Dr. A. B. Consentino School
Weekly Parent Update 5/28/16
I hope this email finds you and your families well on this Memorial Day weekend. I want to thank Miss Cranton for singing “God Bless America” Friday morning over the intercom to honor all soldiers who have died protecting our great country.
PARCC testing is almost completed. Next week, third and fourth graders will take the math portion of the test. I want to thank Dr. Thakkar for facilitating this huge project. We test the most students in the entire city.
Below are some important reminders/events:
Today is the Sons of Italy Road Race at the Methuen club on 110 in Methuen. The walk starts at 10:30 and the race begins at 11:00. If you would like to register, go to http://www.methuensonsofitaly.com This race benefits the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center.
Gr. 8 students to Washington, DC Tuesday morning. Students must be at school by 5:30 am.
Gr. 8 students not on Washington trip will be walking to Chunky’s on Thursday.
Gr. 3,4 Math PARCC will begin May 31.
I would like to thank all staff who have been assisting with the PARCC and MCAS tests.
Thank you to Mrs. Wrisley and Miss Kimball for resurrecting the Talent Show. The kiddos are really looking forward to this fun event.
From Nurse Dianne:
To the 6th grade parents/guardians, Please be advised that per MDPH, in order for your child to enter the 7th grade, you will need to provide the school nurse with a record of a Tdap and Varicella immunization and a current physical. Please send the documentation if you have not already done so to insure your child will not be excluded from school next September.
From Mr. Jarvis:
It has come to our attention a significant number of students have been drawing a square with a black sharpie on their wrists. Then they take a cell phone flashlight and press it onto the square and hold it until the “shock”sensation becomes unbearable. This started as an Internet challenge and is spreading rapidly. The issue is the damage overloading skin cells with that high of light intensity can cause damage to the skin as well as to veins. The second Challenge of concern is the Ice challenge, where students put salt on their arms and then use ice cubes to create a “dry Ice burning” sensation for however long they can tolerate the pain.
We are working towards educating our students about the dangers of these activities. It is our hope that this fad will pass soon, and with proper education about damaging skin cells with intense light (which is an enhanced and more damaging version of a tanning bed affect) we can eliminate this growing issue.
We have seen students as young as second grade being subjected to these challenges.
Featured Students of the Week: Isabelle DaRosa and Sarah Levesque (Gr. 8) Nominated by Mr. Mele- These two girls have taken it upon themselves to paint “Chargers” on the newly painted walls in the gym. They have been coming after school to paint and put the finishing touches on the project. They are both excellent students and citizens of the Consentino community.
Featured Staff Members of the Week:
Mrs. O’Neil (Nominated by Dr. Thakkar) Mrs. O’Neil helped out this week with testing an out of district placement student with accommodations. She had to juggle her regular work and add additional responsibility of testing MCAS and PARCC for the student who is not even our student. She took care of the student compassionately and made sure all tests were completed on time to report to DESE according to the articulation agreement with the state.
Mr. Begley (Nominated by Mr. Mele) Mr. Begley has been overseeing the painting process that Sarah and Isabelle have completed. He always goes above and beyond to support our students and school community.
Thank you again for all your support. I am truly blessed to work with the best students, staff, and parents in the city of Haverhill. Enjoy this long weekend with your families.
Weekly Parent Update 5/22/16
I hope this email finds you and your families well on this Sunday morning. Typically, I send the email out on Saturday, but my daughter graduated from college yesterday. This has been another busy week at school. We are gearing up for many upcoming evening celebrations and field trips.
I want to congratulate Mrs. Joy on her upcoming retirement. I was honored to be invited to the HEA event last Thursday night. Mr. Parolisi gave an exemplary speech honoring Mrs. Joy for her many years of teaching at Consentino.
Below are some important reminders, events:
I want to thank Mrs. Miller for all her hard work organizing the Honors Banquet, which was held last Thursday night. She does a phenomenal job and the kids and parents thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I also want to thank staff for coming out Thursday night to support our students. It was a great night and I received many compliments from parents praising Mrs. Miller and our teachers. Congratulations to our new inductees. They are an awesome group of kiddos.
May 23- Elementary Curriculum meetings.
May 25- Write Away celebration 6:30 @ HHS
May 25- Gr. 4, 5 Track meet at HHS 3:45 pm
This Monday and Tuesday will be PARCC ELA tests for grades 5 and 6. Gr. 3 and 4 will test PARCC ELA on Wednesday-Friday.
Featured Students of the Week: Meghan Dellea and Mackenzie Murphy (Gr. 7) Nominated by Miss Watts- Meggie and Mackenzie have been helping out during PARCC testing tremendously. Both students have been running and checking devices and helping me out with anything that I have asked. Both of these students are also leaders in the 7th grade who always go above and beyond to help others. They are excellent young ladies and are a pleasure to have in class. Lastly, we are very proud of them being inducted into the Honors Society last night. They are Chargers through and through.
Featured Staff Members of the Week: Mr. Hammond (Nominated by Mrs. Garon) I wanted to tell you how truly awesome Brian Hammond is. I would love to nominate him for teacher of the week. He has gone beyond the call of duty on several occasions, however today during a students meeting he was brilliant. He came prepared and spoke genuinely, as well as thoughtfully. For these reasons and many more I would like to nominate him.
Mrs. Miller (Nominated by Mrs. Wrisley and Mr. Mele) Jenn’s hard work the past couple weeks showed tonight at the banquet. To advise this group and do all the fundraisers, meetings, and prep work by herself is a true Charger! Mrs. Miller is always willing to help out around the school in any way needed. People may not notice these things, but that is because Jenn is very humble and unassuming.
Thank you for all your help this week. I am truly blessed to work with the best students, staff, and parents in the city of Haverhill. Enjoy this Sunday with your families.
Weekly Parent Update 5/14/16
I hope this email finds you and your families well on this beautiful Saturday morning. PARCC and MCAS testing have been going smoothly. The children are working very hard to make us all proud. Gr. 5 and 6 will continue with PARCC this week. Gr. 8 students will be taking Science MCAS Thursday and Friday. Be sure your child is on time for school each day. Dismissals are always discouraged during the instructional day. Please do not dismiss your child unless it is absolutely necessary.
Main office carpeted
Room 8 tiled
Mr. Jarvis office carpeted
Next week, Mr. Reardon’s room will be tiled.
Elevator will be repaired by next week.
Construction on the library and first floor ceilings will begin on June 20. The expected completion date is August 15. I will update you periodically during the summer regarding these projects.
I want to take this opportunity to thank our PTO for hosting Staff Appreciation Week. We are so lucky to have the best parents in the city who do so much to make our school the best. We appreciate you very much.
Below are some important reminders/events:
Honor Society Ceremony May 19 @ 6:00 pm. Congratulations to those students who will be inducted. We are proud of you.
Gr. 6-8 Track Meet May 18 @ HHS.
Congratulations to Mrs. Joy who will be retiring this June. The HEA will be honoring her and others on Wednesday night. Feel free to send her an email and wish her well.
Featured Student of the Week: Rachel McGrath- Gr. 8 (Nominated by Mrs. Joy) has been a courteous and helpful member of group 8-2 all year long. In many challenging situations this year, Rachel has stepped up and shown others what a respectful and exemplary student should be like. I just wish I had 100 of her!!
Featured Staff Members of the Week: Mrs. Paquette and Mrs. Wrisley (Nominated by Mr. Reardon) These two teachers could star in an instructional YouTube video on “How to successfully implement engaging, entertaining, and enticing science instruction to students.” Their willingness to intellectually collaborate during monthly science curriculum meetings, allow our students to distill years of science instruction into one yearly project, which continually & proudly are displayed at the Middle School Science and Engineering Fair, including this year’s recent showcase. Well done.
Thank you again for all your help and support this week. We are truly blessed to work with the best students, parents, and staff in the city. Enjoy the weekend with your families.
Weekly Parent Update 5/7/16
I hope you and your families are well on this Saturday morning. I want to take this opportunity to wish all the mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.
The weather has not been very cooperative this past week. Track and Field practices were cancelled. It is our hope that the weather improves and the kiddos can get outside and train for the meets. Speaking of the meets, here are the tentative dates:
May 18- Gr. 6,7,8 at HHS
May 25- Gr. 4,5 at HHS
Please note that there will be a $2 charge for spectators.
Congratulations are in order for our Mock Trial teams. The defense and prosecution both won their trials yesterday at Haverhill District Court. We are very proud of their effort. Thank you to the coaches for all their hard work.
A reminder that the Savers Fundraiser is still on going at the store in Plaistow. Bring any items (except furniture) that you no longer need, and Savers will donate the proceeds to our library.
Below are some important reminders/events:
Honor Society Car Wash today from 10-12 pm. Come by and support the kiddos.
PTO is sponsoring Staff Appreciation Week beginning next Monday. Thank you, PTO for all you do for our school.
We want to thank staff for working together to make PARCC go so smoothly. Doug Russell from technology remarked how great everything is going for the school that tests the most kids in the city (including the high school). This is a direct result of teamwork. Parents: Be sure your child is on time for school especially if testing. We discourage dismissals during the school day, and this is especially true during PARCC testing.
Featured Students of the Week: Colin Samseigle and Andrew Potvin both are in grade 5 (Nominated by Mr. Angelo) and both of these students go above and beyond in my math class not only as outstanding students but also helpful in-class tutors. Both Andrew and Colin also have been attending Seventh Grade Math classes twice a week and also doing a great job up there.
Featured Staff Member of the Week: Colleen Beckett (Nominated by Mr. Angelo) I also would like to nominate Colleen Beckett Teacher Of The Week for taking time to welcome both of these two students into her class. Colleen has been a great help this year in helping me differentiate math instruction to both of these students.
Thank you again for all your support this week and every week. I am truly blessed to work with the best students, parents, and staff in the city. Enjoy the weekend with your families.
Chorus class for 7th and 8th graders next Fall
Message from Mr. Joseph Gori (HHS Chorus)
We are once again offering seventh & eighth grade students the opportunity to take a Chorus class at HHS next autumn during period 1 as part of the Chorus Loop program. Participation in the course earns the student 1 HHS Fine Arts credit. Click the links below for the application and FAQ sheet.
Weekly Parent Update 4/30/16
I hope this email finds you and your families well on this beautiful Saturday morning. The little guys have been so excited to welcome our newest Chargers. Mother duck’s eggs hatched yesterday in our courtyard, and the children are ecstatic. The kiddos are taking good care of mom and her babies. We hope to release them into the river this week with the help of Haverhill Animal Control.
PARCC testing for Grades 7 and 8 have been on going. I want to thank Dr. Thakkar, Miss Dekeon, Miss Watts, and Miss Augustus for making this go smoothly. Gr. 7 will test all next week in math and ELA. Please be sure your child is on time for school, and not dismissed especially during the testing window. The students have been working very hard on the tests, and we are expecting great scores. Go Chargers!
MCAS Science Dates:
Grade 5- May 10, 11 with make ups on May 12, 13
Grade 8- May 19, 20 with make ups on May 23, 24.
This is a paper and pencil test unlike the PARCC, which is computer-based.
Grade 8 News:
Below is a letter that will be sent home next week regarding expectations for attending field trips and the promotion dance.
Dear 8th Grade Parents/Guardians
As part of our annual end-of-year celebration, the 8th grade will continue with the tradition of going to Cedardale’s outing center in Groveland (for all 8th grade students) and holding a Promotion Dance (for those 8th graders who have been promoted to 9th grade). In order to make sure that everyone is safe and having fun, there are certain criteria that must be in place. These rules will be in effect as of Monday, May 2, 2016 and up to and including the day of the dance, Thursday, June 16th, 2016, regardless of any other disciplinary actions that may have been taken earlier in the school year. Our goal is that all students will be able to attend the trip and all promoted students will be able to attend the Promotion Dance.
The criteria listed below are reasons why a student will NOT be allowed to attend the Cedardale field trip and/or the 8th Grade Promotion Dance (regardless of academic performance)
Any out of school suspension
Any in-house suspension
3 or more detentions
3 or more discipline referrals
Teachers have discussed these criteria with all of the students. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.
Consentino School 8th Grade Teachers
May 2: Staff meeting. Teachers will not be available for extra help on this day.
May 4: Cheerleading meeting at 5:00 pm in room 16. Ferry Beach meeting at 5:30 in cafeteria, Washington, DC meeting 6:30 pm in cafeteria.
Featured Student of the Week: Raynaliz Gonzalez (Gr. 5- Nominated by Mr. Reardon) Despite moving here only 2 months ago, Raynaliz is living proof that even if you are new to a school and nervous, you can still quickly become a razzling-dazzling Charger Citizen. How do you razzle-and-dazzle like her? It’s simple–be responsible, respectful, and always be willing to lend a hand to your classmates, even if you don’t know their name, and not only will you quickly become a magnificent & marvelous Charger Citizen….you might even become a famous Student of the Week, like she did.
Featured Staff Members of the Week: Caitlynd Ovalles and Karyn Emerson (Gr. 5, 6 ELL-Nominated by Mr. Mele) Mrs. Ovalles and Mrs. Emerson always go above and beyond to meet the needs of their students. They are in constant contact with parents during the week and on the weekends. Every Thanksgiving, Mrs. Ovalles and Mrs. Emerson host a Thanksgiving dinner for their students’ families. We are lucky to have them on staff.
Thank you again for all your support. I am truly blessed to work with the best students, parents, and staff in the city of Haverhill. Enjoy the weekend with your families.
Weekly Parent Update 4/23/16
I hope this email finds you and your families well on this Saturday morning. I have a couple of updates for you as we enter the home stretch of the school year.
PARCC testing begins for grade 8 on Monday. Here is the link again for our schedule: http://wp.me/p4O3LW-uh Gr. 8 Parents: Be sure your child is on time for school especially for the PARCC testing days. All students must be present for school at 8:25 am. Dismissals during testing are very disruptive. Do not dismiss your child unless it is absolutely necessary.
During the vacation week, the abatement company completed the majority of the first floor. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin on the library and hallway ceilings on June 20th. This will last until the middle of August. I have been working directly with Mr. Geary (Director of Facilities) to plan this endeavor. I will update you periodically about the progress of the construction during the summer months.
Thank you again for all your support. I hope you all had a restful vacation week with your families. I am truly blessed to work with the best students, staff, and parents in the city of Haverhill. Enjoy the weekend with your families. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday morning.
Weekly Parent Update 4/16/16
I hope you and your families are well on this beautiful spring weekend. We finally made it to the vacation. The PARCC test for 8th graders will begin on April 25th. Below is an attachment of the complete schedule for all grades.
Spirit Week went well. I was impressed with the amount of students showing such great school spirit. I also want to congratulate the teachers for their dominating win in the volleyball match yesterday afternoon. Lastly, I want to thank Miss Kimball, Miss Hoffman, Mr. Hammond, Mr. Begley, and Mr. and Mrs. East for all their efforts in coaching the children this past season.
Mrs. Wrisley once again is organizing the talent show. Tryouts will be on May 26th after school. The actual show will be on June 10th. Please email Mrs. Wrisley if you have any questions. I want to publicly thank Colleen for stepping up and organizing this huge event. She is a Charger through and through.
Track and Field season is upon us. Miss Clifford and Mr. Jenkins are coaching our grades 4-8 students. If your child is interested in participating, please have him/her see the coaches for more information.
Below are some important events/reminders/celebrations:
April 25- PARCC begins for Gr. 8. Here is the link for the complete schedule: http://wp.me/p4O3LW-uh
Featured Student of the Week: Tyler Paszko Gr. 6 (Nominated by Mrs. Cucurullo) Tyler displays hard work and effort on a daily basis. He is a model student, but more importantly, he is a genuinely good person who is willing to help both his peers and his teachers. His grades are a reflection of hard work and dedication. He is a leader in sixth grade.
Featured Staff Member of the Week: Mrs. Fielding (Nominated by Miss Kimball) I would like to nominate Mrs. Fielding for staff member of the week. Although there are many staff members who take the time to come out to support our Charger athletes during sporting events, Mrs. Fielding (along with her two boys) has been a constant presence in the stands cheering on all of our teams at both regular season and playoff games throughout this school year. Her commitment to supporting our students-athletes does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated by both the players and the coaches.
Thank you again for all your support. I am truly blessed to work with the best students, parents, and staff in the city of Haverhill. Enjoy these precious days off next week with your families.
PARCC Spring 2016 Schedule
Consentino will administer the Massachusetts standardized test PARCC for students in grades 3-8 from April 25th – June 6th. Click this link for the schedule:
Weekly Parent Update 4/9/16
I hope this email finds you and your families well on this beautiful Saturday morning. This has been a very busy week at school. We are preparing for the PARCC test in two weeks. Dr. Thakkar has been coordinating this effort and we will have a schedule out very soon for parents. Today is the volleyball tournament at the high school. Our boys play at 11:00 and the girls follow. Good luck to our student/athletes.
Below are some important events/reminders:
Spirit week at Consentino. Here are the themes for the week:
Monday – Sports Day
Tuesday – Hawaiian Day
Wednesday – Superhero Day
Thursday – Color War (8th is blue, 7th is purple, 6th is green, 5th is orange, and 1-4 is red)
Friday – Boston Strong Day
Staff meeting on Monday. Teachers will not be available for extra help on this day.
Tuesday- Honors Assembly: Grade 5- 9:00 am Grade 6- 9:30
Wednesday- Honors Assembly: Grade 7- 9:00 am Grade 8- 9:30
April 18-24: School Vacation
Featured Staff Member of the Week: Allison Augustus (Nominated by Mr. Mele): Allison is always available to help students and staff wherever need be. Her students are always well behaved in the lunchroom and in the hallways.
Featured Student of the Week: Isabelle DaRosa- Gr. 8 (Nominated by Mr. Mele): Isabelle is a kind and caring student. She is a very talented musician and artist. Isabelle has volunteered to paint the Charger logos on our gym walls. She is a credit to her family.
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.