December 2016 Newsletter
Happy New Year to
our Paisley family. I hope everyone enjoyed a restful holiday
season. I am writing this as we experience our second “snow day”
of the year. We will keep you informed on a regular basis regarding
school closure because the forecast is calling for more inclement
We are fast
approaching the half way point of the school year. High school
students will be taking finals the last week in January with those
grades becoming a part of their permanent record. We all need to
encourage them to study hard and to take the testing seriously.
January is a busy
month. We have several home basketball games coming up. The
concession stand will be open for all home games. The teams have
been practicing hard to get ready for the league season. Our coaches
this year are Mike Jones and Jack O’Leary for the boys and Jimmy VanBelle and Emma Shanahan for the girls. Our Homecoming Dance is
scheduled for Saturday, January 14, from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. in the
Community Center following our game against Gilchrist.
We will be observing
the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, January 16. Therefore, we
will have a Friday School on the following Friday, January 20.
The search for our
new superintendent is now underway. The interview process should
take place sometime near the end of February. We will keep you
informed of how the search is progressing.
This month you will receive the 30-day notice and “opt out” form regarding
state testing. We are required to provide this information to all
families before our state testing begins. These state tests are
important to our students, our parents, and our district. For our
students, the test results gives us a gauge of how a student is
progressing throughout their school career and gives us some valuable
information as how to help a struggling student. For parents, it
gives you information on your student’s progress in the areas of
English Language Arts and Math. For the district, we are graded on
how many of our students participate in the state testing and can, in
some cases, have a negative effect on federal funds to our district
if test participation is too low.
All students in
grades 3 through 8 and Grade 11 will take the tests starting in
February. If you have any questions about testing please contact me
here at school. I would be more than happy to visit with you.
We will be
recognizing our Students of the Month for December at an assembly
next week. Our word of the month for January is “Generosity”.
Please remember to
tell your friends and family about the Centennial Celebration taking
place in conjunction with the Mosquito Festival in July. We are
expecting lots of visitors to Paisley that weekend. Please talk to
Ashley O’Leary or Kaylin Arrington for information.
retrofit project that will help stabilize our main building against
earthquake is underway. Most of the preliminary work is beginning
with construction to start immediately after graduation.