Silver Hill Elementary 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.
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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!
May 23, 2018
Dear Silver Hill Families,
Our Grades 2, 3, Chorus and Band will hold their Memorial Day concert tonight at 6:00. Ms. Hough and our musicians sound great during rehearsals and I’m looking forward to the concert!
My June “Coffee with the Principal” will be for any fifth grade parents/guardians whose children will be attending Consentino next year. The event will be held at the Consentino library on June 6that 5:30. This will be an opportunity to meet the Consentino administrative team and some Silver Hill alumni who will tell you about the school. I know the move to middle school can bring lots of questions and in the past parents have told me this has been a helpful part of the transition. The RSVP flyers will be coming home next week.
I have been asked by the cafeteria manager to remind families that when you send money in with your child please remember to put it into a sealed envelope with the child’s name and the classroom teacher. Students sometimes bring the money down to the cafeteria and may just leave it on the register without waiting for an adult. This week we had a sizeable amount of cash left in a baggie with no name. We’re still trying to track down who left it, so if you believe it may have been your child, please call the school. Thank you!
Attention families with incoming kindergarten students! We will only be having two kindergarten classrooms next year. Both of these classes are just about full with reserved spots for siblings of children already at Silver Hill. If you haven’t already, please be sure that you schedule your appointment to register your kindergartner so they are all set! The number at registration is 978-420-1951 http://www.haverhill-ps.org/registration/. If you have any questions, please call Sara at 978-374-3448.
For our current students in grades K-4, unless you have told us that your child will not be returning to Silver Hill next year, your child is automatically registered to continue here next year. You do not need to do anything more!
Wishing you all a safe and fun filled Memorial Day Weekend!
May 14, 2018
Dear Silver Hill Families,
I hope all you Mom’s had a very Happy Mother’s Day!
A HUGE thank you goes out to our PTO and volunteers for another incredible Staff Appreciation Week! Our teacher’s room was transformed into a beautiful party room. From Monday’s “Candy Bar” with bags to go, to our amazing breakfast, luncheon, and snack cart, to our great coffee mug and t-shirt, memoralia of SHHMCS! People visiting the school were in awe of how spoiled we are! Specials thanks to Tessa Boisselle for her amazing decorating (and Karly for helping!), and our PTO Board, Kristina Morowski, Andrea Barman, and Nicole Kardos. We truly appreciate all of your support J
Thank you to Sara Sanchez for taking all of the “Planning Ahead” dates and putting them into an easy to read calendar! Please refer to the web site to view the calendars for May and June, as some dates may have changed, or times added.
There was an overwhelming response to Science Night for May 17th. The presenter limits the number to 50 spots, and these were taken on a first come first serve basis. Now that we know this is a popular event, we’ll hold more Little Scientist events next year! Thank you to Kerri Alves and Kim Perez for providing this opportunity for our students!
Hope you have the opportunity to attend the District Art Show tonight from 4:00 – 7:00 at Haverhill High School. Ms. Jameson and her students will be showing off their amazing and varied talents, and Ms. Hough and the Chorus will be performing at 5:50. This is always a wonderful showcase of the talents of Haverhill students!
Reminder that there is a PTO Meeting tonight at 6:00.
Have a happy week!
Tree Planting – Thank you to Mayor Fiorentini and Greening the Gateway Cities for coming and planting some beautiful trees with our 2nd Graders!