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BURGESS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2009

Throughout 2009, Burgess Elementary School continued its commitment to providing the best educational environment possible for our nine hundred twenty students, grades preschool through six. I would like to express my appreciation to all the citizens of Sturbridge, especially the parents of our students, for their strong support throughout the year. It is our belief that Burgess Elementary School is a school where parents, teachers, administration and students all work together to support one another in the common goal of creating an exciting and enriching environment where young people can reach their social and academic potential. On behalf of the entire Burgess school community, I thank you sincerely for your support and commit to continuing our efforts to provide the very best for each of our students.

Curriculum and Assessment The 2009-2010 school year marked the third year of implementation of a new mathematics curriculum in all elementary schools within the Union 61 School District. After extensive study by the Mathematics Curriculum Committee and input from all staff, Everyday Math was selected as the new mathematics curriculum. During the 2007-2008 school year, this curriculum was implemented in kindergarten through grade two. In the second year, Everyday Math was expanded into grades three and four and finally this

year, the fifth and sixth grade began work in Everyday Math. Everyday Math will have a positive impact on our student’s ability

and

solve

problems

creatively

and

resourcefully.

Assessment

We anticipate that to compute fluently and evaluation are

important pieces of assessment measure

the is to

teaching and learning process.

The main purpose of any

continually

make

informed

teaching

decisions

and

focus

on

effective

instructional

practices.

Multiple

assessments

are

preferred

as

they

provide

a

more accurate portrait of the academic achievement Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) assists

of our students. The Massachusetts teachers, administration and parents

in determining how Burgess Elementary

to meet the academic needs of our students. School was identified as one of two schools in

For 2008 and 2009, the state scoring high

growth in the area of mathematics for this is only one of many assessments Performance Assessments in Reading Reading and Math Assessments, Developmental Reading Assessments

low income students on MCAS tests. However, utilized throughout the school year. Individual and Writing, STAR Early Literacy and STAR Number Sense and Operations Assessment, and daily student performance and classroom

assessments skills for all

assist us in enhancing student achievement. The development of reading our students remains a major focus. Reading Recovery, Guided Reading,

Soar To Success, Community Reading Day, Dive Into Reading, Read To reading programs assist students in reading fluency and comprehension.

Feed and other The above are

just a few pieces of the puzzle practices in the classroom. Also, hard at work throughout the year

as we continue to implement our best instructional a Standards Based Report Card Committee has been developing a new progress report to be implemented

next year for all elementary students in the district. In addition, a new Curriculum Guide was put into practice in September after being developed last the Science Curriculum Guide Committee.

Science year by

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