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MCAS and MAP SCORES

Please visit our link to the left of this page that shows recent data regarding Clara Barton's Progress Report on MCAS, MAP and Attendance.  It's titled 2014-15 MCAS and MAP Results.
SPIRIT WEEK


What’s a better way to celebrate all of our students’ hard work on MCAS than a week of school spirit?
 
Week of April 13-17


Monday:   Crazy Hair Day and Mustaches
Tuesday:   Tacky Hat Day
Wednesday: Spirit Day (School Colors or Favorite
                        Sports Team)

Thursday:   Hawaiian Day
Friday:   Pajama Day

 
MCAS TESING
 
The first day of testing for the ELA portion (grade 3) of the MCAS test is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st. You may view the full MCAS schedule posted on this site by opening up the link to the left titled: Barton 2015 MCAS Test Schedule. During the testing period, we recommend that your child get a good night sleep prior to testing. A good healthy breakfast in the morning will help your child to remain awake and alert. It is very important for children to be on time for school, especially during MCAS testing, as State Law mandates that students who are tardy may not be allowed to take the test on that day. Children who arrive late on test day will have to take the make-up test on the designated day. It’s also very important for children to be relaxed and stress- free prior to and during the testing period. We have been preparing our students for MCAS since the 1st day of school and we are confident everyone will do their best!
 
Parents and Guardians can offer tremendous support for their child throughout the year by encouraging them to read on a daily basis.  Research shows that “reading 20 minutes daily at the early years sets the stage for later learning. Without the ability to read, excellence in high school and beyond is unattainable." An additional support that is available for both reading and math is the “Study Island” program. This is a computer software program that students use in school, and is also available to them at home. This program is a fun learning tool that is designed to strengthen skills in the area of Math and Language Arts. Students can access the program from home by signing on to the district web page at www.oxps.org and clicking on the Student Links. Scroll down and click on Study Island. Join in your child’s enthusiasm as he/she is familiar with this program and would be pleased to show you around the site! I would also suggest that you encourage your child to continue working on strengthening their math skills in the area of numeration; practicing and reinforcing these basic facts is the cornerstone of understanding Mathematics. Research and MCAS data suggest that the common thread between grade levels in elementary schools, especially in the area of Math, lies with a weak understanding of simple, basic math facts. Your continued help and support of your child at home every day will contribute to a strong foundation in this most important subject. Please let us know if you need our help; we share your concern.
MARCH 18th
There has been a change in the school calendar for March 18th.  This will now be a FULL day of school and not a 1/2 day as previously scheduled 
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Below is a list of our after-school programs.  Some are free and some are fee based.  All programs are fun, curriculum based, and help develop the students interpersonal skills.  Flyers go home prior to the start of a new session.  Programs run throughout the school year.  Call the school for more info.   
*Mon:  Tennis Club (returning soon)

*Mon:  Peer Leadership
* Mon:  Boot Camp
*Tues:  Chess Club
* Tues:  Spanish Lessons

*Wed:  Music Ensemble
*Wed:  Newspaper Club: The Clara Barton Chronicle
* Thurs:   Fast Athletics
*Thurs:  Homework Club   

 
WORD of the WEEK CONTEST

Each week we post a new vocabulary word within the building.  Students are exposed to and work with this word during the week.  Students are encouraged to use this word in a sentence for the weekly contest.  Winners are recognized and rewarded each week.  Below are last weeks winners.   

Last week's word of the week:  Resident

Last week's winners were:
Grade 3: 
Winner: Riley P. in  Mrs. Gonyea's class
Honorable Mention:  Kaleb W. in Mrs. Gonyea's class
                                    Jake H. in Mrs. Torti's class
Grade 4:
Winner:   Peyton A. in Mrs. Leigher's class
Honorable Mention:  Ciara G. in Mrs. Zifcak's class

                                    Angelina S. in Ms. Freudenthal 's class
                                   
Congratulations to all students who participated in our weekly contest!

 
Alternate Transportation Request
Based on the Oxford School Committee transportation policies, the Oxford Public Schools will provide transportation for Elementary School students to either your home address or one alternative address on a consistent daily long-term basis. In order to better prepare for the opening of school, we ask that click here to complete the alternate location transportation form located under Parent Links - Transportation, but only if your child needs transportation to an address other than their home address. You do not need to do anything if your child will be bussed to and from your home address.


All forms must be received by August 9, 2014 to guarantee that they will be in effect for the start of schools on September 2, 2014

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