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603 Bright Futures Survey

The New Hampshire Department of Education wants to hear from you. The 603 Bright Futures Survey is an opportunity for you to have your voice heard. These surveys will gather actionable feedback around learning models, school climate, family and community engagement, and other topics in order to understand the successes and challenges of the recent school year and plan for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The NHDOE has partnered with Panorama Education to support the 603 Bright Futures Survey. If you have any questions about the survey program, please reach out to Panorama at support+nhdoe@panoramaed.com

The 603 Bright Futures Survey is also how schools will gather their Special Education Family data in support of the NHDOE’s federal reporting for Indicator 8. This year all families are eligible to participate in the survey.

Press Release 6.3.21

Families in K-12, Preschool, and Private Schools Survey

Internet Assistance Program

The Internet Assistance Program application is now available (see application below). The Pittsfield School District is now allocating funds to support those with new internet installations at their home for remote learning. Using federal relief funds by way of the ESSER grant (better known as the CARES Act), the school district is able to provide reimbursement for monthly internet costs. To apply for reimbursement, you must be a new subscriber between March 2020 and present day. The school district will provide reimbursement of monthly costs for Atlantic Broadband’s internet assistance package for families with one school-age child or for the high speed internet package for families with two or more school-age children. Please send completed applications to Sally Blanchette at sblanchette@pittsfieldnhschools.org.

PSD Internet Assistance Program Application

Letter to Parents

 

State Assessment for 4th and 5th grade

Dear families: 

Each year, students in grades 3 through 8 participate in the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS). 

Due to the school closure in the spring, students didn’t take the assessment scheduled. So the NH Department of Education is providing guidance and support to public schools by requiring students in grades 4-8 to take the NH Statewide Assessment System (SAS) Interim test.  Three thirty-minute tests (Reading, Writing, Math) will provide a perspective on the needs of students at both the school and individual levels. This assessment will help our teachers prioritize resources and supports, while ensuring that all students have equitable access to instruction.

 This fall, your child will take the following assessments:

Assessment Grade Level Content Testing Window
NH SAS Interim Assessment 4-5* English Language Arts and Mathematics October 19-31

 

*Students will take the previous grade level interim assessment.

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Section 1111(b)(2) and New Hampshire law, RSA 193-C:6 requires each school district in the State to implement a set of high-quality academic assessments that includes, at a minimum, assessments in mathematics, reading/language arts and science to be administered in each of grades 3-8 and not less than once during grades 10-12; and in science not less than once during grades 3-5, grades 6-9, and grades 10-12. Furthermore, ESSA sections 1111(b)(2)(B) require State assessments to be the “same academic assessments used to measure the achievement of all public elementary school and secondary school students in the State,” and provide for the participation in such assessments to all students.

State assessments are an important part of a student’s core educational program. They provide an evaluation of student mastery of content and skills in various academic areas, serve as one tool for measuring the degree to which students are on track to graduate high school and be college- and career-ready, and help inform future instruction in the classroom. Along with student work on classroom assignments, projects, essays, and local assessments, state assessment results give teachers and you, the parents, important information about where students are on their path toward academic success. If you choose to exempt your student from the state assessment (permitted in RSA 193-C:6), you must submit a form to the school the student attends. Please contact Pam Miller in the Main Office to receive a copy of the exemption form. Please understand that if you choose to exempt your student from the assessment, no scores or summary of individual student performance, based on the statewide assessment, will be provided to you or your student.  If PES has low participation, we may lose our Title 1 funds.

Student results for the NH SAS (reading/writing, mathematics and science) are generally available within 10 days upon the student completing the test.  Pittsfield School District will send a student’s Individual Score Report home as soon as possible after receiving results.  

Parents may access training tests for the NH SAS by going to the portal at https://nh.portal.airast.org/training-tests.stml

Your child’s classroom teacher will confirm the dates of testing later this spring when they are scheduled. If you have any questions related to this assessment administration, you may contact me. Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him/her to do his/her best during this assessment administration.

 

Sincerely, 

Danielle Harvey

dharvey@pittsfieldnhschools.org

603-435-6701 ex 1103

Food Services Program

The USDA has extended free meals for all children 18 and under (or up to 21 with an IEP) to December 31, 2020 (or until the funds run out).

USDA Press Release

Our food services program will begin on Thursday, September 10. Full remote students can also opt into the program by returning the Fresh Picks Cafe letter enclosed in your back-to-school packet or by calling the PES or PMHS main office. Full remote students can pick up meals on Tuesday and Friday between 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Pittsfield Elementary School.

PACE & Smarter Balanced Update

For the first time, NH is providing accountability data for those schools and districts who are participating in Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE), integrated into the state-level overall accountability information. Commissioner Barry commented, “The results of NH’s first-in-the-nation innovative assessment and accountability pilot demonstrates that NH educators can fully participate in and manage their accountability and assessment system with state level support and review. Rigorous comparability studies completed by the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment in Dover, NH, show that assessment results produced by NH educators are as rigorous in evaluating student performance as state or national assessments.” In addition, for the first time, NH grade 11 students participated in the College Board’s School Day SAT as a part of the statewide assessment program. The move to SAT was part of the state’s effort to reduce testing burden and give all grade 11 students the opportunity to participate in a college-entrance exam. The feedback from students, parents and educators has been overwhelming positive.

Robert Rossel: Third Grade Artist-in-Residence

Governor Hassan Comments About Pittsfield Schools

Parents/Guardians,
I thought you would be interested in the complimentary comments that Governor Hassan made about our Pittsfield schools in her state-of-the-state address delivered at the State House in Concord on Thursday, February 6, which are excerpted from her speech below. Thank you for your ongoing support of our students and school.
Sincerely,
John J. Freeman, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

… New Hampshire’s public schools are often ranked among the nation’s best in graduation rates, in reading proficiency and in math proficiency. And many of our schools are innovating and working to find better ways to edu-cate our students. Pittsfield Middle High School, for example, has brought businesses, parents and the entire community together to develop a student-centered learning program. Educators are working collaboratively with students to identify what they need to learn and what they are having trouble learning. Then together they build plans, including opportunities outside the classroom, that help each student thrive. Pittsfield students are seeing the results in their test scores, with the number of 11th-graders testing proficient in math nearly doubling since the program began. Pittsfield is seeing improvements because they were willing to look at education differently. And that is what we need to do across our state. We may be doing better than most states, but we have heard from our businesses that we still have work to do to ensure that we have a workforce that can compete in the future. That is why, across New Hampshire, local school districts are pursuing college- and career-readiness standards that include the Common Core, an effort that has the support of educators and businesses, of Republicans and Democrats. States came together to develop these robust standards in order to provide a consistent, clear under-standing of what students are expected to learn, so that they can develop the skills they need and the ability to think critically – helping our young people succeed in their careers, in higher education and in life. Local school districts continue to have the flexibility to determine whether and how to implement these standards — and they should be implemented. For our students to succeed, we must work together to ensure that communities are able to implement college- and career-readiness standards effectively, through collaboration with parents, students and educators. These standards are an important step forward, but we must build upon them and make sure that students have access to a strong curriculum in a full range of subjects, from English – to math – to the arts. And to help young people fill the jobs that growing businesses are creating here in New Hampshire, we need to come together as a state to ask tough questions about how we can best educate our young people, especially in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Is it acceptable in today’s economy to only require two years of math from our high school students? Should we be requiring computer science as well as biology? How can we better integrate engineering and technology into our classrooms? For New Hampshire to lead the way in building a workforce that is prepared for the high-tech jobs of today and tomorrow, our schools need to provide an even more rigorous STEM education that our businesses believe in, our educators believe in, and our students and families believe in. That is why I will be creating a STEM Education Task Force made up of diverse stake-holders who will make recommendations for modernizing STEM education in our schools. Strengthening educa-tion in the STEM fields is just one part of the equation. New Hampshire’s high-tech and advanced manufacturing companies are struggling to fill job openings, even for jobs with wages over 25 percent higher than average. We need to reach our students at a young age and help them understand that they can stay in New Hampshire, find jobs here that are interesting and exciting, and build careers that will allow them to support their families and climb the ladder of opportunity…

Student-Led Conferences Video

Please watch “Student-Led Conferences at Pittsfield Middle High School”……..

Pittsfield School Board Wins “School Board of Excellence”

Our Pittsfield School Board has been selected as the 2013 School Board of Excellence by the New Hampshire School Boards Association (NHSBA); the NHSBA has recognized the work of the Board in community outreach. The Board will be honored at two events: first, at the annual NH Education “Eddies” awards banquet held in Manchester on Saturday, June 8, and second, at a presentation at the June 20 Board meeting in the PMHS Media Center. Community members faculty and staff are invited to attend.