Welcome Letter - September 2016
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The mission of the East Rochester School community is to provide a rich academic experience, create a foundation for life-long learning and to instill character development in a safe and nurturing environment.

September 2016
Dear ERS Families,
All of us at East Rochester School are excited to kick-off another wonderful school year! The building is spectacular and continues to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. Students, parents and the staff are proud of their school and all that it has to offer. I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful community!  

This year ERS will use the acronym WRITE to guide student learning.   

W: Write Every Day. Students will write every day in every subject. Students will continue to develop their ability to write narrative, informational and opinion pieces. They will utilize their handwriting and typing skills to communicate effectively.

R: Read and Reason. Students will read a variety of informational and fictional texts. Students will engage in content and will be challenged to analyze what they have read and make connections. Higher order thinking skills will be used rather than answering simple factual questions.

I: Integrate Performance Assessments. As part of the New Hampshire accountability system, students will participate in the common district performance assessment referred to as PACE (Performance Assessment of Competency Education).  These tasks have students engage in real world scenarios and apply the skills that they have learned to solve problems. Students use a multi-step process that incorporates: perseverance, creative thinking, mathematics, and reading and writing skills to solve the task.

T: Teaching With Technology. ERS is moving into its second year with a 1:1 device system. Chromebooks and iPads will be used on a daily basis to incorporate blended learning. Students will store their educational accomplishments using cloud based systems so that students and parents can see the learning progression being made throughout the year.  Students will save their own work from year to year to create their personal learning history. 

E: Engage Everyone. Teachers and students will be excited to come to school each and every day because they will be engaged. Students play an active role in their learning by collaborating with teachers and becoming part of the creative process. Learning is not limited to academics; it includes social, emotional and physical development.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Here’s to another fabulous school year!
Sincerely,

Christine Hebert
Principal