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  • Weekly Parent Update 4/30/16

    Good Morning,
     
    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.  
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Mr. Mele

  • Weekly Parent Update 4/23/16

    Good Morning,
     
    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. 

     
    Sincerely,
     
    Mr. Mele

  • Weekly Parent Update 4/16/16

    Good Morning,
    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.
     
    Sincerely
     
    Mr. Mele

  • 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:

    PARCC Schedule Spring 2016 Consentino

  • Weekly Parent Update 4/9/16

    Good Morning,
     
    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. 
    Sincerely,
    Mr. Mele

  • Weekly Parent Update 3/26/16

    Good Morning,
    I hope this email finds you and your families well on this Saturday morning. I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Easter. We have been very busy at school this week. Report cards were issued on Thursday. Parent/Teacher conferences are Wednesday night from 6:00-7:30. Below are some important events/reminders:
    March 28- Jr. Academic Bowl tournament at HHS 4:30 pm vs. St. Joseph’s. 

    March 29- Volleyball home vs. St. Joseph’s

    Substance abuse forum at Nettle School at 6:00 pm. Spanish translators will be available. Transportation is available from ABC @ 5:30 to and from Nettle. 

    March 30- Parent/Teacher conferences 6:00-7:30 pm.

    March 31- Volleyball home vs. Hunking. 

     
    Thank you again for all your support. I am truly blessed to work with the best students, parents, and staff in the city. Enjoy Easter with your families.

    Mr. Mele

  • Weekly Parent Update 3/19/16

    Good Morning,
     
    I hope you and your families are well on this beautiful Saturday morning. Hopefully we miss the snowstorm tomorrow. It is too late in the winter for any more snow. Our students have been working hard preparing for the PARCC and MCAS tests coming up in April. Teachers have been doing a tremendous job of differentiating their instruction to meet the instructional needs of your children. 
     
    Below are some important reminders/events:
    Monday is elementary curriculum meetings.

    Tuesday volleyball home vs. Nettle

    Thursday volleyball at Whittier

    Report cards distributed Thursday

    No school Friday. Good Friday

    Academic Bowl News from Miss Hoffman:

    Junior Division: 

    1. Hunking/Bradford El. 6-0

    2. Whittier 4-2

    3. Consentino/Silver Hill 3-2-1

    4. Sacred Hearts 3-3

    5. Nettle 2-3-1

    6. St. Joseph 2-4

    7. Hillview 0-6

     

    Senior Division:

    1. St. Joseph 5-1

    2. Nettle 4-2 (1170 total points)

    3. Hunking 4-2 (1080 total points)

    4. Sacred Hearts 4-2 (1075 total points)

    5. Whittier 2-4

    6. Consentino 1-5 (830 total points)

    7. Hillview 1-5 (690 total points)

     

    The 6th vs. 7th place game is scheduled for Wednesday 3/23, because Hilllview has both the seniors and juniors involved in this meet they will be the hosting school. I will arrange a bus to bring the St. Joseph juniors and the Consentino seniors to that location. It will be the same time as it usually is during the day. Whoever wins that meet will be going to the tournament. 

    The quarter-final tournament is scheduled for Monday March 28 in the Haverhill High School auditorium beginning at 4:30 with the Junior Division going first. There will be two matches for each division that night, the 6th place (seeded) team vs. the 3rd place (Consentino/Silver Hill juniors and Hunking seniors) and then the 4th place (Sacred Hearts juniors and seniors) vs. 5th place team (Nettle juniors and Whittier seniors). 

     

    The semi-finals are scheduled for Tuesday March 29 beginning at 4:30 with the Junior Division going first. There will be two matches for each division, the 2nd place team (Whittier juniors and Nettle seniors) vs. the higher of the winners from the quarter-finals, and then the 1st place team (Hunking/Bradford El. juniors and St. Joseph seniors) vs. the lower of the winners from the quarter-finals. 

     

    The finals are taking place on Thursday March 31 with the Juniors at 5:00 and the Seniors at 6:00. After each division there will be a short awards ceremony for the winners. 

     

    There are no buses for the tournaments, so students need to have transportation to and from the meets. Please spread the word for people to come support your teams. 

    ​Featured Student of the Week: Emerson Judson (Gr. 8) Nominated by Mr. Mele- Emerson is a great student and role model. She recently was accepted to Phillips Academy for next year. We are very proud of her.  

    ​​Featured Staff Member of the Week: Mrs. Cucurullo (Gr. 6) Nominated by Mr. Jarvis- Meg played a big role in developing interventions for a particular student. She went above and beyond what was asked of her as a classroom teacher. She continuously pushes her students to excel while supporting their diverse needs in the classroom.  

    Thank you again for all your support and help this week. I am truly blessed to work with the best students, staff, and parents in the city. Enjoy the weekend with your families.  
     
    Sincerely,
    Mr. Mele

  • Weekly Parent Update 3/12/16

    Good Morning,
     
    I hope you and your families are well on this beautiful Saturday morning. This morning, Hastings Floor Covering is carpeting the main office and tiling room 39. We are moving forward little by little. I want to thank our school community for the outpouring of support for our kiddos. I greatly appreciate your generosity. 
     
    We have had a very busy this week. Dr. Thakkar is in the process of finalizing the PARCC schedule and training our teachers to administer the computer-based test. Teachers have been working hard to prepare your children for success on the test. I want to thank our 5th grade students who go outside weekly to clean up our school grounds. I am planning a spring cleanup for a future Saturday morning with the entire school community. Details will be available in a few weeks. 
     
    Our Academic Bowl teams have been making Consentino proud. Our students have been competing hard against the other middle and elementary schools in the district. These students have been representing Consentino in a positive way. 
     
    Our volleyball teams began their regular season schedule this past week. I am very proud of their effort and sportsmanship. I also want to thank the parents who take time out of their busy schedules to support our students at these events. 
     
    Lastly, I want to thank Mrs. Shepherd for allowing our gr. 1-4 students access to her library. She is a wonderful woman and a great neighbor. 
     
    Below are some important reminders/events:
    Between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm, you are not allowed to take a left out of the parking lot onto Washington St. Officer Iannalfo has been enforcing this on a daily basis. 

    ​Middle school curriculum meetings will be held at Consentino Monday for our staff. We will be continuing with PARCC training. Staff will not be available for extra help on this day. 

    March 15- PBIS training all day at HHS

    March 17- Essex Tech interviews.  

    Featured Student of the Week: Mariela Sanchez- Gr. 8 (Nominated by Mrs. Elfakih)- Mariela is an enthusiastic student who is always ready to learn new concepts. She puts her best effort into all her work, and tries very hard to improve. She continues to make academic progress on daily basis, and she takes pride in her work. I am very proud of how much progress she has made since the beginning of the year.

    Featured Staff Member of the Week: Mr. Rivera (SSC- Nominated by Mr. Hammond) muscles aside…

    Mr. Rivera arrives every day, works hard, supports the students wonderfully, and is cool and calm as can be…ALL the time!

    Mr Rivera was instrumental in developing “make up test day” for the SSC students. The SSC students are given opportunities to make up missing/low test grades during designated testing times) two and one week) before the term closes. As a result, several of the students have been able to earn better scores and improve their grades.
    Thank you again for all your hard work each day. I am truly blessed to work with the best students, parents, and staff in the city. Have a great weekend with your families.

    Sincerely,
    Mr. Mele

  • Weekly Parent Update 3/5/16

    Good Morning,
     
    I hope this email finds you and your families well on this Saturday morning. I want to thank all the parents who have been donating books for our new library. Quick update: We are in the process of working with a contractor to plan renovations for our library. I have been working directly with Mr. Scully, Tom Geary, and Mr. Fulgoni on this project. Our office will be carpeted next Saturday, and Mr. Parolisi’s floor will be tiled as well. We are “Charging Forward.” 
    Dr. Thakkar has been working on the PARCC schedule for our school. He will be presenting the draft of the schedule Monday to staff during our monthly meeting. As soon as Dr. Thakkar finalizes the schedule, I will share it with you. 
    Below are some important reminders/events:
    ​​March 7- Staff meeting- Staff will not be available for extra help.

    March 8- Substance Abuse Forum 6:00 pm-7:00 pm in the cafeteria. Consentino staff members and health professionals from across the city will be participating. Babysitting will be provided. Healthy snacks will also be provided. Please make every effort to attend this event. 

    Volleyball home vs. Whittier

    March 9- Mock Trial meeting- 2:45-3:45

    March 10- Volleyball @ St. Joseph’s  

    March 11- Marks close

    I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. East (Consentino parents) for all their help coaching our volleyball players every weekend. They are Chargers through and through. 

    Featured Student of the Week: Royck Figueroa (Nominated by Ms. Sargent) Royck is a great role model for other students. He is polite, helpful, and courteous. He is always using manners, saying thank you and please or holding the door for others. He always helps out other students and adults.
     
    Featured Staff Member of the Week: Mrs. Toska (Nominated by Mrs. Reid) As a veteran staff member, Annie is a critical member of our team. She knows the curriculum very well. She is strong in the area of behavior management. She is also kind and nurturing with students. Annie is often asked to do more than the job description for an ESP and she does these tasks without complaint. She is really an unsung hero of the Consentino school community!​
    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. 
     
    Sincerely,
    Mr. Mele

  • Weekly Parent Update 2/27/16

    Good Morning,
     
    I hope this email finds you and your families well on this beautiful Saturday morning. We are up and running at the Consentino this week. I want to thank Mr. Scully, Mr. Geary, and Mr. Fulgoni for all their support over the past two weeks to get the building ready for your children. Staff has been tremendous as well to make this week seamless. Finally, I would like to thank my custodians for putting in a tremendous amount of work to get the building open. Paul Migliori, Norman Nadeau, and Mike Marcoux have been working long hours the past two weeks to make this happen. 
     
    Many people from around the state and the community have been offering their support for our children. School districts and private citizens from across the state and Haverhill have offered to donate books to our children. I am grateful for everyone’s generosity and support. 
     
    Below are some important reminders/events:
     
    Elementary curriculum meetings on Monday. Teachers will not be available for extra help on this day.

    Primary election day in the small gym on Tuesday. Please park your cars in the big playground area to leave parking spots open for the voters. Do not park in front of the school. If we have to take part of the playground, then so be it.  

    Picture day is next Tuesday for grades 1-4 group photos. We will have the photographers set up in the band room.  

    Thank you for all your flexibility and help this week getting back into the regular routine. We appreciate all your efforts.  

    Continue to stress to the students the importance of attending school everyday. Our attendance numbers were excellent. This is a testament to Dawn Caputo’s hard work everyday.

    Make sure your children are at school by 8:30 am. 

    Dismissal is at 2:45 pm. Please do not dismiss your child before this time unless it is absolutely necessary. 

    March 8 at 6:00 pm, we will be hosting a Substance Abuse informational night in our cafeteria. Community members and health professionals from across the city will be here to provide parents and community members with some valuable information about how to help stem the substance abuse crisis in our city. Babysitting will be provided for parents who wish to attend. 

    Featured Student of the Week: Disneli Moya- Gr. 6 (Nominated by Mrs. Emerson) “I can translate,” Disneli says quite often, despite being in the United States for barely one year. In the time since Disneli has arrived, I have seen a tremendous change in her. Besides making amazing progress learning English, she is working extremely hard to develop her skills in the classroom. I have watched Disneli become a very conscientious student, taking charge of her learning by asking clarifying questions, keeping an organized notebook, working hard to make the right decisions and encouraging her classmates to do the same. What a difference a year makes. I’m so proud to see her make such positive changes!

    Featured Staff member of the week: Colleen Sughrue (Nominated by Mr. Reardon)- While we all appreciate Colleen’s willingness to unselfishly serve as Charger Nation’s super-sub whom weekly, fills in for last-minute needs throughout all grades and departments, her true value is felt in the classroom, where she plays a vital role in 5th grade’s PARCC intervention plan. She takes immense pride in delivering differentiated instruction to targeted small groups and individuals. She also serves as a mentor to many students, and her efforts are appreciated and applauded by both the staff and students of the 5th grade. ​

    Thank you again for all your support and efforts this week and every week. I am truly blessed to work with the best staff, students, and parents in the city. Enjoy the weekend with your families. We have “Survived and are Charging Forward.” 

    Sincerely,
    Mr. Mele

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