October 23,2015

Post date: Oct 23, 2015 7:17:10 PM

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is enjoying the last vestiges of somewhat warmer weather. It certainly won't last. There is a definite positive energy around DES as we prepare for the colder weather and, as I mentioned in my previous email, we are really moving forward with the delivery of curriculum and students are certainly in full swing now. In today’s email I hope to shed some light on the Panorama Survey that your children will be taking next week.

As we prepare for the Panorama Survey, I am hoping to explain why we are conducting the survey. The hope for the use of this survey is to provide another data source for the school to pursue its goal of continuous quality improvement. Although the survey is certainly not a plethora of hard data points such as the Smarter Balanced test or a NWEA test, it does provide teachers and. the school as a whole, with soft data points concerning how the students "feel" about school and how they are learning. This is an untapped resource for us as we have not formally surveyed the students in the recent past. I am encouraged by the use of such a tool as it gives students a greater opportunity to voice their thoughts and feelings about school. We will be conducting the Panorama Survey next week. Should you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact me or check out the following link: https://www.panoramaed.com/about.

Speaking of data points, the results of the Smarter Balanced exam will be released to the public at some point in November.I hesitate to give a date as the date has changed more than once. I cannot stress enough how important it is for us to realize this is the first round of the test and in order to provide a comparison, we need to wait for the second round of the test. Again, this is a data point we are able to use to determine the level of success students are experiencing and is only one piece of the puzzle to determine if more supports are needed. When these results are available to you, I will be happy to shed more light on how to interpret them as well as what they may or may not mean.

For those of you who have actively inclined children, you may be interested in the following information provided to us by a DES parent. Concord Hospital will be providing a fairly low cost ImPACT Testing session for students and parents to learn their child's baseline score for concussion testing. Should you be interested in having your child participate, the sign up is located at the following url: https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0053-0005-50baf269323e4a75862a509cc9a78bdc .

For those of you who may be in the market for a new mattress, Bow Hockey will be having a mattress sale fundraiser on Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 to 4:00 at Bow High School. Should you be interested in viewing the flier, it can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwBP7rCTb5E-cnhwVnZpVnVoX0RvQk9kU1k0eTNYakhmZzhn/view?usp=sharing .

On a much lighter note, the annual Dunbarton Elementary School Halloween Parade will be taking place Friday, October 30 at 1:45. For those who are new to Dunbarton, this is nothing short of an experience. The students are dressed in full costume and the Dunbarton Police Department directs traffic to allow students to literally parade through the center of town. Directly following the parade, students will have activities and parties in their classrooms. Dunbarton trick or treating will take place on Halloween from 5:00 to 8:00 that evening. It is sure to be a great event!

I hope everyone enjoys the weekend and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or any of us in the office.


Owen Harrington