Welcome to Elm Hill Primary School
Elm Hill is a primary school made up of nearly 300 students in grades kindergarten through second grade. We are organized into five smaller schools-within-a-school of K-2 teams that we call “extended families.” Since our school is named for a hill on which many Elm trees were located our extended family teams also take their names from trees. We have the Apple Family, Birch Family, Maple Family, Oak Family and last but not least the Willow Family. We hope you will come visit us!
Welcome back from February break! Many of our classrooms are celebrating, or have celebrated, the 100th day of school. It is hard to imagine we’re in triple digit school days – it feels to me like just yesterday that it was fall! While February has been a brief month it has also been busy. Andie Bentley, our very active music teacher, held two concerts, one for first grade and one for kindergarten. The Willow and Apple “extended families” hosted potluck suppers. And, our second grade took part in a weeklong artist-in-residence program, sponsored by Suzanne Farrell (our art teacher), with local artist Matt Lorenz who specialized in making musical instruments from found objects. A video of the “junk band” concert will air on SAPA in March.
We did receive the 3rd grade NECAP scores this month. In reading we went down 7 percentage points and in math we went down 16 percentage points. The teachers and I have already met to discuss the results. We brainstormed a number of ideas that we could put in place to move our scores in a positive direction. Please see the list below and note that it is not presented in any particular order. If you have any ideas or questions that you would like to add to this dialogue I hope you will join our next Parent Advisory Council meeting on the evening of parent-teacher conferences, March 20th from 5-6pm.
· Create a math academy/intervention program
· Identify and develop more interventions for struggling students
· Establish more curriculum time to develop units using the Common Core
· Use more pre-assessments/flexible grouping for better instruction
· Teach to the standards with hands-on learning
· Assist parents in accessing SES tutoring
· Work more deliberately with Union Street School