Dec. 10 & 11: An Hour of Code at SST
An Hour of Code
In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, the Computer Science Club at the Seacoast School of Technology will be hosting an Hour of Code. An Hour of Code is worldwide initiative to give all students the opportunity to get a taste of coding. The goal of this project is to reach 10 million students. This is your opportunity to be part of something big.
The Seacoast School of Technology Computer Programming lab will be open on Wednesday (12/10) and Thursday (12/11) from 4 PM to 7 PM. Expert tutorials will be provided by the computer programmers from the Seacoast School of Technology Computer Science program. In addition to a variety of computer programming environments for you to try out, we will have 12 Raspberry Pi’s for you to program. Come and get a taste what coding is all about – it could be a life-altering experience.
Requirements to participate:
Age: 4 – 104
School: Seacoast School of Technology Regional student/parent
Location: Seacoast School of Technology, Computer Programming Lab
Date: December 10 and 11, 2014
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
More Information available at http://www.code.org
LSS Chorus sings at Making Strides Against Cancer Event
Chorus sings at Making Strides for Cancer Event
On Saturday, October 18th, our fifth grade chorus sang the National Anthem for the “Making Strides of Exeter” event organized by the American Cancer Society. Our chorus currently has about 100 participants, and 60 of them were able to attend this event!
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event was an inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what can be done to reduce breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. It was very successful day, with 60 teams and 673 walkers who raised $79,833.64. We are proud that our students played a role in this event!
Fire Safety Education Info
The NH State Fire Marshal’s Office has prepared their Fall 2014 edition of the Safety Educator. As our lives become busier, it is important to think about what if my family has an emergency, are we prepared to handle it? We encourage families to share with their children (and even neighbors without school children) this age appropriate material and work together on the various topics that are presented. If you have not yet created your emergency preparedness kit, or haven’t inventoried it lately, take a moment to visit the link provided and see that you have what you may need in the event of an emergency. Create and discuss your homes two ways out of every room along with a meeting place and escape plan. The website links provided will assist you with additional information on all of these topics. We encourage everyone to contact their local fire department should anyone need any assistance. Thank you, and be safe!
SMOKE ALARMS are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. By having working smoke alarms throughout your home, you can follow your home fire escape plan and get outside quickly to your designated meeting place. It is our intent to educate the citizens of New Hampshire so that every precaution to prepare and protect their families and home is taken. Please take a moment to look through this newsletter and see what you can do to ensure the safety of your home, family, friends and neighbors. In this issue we cover: • Halloween Safety Tips • Smoke Alarm Safety for all Ages • Homeowner Information on Smoke Alarms • Smoke Alarms for the Hard-of-Hearing • October’s Student Friendly Website of the Month We encourage you to contact your local fire department should you have any questions or need assistance.
SMOKE ALARMS are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. By having working smoke alarms throughout your home, you can follow your home fire escape plan and get outside quickly to your designated meeting place. It is our intent to educate the citizens of New Hampshire so that every precaution to prepare and protect their families and home is taken. Please take a moment to look through this newsletter and see what you can do to ensure the safety of your home, family, friends and neighbors. In this issue we cover:
• Halloween Safety Tips
• Smoke Alarm Safety for all Ages
• Homeowner Information on Smoke Alarms
• Smoke Alarms for the Hard-of-Hearing
• October’s Student Friendly Website of the Month
We encourage you to contact your local fire department should you have any questions or need assistance.
Principal's October Letter
October 15, 2014
Dear LSS Families,
I want to share with you some specifics about what is happening at LSS in Reading and Language Arts. All students completed the STAR reading assessment during the first 3 weeks of school. The process went very well in terms of student response to the test (positive), teacher response to test accessibility (positive), and data usability. Results were looked at in conjunction with information from last year’s teacher recommendations and current in-class work samples. Reading groups were adjusted as necessary, and are presently meeting daily in all three grade levels for 60-90 minutes. The Star reading assessment has been a valuable addition to program!
Teachers are utilizing a variety of resources for reading and language arts instruction, including Harcourt and Scott Foresman basal readers, high-quality chapter books, daily reading comprehension practice, daily language skills practice, and writing in response to reading.
I am most impressed with how well our students are writing! They write throughout the day in the various curriculum areas. For example, some third grade students are working on expanding sentences, writing persuasive pumpkin essays and non-fiction paragraphs about the Earth. Some of our fourth graders are honing their narrative writing skills by developing a character profile, including such details as name, occupation, personality traits, history, etc. The task concludes with a 5-paragraph essay about their character. Some of our fifth graders are developing op/ed pieces supported by research.
We have also kicked off this year’s One School, One Book program. This year’s selection is Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord. All classes will read this book as a read-aloud. Deb Wheeler-Bean is incorporating a key element of the book into art classes with the use of digital photography, and Helen Burnham has arranged for the author to visit LSS in March. This program is in its third year, and everyone really looks forward to it! Last year’s book was The Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, and the year before was Wonder by RJ Palacio.
Here are some important dates in the weeks ahead:
Friday, October 24th End of first marking quarter; grades close
Wednesday, October 29 Early Release; parent conferences
Friday, October 31 Report cards go home
Wednesday, November 5th Early Release; parent conferences
Monday, November 10th No school; teacher workshop day
Tuesday, November 11th No school, Veterans Day Holiday
On behalf of everyone at Lincoln Street School, thank you for sharing your children with us! We feel fortunate to have the jobs that we do and to work with such wonderful children each day! We look forward to working with you to make this a terrific school year for your children!
Jim Hayes, Interim Principal