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. 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, 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 1:30 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, 6/24 (Scheduled last day of school with five snow days).
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! North Andover CAM Studios recorded it and will be airing on CAM North Andover on the educational channel beginning on Monday 9/28/15:
- Comcast (ch. 99)
- Verizon (ch. 28)
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 focussed 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! This event wonderful event was sponsored by our very generous Sargent School PTO.
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"
Later on this year, she will speak to the students about bullying in a program entitled, Stop Bullying Before It Starts and discuss:
- Different types of bullying (i.e. – verbal, social, physical, cyber)
- Roles individuals play in bullying
- When bullying is actually a crime
- What an individual can do to prevent bullying as a victim, bystander or the bully him or herself.
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).
The MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) accountability results and report cards for last year’s third and fourth grade students will be reported out by the State sometime this fall. Grade four and five students will be bring home the MCAS results in backpacks on October 5th.
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 2015-2016 MCAS testing schedule for grade 3, 4 and 5 students is listed below.All grade third, fourth and fifth grade parents are asked to please refrain from scheduling doctor’s appointments, family vacations, etc. during MCAS testing days/periods. Thank you for your support.
MCAS 2015-2016 Sargent Spring Testing Dates
(Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Math (& Science for grade 5)