Brrrrrr….the weather has been cold, with lots of snow in the forecast. Along with this, comes my annual request to you to remind your children to dress warmly in the mornings. The weather these past weeks has been hovering around the teens. While it isn’t cool to dress warmly it is important that they do so. On really cold mornings we will allow students into the building, even before the 7:15am arrival time, however for the majority of the winter time students are outside in the morning. We are seeing girls wearing flip-flops, boys with just light jackets, shorts and tee-shirts, etc. walking around outside in the morning and in the after noon. Please stress to your son / daughter the importance of dressing appropriately for the weather.
In March, our entire sixth grade has been chosen to participate in a pilot field test of the State’s new Smarter Balanced State testing which will be taking the place of the NECAP tests next year. The pilot is designed to help us test our system to see if we can support the computer based test and it also helps the Smarter Balanced group to develop norms for the test. As it is a pilot, no students will be identified so there will be no results reported. The school does not receive test results back on individual students. Our students will only be taking the Mathematics portion of the test. I will be sending out more detailed information to 6th grade parents as we get closer to the testing window.
I would like to remind you that Town of Milford Voting will be held on March 11th here at the middle school in the gymnasium from 6:30AM to 8:00PM. Residents of Milford may register for the March 11th elections up until 10 days before the election at the Town Clerk’s Office or residents may register the day of elections at the polls. Please be sure to have proof of residency. There will be no school on March 11th, however there will be a professional development day for the staff. Please remember to use the Gym Lobby entrance for voting.
We are more then half way through the school year and it is the time of the year that we begin to think about student placements for the upcoming year. You will be receiving our annual request from parents to provide us with information about your daughter or son to assist us in developing your child’s class schedule for the upcoming year. If you know of any factors that staff may not be aware of please feel free to send that information to my attention through email or by formal letter by April 16, 2014. Thank you.