Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School
Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School is a thriving learning environment that nurtures, inspires, challenges and educates the minds and well-being of our diverse population of children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 where all children will achieve their optimal academic level and develop positive citizenship and character traits.
We support the growth of the Whole Child and the continuous professional development of the teachers in collaboration with the families of Silver Hill and the Haverhill Community. The vision of Silver Hill as a Horace Mann Charter is to provide our community with leadership in instructional practices, site based management by staff and parents, and increased community involvement in schools.
Our students wrote their version: The Mission of SHHMCS is to be NICE – Nurture, Inspire, Challenge, and Educate all students (Us!). Our thriving learning environment (classroom & school) helps us build and develop higher academic skills, positive citizenship and character traits.
Read Across America
March 3, 2014
Please join the Silver Hill Jaguars in a special celebration of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America. During the month of March, we will try to read at least one book from each state. Books can be selected based on story setting location or author’s home. As students read books at home or school, they will record the title and state so we can place them on our map located outside the Library. A great website listing 50 States Books is: http://mrsmcgowan.com/books/50states
Please join us in completing our goal and Happy Reading!
March Calendar of Events
- 3/5 Early Release 11:35 - Staff In-Service
- 3/5 Board of Trustees 5:30pm – library
- 3/6 PARCC Informational Session – Haverhill High School 6:30pm
- 3/7 Honors Assembly – P.R.I.D.E. Assembly
- 3/7 Marks Close K-4
- 3/10 PTO Meeting 6:00 pm - library
- 3/18 MCAS – Grade 4 Long Composition
- 3/19 MCAS – Grade 3 ELA Session 1
- 3/19 Report Cards Grades K-4
- 3/20 MCAS – Grade 3 ELA Session 2
- 3/21 MCAS – Grades 3 & 4 Make-Ups
- 3/25 MCAS – Grade 4 ELA Session 1
- 3/26 MCAS -Grade 5 ELA Session 1
- 3/27 MCAS – Grade 4 ELA Session 2
- 3/28 MCAS – Grade 5 ELA Session 2
- 3/28 Marks Close Grade 5
- 3/31 MCAS – Grades 4 & 5 Make-Ups
Coffee with the Principal
Coffee With the Principal
Topic: Standards Based Report Cards
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
there will only be an evening Coffee
Principal Shepherd will present an informational session on the new standards-based report card to be piloted this year in grades K-4. There will be a teacher from each grade level present to answer any questions you may have regarding that particular grade’s report card.
Please RSVP by Thursday, March 6, 2014
Notes from the Principal
Dear Silver Hill Families,
Someone once said nothing happens in March. Let me tell you, in schools this is not the case! March is a packed month, so this will be one of my longer letters. J I’ll also catch you up on some Silver Hill activities from January and February. Sorry for the delay, the months just seem to be flying by!
Wrestling for Reading Fundraiser
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to and attended our Wrestling for Reading Fundraiser held on January 25. Our cafeteria was transformed into the Fantini Arena, and the crowd of over 200 spectators was treated to a fun filled wrestling tournament provided by the Atlantic Pro Wrestling. Our own Silver Hill alumni, Cody Ward emerged as the winner of the Silver Hill Wrestling Tournament Belt, proving that good sportsmanship, athleticism, and being the “good guy” prevails! Fans enjoyed hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, and other refreshments at the concession stand organized and manned by Rich Dellea and our Board of Trustees. A VERY special thank you goes to the Habib family, David and Crystal, and their daughters Alicia (Grade 5) and Kaylee (Grade 1) who presented the idea for this fundraiser, organized and manned the event, and contacted the many sponsors who donated to make it such a successful evening. Ali Habib even had an impressive performance as an emcee, clearing the rope as she entered the ring! A good time was had by all, and almost $4000 was raised to purchase books for our classroom libraries! Thank you to all of the following sponsors, and the Habibs for making this event possible.
Fantini Bakery, Haverhill Bank, Sherwin Williams, Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods, Inc., EZ Way Cleaners, S.S. Maguire Management, LLC, Athens Pizza, Academy Lanes, Lakeview Kitchen, Ski Bradford, Sandlot Beach Club, Dollar Valley, German Shepherd Resource and Rescue, Dunkin Donuts, Heavenly Donuts-Bradford, Haverhill Girls Softball League, Wicked Big Café, Westgate Cleaners, 99 Restaurant-River Street, Paul Geggis, Amazement Play Center, Pizzeria Eros, Barking Dog Ale House, YMCA, Holland Flowers, Chunky’s Cinema, DeCicco and Father Construction, Foto Factory, Triad Associates, Inc., Flowers by Steve, Sandlot Sports, Laser Craze, TD Bank, Law Offices of Eric R. Brown, Quintanna Supply, Jimmy’s Famous Pizza, Haverhill Gazette, Edible Arrangements, Papa Gino’s, Joseph’s Trattoria, Benedetti’s Deli, Cedarland, Royal Nails, Jump On In, Chick’s Roast Beef.
The Leslye Kylkuski Leveled Library
Staff held a breakfast to present our very dedicated (and determined!) librarian, Leslye Zylkuski, a plaque dedicating our new Leslye Zylkuski Leveled Library. As you know, we have been building up our leveled book resources, including our very successful Wresting for Reading fundraiser. Leslye began leveling and organizing the books that we already had even before the school year started, adding the books purchased this year, to develop a comprehensive inventory for both fiction and non-fiction text. For months, Leslye has been compiling book collections and keeping the inventory up to date. Then she, with the help of her husband Gene (also our Board Chair!) their son Alex, and our reading specialist Diane Palmaccio, transformed our Room 100 into the most impressive leveled library. This has given us a clearer picture of what we still need to add for mentor text aligned to our curriculum, and what to purchase for our classroom libraries to provide enough “just right” books to give our students daily access to good literature at their “just right” reading levels. Leslye’s work has given Silver Hill a wonderful resource library for students and staff. Thank you Leslye!
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Site Visit
On Tuesday, February 25, we welcomed a team from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for our follow up visit from February 2013. The team was made up of two DESE Accountability Specialists who oversee curriculum and instructional programs, the DESE Access and Equity Coordinator, who oversees the required guidelines for special education and English Language Learners programs, and a principal from another charter school. They spent the day meeting with our Board of Trustees, teachers, and me, reviewing our Board governance policies, curriculum and instructional programs, and conducting classroom observations. Although the final report will not be issued for several weeks, their summary at the end of their visit was, in their words, “very positive”. They commented on the “collaborative efforts of the staff… and the engaged, well behaved students.” We already knew that! The final report will represent that Silver Hill has met the criteria for having a comprehensive and cohesive educational program, fully aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks incorporating the Common Core. This reflects the enormous amount of curriculum work completed by teachers during their professional development time and carried over into classroom practices, all staff working collaboratively to enhance our instructional practices, and the support that we receive from our Silver Hill families in being part of your child’s education. It is a tribute to the passion and persistence that our school community shares in working together to continuously make Silver Hill an exemplary learning environment for our students.