Katie Feldman, Bugbee Curriculum Specialist
(860) 929-5500 x5502
Please click on the bars below for curriculum updates throughout the year.
Smarter Balanced Assessment: Score Reports
Yearly, Connecticut students in grades 3, 4 and 5 take part in the Connecticut state testing program. Last year, Bugbee students took the Smarter Balanced assessments for Literacy and Mathematics. As a school, we are very proud of the excellent academic achievement of our students.
SBAC score reports, for the 2017-2018 school year, will be mailed this week. The SBAC report provides information regarding a child’s overall performance as well as specific information detailing literacy and mathematics performance standards. The overall performance for ELA and Mathematics are reported by a scale score ranging from 1 - 4. Performance levels (above standard, at or near standard, below standard) are given for specific areas of knowledge and skill. In ELA these areas include Reading, Listening and Writing and Research/Inquiry. In Mathematics, these areas include Concepts and Procedures, Problem Solving and Modeling & Data Analysis and Communicating Reasoning. If you have any questions interpreting the score report for your child, please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher or myself.
The World of Science:
West Hartford Public Schools is in our 2nd year of a multi-year implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards, adopted by the state of Connecticut, are the backbone of our new science curriculum. During the 2017-2018 school year, our students in grades 2 and 3 piloted our first NGSS lessons. This year, our students and teachers in grades 1 and 4 will embark on this new science journey.
The NGSS calls for active science engagement in our classrooms through three dimensions including Cross Cutting Concepts (how students think), Science and Engineering Practices (what students do) and Disciplinary Core Ideas (what students know). The NGSS focus on deep understanding of content as well as the application of concepts in science. Written as performance expectations, our new standards closely align with the Common Core Curriculum, are integrated K-12, and prepare our students to make sense of the world around them.
Our science units follow the 5 E Instructional Model guiding our students to Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate science. In the classroom, you will notice that students will explore and begin to construct their own understanding before learning the content. This inquiry based approach fosters rich conversations. Students will be engaged and excited about describing a phenomenon or solving a design problem.
Parent Teacher Conferences
As the calendar turns to November, we look forward to our first set of Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parent teacher conferences occur twice a year (November and March). This fall, conferences will take place during the week of November 12th. Conference conversations are an important aspect of the home-school partnership and are essential in understanding the needs and progress of each child. At parent-teacher conferences, you can expect your child’s classroom teacher to share work samples from reading, writing and mathematics as well as your child’s report card. We encourage your participation in your child’s conference. No one knows your child the way that you do, and your insights into your child’s personality and work habits are necessary to assist teachers in helping students learn. If you haven’t yet scheduled your child’s parent-teacher conference, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. We look forward to seeing you during conference week.
Report cards, completed three times a year (November, March and June), provide scores of M (mastery), P (progressing) and L (limited) progress in all academic areas. In each grade level our students are working toward the goal of end-of-the year mastery of academic standards. In addition, a student’s personal and social development, as well as their work habits, will be reported on through a numerical scale of 1 (excels), 2 (satisfactory), 3 (needs improvement).
Report cards will also include information from World Language (Grades 3, 4, and 5), Physical Education, Art and Vocal Music. Separate report cards for Instrumental Music and Quest/Math Quest will be available for students involved in those classes.
Bugbee teachers and staff value the on-going partnership between home and school. We know that this relationship supports the successful development of each child. Thank you for your active participation in Parent-Teacher Conferences.