAS item types (grade 3: 41 total items; grades 4–8: 40 total items)
- Short-response (grade 3 only)
PARCC narrative writing task
- Evidence-based selected response (EBSR) items (4 items)
- One narrative writing response
MCAS item types (grade 3: 36 total items; grades 4–8: 42 total items)
PARCC items (6 total items)
- Type I (Multiple-Choice, Multiple-Select, Fill-in-the-blank; 1 or 2 points per item)
- Type II (Constructed-Response; 4 points per item)
- Type III items (Constructed-Response; 3 points per item)
The PARCC narrative writing task will be administered during a timed section of Session 2 with extended time for students with disabilities. The PARCC Mathematics items will be administered during both Session 1 and Session 2 (there is no separate section for Mathematics, as there is for English Language Arts).