Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Just a friendly reminder that school hours are 8:10 am to 3:00 pm.
Please do not drop students off before 8:00 am.
If you are picking your child up at dismissal please call the attendance office to let them know before 2:30 pm. 392-1000 xt 5199
Friday, February 10, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017
In January, we challenged our students to live without technology for one week at home while also designating January 17 as a day where we as a school dropped our use of technology as we ‘disconnected to connect.’ Today more than ever, technology affords us immense potential for learning, productivity, entertainment, and more. In the Hilton Central School District, we are fortunate to have technology resources readily available to integrate into our teaching and learning, including the 1:1 program. Maintaining balance and perspective when it comes to technology, however, can help our students to develop all aspects of themselves as learners.
Children today have unprecedented access to technology and information in many forms as a result. From time to time, families have asked what constitutes an appropriate amount of screen time. Though there are many experts’ opinions out there, many of which are based on research and science, these views vary widely. One resource families may want to explore further in this area would be the American Academy of Pediatrics, who suggest no more than two hours of screen time per day, not including the time children spend using online resources for homework.
While I am a staunch advocate for the use of technology in schools and also appreciate what it can do to organize and manage work, it has its limits. Setting aside technology allows for increased interactions and opportunities that technology itself cannot provide. During our disconnect day, some classrooms used a part of their time to play board games, share stories, and more. The joy that students experienced was apparent as they talked and laughed with one another using communication skills that are often not utilized in technology-based games. I even had an opportunity to join in on the fun as you'll see from the image below.
Beyond setting limits for screen time, there are a great many more considerations for technology including internet safety, which I will speak to in the coming months. In the meantime, I’d love to hear ways that you step back from technology as families. Happy February!
Thursday, February 2, 2017
A team of MCLS librarians plus a bunch of enthusiastic teens and tweens made a video plea that will (hopefully!) convince Rick Riordan to make Rochester one of the stops during his fall 2017 book tour. The video is finished and has been submitted to Rick's publicist - now we need YOUR help in sharing the video in order to build support and enthusiasm for his potential visit.
It is an exciting month! We have fun events that I am looking forward to experiencing with the Village and Hilton communities.
(picture from January’s PBIS assembly)
February's IB profile trait is communicator. Students exemplify being a communicator by expressing themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups. In honor of different ways to communicate, the PBIS assembly will be presented virtually. Students will participate in a livestream of Mr. D’Abreu and myself from their classrooms. Be sure to ask your child about it on Friday and encourage your child to wear red in spirit of the day.
Communication is a great IB focus because this month the district participates in Cadet Day. Students from the high school and middle school will visit all elementary schools to connect with younger students. This is a great way to bring all schools together and establish positive relationships between all students.
Thank you to all the families who participated in the “Disconnect to Connect Home Challenge.” Students were challenged to not watch TV or play electronics in order to get up and moving instead. Mrs. Hart’s class won the participation award, which included free passes to SkyZone. A big shout out to Mrs. Bevan’s class who participated and received an ice cream party. This month we are kicking off One Healthy Village with the second annual Superwalk. Each time a class takes a lap around the school, they add a football to a bar graph. The winning grade level will be recognized Tuesday, February 7th.
Congratulations to bus #16 for earning the January bus of the month title. This bus has had a lot to work on since the beginning of the school year, but the students worked hard to be safe on the bus, and I am excited to celebrate them with the red carpet treatment.
Have a great month!