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.
Silver Hill Accepts Team Zylkuski’s ALS Challenge
Grade 5 Band
All Grade 5 students who participating in the band program are asked to return their sign up sheets NO LATER THAN Wednesday, September 17th.
Students may pick up their instruments at Haverhill High School on Wednesday evening from 3:30-6:30.
Band lessons will begin on Monday morning, September 22nd at 8:15 am in the music room.
Make up day for pictures will be on Monday, October 27, 2014
If you have forgotten to send your student with the order envelope, please forward it to the school before Friday, September 19th.
September 8, 2014
Dear Silver Hill Families,
Is it just me, or is summer getting much shorter! It was a quick one, but it’s good to be back into the swing of things. It’s not nearly as much fun without the kids! On behalf of all of my staff, I want to welcome back our “old” friends and welcome all of our new families. We are returning with 595 students, including 91 new kindergartners and 31 new students in grades 1-5, so we have many new faces and names for me to learn! We also welcome several new staff. Stephanie Reiland is our new Academic Support teacher. Stephanie was hired last year as a special education ESP, so her energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude are already known to us all! Scott Singleton, who was with us part time last year as our school based Lahey clinician, is our new School Adjustment Counselor. Scott made many connections with our students and families last year, and we are fortunate to now have him on staff in this new counseling position. Alexandra Handel has joined our first grade team, coming to us from Lawrence where she taught second grade for one year and first grade for the last three years. Her upbeat personality and experience make her a great fit for our dynamic grade one team! Jennifer Gagnon is a new special education ESP. Jen did her student teaching with us last year and we were very happy to be able to find a spot to keep her! And our last “new hire” is a familiar face to most of you. Chris Saab is now an official member of the staff, joining us as a special education ESP in kindergarten. We already know from Chris’ PTO leadership what a strong advocate she is for students and teachers, and we are thrilled to have her as part of the Silver Hill team!
During all of the orientations, I told families that I know you are trusting us with your “babies” and we will make sure that they have a safe, happy, and challenging learning experience here at Silver Hill. Especially for you new kindergarten parents, I know first hand how hard it is to send that little one off to school, taking photos as they hop on the bus, and knowing that they are beginning a brand new stage of growing up and new found independence. Many of you have heard me say, “The kids are way more resilient than us parents.”
As I look back over my own sons’ first day pictures, through elementary, middle, high school, and off to college, it always reminds me of how special that first day is every year, and how it marks so many new beginnings. Several years ago when my oldest was going off to college, a parent sent me the following article. I’d like to share it with you… think it says it all.
I look forward to working with you and your child in a year filled with meaningful, rigorous, and fun learning experiences.
Mike Levine, Times Herald-Record: The First Day of School
September 5, 2006
I wrote this column a decade ago. Since then, parents have told me it’s a way they mark the arrival of September’s first school bus. I’ve added a few lines for today. Here’s to a safe and healthy year for all our children.
Quick, before they leave this morning. Take a good look. Touch their faces, run your hands through their hair.
We got antsy with them last month, but now we want time to stand still. Like falling leaves and chilly mornings, some great force signals us today. We are aware of life passing.
See the kindergartner with a brave, bewildered smile watching her mother cry as the school bus pulls away. The high school freshman with a lump in his throat hears his father whisper everything will be OK. Brothers and sisters who fought all summer now hold hands.
Today is proud, today is helpless, today is tomorrow. This is a special morning, wrenching and sacred.
As a young reporter, I wonder why. What’s the big deal about the first day of school? I would write down quotes in my notebook and comprehend nothing. Then I became a parent. I found out. We mark time by today.
On this morning, we remember our own parents and our own childhood. We are filled with the smell of old raincoats, the sticky bond of classroom glue, the childhood knot of worried excitement. We were so small and lost. (Secret: A part of us is still lost. We tell no one.) Now we have children of our own. On this morning, we remember the moment of their birth. We see this is all just a matter of time. Once, we thought our children were ours alone. Each September, on this day, we learn better. Nothing is ours to keep. Time passes through our eyes this morning. We see our children as newborns, we picture them as grown-ups. We see them walking their own children to school. Time passes in the beat of a heart. I have seen my first kindergarten boy walk into his dorm on his first day of college. A few days ago, my younger son left for college. I stood there, at once empty and full, as frightened and proud as the morning his first school bus pulled away. Come on, it’s getting late. The bus is coming up the road. I’ll keep this short.
Make sure they have everything they need. Double check. Write their name on the backpack. Sweetheart, did you remember your lunch money? Dad, don’t call me mushy stuff in front of the other kids.
They are right. Like the summer birds leaving us, our children know what to do. Like September leaves waving on the trees, we, too, give way to the winds of change.
Coffee With The Principal
Topic: PBIS – Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide behavior. PBIS applies evidence-based programs, practices and strategies for all students to improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture, resulting in reductions in disciplinary interventions and increases in academic achievement. Schools implementing PBIS build on existing strengths, complementing and organizing current programming and strategies.
PBIS is the framework for our new ROARS Vision
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
5:30 PM (Childcare Provided)
Please RSVP by Friday, September 19, 2014