CAS RECOGNIZES CES FOR EXCELLENCE
Our School Improvement Team is pictured here, (back row, left to right) Linda MacKinnel, Charlene Fearon, Bev Moshier, Mike Barile (front row, left to right) Marijane Mantie, Hilary Evans, Jane Riggio and Nichol Stevens (not pictured are Hilary Clark, Brian Kalkreuth, Christina Gajda and Pam Baclaski). The team was honored at the Connecticut Association of Schools Recognition of Excellence in Education Banquet on November 19, 2013.
We were recognized for our School Improvement Team which consists of representatives from each grade level, a curriculum specialist, a special education teacher and me. At least once per month we meet to analyze data from multiple sources, identifying strengths and obstacles to student learning, and then plan professional development in response to the trends and best practice.
The team has been a positive and connective force that has brought CES to the forefront with our use of technology, performance based formative and summative assessments, and the ongoing use of data to drive instructional practices. In the spirit of collaboration and teacher leadership, we have established a culture that embraces best practice which is reflective and responsive to the needs of all learners and yielded significant achievement gains on state and local assessments.
STUDENT LEADERS SHARE REPORT WITH BOARD OF EDUCATION
At the November Board of Education meeting, two sixth grade students delivered an effective overview of the current studies at CES!
As part of the principal's report, student representatives Samantha Calamari and Macguire Nelson wrote a comprehensive review of the various learning that is currently taking place at school.
Macguire Nelson and Samantha Calamari not only wrote a report, but they also created a dynamic PowerPoint presentation that they shared with the Board of Education. If you would like to view the PowerPoint that they created and shared, click here.
As you can see in the picture above, Sam and Macguire are utilizing multiple technologies. They are speaking into a microphone while scrolling through their Power Point on an iPad, which is being wirelessly displayed on the multimedia projector in the media center. All of these technologies, among others, are available in all classrooms at Chester Elementary School.
The board members were very impressed by the mature manner in which the students delivered their presentation. Congratulations Macguire and Samantha.
HONORING OUR NATIONS VETERANS
On Monday, November 11th, our 6th grade teachers and students brought the entire school community together to celebrate a wonderful Veterans Day program. The heart warming program taught all in attendance about the significance of Veterans Day.
Students recognized and honored the service of all Veterans. We were fortunate to have more than 20 Veterans attend who are personally connected to the Chester School community.
I am proud of our 6th grade students and honored to work with the teachers who made this program a success.
After the school program, six Veterans visited classrooms to share their experience and allow students to ask questions.
We are proud to honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the United States Military.
CES LEARNS ABOUT FIRE SAFETY
All students learned about fire and emergency safety in October. As part of Fire Prevention Week, the students took part in grade level lessons by our local Chester Hose Company members.
Following the program, students were able to observe a mock fire rescue. Throughout the entire mock drill, students were taught about the necessary precautions first responders take when arriving on scene. Most importantly, they learned steps they should take to prevent fires.
We are thankful to the men and women of the Chester Hose Company for taking the time to teach all of our students about fire safety.
grade 3 celebrates noah webster
Students in grade 3 at Chester Elementary School received their very own Webster Dictionary on October 16th. One of the Rotary Club's goals is to promote literacy, and each year they fulfill that goal by donating a dictionary to each third grader at CES.
Solar Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On Tuesday, October 15, we celebrated the installation of our solar panels.
We were joined by First Selectman Meehan and the members of Chester's
Dr. Levy along with State Senator Art Linares and State
Representative Phil Miller were also on hand to celebrate the
The Global Read Aloud
All 6th grade students at Chester Elementary School are participating in
The Global Read Aloud. This project was created in 2010 with a simple
goal in mind; one book to connect the world. We
have connected to the sixth grade at Jenks West Intermediate School in
Jenks, Oklahoma. This year's project runs September 30th - November 8th.
Social Development Day
On Friday, Sept 6, all students participated in our Sixth Annual Social
Development Day. Students, staff and parent volunteers worked together
in a spirit of cooperation.
We also were visited by a drummer who engaged each class in an activity that
promoted our school code in an engaging and interactive way.