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Extended Learning Opportunity: Horseback Riding and Physical Education

My name is Jessica Rainville and I am a sophomore at Pittsfield Middle High School. I have a passion for horseback riding. I have been riding horses at Townsend’s Training Farm with Kim Chadbourne and Dick Townsend for almost 10 years now. I am writing this article as part of my Extended Learning Opportunity that combines my life with horses with my school life to earn my P.E credit.

Horseback Riding has physical and mental benefits to your health. Horses are majestic creatures that give so much to people that some may not even realize. Horseback riding is a great way to stay healthy, train muscles, improves cardio performance, clear your mind and be happy.

Exhibition Night

Exhibition Night is an opportunity for students to showcase their work and share their learning experiences with family, friends, and community members. PMHS will have an alternative schedule. Students will arrive at 12:00 p.m. and be dismissed at 7:00 p.m. A bag lunch will be available for students at arrival, and we will have an early dinner before we open the building for the community to come and see the student work. PES will have a typical school day and students will come back to present their work at 5:00 p.m.

Families, a reminder that we are asking that visitors go to as many classrooms as possible because our students are SO excited for an authentic audience! Even if you pop in and just ask one student in each classroom a question, that would be appreciated!
PMHS- your schedule for the 12-7 day can be found here (https://goo.gl/VYFyq8)

Save the Date!

The district wide Exhibition Night is fast approaching! Exhibition Night is an opportunity for students to showcase their work and share their learning experiences with family, friends, and community members. This year it will be on Thursday, June 9. PMHS will have an alternative schedule. Students will arrive at 12:00 p.m. and be dismissed at 7:00 p.m. A bag lunch will be available for students at arrival, and we will have an early dinner before we open the building for the community to come and see the student work. PES will have a typical school day and students will come back to present their work at 5:00 p.m. A more detailed schedule will be shared with families as we get closer to June.

Athletic Hall of Fame

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Pittsfield Middle High School Athletic Hall of Fame! A group of students and teachers have created by-laws and a nomination form to recognize past athletes, coaches, and contributors to our Athletic Programs. The nomination deadline is July 1. If you are interested in submitting a nomination, please use the nomination form linked below and email it to Jay Darrah, PMHS Athletic Director, at jaydarrah@pittsfieldnhschools.org.

HOF Bylaws

HOF Nomination Form

We are looking forward to inducting our first Hall of Fame class on Saturday, September 19, 2015 following our Homecoming soccer games. More information coming soon!

State House Visit

My name is Ulviyya Akbarova and I come from Baku, the capital of a country in Eastern Europe, Azerbaijan. Last year I decided to become an exchange student to the USA to find out more about the American life. Sincerely, it was the best decision I have ever made. Since the day I came to Pittsfield, New Hampshire, my life changed forever. If you know any exchange students in your town or at your school, you can always hear their stories about their adventurous American life full of experience. However, you cannot consider your exchange year full of experience if you have never experienced being a part of the legislative process. Fortunately, I got a chance to see how rules are made in the US Government.

District Newsletter 9/19/14

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Guess Who’s Coming To Pittsfield?

It is sometimes said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. If that’s the case, then the Pittsfield NH School District has much to feel flattered by in recent months. Since the beginning of the school year, the District has been host to visitors from across the country, all of them eager to know more about Pittsfield’s work.

According to Tobi Chassie, Project Manager for the Pittsfield Redesign, the phone calls started coming in before Thanksgiving. The first inquiry came from a group of schools in northern Vermont exploring student ownership of learning, one of the hallmarks of the District’s change work.

The next callers were other Nellie-Mae funded districts in northern New England. In early November, the Pittsfield team had presented to its New England colleagues at the Nellie Mae Cross-Site Learning Summit. The focus was the District’s work in the area of “position analysis,” a methodical and collaborative process for defining the role of each staff position in the organization. The work is based on research from the field of organizational development revealing that position clarity is the number one predictor of job satisfaction and productivity.

Pittfield basketball’s Cam Darrah is in the High School Spotlight

Curriculum Now On-Line!

The Pittsfield School District invites you to view our curriculum that has been articulated kindergarten through 12th grade. Many education researchers have said that there are more standards than can be mastered in a school year. By articulating our curriculum, each grade level has identified which standards and outcomes they will help the students learn each year. There will be a common outcome for each class within a grade level, even if there are different teachers.

Curriculum mapping also helps the teachers to see how they are building on skills as students move up through the grades. Curriculum mapping helps ensure learning skills build upon each other over the 13 school years of education for all students.  Pittsfield went with ATLAS because it is a web-based platform that teachers can access at home or at school, wherever they are planning.

A link to ATLAS is located under Academics/ATLAS Mapping.

As you start to browse Atlas, you will notice you will only see certain parts that are visible to the public. Why are only parts of ATLAS public? As teachers finish articulating the curriculum, we want to be able to share those outcomes with the greater Pittsfield Community. This will allow for transparency and inspire greater collaboration between home, school, and the community. Right now, teachers have made their Units and Pacing Calendar public. In about a month, we will be making the Competencies/Enduring Understandings and the standards taught for each course public. There will be parts of Atlas that will not become public, like the assessments, so that we can secure the integrity of the assessments.

Parents are a critical part of their children’s education. In sharing our curriculum maps with our parents, we are lifting the veil and making public what their children must know during each year of school. When parents know what their children are learning, they can become more engaged in assisting the educational development of their children and can have more informed dialogue with their children’s teachers. Atlas curriculum mapping is a conduit to greater educational and life success for our students and your children.

Thank you for the opportunity to educate your child and to create a team approach to ensuring educational excellence. Please direct any questions to Ms. Chris Teague, Director of Curriculum and Intervention or Ms. Danielle Harvey, District Curriculum/Tier I Coach at Pittsfield School District at (603) 435-8432.

Link to our Atlas site for community: http://pittsfield-nh-public.rubiconatlas.org/Atlas/Public/View/Default

UPDATE:

Please watch Student-Led Conferences at Pittsfield Middle High School…….. video!