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Important Dates

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:44 AM by Edward Foster   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 4:44 PM ]

Below is the Sargent calendar as of 6-4-17. Please check Sargent Important Dates regularly for adds, deletes, changes and important notices)

6/5-9

*Breakfast Buddies

-Mon. 6/5 K

-Tues. 6/6 1

-Wed. 6/7 2

-Thurs. 6/8 3&4

-Fri. 6/9 5

7:30-8:25 AM / Cafe

6/6

NAMS move up day for grade 5

6/6

Gr. 3 Field Trip Wenham Museum

6/6

Gr. 4 Field Trip Museum of Science

6/7

**Early Release

1:45PM / Sargent

6/8

Grade 5 Academic Night

6-7 PM/ classrooms & cafe

6/9

Field Day (Students only)

6/12

Firehouse Presentation K-2 (Students and staff only)

TBA / Blacktop

6/13

NASEC Assembly: 3-5 UNH Red Wagon Performance (Students and staff only)

8:45-9:30/ Cafe

6/13

Grade 3 End-of-Year Party

TBA

6/14

Flag Day (Students and staff only)

AM / Blacktop

6/14

Brooks Day Field Trip for grade 5

6/14

NASEC Assembly: K-2 UNH Red Wagon Performance (Students and staff only)

1:35-2:20 PM/ Cafe

6/15

Kindergarten End of Year Party

11-12 / Reynolds

6/16

Brooks Field Trip Grade 5 (Rain Date)

6/16

School Spirit Day: Crazy Outfit Day

6/16

Grade 2 End of Year Party

11-12 noon / Sargent Garden

6/16

Summer Reading Assembly (K-2, 3-5)

PM / Gym or Cafe

6/20

Gr. 1 End of Year Party

1:15-2:15 PM / near tree outside

6/22

Gr. 4 End of Year Party

12:16-1:01 / field near pick up

6/22

Final RAISE Assembly (Students and staff only)

1:30 PM / Gym

6/23

Clap Out for fifth graders. (Students and staff only. Gr. 5 parents invited to gym)

AM / Schoolwide

6/23

Last Day of School/Half Day/11:50 STUDENT dismissal

11:50 PM student dismissal / Sargent

  • *Indicates PTO event

  • **EARLY RELEASE WEDNESDAYS. On SOME Wednesdays during the school year the early release dismissal time is 1:45 PM. All students will be dismissed at 1:45 PM on the following Wednesdays: (9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 12/7, 12/21, 1/4, 1/25, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/7)

  • On 11/23 & 6/23 (tent. last day of school if 5 snow days), dismissal will be @ 11:50 AM.




MCAS at the Sargent

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:29 AM by Edward Foster   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 1:37 PM ]

Last year's (2015-2016) MCAS student result reports were sent home in grade 4 and grade 5 student backpacks on September 30th. Please contact your child's teacher and/or school administration if you have any questions.

The following are some other important points related to MCAS 2:

        • As you may know, all Commonwealth public school students from grades 3-10 will be taking the first year of MCAS 2 in the spring. The FINAL Sargent MCAS 2 grade level testing dates are as follows:

Grade

ELA

Math

Science

3

4/4, 4/5, 4/6

5/16, 5/17

NA

4

4/25, 4/26, 4/27

5/18, 5/19

NA

5

4/25, 4/26, 4/27

5/18, 5/19

5/22, 5/23


  • Again, the MCAS 2 will be a NEW test this spring for ALL students in the Commonwealth in terms of the specifics including guidelines, testing mode, training modules, practice tests, etc., etc. There is an understanding/expectation that it will take some time before teachers and students in the Commonwealth (and North Andover) become comfortable with this new test. We will all be working to familiarize ourselves appropriately with the new test over the next few months. Patience and understanding will be a virtue:)
  • All ELA and Math MCAS 2 tests will be done on computers. (This is the direction the DESE is going across the Commonwealth.) This is a change from how students have taken these tests in the past. In the coming months, grade 3-5 students will be begin to familiarize themselves with this testing mode by spending some time with basic keyboarding and using computers in school on MCAS 2 practice test training modules provided by the DESE.
  • 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/sessions.
  • I think that is it for now on news related to MCAS 2. Anything new that comes up I’ll share with you accordingly. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Internet Safety

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:28 AM by Edward Foster

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.

Elementary School Resource Officer / ALICE Information

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:25 AM by Edward Foster   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 4:53 PM ]

Last year, Officer Kara Caffrey began as the NAPS Elementary Schools’ Resource Officer. Officer Caffrey works as yet another resource in the NAPS’s elementary schools helping to educate and support North Andover kids and families. You will often see Officer Caffrey visiting the Sargent and at Sargent after school functions getting to know the kids in a positive way. Make sure you give her a big hello when you see her!

I know you have heard that the Sargent School as well as the entire NAPS district is adopting ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) this year to enhance lockdown safety procedures. To date, all NAPS staff members have been trained and ALL NAPS schools have had their ALICE parent information nights. In addition, ALL NAPS students (Including Sargent's) have had grade appropriate ALICE presentations put on by Officer Caffrey and Freddy.

We had our first a scheduled ALICE drill at the Sargent in the afternoon on 3/9. Both NAPS police and fire participated. (All NAPS schools had similar ALICE drills.) This first drill is “purposely announced” to all in the school community (kids, staff, parents) so we could best begin to get used to the new way of doing things. The drill can be considered an "enhanced lockdown" and we used language related to the scenario that there is an intruder in the building. There was some barricading of doors/rooms, but no evacuation scheduled. It went very well for the first time doing it.

The Sargent School engaged in our second planned lockdown DRILL on 6/1 utilizing many of our new ALICE procedures including using the language related to the scenario that there is an intruder in the building, locking of doors/rooms and some barricading of doors/rooms. Some classes also evacuated the building. NAPD were on hand and participated as well.

Similar to fire drills, these ALICE drills will be occurring periodically throughout the school years in the future in all North Andover schools so we can best prepare ourselves in ensuring the safety of North Andover students during a potential crisis. Sargent students and staff as well as NAPD did a wonderful job during the drill. We will use this experience to continue to enhance our potential crisis response. Please contact me if you have any questions.

RAISE at the Sargent

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:24 AM by Edward Foster   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 4:48 PM ]

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 will talk 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!” Also, our monthly RAISE assemblies that focus on various principles of RAISE. Assemblies include special guest speakers from the community, for example we’ve had in the past Officer Mark Wilson and Kara Caffrey from the NAPD as well as students from NAHS.

Finally, each month we have a school-wide RAISE Assembly in which we celebrate one of the principles of RAISE as a school community. In September, the RAISE Assembly was focussed on" Achievement through Perseverance." A few students from grades 4 and 5 worked with our librarian Courtney Ahearn as she read aloud a book about perseverance. The book was called Try Again, Sally Jane by Mary Diestel-Feddersen. Students acted out parts of the book as she read. As students held up RAISE signs to kick off the assembly, a mystery guest (A student from Miss Shannon's class) appeared wearing a red cape holding the letter 'P" for Perseverance, which turned RAISE in PRAISE for working hard to achieve!  To help define perseverance, students from 3rd grade made a poster that read "Try, try, try again."  The poster has found a permanent home outside our library. Later in the week, examples of  student perseverance were given by teachers for our Friday Shout Outs, and will continue to be our focus this year.  All of this connects wonderfully to our work in the classroom with the Growth Mindset.  

October was focused on Respecting yourself and others through walking safety. We combined the Safe Routes work with the lower grades to focussed on walking safety. School Resource Officer Kara Caffrey spoke to the students on Friday, which was the day of our Monster Mash and Halloween weekend.  Officer Caffrey answer a wide assortment of questions from the students regarding walking safety when trick or treating.

During our November RAISE Assembly our very own Courtney Ahearn dazzled the students with a story by Jacqueline Woodson which was projected in full screen to the students. Courtney's very animated story telling was a wonderful prelude to the students attending the wonderful district assembly at the High School where they were able to meet  award winning author and have her take questions from them. Her message was one of Respect, Achievement and Inclusion.

In December was our annual Holiday Sing-a-long. Each grade level was able to stand and show off their multi-talents with the accompaniment of our master of music, Mr. Shelkowitz!  Various Sargent cultural holiday celebrations were highlighted as well. And, no Holiday Sing-A-Long would be complete without the appearance of our secret guest dancing performance of Frosty the Snowman! Great time was had by all. It was a great day for Inclusion and Respect at the Sargent. 

We continued with our RESPECT theme during January's Assembly.  We did the "Mannequin Challenge" where by some classes "froze in place to demonstrate what RESPECT looks like in their classrooms. The students were creative and purposeful in showing an array of poses. It was a lot of fun and we hope to have another Mannequin Challenge in before June. A group of teachers lead by our guidance counselor did a brief skit illustrating the "Zones of Self-Regulation" that were both fun and impactful.

In February, Massachusetts State Trooper Bob Holland. A graduate of Sargent School and North Andover Middle and High Schools.Trooper Holland spoke to our students regarding the importance of  Respect and what that has meant to his career as a three sport varsity Captain at NAHS and Captain of his football team at Stonehill College. He shared stories of becoming a Massachusetts State Trooper and why Respect is at the very core of all that he does. Sargent School awarded Trooper Holland its 1st  Alumni Respect Award. 

For March, NAHS Band members were in attendance to celebrate the unveiling of our amazing painting of our school mascot "the Sargent Shark" by the renowned painter Rob Surrette.  Thanks to the generous contribution from our PTO, the unveiling was met by awe inspired applause as our PTO President Sheryl Sciaudone and Assistant Superintendent Greg Gilligan pulled the tarp away revealing our beautiful new Mascot!! During the same assembly we honored our very own Librarian Extraordinaire ~ Mrs. Courtney Ahearn! Mrs. Ahearn was the recipient of MSLA Presidents Award. As part of our celebration four students from the 3rd grade read a Dr. Suess like "Proclamation" (written by our very on Mrs. Gildea in 3rd grade) congratulating her on this wonderful honor! We surprised Mrs. Ahearn by having her parents and her husband join us in placing a crown and sash to acknowledge this wonderful, well-earned award! 

Also in March we had a second assembly at the end of March when Read Across America and Beyond activities culminated with a video of each classroom's "reading travels" throughout the US and beyond, as well as Boston Marathon Race Director speaking about the runners from all over the world and share his new children's book on "Perseverance." 

Finally, May’s RAISE assembly initially was focused on how to use our new “Buddy Bench” which will be located on the playground shortly! It ended up being much more. During our RAISE Assembly, we welcomed Mrs. Kate Middlemiss as our featured speaker. Kate is a former Kindergarten teacher. She and her husband founded the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation, in honor of their son, Joseph, who passed away at age six from cardiomyopathy.  The Foundation's objectives is to promote “Random Acts of Kindness” on local, national and international fronts, and to educate children on the power of kindness by supporting the efforts of schools. The foundation contributions aid research and spread awareness of childhood heart conditions while providing financial, social and emotional assistance to families impacted by these.

The Buddy Bench is a very generous donation sponsored by the Roberts family in memory of their son, Nicholas.  During the assembly, Mrs. Roberts and her daughter, Leyla, who is a Sargent 1st grader, were asked to join our celebration by sitting on the newly christened Buddy Bench during our assembly in the gym. The Buddy Bench has small heart on it with Nicholas and Leyla’s name engraved on it. The Buddy Bench will soon have a permanent home outside on the grounds of Sargent School!

It was an inspiring assembly! Mrs. Middlemiss was wonderful in  explaining the ripple effects of kindness in large and small ways and how our individual choices can affect others in positive ways both big and small. The Buddy Bench, and what it represents was enthusiastically received by students and staff alike. It is a wonderfully welcomed addition to our Sargent community and helps accent our RAISE values. A sincere thanks goes out to the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation and the Roberts family!

Dismissal and Early Dismissal

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:22 AM by Edward Foster

DISMISSAL

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.


EARLY DISMISSAL

On Early Release Wednesdays during the school year, the dismissal time is 1:45 PM for all students. These Wednesday dates are as follows: (9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 12/7, 12/21, 1/4, 1/25, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/7)

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: 11/23, 6/23 (Scheduled last day of school with five snow days.)


Attendance

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:21 AM by Edward Foster

Absent. 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.

Tardy. First bell for the students to enter the school for homeroom is at 8:25 AM. There is no outside supervision after 8:25 AM as staff getting to classrooms to begin the school day. If a student arrives after 8:35 AM, he/she is late. Parents should come into the office and “sign the student in” if he/she is arriving after 8:35 AM.


Security Procedures

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:20 AM by Edward Foster

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):

  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 school 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.


Bus

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:19 AM by Edward Foster

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.

Walkers

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:18 AM by Edward Foster

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 third year in a row, the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program workers and Sargent parent volunteers will come to the Sargent to work with and train our second graders and “walkers” on pedestrian safety. Stay tuned


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