Partnership for Assessment of Readiness
for College and Career
Johnson School Families,
spring since 1998 students in Massachusetts have been tested for proficiency in
English Language Arts and Mathematics using the MCAS test. In 2011 the Massachusetts Board of Elementary
and Secondary Education adopted the Common Core State Standards. Last year the state began piloting a new
test, which would align with the updated state standards. This year schools
across the state have had the choice between
MCAS or PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career).
the next couple of years, it is very likely that MCAS will be phased out and
PARCC will be adopted. Since we have
begun to shift our curriculum to align with the Common Core and we desire to
become familiar with the new state test we have decided to administer PARCC to
the Johnson School students this year. Slightly
more than half of the districts in Massachusetts have made the same choice.
first testing period will be March 23-April 3, 2015 with five testing session
within that time frame. The second round
of PARCC will run from May 11-22 with three testing sessions within that time
frame. Johnson School students will be
taking a paper-based test as opposed to the computer version of the test. English Language Arts/Literacy and
Mathematics will be administered in both of these time frames. Fourth grade students will not take the Long
Composition as they did with the MCAS but writing will be part of the ELA units
in the March test. Fifth grade students are required to take the Science and
Technology/Engineering MCAS in May (5-19).
school and district results will be reported to the school and parents
similarly to MCAS, and we will analyze our performance as we do with all
student-learning assessments. We have
worked to deliver additional resources to teachers, examine our curriculum and
refine our instructional strategies.
is new territory for all of us. We
believe that in choosing PARCC this year we will begin to familiarize our
students to the newest state test. Please remember the importance of attendance
not only during the testing times but also in the weeks leading up to
PARCC. We will endeavor to make more
information available over the next few weeks during this time of transition.
F. Devaux, Ed.D. Diane
D. Mulcahy, M.Ed., CAGS
link to PARCC Info
Channel 7 and 5 Storm Alert Systems
As winter weather
approaches, we will post our weather
delays and openings
on television as usual.
Channel 7 News is
offering parents and school employees
the option of
receiving a cell phone call regarding school
other changes in schedule due to weather
issues. Go towww.whdh.com, click on closing alerts, input
your cell phone
number, the name of your carrier and then
choose the district(Nahant)
or school(s) you want to be
updated about. Nahant
will be listed but other schools
such as Swampscott or
private/parochial schools are
also listed. It seems
that you will get a text message,
not an actual phone
Channel 5 is offering the same option.
Go to www.wcvb.com.weather.closingssignup
FORMER JOHNSON SCHOOL STUDENTS
Please be advised that
student’s Special Education (Chapter 766) records prior to the 2005 school year
will be destroyed on or about February 1st, 2015.
If you wish to obtain a copy
of your records, please contact the:
Nahant Public Schools
239 Castle Road
# 781-581-1600 ext: 296
This does not pertain to
current Special Education Student’s records.
This notice does not pertain
to student’s transcripts which are dealt under 603 CMR 23.06
Parking in the fire lane in front of the school is strictly forbidden.
Cars should not park in the drop off areas. Parents wishing to escort their child in the morning, or remain at school, should park in one of the designated parking lots. Once a student has exited the vehicle, the vehicle must pull away and leave the area to avoid traffic jams and accidents.
There will be a police presence at school to help us enforce this school policy.
Noncompliance of this school policy will not be tolerated. Your cooperation in this matter would be appreciated.