Silver Hill Elementary School
The Mission of Silver Hill Elementary School is to be a thriving learning environment that educates, inspires, challenges and nurtures the minds and well-being of our diverse population of children Kindergarten through Grade 5; where all children achieve at their optimum academic level and develop positive citizenship and character. Silver Hill supports the growth of the Whole Child and the continuous improvement of the teachers in collaboration with the families of Silver Hill and the Haverhill community.
Our students wrote their own version: The mission of Silver Hill is to educate, inspire, challenge and nurture all students (US). Our thriving learning environment (classroom & school) helps us build and develop higher academic skills, positive citizenship and character traits.
September 16, 2018
Dear Silver Hill Families,
Hope you had lots of family fun on this beautiful Sunday!
This year Haverhill Public Schools has adopted the theme, School Everyday. Excessive absences, dismissals, and coming to school late directly impact how you child performs in school. Students with good attendance outperform students who miss school regularly. We need your cooperation as parents and guardians in setting good examples by having your child in school each day on time and not dismissing him/her early. At our first ROARS assembly last Friday, I spoke to the students about the importance of coming to school everyday. Each month the class/classes with the best attendance will be rewarded with a variety of prizes. There is a School Everyday bulletin board in the school lobby that will show which classes are in the lead. I am hoping that EVERY class will win, with all families making your best effort to get your children to School Everyday on time so they can be successful learners!
We are asking for donations for school supplies for families in our school community. Although we have a school budget, these items can be costly and must be frequently replaced. Any and all items are appreciated, from backpacks, to markers, to pens. There will be a box in the office for you to drop off your donations, and I will be delivering them to the Mt. Washington Alliance on Wednesday, September 26. Thank you in advance for helping our school community!
We will be using our school website as the best way to share information on all school events, including grade level updates, information from our School Adjustment Counselor Amanda Symmes, and our Nurse Kelli Fetty. http://silverhill.haverhill-ps.org We also have a menu for PTO http://silverhill.haverhill-ps.org/pto-2/ We are working on getting our website updated, and appreciate any suggestions you may have!
Just a reminder that we serve breakfast starting at 8:30, and all students who are eligible for free lunch are also eligible for breakfast. When mornings are hectic, this is a great opportunity for your child to have his/her breakfast right at school.
Hope you’re easing into the school routines. As always, please call or e-mail if you have any questions.
August 26, 2018
Dear Silver Hill Families,
This is my back to school Weekend Update…and it’s a different one! Last year it was snow and now it’s heat! Due to the extreme heat expected this week and lack of air conditioning, Superintendent Marotta has called for early release days on Tuesday and Wednesday. That means that based on when the buses arrive I’d expect the students to be dismissed at 11:30. Breakfast starts at 8:30, and no lunches are served on early release days. The Y program is open so if you have made arrangements with them, you are all set. What a first day!
I apologize to those of you who have been anxiously waiting to hear who your child’s classroom teacher will be. We’ve had some last minute changes and letters have gone home for most of them. Colleen Wezesa will be teacher in grade 2, Room 205. Mrs. Wezesa is excited to join the grade 2 team! Laura Guimond will be taking the grade 5 position opened up by Mrs. Wezesa. Mrs. Guimond will be in Room 308. Mrs. Guimond taught grade 5 in Texas for seven years before moving to Massachusetts where she taught grade 5 in Fall River for the last two years, so she is new to Silver Hill but not to grade 5! Lori Caron accepted a transfer to teach grade 4 at Hunking, and Morgan Connell will be teaching that class in Room 311. Ms. Connell received her degree in Elementary Education from Stetson University in Florida, and last year did a full year student teaching as a grade 5 teacher in Florida before moving back to New England. We are happy to have their experience, and they are excited to join the Silver Hill family!
Mr. Gartner accepted a position closer to home, and Kevin Murphy will be our new Physical Education teacher. Mr. Parker and I were impressed by Mr. Murphy’s enthusiasm not just for the physical requirements of teaching, but his commitment to behavior and character standards. His experience with PBIS and involvement in the Haverhill community, where he is on the District Wellness Committee, makes him a great fit for the Silver Hill community. Mr. Murphy is coming to us from High Plain Elementary in Andover, where he was a long-term substitute for their physical education teacher.
I hope to see you all tomorrow night for Open House, 3:30 – 5:00. We will have representatives from transportation, the Mt Washington Alliance, PTO, and the YMCA to answer all of your questions.
I am excited about starting the new year as Silver Hill Elementary School. We have amazing staff, great family involvement, and of course, the best kids anywhere! It’s going to be an awesome year! J
See you tomorrow!
August 5, 2018
Hello Silver Hill Families!
Wow! My first Weekend Update for the 2018-2019 school year…I’ve had a wonderful summer but must admit I’m looking forward to having the kiddos back! And I bet you are, too JI hope everyone is enjoying a fun filled summer. It does fly by!
I wanted to send out a summer letter to give you some information on upcoming dates and events to slowly ease you back into the school routine.
First…It is with pleasure that I announce Brendon Parker as Silver Hill’s new Assistant Principal. Brendon is not new to Haverhill. He grew up here, graduated from HHS, taught at Golden Hill, and served as an Assistant Principal at JG Whittier and Consentino. For the last five years Brendon has been the Dean of Students at Marsh Grammar School in Methuen, a Pre-K – 8 school with 1350 students. His focus as Dean included academic curriculum and also PBIS implementation and data analysis and positive discipline. Brendon also worked with the guidance team to develop a “mental health aware environment”. With his background in working on Social-Emotional Learning, he is a perfect fit for our school community. He’s a hands on leader and is even looking forward to monitoring our lunches and recesses! (Yes, he really did say that!) I am excited about working together as an administrative team and welcome him to the Silver Hill community. If you have a chance in the next few weeks stop by and say hello, or introduce yourself at Open House.
To communicate with our families we will be frequently updating our web site. http://silverhill.haverhill-ps.org I will also be sending my Weekend (Sometimes Mid Week) Updates. Please use this web site as a reference for school information including calendar events, classroom news, resources from our specialists, and a link to PTO. Please let me know if there is something that you’d like us to include on our web page. Frequent communication with our families is always our goal!
Our Open House will be on August 27, from 3:30 – 5:00. A flyer is attached. Hope to see you all there!
The first day of school for grades 1-5 is Tuesday, August 28. Our school day begins at 9:00, students may begin arriving at 8:30. We do not have staff on hand before 8:30, so for the safety of your child/children we ask that you please do not drop them off before that time. Thank you in advance!
We will continue to house the YMCA program for before and after school child care from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. I have met with their director to increase the number of students they can enroll, so hopefully we’ll have more spaces. You will need to call the Y directly to reserve a space for your student/s. The number is 978-374-0506. https://www.northshoreymca.org/child-care-camps/after-school-program
Friday, August 31 is an early release day to begin our Labor Day Recess. Early Birds will be dismissed at 11:15, kindergarten walkers at 11:25, and each grade level about every five minutes after, starting with grade 1. No lunches are served on Early Release days.
Please be patient with buses for the first week or so. It takes a while to get the routes down, so the times may not be exact. IT has posted the neighborhood lines on the HPS web site and is working with the bus companies to include bus number assignments. Until then, Coppolla buses will have routes set in time for Open House. To find out your school neighborhood, go to the HPS web site under Transportation, http://www.haverhill-ps.org/transportation/school-assignments-by-street/ and type in your street name/number.
Kindergarten screenings will take place on August 28 – 30. I’ll be sending home the Welcome to Kindergartenpacket this week that will include assigned teachers, screening appointment times and lots of kindergarten information.
It’s going to be a great new school year at Silver Hill Elementary School!
Enjoy the rest of summer,
Dates to Remember
August 27 – Open House 3:30 -5:00
August 28 – First Day of School for students in grades 1-5
August 28, 29, 30 – Kindergarten Screening. Letters will be mailed home assigning your child’s
August 31 – Labor Day Recess – Early Release, Grades 1-5, No School for kindergarten
September 3 – No School – Labor Day
September 4 – No School – Labor Day Recess, State Primary
September 5 – 9:00 – Full day of school K-5
September 10 – Picture Day (October 22 – Retake Day)
September 10 – PTO Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
September 12 – Early Release for Students – Staff Professional Development
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June 18, 2018
Dear Silver Hill Families,
This will be my last Week Ahead for the school year and also for Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School. The entire school community should be extremely proud of the achievements of the school. Those achievements will continue. Silver Hill will continue to have dedicated, highly qualified staff and our goal will continue to “graduate” children who are not just academically prepared, but are “good kids” all around. We will continue to use our logo, N-I-C-E – Nurture, Inspire, Challenge, Educate. The school name doesn’t make the quality of a school, the people inside do. We are Silver Hill, and our Jaguars will always ROAR!
Special thanks to our outgoing PTO Board, Kristina Morowski, Andrea Barman, Nicole Kardos, Becca Marley, and Stacey Foster. And to Colleen O’Connell, our Box Top coordinator and school store Mom! Thanks, too, to Kerry Heusser who coordinated the Grade 5 Banquet and the Fifth Grade Fun Day obstacle course. The kids had a blast at both. And to ALL of our Silver Hill parents, guardians, and families. Silver Hill is so fortunate to have so many parents and guardians give so much time and energy to support their children’s education, as well making sure our students and staff enjoy special enrichment activities. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We have some final events during our last week:
Early Release due to expected extreme heat – Early Birds at 11:15, walkers and buses start at 11:30
9:30 – Fifth Grade Tour of Consentino
9:30 – Grade 4 Science Fair
10:30 – Incoming Bartlett students Meet and Greet with Grade 3 teachers
9:30 – Fifth Grade Tour of Whittier
ROARS Assembly– SAFETY – 3-5 – 9:30 K-2 – 10:30
Time TBD – Step Up Day for grades K-4
Friday, 6/22 – Last Day of School!
9:30 – End of the Year Video and 5thGrade Clap Out!!
Early Release – Early Birds at 11:15, walkers and buses start at 11:30
And then it’s off for summer! Thank you for sending us such wonderful children. For the families who are leaving Silver Hill, we will miss you and I wish you all the best! And for those of you returning, I’ll see you in August for a new school year as Silver Hill Elementary School, a school that ROARS!
And don’t forget…There is an early release today due to the expected extreme heat. Thank you to Superintendent Scully for his concern for our students and staff…especially those on the third floor!!
Wishing you lots of summer happiness,
*Haverhill Education Coalition’s Kickoff Summer Reading event – Monday, June 18th*
Dear Silver Hill Families,
I hope everyone enjoyed fun family time over the holiday weekend!
Hard to believe it’s June first on Friday! I know that many of you have questions regarding the Charter closing. Here are the most frequently asked so far:
1. What will the grade levels be for 2018-2019?
We have been notified of the following changes:
Grade 2017-2018 #classes 2018-2019 #classes K 5 2 1 4 4 2 4 4 3 4 5 – 1 from Bartlett 4 4 6 – 2 from Tilton 5 4 4
With the exception of one kindergarten teacher who wanted to stay as a kindergarten teacher and requested a transfer, all teachers at Silver Hill requested internal transfers within their licensure to remain at the school. So the grade levels may be different, but the faces will be the same!
2. Will Professional Development continue?
Yes! I will not be renewing our contract with Teaching and Learning Alliance (TLA), our largest professional development expense paid out of grants. Instead that money will be used to retain Alex Handel as a kindergarten/grade 1 interventionist. We have worked with the TLA consultants for three years, two years for Lucy Calkins Units of Study in Writing, and this year Lucy Calkins Units of Study in Reading. Teachers feel they no longer require the on-site professional development. Our TLA consultant will be with us two days a week for the next three weeks and will work with all grade levels to review and revise the first unit and trajectories so everyone, including teachers new to the grade level, will be ready for September. We also use a “train the trainer model” for a great deal of professional development, and alternating each week once a month all grade levels meet with the math coach, reading specialists/coaches, ESL teachers, Social-Emotional staff (School Adjustment Counselor and Student Support Center teacher). Our reading specialists have received professional development from Lesley University as well as a number of other opportunities and approximately 80% of our staff attended a summer course in guided reading at Lesley three summers ago. Any new staff transferred to Silver Hill will work with grade level teams and coaches to learn the workshop model. When I have been given the opportunity to hire new staff, I look for candidates with solid background in the practices used successfully at Silver Hill. We are standards based, and I do not see our curriculum changing except in the area of increased time on learning in the Next Generation Science standards.
3. What will happen to programs and staffing covered by Silver Hill grants?
I met with Darshan Thakker, Chief Academic Officer for Haverhill Public Schools, who will be writing the Title 1 grants. I feel confidant that Dr. Thakker and I will reach agreement on how the Silver Hill portion of those monies will be spent, using Silver Hill data.
I have met several times with Brian O’Connell and Kathy Smith, form HPS Business Office, to discuss our staffing paid by grants. We have agreements on who will continue to be funded either through HPS or grants.
Our ESY Summer Program will not run this year, as it had been funded with carry over Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School grant money. Since I start planning the ESY program back in January, I decided to not run it this year rather than anticipate funding that might not happen. But we would love to run it again! It was a very successful school based program, staffed with Silver Hill teachers who knew the students.
4. What are the neighborhood lines?
I have been told that Silver Hill has the neighborhoods on the Methuen side of 97, and Tilton will have those on the other side.
5. Will transportation be provided if you do not live within those lines?
I have been told that the same transportation will continue for “grandfathered” students who remain at Silver Hill.
6. How large will the classes be?
I do not have a firm answer on that, but when the Charter was at capacity our classes averaged around 24-25 students. I am hopeful that the class sizes will be equitable across the district. The two kindergarten classes are already almost full with our siblings (and children of staff!) and could reach 20 each class. I have requested that an ESP be assigned to kindergarten, the current practice in all other HPS.
7. Will we continue with PBIS?
Yes. PBIS and Second Step are the core of our Social-Emotional curriculum. The PBIS incentives (ROARS tickets/assemblies) are currently funded through our Student Activity account, and will continue. PTO also helps us out!
8. When does the Charter end?
The last day as Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School is June 30. I am optimistic about our transition, and have been in frequent contact with the Department of Education about closing procedures. I have two more conference calls lined up to finalize the closing, all due by June 30 with the Annual Report.
The Charter status ends…but with the support of our families and commitment of our staff, we ARE Silver Hill and who we are and what we do will remain the same!
I will keep you posted on any news that I receive regarding the closing, and as always feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
We have some special events coming up each week! This week, as part of our school wide study of the history of Haverhill, grade 3 will visit the Whittier House. Ms. Alves and Mr. Rittenour’s classes will go today, and Mrs. Perez and Ms. Quigley tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 30, our kindergarten History of Haverhill Shoe Project Presentations will take place in the cafeteria from 9:30 to 10:00. The children are very excited to show off their hard work and tell you about Haverhill’s special shoes!
Field Day is Friday, June 1st. The Committee has been working hard and there will be some fun changes this year. And Kona Ice WILL be back! J
Special thank you to Colleen O’Connell for opening the School Store for us this Wednesday!
The weeks will fly by from here on in…Enjoy!
Mrs. Burns’ 4th Grade Class celebrating RED NOSE DAY!