Dr. A. B. Consentino School
Weekly Parent Update 2/6/16
I hope this email finds you and your families well on this snowy Saturday. The Friday storm took everyone by surprise. The school is plowed out and we are ready for Monday morning. We have a busy week ahead. As you know, February vacation is the 15th-19th. Below are some important events/reminders:
Feb. 8- Middle school curriculum meetings. Teachers will not be available for extra help.
Feb. 10- Dining for a Cause Fundraiser Night. Please join us from 4pm-Close at the 99 Restaurant on River St. 15% of your guest check will be donated by the 99 to our PTO. I hope to see everyone there. Coupons are available in the main office and on-line at our website. You must present the coupon to staff.
Feb. 12- Valentine Dance from 3-5pm for grades 5-8. Tickets will be on sale at lunches.
Spirit week is here! Spirit Week Themes:
Monday – Hawaiian/Beach Day
Tuesday – Pajama Day
Wednesday – Neon/Crazy Hair Day
Thursday – Twin Day
Friday – Charger Day
Monday is the 100th day of school. Some Gr. 1-4 classes will be celebrating. Email your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
Please do not use the Visitor Parking spaces if you are dropping off for ski club.
You must take a right turn when exiting onto Washington St. Haverhill Police will be monitoring periodically.
Thank you again for all your support. I am truly blessed to work with the best students, parents, and staff in the city. Enjoy the weekend with your families.
Spirit Week Feb 8-12
We didn’t get to announce the spirit week days today because of the snow day. So here is the announcement.
Monday – Hawaiian/beach day
Tuesday – Pajama day
Wednesday – Neon/crazy hair day
Thursday – Twin day
Friday – Charger day
Message from Consentino PTO
PTO meeting THURSDAY 2/4 @6:00 PM, library. We have a few things on the agenda. Please let us know if you’d like to add anything. Hope to see you there!
Our next restaurant night is at the 99’s in Haverhill on Wednesday, February 10th from 4:00pm to closing. Click here for the flyer.
Manchester Monarchs is set for Saturday, March 5th with game time @7:00pm. It is a combined community Day with SilverHill. Our phenomenal Consentino’s Chorus and Silver Hill Select Chorus will be singing!!! It is American Pride Day at the game and will be completed with an Indoor Fireworks Display…that’s right… INDOOR FIREWORKS!!!! Fliers were distributed today to homeroom teachers so watch for them in backpacks!! SAVE THE DATE!!! Tickets are limited!!
We are DESPERATE for Volunteers in the Consentino Store for the rest of the Winter and into the Spring, YEAH, I’m already talking about Spring!!!. It is open every Friday from 11:00 – 1:30. If you’ve never done it, the lunch room perspective is very entertaining and educational. If you have worked in the store, I’m sure you agree! No worries if you’re new, you’ll have another person with you! To see the spots available for the School store click here: Consentino Store
Weekly Parent Update 1/30/16
I hope this email finds you and your families well on this beautiful Saturday morning. We have been working very hard this week preparing your children for the PARCC exam in April. Teachers have been collaborating and disseminating data to provide targeted instruction for your children. I have been celebrating students who have increased their math and ELA MAP scores during my morning announcements. I am very proud of the kiddos for their achievements. I also want to congratulate our Jr. Academic Bowl team for defeating St. Joseph’s on Friday. Our senior team lost, but we are encouraged by their effort.
The girls’ basketball team lost a tough semi-final game against Sacred Heart on Thursday night. We had them on the ropes the whole game, but came up short. A special thank you goes out to Miss Kimball and Mr. Angelo for coaching the girls this year. I want to thank parents and staff who came out to support our cheerleaders and players. The cheerleader exhibition is tomorrow at 10 am at HHS. Miss McCarthy and Mrs. Clemmey have been preparing our girls for months for this event. I know our cheerleaders will be the best.
Below are some important reminders/events:
From Officer Iannalfo: Parents who exit the parking lot must turn right onto Washington St. This is a city ordinance. Failure to obey this law may result in a traffic violation from the HPD.
From Miss O’Brien for 8th grade parents: STEM Academy information is available on the HPS website. The deadline for the application is, February 5th. stem.haverhill-ps.org
Staff meeting Monday. Teachers will not be available for extra help.
Volleyball tryouts are next week for grades 6-8. The girls will try out Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:45-4:00. The boys will try out on Thursday and Friday at the same time as the girls. Sign up sheets will be in the cafeteria on Monday. Your child must sign up in order to try out. Children must listen to the Monday morning announcements for more details. If you have any questions, please email Miss Kimball (girls) and Mr. Hammond (boys) for more information. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Featured Teacher of the Week: Patrick Borzi (Nominated by Dr. Thakkar) Patrick has done a great job transitioning into his new position. He has really stabilized those math groups. He consistently reaches out to parents and students.
Featured Student of the Week: Joshua Roberts Gr. 7 (Nominated by Mrs. Reid) Joshua is always engaged in class activities. He is an active listener and always raises his hand to answer questions in class. He volunteers to read out loud daily. He takes copious notes in class and works well with others. He is 100% dedicated to his work. He is a pleasure to have in the 7th grade!
Thank you again for all your support. I am truly blessed to have the best students, staff, and parents in the city. Enjoy the weekend.
Weekly Parent Update 1/23/16
I hope this email finds you and your families well on this Saturday morning. It looks as if we are going to miss this big storm today. Thank goodness the basketball games will be played today. We are expecting big things from our student/athletes. I know they will make us proud win or lose.
Below are some important events happening next week:
Yesterday was Patriots Day at Consentino. Go Pats. Pats 27-21. Take it to the bank!
Today is the basketball quarterfinals at HHS. Our girls play at 10 and the boys play at 1. Come out to support our players and cheerleaders. We are expecting both teams to make it to the semi-finals. Of course our cheerleaders will be the most impressive squad of the day.
I received a lot of positive feedback from the 8th grade teachers about having common planning time Wednesday. They were grateful to be able to plan interventions, dissect data, and share strategies. I plan to do this every Wednesday. Next week, 7th grade teachers will have the same opportunity. By working together as a school community, I know our scores will improve. Lastly, I want to thank Mrs. Kukenberger for approving our proposal for this endeavor and our PBIS proposal.
Monday is Elementary Curriculum Meetings. Teachers will not be available for extra help and/or conferences.
Progress Reports were distributed yesterday. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
Next Friday is an early release day for students. Dismissal will be at 11:05.
Featured Teacher of the Week: Jessica Todd (Gr. 1) Nominated by Miss Duane: Jessica has excelled at creating a seamless transition from one teacher to the next in First Grade. Her smile and warmth have put the class at ease. She works tirelessly to make all students feel included and makes every attempt to differentiate work for students who need accommodations to feel successful. She puts in far more hours than is expected for a substitute and we are very happy that she will continue with us until the end of the year.
Featured Student of the Week: Cameron Hebb (Gr. 1- Nominated by Miss McCarthy) Cameron is a rock star in the classroom. He is always doing what he is asked even when no one is watching. He is very helpful around the classroom, he checks in with me all the time to see if I need help with anything and he is always the first one to offer to help a friend in need. Most recently he was spotted in the cafeteria picking up trash under the table that didn’t belong to him. He is such a pleasure to have in class.
From Miss O’Brien to 8th grade parents: Below are some tips for high school interviews (Whittier, Central, etc…)
PRACTICE QUESTIONS TO PREPARE FOR INTERVIEWS
Here are some practice questions for you to review in order to prepare for your interview. It would be helpful for you to practice answering these questions at home with your family or friends. Please keep in mind that high schools are looking for motivated students who have a sincere interest in their school. It would also be helpful to take a look at the school’s website. This is a good tool to use to review what the school has to offer and assist you in identifying activities/ clubs that you’re interested in. Please let Ms. O’Brien know if you have any questions. Good luck!
Why do you want to attend this high school? Why do you think this school is the right choice for you?
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of school (ie. extracurricular activities, sports, etc.)? Be familiar with the clubs, sports, and activities their school has to offer.
What are the subjects you are most interested in and why?
What are the subjects that are most challenging for you and why? Be able to relate academics to the area that you have the most interest. (Ex. Math may not be your strength/ favorite subject but you are aware that you will need math skills to work in a specific technical area.)
What project have you completed that you are most proud of and why?
Be prepared to explain any low grades, drop in grades, excessive absences (please get doctor’s notes to excuse any medical absences if excessive in either 7th or 8th grade), discipline issues, etc.
Where do you see yourself five years from now? What will you be doing?
Do you have any questions? Be prepared to ask at least one question about the high school you are applying to.
The interview is your time to tell them why they should choose YOU to attend their school.
Be yourself. You only have one chance to make a first impression. Make it a great one!
Lastly, I want to thank Mr. Higginbottom (District Science Supervisor) for securing a $20,000 science grant from Verizon. This money will be used for much needed science supplies and books. Last Wednesday, Mr. Scully accepted the donation in Mrs. Paquette’s 8th grade science class. Thank you, Verizon, for supporting our school.
Thank you again for all your support. I am truly blessed to work with the best staff, students, and parents in the city. Enjoy the weekend with your families. Go Chargers!!!!!!!
Haverhill author Christopher Golden visited Consentino
Haverhill author Christopher Golden visited two fifth grade classes on 1/14/16. Golden is a New York Times best-selling author, and has co-written more than 100 novels. He focused his talk on the writing process, and students eagerly asked questions about his writing career. Two students amazed Golden with this spooky stories, which is his specialty. The whole group impressed Golden so much he generously donated several of his books to the class. A big thank you to Mr. Golden for sharing his expertise with our fifth graders!
Practice interview questions
8th grade students
Here are some practice questions for you to review in order to prepare for your interview. It would be helpful for you to practice answering these questions at home with your family or friends. Please keep in mind that high schools are looking for motivated students who have a sincere interest in their school. Click the above link for the practice question document.
Weekly Parent Update 1/16/16
I hope this email finds you and your families well on this rainy Saturday. Thank goodness this is a warm storm and the snow isn’t flying. This has been a very busy week at school. The students and staff have been working very hard to prepare for the PARCC and MCAS tests in April and May. Our basketball teams are gearing up for the playoffs, which will commence next week. I will send an email out when I know the schedule.
Below are some important events/reminders:
Jan. 18- No school. MLK Day
Jan. 22- Progress Reports
I want to thank staff for putting together comprehensive intervention plans. We dissemenating the data and the teachers are forming groups to target specific skills.
The PBIS Development team has officially come together to begin the initial planning and training phase of this process. We are excited to begin the process of laying the foundation for systemic school wide academic and behavioral improvement!
Featured Staff Member of the Week: Jennifer Miller (Nominated by Mrs. Wrisley)- Jenn is the Honor Society chairperson. She always works hard to make sure the banquet and ceremony are top notch. Jenn also organized the Gr. 7 intervention plan. We are lucky to have her on staff.
Featured Student of the Week: Janaisha Rosado-Gr. 5 (Nominated by Mrs. Ovalles)- Janaisha has been in trouble with me (a lot)especially in the beginning of the year. She asked me one day if we could start over like new. I was shocked and surprised but she has been very pleasant, even helping one of my students with going to the nurse. Well the other day I attempted to confiscate a phone from another 5th grade student who ran away and had apparently given the phone to Janaisha to hide. Janaisha came to my room and gave me the phone. She said that her friend wanted her to take it and hold it for her so I could not get it but Janaisha told me she did not feel comfortable with that and wanted to make the best decision.
MCAS Science dates Grades 5, 8: May 10-24
PARCC ELA/Math dates Grades 3-8: April 25-June 6
Thank you again for all your support. I am truly blessed to have the best students, parents, and staff in the city. Enjoy the long weekend with your families. One last thing: Pats 24-21.
Ninety-nine restaurant fundraiser
Weekly Parent Update 1/9/16
I hope this email finds you and your families well on this snowy Saturday. I hope you all have had a wonderful week with your families. Our students and staff have been working extremely hard to prepare your children for the PARCC test in March. Teachers have been digging deep in the data, and have been developing interventions to help your children succeed. If you have any questions about the test, please email Dr. Thakkar or me.
Below are some important reminders/events:
When you enter the school to dismiss your child, please have an ID ready and check in at the main office. Once you enter the building, parents are not allowed to enter children’s classrooms during the school day. We want to ensure the safety of students and staff.
Students are not allowed in the building before 8:00 am. It is getting colder and students should not be dropped off before this time in the morning.
From Officer Iannalfo: When exiting the parking lot during school hours, you are to take a right onto Washington St. This helps to improve the flow of traffic. Haverhill Police will be enforcing this periodically throughout the day (especially during drop off and dismissal). Parents are not allowed to drop off children in the front of the building from 8:00-8:30 during school hours.
Monday- middle school curriculum meetings. Teachers will not be available for extra help.
Honors assemblies: Monday Gr. 5 @ 9:00, Gr. 6 @ 9:45 Tuesday Gr. 7 @ 9:00, Gr. 8 @9:45
Tuesday- Basketball home
Wednesday- Yearbook pictures Gr. 8
Thursday- Basketball home
Featured Student of the Week: Jocelynn Alcantara (Nominated by Mr. Mele)- Jocelynn is a good student who tries hard everyday to be her best. Recently, she found an expensive cell phone on the ground and immediately turned it into the office. She is a pleasure to have in the school.
Featured Staff Member of the Week: Michelle Maginnis (Nominated by Dr. Thakkar)- Michelle has helped out with the balanced literacy meetings with the new initiative this year of expanding balanced literacy from only elementary school to middle school.
Thank you again for all your support. I am truly blessed to work with the best students, staff, and parents in the city. Enjoy the weekend with your families.