Dear Smith Road Families,
Happy Spring! It has been a long winter and I know we are all looking forward to some warm weather and sunshine.
The month of March was a very busy time for us at Smith Road. Many of you have noticed that we have transitioned to a silent bus and student dismissal system. It was a little bit of a challenge to iron out the “kinks” but the feedback we have received over the past few weeks has been very positive. This new system has allowed teachers to have quiet time in their classrooms during the end of the school day. Many teachers have created silent reading time as well as additional support time within their rooms.
Beginning in late February, we implemented live video announcements every morning. Each day, six 4th grade students come down to our “TV studio”. They prepare the computers, Smart Board, camera and all materials. Our three “news anchors” deliver our daily announcements through our campus video system and this is viewed every morning in all of the classrooms. These videos are posted on our school website daily and may be viewed off campus. To view archived announcements, please visit www.nscsd.org/smith.cfm and click on “Shark’s Morning News” (located in the left hand column).
As many of you know, the 3rd and 4th grade state tests will be starting this month and will continue through May. This year’s testing dates are listed below. If you have any questions regarding the state testing, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
3rd and 4th Grade ELA Test dates
April 4-8 (make-up days)
3rd and 4th Grade Math Test dates
April 30-May 2
May 5-7 (make-up days)
I hope that you and your family have a safe and happy month and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at 218-2800
Principal, Smith Road Elementary