Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School
The Mission of Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter 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 SHHMCS 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.
What an intense, awesome game we had today! The 5th grade students and staff played a tough, close game, but it was the students who prevailed and beat the staff 31-30!!!
Congratulations to our Appleseed winner’s Lucia Antonelli , Blake Barber , Rachael Barman, Nate DeVincentis , Gavin England, Ollie Ferreira, Anastasia Kelly, Caroline Madden, Emily Morales, and Sophie Turner. These creative kiddos’ artwork and writing was celebrated this Wednesday, April 26th, 6PM at the South Lawrence East Elementary School!
Also, Congratulations to Liam Murphy, Joe Alleva and Sophia DeFrank for winning the 9th annual Peace Poetry Contest!
A letter from the Superintendent of Andover Public Schools was shared with us and as it is beautifully written, and expresses beliefs that need to repeated over and over we wanted to share with all of you.
Reprinted with permission from Superintendent Shelley Berman of Andover Public Schools.
February 3, 2017
Dear APS Parents, Guardians, and Staff,
Our nation is undergoing a period of division and tension. Sentiments are running high and no person, no family, no institution can escape the almost daily reminders that pour forth on both mainstream and social media. Our students are exposed to this atmosphere, too, leading some of them to feel uncertain about their todays as well as their tomorrows. Nowhere does this feeling strike home more acutely than among our students from international backgrounds.
I want to take this opportunity to express as clearly and as firmly as I can that Andover Public Schools—every campus, every facility, and every event—will continue to stand as a place of not just shelter but active welcome to children and adults of every nationality, race, faith, gender, and sexual orientation. We take pride in the diversity of our student body, recognizing that it reflects the history of America and brings strength to our district.
Within APS, each student is viewed as first and foremost a learner, interacting daily with an entire community of learners. Because learning is hampered by insecurity, as a staff we focus on ensuring that all students know and witness that our schools are havens from the buffeting of daily news, that all students are physically and emotionally safe within our walls, and that they are not just tolerated or accepted but are truly wanted and welcomed as valued members of the APS community.
It is easy to say these words; but just saying them is insufficient to the tenor of our times. That is why we, the APS leadership and staff, are publicly recommitting to our parents and students, indeed to the entire Andover community, that we will continue to intentionally promote a welcoming climate for every student. We will continue to acknowledge each student’s uniqueness and will nurture budding talents. We will address any derogatory or exclusionary words or deeds that we happen to observe or that are brought to our notice. Above all, we will protect all students’ safety and security, with particular attention at this time to students whose immediate families hail from nations other than the United States.
At every grade level, we will through example and through open discussion actively teach acceptance and appreciation of all persons, regardless of country of origin. Recognizing that there are many ways to tackle a problem or to move forward on an issue and that we should encourage people to think all thoughts in search of the best approach, we will model and foster appropriate ways to express and respond to differing opinions—in a manner that is thoughtful and respectful. And, with the support of the entire Andover community, we will prepare today’s students for positive participation in a world that reaps immeasurable benefits from the contributions of the rich diversity of people who share this earth.
With confidence in the future of America and the ideals upon which it was founded,
MCAS Testing DatesGrade 3April 6 – ELA Session 1April 11 – ELA Session 2April 26 – ELA Session 3May 10 – Math Session 1May 12 – Math Session 2Grade 4April 7 – ELA Session 1April 12 – ELA Session 2April 27 – ELA Session 3May 9 – Math Session 1May 11 – Math Session 2Grade 5April 7 – ELA Session 1April 12 – ELA Session 2April 27 – ELA Session 3May 9 – Math Session 1May 11 – Math Session 2May 16 – Science Session 1May 18 – Science Session2
Our Grade 2 ‘Good Food’ Garden Project
Thanks to Marlene Stasinos and members of the Bradford Grange, we now have four raised beds, so each grade 2 classroom will have their own garden. Lots of help went into this project based learning activity, with special thanks to Marlene, Nikki Mulloy, and Devan Ferreira for coordinating this project and helping with everything from building the beds to weeding! A big thank you also goes out to Neal, Ollie, Lucas, and Genevieve Ferreira and Brady Mulloy who have been digging, planting, and watering; Becca Marley for helping plant the seedlings with our grade 2 classes; Chris Stasinos from Chris’s farm stand for helping build the raised beds and along with Knapp’s Greenhouse donated the transplants; Kimball Farms for providing the compost; and especially Marlene and all the wonderful members of the Bradford Grange who chose Silver Hill to help educate the children on growing healthy food, helped build the beds, and provided manual labor and the soil and seedlings to bring our Plant unit to life!
Over the summer the vegetables were picked and donated to the Sacred Heart Food Pantry. Thank you to the Eldredge family for taking care of the vegetables all summer!
With the upcoming November 8 election and Question #2, as well as our upcoming charter renewal in 2018, it is very important to share this information to educate Haverhill residents and educators who may have a misconception of what a Horace Mann Charter school represents to the City of Haverhill.