From the principal’s desk

March 2017
Dear Families and Friends of Clinton Elementary:

            I believe we are all familiar with the saying, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”  I don’t know how you feel about it, but I would like to see it come in AND go out like a lamb.  Enough is enough!!  Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

            We are always quite busy here at Clinton Elementary School, and February proved to be no exception.  We held our Second Quarter Honors Tea, where we were able to celebrate the academic successes of many of our students who worked very hard to achieve their place on the honor roll.  We will celebrate our February Students of the Month on Friday, March 3rd at our Student of the Month assembly and then we will celebrate our March Students of the Month at our Student of the Month assembly on Friday, March 31st.  Congratulations to all of our students!  We also completed our “Souper Bowl” thanks to our Student Council.  Clinton Elementary collected and donated approximately 1,000 items to the town food bank! Finally, we celebrated as a school this month with “Dance Parties with the Principal” for achieving our PBIS BARK points goal for the month of January.  The students earned 3,084 points. It was their best month yet!!  It’s always wonderful to come together as a school community to celebrate and to provide service to our community!

            The end of the month of March and the beginning of April is state assessment time for students in grades 3-6.  Our students will be tested in the areas of reading and math during this time.  The state has separated the essay component, which will be given in May. The students will take this assessment on the computer as they did last year.  There are two sessions each of reading and math, as well as two sessions on writing and language.  The staff here will be working with the students to prepare them for these assessments.  Additionally, the 5th graders also will be assessed in the area of Science during the last week of April and the first week of May.  This Science assessment is the “traditional” paper and pencil testing you might remember taking as a student.   

            Finally, Our PTO is again sponsoring a movie night this March!  We are very excited to announce our Family Movie Night, which will take place on Friday, March 31st. In order to prepare for the number of families that will attend that evening, if you are interested I would ask that you fill out the form at the bottom of this page and turn it in to the office NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH SO WE CAN HAVE A HEADCOUNT AND PREPARE ACCORDINGLY.  Thank you in advance for your help with this!  We are very excited about this event and are hopeful it will be a springboard for many PTO sponsored events to come!  (We welcome ALL parents who are interested in joining this group – our meetings are on the 2nd Thursdays of the month right here at the school at 6:30.)

                                                                                    Educationally Yours,                                                                                                                      Catherine M. Gordon  J



We are interested in attending the PTO Family Movie Night set for March 31st.  J


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