Fox Hill Happenings ~ 1-20-17

principalsdeskOver the past 6 weeks Fox Hill School has focused on the condition, Heroes.  Heroes is one of the 8 Conditions that Make a Difference developed by Dr. Russ Quaglia.  Students learned there are many different qualities that make up a hero, and that a hero can be a firefighter, a policeman, a military officer, a parent, a teacher, a friend, or a grandparent.  Students learned and understand that a hero is someone who believes in you, someone who sees your potential, someone who roots for you to be successful!  Every day our students are in contact with heroes, with role models, with someone who believes in them, this is what makes our Fox Hill community special and successful.

Today we had our Hero Assembly for students in grades K-2 and for students in grades 3-5.  Our students and their teachers are my heroes as I watched classrooms share their vulnerability, their enthusiasm, and their creativity.   We invited some of our local community heroes to Fox Hill School to introduce them to our students and to celebrate their humble efforts.  Though there are many, many Fox Hill Heroes, we took great pleasure in recognizing Mrs. Judy Walsh for her work with People Helping People, Ms. Christine Shruen for her work at Burlington Youth and Family Services, Mrs. Charlotte DeRosa for her unconditional support and enthusiasm for Fox Hill School, for Robyn Magnarelli for her constant belief, support and participation at Fox Hill School, for Chief of Police Mike Kent, Deputy Chief Thomas Duffy, Captain Greg Skehan and Lt. Robert Kirchner of the Burlington Police Department, and for Captain Andrew Connerty, Lt. Peter McAnespie, Lt. Jim Sorenson, firefighters Gerry Hanafin, Kurt Duprez, Nick Menkello, Brendan Micciche, Paul Kadilak, Craig Callahan, Eric Fitzgerald and Tyler Falconer of the Burlington Fire Department for keeping our community safe.

Here is a bit of our assembly for parents to enjoy and for Fox Hill School to celebrate!  I am so very proud of our school!

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Fox Hill Happenings ~ 1-13-17

principalsdeskThis year the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has upgraded MCAS testing intended to better measure the critical thinking skills students need for success in the 21st century.

This new test, informally called “Next-Generation MCAS,” will build upon the best aspects of the MCAS assessments that have served the Commonwealth well for the past two decades. The test was designed to include innovative academic items created to assess the Massachusetts learning standards.  Next-Generation MCAS was designed to be taken on a computer and Burlington Public School students will take this assessment on their ipads.

Our state testing dates are as follows:

Grades 3-5 ELA

  • Tuesday, April 4th
  • Wednesday, April 5th
  • Thursday, April 6th

Grades 3-5 Math

  • Tuesday, May 9th
  • Wednesday, May 10th

Grade 5 Science

  • Tuesday, May 16th
  • Wednesday, May 17th

It is very important that students attend school during these dates.  Test results are reviewed and analyzed so we can better understanding our curriculum strengths and needs. Below is a link created for parents from DESE that explains and outlines state testing.  If anyone has any questions, please email or call me.

On a lighter note, Dr. Conti substituted this week in Mrs. Tigges’ class.  The kids were very excited and felt special to have Dr. Conti as their substitute.  I visited Mrs. Tigges’ classroom several times to help out if needed and what I saw was great teaching and kids having fun learning!  Thank you to Dr. Conti for taking time out of his very busy schedule to spend all day at Fox Hill School!  We loved having you and we hope you come back very soon!

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Fox Hill Happenings ~ 1-6-17


Happy New Year!  2017 has started off smoothly and calmly.  It was great to welcome everyone back to school and kids seemed ready to get back into the task of learning!  Thank you to all parents who sent us well wishes and treats over the holidays, those gestures are much appreciated and warm our hearts.  Right before winter break Ms. Pavlicek paid Fox Hill a visit to award Anju Rajakumar from Mrs. Tigges’ second grade class a certificate for winning “Name the Alligator” Contest!  The Science Center alligator’s new name is, Athena!   We are very proud of Anju and the rest of grade 2 who celebrated Anju’s award.

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Burlington High School auditorium, Deborah Clark and Josh Murphy are hosting an informational open house for all incoming kindergarten families.  At that Open House, incoming kindergarten families will learn about the kindergarten registration process and general kindergarten information.  If you have a kindergartener entering Fox Hill School in September 2017, please be sure to attend this important meeting; all principals will be attending, and I look forward to seeing you on January 11th at Burlington High School!  

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