Dear SCS Families:

I hope that this correspondence finds you enjoying the beautiful weather, and that your family is rested and ready for a spectacular adventure. Mrs. Adriance, Mr. Reid and company have been hard at work preparing the school for another year of active education. The building looks amazing. Mrs. Petitti and Mrs. Booty have been busy with the Summer Blast program. As a matter of fact, I had the opportunity to enjoy some wonderful student writing this week. The SCS Faculty has been busy with a wide variety of professional development activities including, but not limited to, competency based assessment, project based learning, and Responsive Classroom training. In addition, I have been traveling to the far reaches of the globe in search of a music teacher, PE teacher, and school librarian. I believe my journey is almost complete, and I am happy to announce that Sandwich resident, Emma Dassori, will be joining SCS as the new music specialist and librarian. With regards to the open PE position, you will have to stay tuned for the results. Despite this whirlwind of activity, we have all found the time to rest, reflect and rejuvenate and are looking forward to a great year!

“Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.”

Hugh Prather

This year is shaping up to be a year of change at the Inter-Lakes School District. Our universal start time will provide us with options that we didn’t have before, while also providing our high school aged students with some much needed extra sleep. Of course, this change will require us to alter some of our well established routines and will undoubtedly catch us by surprise at least once or twice. I have included with this letter some critical changes to the SCS Student/Parent/Teacher Handbook. Please take a few moments to reflect on these changes and how they may impact your schedule and/or routine at home. I am confident that they will be beneficial to us all, but also expect some bumps along the way.

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 29, 2017.  Students may arrive at SCS as early as 7:35 am. Hot breakfast will be available for purchase from the cafeteria at this time. The instructional school day will start promptly at 7:55 am. Kindergarten pick-up will remain at 12:05 pm and all remaining students will be dismissed at 2:35 pm. Please make sure to develop an after school plan with your family. There are no significant changes to our drop-off/pick up procedures at school, but our bus routes have changed. You can obtain bus route information by checking after August 15, or by calling our contracted bus company, First Student, at 603-476-5564.

I understand that this is a busy time of year for all families and that can be challenging for all ages. Please know that the SCS Faculty and I are dedicated to making this transition as smooth as possible for you and your child. As always, I truly appreciate the effort you put into your child’s success and look forward to a successful school/home partnership. Please enjoy the remaining days of summer and don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.


Jeremy Hillger

petittiReading/Writing:  For the past couple of weeks the students have been working in small groups during the ELA block.  During this time individual groups are working with instructional text to build on each student's reading abilities. Each group is working on the following: Word Work (phonics), grammar, fluency, comprehension strategies and writing skills. The children enjoyed the variety of genre and the group discussions about the text.


Math: Rookies have been working very hard, and are just wrapping up Unit 8.  We have been studying two and three dimensional shapes and their attributes. Students are able to identify the number of faces, vertices, edges, right angles, and parallel lines a shape has.  In fact, they can even identify shapes without looking by feel or description!  The Rookies are also practicing ways to determine the total number of objects in equal groups and rectangular arrays. In doing this, they are building a foundation for learning multiplication next year.

hoagWow, what an awesome time we had last Thursday on our field trip to the Freedom Trail in Boston! Thank you to all the chaperones who joined us and to all families for sending their child prepared for a day out in the big city.  It sure was a highlight of our year!
The students worked diligently on Smarter Balance testing over the last few weeks.  Rookies were also hard at work this week on their NECAP science test.  We appreciate all the support from home with these tests, we know it’s a lot...thank you!

chapmanHere in the Sixth Grade we are feeling the end of our school year and the students’ time at Sandwich Central School fast approaching.  For many of us it is a bittersweet time.  While they are looking forward to their next adventure, they will certain have some fond memories from their time here at SCS.  Personally, I don’t think I can adequately express how fortunate I feel to have been able to work with this great group of kids.  The next five weeks are going to fly by, but I am going to enjoy every moment.

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