To continue our celebration of computer science education, this week we hosted a group of professors from Dartmouth’s Computer Science Department who interacted with students in grades three through five. Dan Rockmore, a school board member, kicked off the week-long series of presentations, talking to third graders about the use of math in computer science and explaining how computers do web searches. Deeparnab Chakrabarty, a Ray School parent, demonstrated to Ms. Sexton’s class how to program a word-guessing game. Alberto Li presented on robotics and brought a real robot to demo with Mr. Scribner’s class.
The whole 4th grade participated in two activities. In the first activity, Amit Chakrabarti, also a Ray parent, showed how the Chinese Remainder Number Theorem works. In the second activity with Xia Zhou, students came up with their own flashlight codes to send number data. Bo Zhu presented to 5th graders samples of his work, connecting the areas of numerics, graphics, physics, and robotics. He shared that his interest in computer science really started when he was in 5th grade and became keenly interested in making toys that fly. Thank you, Dartmouth Computer Science Department, for the wonderful and engaging presentations. We hope that this series of talks from our community members has sparked interest among our Ray students about the field of computer science!
Passport to Winter Fun
Thank you to the Ray School PTO for funding the Passport to Winter Fun program again this year. All students will receive their Passport to Winter Fun booklets next week. Please read and review the first few pages of the passport with your child. More information about the program can also be found on the Upper Valley Trails Alliance website. The front flap will need to be returned to Clare Brauch or Steve Condon (physical education teachers) by January 23rd. Please keep your passport booklets in a safe place as we do not have extras to give out. We hope this opportunity helps you and your children stay active this winter.
Our next submission deadline is March 1, 2019. Please send in your Box Tops to the front office in an envelope, in a baggy, or on a collection sheet. Collection sheets are available in the front office or can be printed here. Each one is worth ten cents, so Box Tops add up quickly!
Hanover School Board Meetings
Due to the inclement weather last Wednesday, the first Hanover School Board Budget Presentation has been rescheduled to Monday, January 14th at 7:00pm in the Ray School music room. The Hanover School Board Budget Deliberations meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00pm in the Ray School music room.
Sing Along resumes on Wednesday for our K/1 families and students. As a reminder, all visitors will need to enter the school by Gwyn and through the office because the doors from the vestibule into the lobby are now locked at all times during the school day.
Math Corner: Exemplars for Building Mathematical Problem-Solving Skills
One of the supplemental math resources used by Ray School teachers in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade is the Exemplars Problem-Solving Library. Exemplars, located in Underhill, Vermont, was founded in 1993. While the company’s mission and focus have evolved and broadened since its inception, it retains its reputation as a pioneer in the field of creating standards-based performance tasks to improve assessment and instruction.
In June 2017, many current classroom teachers and other personnel involved in the teaching and learning of math at Ray attended a 4-day, onsite Exemplars Math Institute hosted by SAU 70. Attendees learned about the intent of the Exemplars formative and summative assessment materials and received training in the effective use of the Exemplars problem-solving library.
Exemplars problem-solving tasks are aligned with grade-level math content standards as identified in the Common Core. They also address several of the math practice standards which promote mathematical habits of mind and help to develop competent mathematicians. Students engaged in Exemplars tasks are expected to:
- apply a variety of problem-solving approaches and strategies
- make accurate use of math vocabulary and terminology
- create appropriate mathematical representations for and/or of their thinking
- explain their reasoning
- make relevant mathematical connections
Intentional selection and thoughtfully planned use of the rich, engaging problems gives teachers the opportunity to utilize instructional routines that allow students to acquire knowledge and skills in a predictable manner. The use of a rubric, a scoring guide that specifies a continuum of performance levels for five aspects of problem solving, helps teachers to convey expectations to students and to both informally and formally assess student learning. Repeated practice with problems from the Exemplars library within a structured framework and with clear, consistent performance expectations supports students in refining and honing their problem-solving skills as they move from one grade level to the next.
Reminder: Ray School Montshire Night
Please mark your calendar for our Ray School Night at the Montshire on Monday, January 14th from 5:30-7:30pm. As a member of the museum’s School Partnership Initiative, we will have the Montshire all to ourselves for this special event. Drop in anytime between 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a chance to explore the museum and meet members of the Montshire staff who are collaborating with our faculty. Free admission to all museum exhibits.
Reminder: International Family Night
On January 15th, the Ray School ESOL (English for Students of Other Languages) team will be hosting an International Family night at the Howe Library in Hanover. This event will take place from 5:45-7:30 pm. We will serve pizza at 6:00 pm in the Children’s Room, followed by a tour of the library. Participants can sign up for a library card if they don’t already have one and can spend some time playing games with their children, family and friends (card games, math games, board games, etc). If you have a special game you would like to play, please bring it along. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm if your family will attend and how many will come with you so we know how many pizzas to order. We hope to see you there!
Reminder: Ray Art, Out and About
Be sure to stop by the Howe Library and check out artwork from the Ray School, Marion Cross School, RMS and Hanover High. This unique exhibit includes work by students in kindergarten through grade 12. The work is featured in the Children's section, in cases, and in the Ledyard Gallery upstairs. The exhibit will be up for the rest of January. Ray School artwork will also be on display at the SAU #70 offices for the month of January.
Reminder: News from the Hanover/Dresden School Board
We are currently anticipating two open seats on the board beginning in March, 2019. One would be for a three-year term, and the other would be for a one-year term. All Hanover board members automatically serve on the Dresden and SAU70 boards as well. Board work primarily entails collaborating on and approving annual school budgets, approving staffing and programmatic changes, serving as a sounding board for district leadership, writing and approving district policies, and acting as a liaison between the community and district leadership. Interested candidates should contact the Board Chair, Kelly McConnell, at email@example.com
Reminder: Ray School Calendar
As we continue to improve our communication with parents, we are sharing the Ray School Google Calendar with parents in addition to the link and screen shot below that we have been providing. If you would like access to this calendar, simply click on this link. Look at the bottom, right hand corner and click the (+) sign. Ray School events should automatically populate to your personal Google calendar. We do our best to update this calendar as soon as a new school event is scheduled to make it easier for you to make arrangements to attend these events.
Screening of Intelligent Lives
The Nugget is pleased to announce a special screening of the documentary INTELLIGENT LIVES by award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib, showing Monday, January 21st at 1:30pm only. INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships. Advance tickets may be purchased online through our website, www.nugget-theaters.com or at our box office during normal business hours.