Summer 2006 flash (Read-Only)


Summer 2006 flash (Read-Only)
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Volume 4, Issue 4
Summer 2006
HPS continues commitment:
Improving student performance and achievement
i n
Dr. Eduardo Carballo
Superintendent of Schools
Summer Program
Over the past year, our students,
parents, teachers and leaders of
the Holyoke Public School District have worked very hard on
improving our schools. As we
complete the 2005-2006 academic year, I would like to share
with you some of our accomplishments.
We have successfully implemented the America’s Choice
School Design at the Middle
School Level. This includes both
the implementation of Reader’s
and Writer’s Workshop in English Language Arts as well as the
Workshop model in Mathematics.
Within each of these content
areas, project-based curriculum
maps were created and instituted
based on specific units of study.
These maps were fully aligned to
the Massachusetts content area
standards and identified specific
performance-based projects students needed to complete to
ensure mastery of knowledge
identified in the Curriculum
Frameworks Guides. Additional
project-based curriculum maps
will be developed this summer in
ELA and math beginning in the
elementary grades.
Based Planning will also continue
with additional student work
expectations and standards-based
rubrics being completed for each
unit. Our targeted interventions,
Ramp Up Math (grades 6 and 9)
and Ramp Up Literacy (grade 9),
were successfully implemented. I
would like to thank the teachers
and administrators for their efforts in implementing these programs.
Our Literacy Campaigns were
also implemented with great
success. The 25 Book Campaign
brought all students, teachers,
and school leaders closer to
reading 1,000,000 words this
Inside this issue:
Even Start Family Liter- 3
acy’s Partners
Dr. Eduardo Carballo (center) toured the Donahue and Lynch Schools
in May with Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Dr. David Driscoll (third from left). Also joining the school tour were (left to right)
Rep. Michael Kane, Senator Michael Knapik, Donahue School PrincipalLuz Perez, Special Assistant to the Superintendent Rochelle Herring,
and William Collamore of the Holyoke School Committee.
year, while the Book of the
Month promoted district-wide
discussions around themes pertinent to the lives of our students
and our community.
The plan for restructuring the
schools has been voted on and
approved by the School Committee. When school begins in September 2006, Holyoke will have
one early childhood center, four
K-8 schools, two elementary
schools expanding to K-6, one K5 school (that will partner as a
“sister school” with Lynch Middle
School), and the two high
schools. Peck Middle School will
begin phasing out and will only
serve students in grades seven
and eight.
Once again, we will be running
our successful summer school
program. (page 2) The program
will be run much the same as last
year, beginning on July 10th and
running until August 10th. Students will attend Monday through
Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m. Programs will be offered to
students at the elementary and
middle school levels. High school
programs will include two programs geared towards students
who need to make up credits, as
well as those who are interested
proving their English and math
skills through a working/tutoring
partnership. A Special Education
Program will be held again at
both the Jericho site and White
School. Finally, summer school
program will offer a new academy
to its early learners. A KinderKamp Program (page 12) is being
offered to four and five year old
students who will be entering the
Holyoke Public School District in
September 2006. I strongly recommend that parents sign their
children up for summer school
programs so that they can continue to engage in educational
activities during the upcoming
months. View Channel 12 or visit
our website for additional information.
We remain committed to improving student performance and
achievement in the Holyoke Public Schools. It is this commitment
that will continue to shape our
work throughout time. I want to
thank everyone for their ongoing
efforts in our school district and
look forward to working with
you on continuous improvement
for both our students and
schools. Have a safe and restful
summer and feel free to check-in
at the school or district level for
information and updates.
School Briefs
Photo Gallery
NASA Teen Mentoring
Talking Points
Spanish Highlights
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Mission Statement
The mission of the
Holyoke Public Schools
is to provide educational
opportunities for all
students to reach their
full potential in a safe,
secure, healthy learning
environment while
valuing diversity and
promoting responsible
Edited by
Laura DuPont
[email protected]
Special Thanks to:
Elaine Lathrop, Luz Aguilar, Judy Williams, Michael Hines, Ann Moriarty’s Class
Contributing to this issue:
Kate Dean
Joanne Marcotte
Jody Spitz
Mary Jo Mazzu
Mary Kate Richie
Darcy DuMont
Winnie Moynihan
Aaron Morris
Claire Ann Williams
Dan Meyers
Kelly Doktor
Myriam Y. Ulloa-Skolnick
Lee McGarrigle
Ray Mitchell
Joyce Siok
Nancy Stenberg
Ellen Stein
James Lescault
Getting ready to take the GED plunge
Holyoke School
Pathways to Family Success
parents are getting ready to
take the GED plunge! Several
are going up to HCC to register for tests in June, July and
August. They have been studying for months, some since the
fall. The test is not easy, with a
great deal of focus on reading,
writing and sophisticated math
word and calculation problems.
Their children and other family
and friends are very proud of
their perseverance – they get
homework just like their
school-aged children! Good
luck to all! For more information on how you and your
family can participate in this
GED family literacy program,
please call 534-2026.
The Holyoke Public Schools
and the Pathways program
were co-sponsors of a citywide
Networking Conference on
May 16. This conference, called
Connect the Dots, brought
together many local education
and social services providers to
share information and discuss
coordinating services to better
meet the needs of families.
85 participants formed work
groups and evaluation results
expressed widespread interest
in further meetings to discuss
greater collaboration between
agencies and programs.
Participants discuss ideas at
Networking conference.
Mayor Michael Sullivan
Michael Moriarty
Mary Signet
Applications available for summer program
1:00p.m. and are available for
students in grades K-12.
In addition to the academic
program, a wide variety of
activities are included. Field
trips, hikes, swimming, movies
and skating are just some of
the fun things planned for students depending on their age
Yvonne Garcia
Barry Conway
Mollie Plant
William A. Collamore
Margaret Boulais
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
Jonathan Allyn
The 2006 summer program is
set to run July 10th through
August 10th. Programs meet
Monday—Thursday 8:00a.m.—
Students in K-5 will be assigned to the school that is
closest to where they live.
Students in grades 6-8 will be
assigned to Peck and students
in grades 9-12 will go to the
high school they attend. Transportation will be available for
those students who are
eligible. Applications are available in all of the schools. For
or information,
John Cavanaugh at
ext. 229.
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Even Start Family Literacy’s Partners in Education
Realizing the difficult task confronting the Even Start parents,
and by extension many of the
district’s parents, when trying
to understand the multiple
programs that influence and
impact their children’s education, staff set out to try to
assist and inform the program’s
With the assistance of Julie
Rapoport, ES Local Evaluator, a
focus group was conducted of
the parents in February with
the objectives: to try to determine a general sense of parents’ involvement in and support of their children’s learning
in school; to inform the Parenting Education curriculum in
order to more effectively assist
parents; and to ascertain the
expectations for parent learning in this area.
The five targeted areas of concern were aligned to a new
federal assessment, the Parent
Education Profile. Questions
were developed for the following topic areas: ParentSchool Communications;
Expectations of Child and
Family; Monitoring Progress/Reinforcing Learning;
and Expectations of Child’s
Success in Learning.
Utilizing the answers to the
above questions, ES staff members and PIE facilitators, Yvette
Heredia and Loida Martinez,
both parents of HPS children,
set out to research and gather
pertinent material
that could help inform
the parents. They
quickly experienced
first hand the difficulty
in finding material
both in English/Spanish and written at a literacy level
accessible to all of the
parents regarding the
major programs and
policies they had identified as key to the curriculum.
This required that they create
some of the material themselves cutting, pasting, and
translating from their various
“I think the experience has
been very gratifying for me. I
am teaching the parents things
that I am also learning about.
We are touching on subjects
that are not usually presented
in an extended and accessible
way,” said Yvette Heredia.
So what were the areas they
choose to undertake? Some of
the more difficult subjects to
explain and understand: MCAS;
Title I; and ELL. Each week
they used the hour with the
parents to go over the specific
material they had either gathered or created. If additional
writing or reading was needed
they solicited the ES teachers
to incorporate the work into
the adult education classes.
The following week was used
to have the group generate
questions that they felt still
needed further explanation.
Both Yvette and Loida knew
that reading and discussing
these materials could become
very tedious and hard on everyone. So they invited HPS
administrators Rosa Frau and
David Valade, on separate
occasions, to appear as guest
speakers, to address their
fields of expertise. The combination of parent preparation
and speakers willing to make
the material relevant resulted
in very lively and inspiring interaction.
Another good example of how
these facilitators tried to make
the material come to life was
during their presentation concerning MCAS. They handed
out sections of the 2004 Third
Grade reading test to all of the
parents who were asked to
take the exam during their
adult education class. For all
of the parents this was the first
time they had ever seen a
MCAS test. Their feedback to
the group was one of amazement at the level of difficulty
facing their children. Others
expressed an increase in their
empathy for their children,
with one parent saying, “I now
understand why my son comes
home after taking the test
complaining of headaches.” All
parents committed to being
more present to their children
during MCAS testing periods
making sure they had plenty of
sleep and healthy meals.
“We have stressed throughout
how important it is for the
parents to be involved in their
children’s education from an
early age so they can create
some kind of relationship with
their children’s teachers and
the schools. I feel a great satisfaction with how the parents
responded in such a positive
way,” said Loida Martinez.
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Wm. Peck Middle School
H.B. Lawrence School
Books of the Month as well as themes involving community.
This year, select fifth grade students at the
Lawrence School had the opportunity to
visit the Smith College Museum of Art . On
the first Saturday of each month, art teacher
Darcy DuMont has been taking small groups
to the museum to get a closer look at
Smith’s permanent collection. A normal
museum visit starts off by students picking
up audiotape machines at the door. Students
then proceed to the galleries where they
view and discuss artwork after listening to
Angie Torres, Gloria Rivera and Matt Metapes created especially for young museum
dina, 8th grade students at Peck Middle
School recently took part in creating a mural goers.
(shown above). The work was done by 16
Holyoke teenagers under the direction of
Above is a mural done be students at
Deborah Savage, a local artist and author.
H.B. Lawrence School.
The project started with several teens assigned to community service by the Holyoke
juvenile court. Soon others, friends and
Maurice A. Donahue School
siblings of the original group joined in to
On May 10, 2006 , nine teachers were honhelp.
ored at the Log Cabin restaurant for their
Discussions concerning what the mural
many years of service with the Maurice A.
should depict showed the anger of the teenDonahue School. Those teachers retiring in
agers about life on the streets of Holyoke.
June or already retired are: Kathy Bellerose,
The decision was to go from the negative to
Cathy Devins, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Pat
positive and how teenagers can make a difO’Donnell Mary Pigott, Barbara Ryan, Barference in Holyoke. The teens worked
Some of the fifth graders who attended the
bara St. Lawrence, Mary Jean Schmidt and
twice a week for about three months to
museum trip are (top row from left) Sandra
Vicky Verdi.
create the 40 foot long mural.
Marquez, Gloryalis Raspaldo-Dejesus, Ashley
Thanks to the generosity of the Swift River
Garcia, (bottom row) Kayla Pickney, Luis
The mural will be permanently on display at
Elementary School in Belchertown, MassaSantos, Nicole Collazo.
the Campus Student Plaza at Holyoke Comchusetts, on May 12, 2006 the students
munity College. It will be worthwhile to put
were able to select three additional books
this on your list of things to do this summer.
to take home to add to their home library.
They see a number of pieces and styles that
The students are very appreciative of their
Congratulations to Angie, Gloria and Matt
illustrate concepts they have learned about
generous neighbors at the Swift River Eleand the other teens for wanting to make
in the classroom, such as paintings from
mentary School for donating these books to
their community a better place to live.
Picasso’s blue and rose periods, cubism,
the Donahue students.
pointillism, abstract art and a variety of
Greek and Egyptian art. Fifth graders then
spend about a half hour quietly sketching in
pencil a 20th century painting or sculpture of
their choice, while seated on a folding gallery chair. Lastly, students compete in a “no
running scavenger hunt” where students
team up to find and identify by artist twenty
works of art.
Three students who participated in the
mural project at HCC are from left: Matt
Medina, Angie Torres and Gloria Rivera
Students at Lawrence had another opportunity to sharpen their artistic talents this
spring. Art teacher Darcy DuMont and artist
in residence Susan Boss led students in the
creation of a series of murals for the school.
Students applied themes from several of the
On April 29, 2006 a fundraiser was held at
Barnes and Noble in Holyoke. Several of the
Maurice A. Donahue School teachers read
stories to the customers of Barnes and Noble.
Principal Luz Perez read to two Donahue
students, Dylan Lawrence and John O’Neill.
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Donahue School has
a future editor. Kevin
Badillo, a third grade
student in Mrs. Shewchuk’s class, recently
discovered an error in a
graph which appeared
in the Scholastic News. Kevin wrote a
friendly letter to Scholastic News stating the
problem. He received a thank you letter
from Glenn Greenberg, an editor for Scholastic News. Glenn apologized for the mistake and thanked Kevin for keeping them on
their toes!
Morgan School
Recently, Morgan School staff and students
donated items to Army Sergeant Efrain
Cruz, son of second grade teacher Ester
Sanchez. Sgt. Cruz is stationed in Iraq. Students and staff collected various items such
as hard candy, gum, disposable razors, powder, liquid soap, and sent them overseas to
Iraq. Morgan School staff and students wish
the best to Sgt. Efrain Cruz and hope for his
safe return.
During June, Morgan School will hold an
award ceremony. Each student with perfect
attendance for the entire year will receive a
trophy and a certificate. Thank you to the
parents of these students for teaching the
importance of going to school each day!
Also at this award ceremony, students who
walked Morgan Miles will be recognized (21
laps around the playground equals 1 mile).
The child in each grade with the highest
number of miles will receive a pair of sneakers. One student with the most miles overall will receive sneakers and a trophy.
E.N White School
Days of rain and flooding failed to weaken the
commitment or
dampen the enthusiasm
of the E.N.White team
at the annual Relay for
Life held at Holyoke Community College on
May 12 and 13. At least fifteen staff volunteered, got into good physical condition, and
faithfully reported to the HCC track to walk
Mr. Pfefferle’s pilot
laps and raise money for the American Canlanded… Morgan
cer Society. This year the Tiger Pride raised
School! Jonathan Mum- $3,600.00 to help in the fight against cancer.
blo, a pilot with SouthThis annual event is in its sixth year in Holywest Airlines has been
oke and E.N.White has fielded a team for
visiting Mr. Pfefferle’s 5th
the past five years. Kick-off was at 6:00 p.m.
grade English class. The
on Friday and the closing ceremony at 3:00
program flew along
p.m. on Saturday. Various activities are
nicely. Between visits, the class tracked
available while one is waiting one’s turn in
their pilot’s flights and totaled his mileage.
walking laps. Certainly impressive to see are
At the conclusion of the program, Mr. Mumthe luminaries, special bags with candles that
blo brought pizza and sodas in for the stuline the track. Carol Gamache, a faithful
E.N.White annual participant, camped out at
the sight overnight. Team members report
having fun and feeling a sense of community
Gretchen Miller’s
with school staff.
fourth grade class
collected dog and cat
Kim Kissell, sharing her passion for the
food, toys, blankets,
event, said: “It is for a really great cause and
clippers, and more for
it touches everybody. We all know somethe MSPCA recently.
one who has or had cancer. This is a great
This was just part of a
way to be involved in our community.”
unit about being responsible pet owners.
How many drops of water fit on the surface
An MSPCA representative will be visiting
of a penny? And on a nickel? Do you know
Miss Miller’s class soon with some small
how to measure that? This and other chalanimals, and the students are writing persualenging questions were posed to and exsive essays on the subject of what is the best
plored by students and their families at the
pet to choose.
E.N. White Family Science Night on
Wednesday, March 22.
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6th grader Zachary LaPorte (top center) and
his family enjoy activities at E.N. White’s Family Science Night.
Grade Two teacher, Ms. Carole Gamache,
organized and presented this program to
provide an evening of learning and fun for all.
Along with seeing demonstrations, families
rotated through various stations to complete hands-on experiments which demonstrated the wonders of the world of science.
Some of the activities involved magnets and
aluminum foil boats, and “lots and lots of
water,” states Ms. Gamache. Many thanks
to Ms. Gamache, and also to Title 1 Parent
Coordinator, Ms. Pauline Carriere, who
helped to organize the evening.
McMahon School
Some of the recent events at McMahon
School were the Dr. Seuss Night which was
held in March and Bingo for Books which
took place in
April. Special
activities in May
included Family
Game Night, a
comic magician
and storytelling.
The students
were delighted with the storytelling session
during the school day and especially appreciated the fairy tale acted out by HPS administrator, Dr. Elizabeth Zielinski.
For the end of the year the PTO has
planned another Field Day event that will
give students a chance to relax and enjoy the
last few days of school.
Looking ahead to the next school year,
McMahon School, currently a K-5 school,
will be adding a sixth grade as part of the
district reorganization.
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Massachusetts Commissioner of
Education Dr. David Driscoll toured
two Holyoke schools in May. At far
left, Donahue Principal Luz Perez and
Superintendent Dr. Eduardo Carballo (right) lead the visiting group
which also included Mayor Michael
Sullivan, Senator Michael Knapik,
Representative Michael Kane, School
Committeeman William Collamore,
Curriculum Director Kim Wells and
Rochelle Herring, Special Assistant
to the Superintendent.
At upper left , Rochelle Herring talks to Emily Destromp
about her work. At lower
left, Dr. Driscoll asks a Calisna Lopez to explain what
she was learning that day. At
bottom left Thai Iv shares
what she is writing with Kim
Wells. Following the tour,
Dr. Driscoll expressed his
delight at the positive
changes in the school since
his last visit two years ago.
The mural above is being created at E.N. White School by
art teacher Jennifer Coughlin (right). Ms Caughlin created
the larger than life image from an illustration in the book
Where the Wild Things Are. Watching Ms Coughlin at work
(bottom right photo) are Airani Patel (left) in Grade 1 and
Joseph Lebrón in Kindergarten. Jennifer Coughlin credits
Dr. Lora Barrett with consultation in the technique of
developing large images on walls. (Dr. Barrett and students enlivened the walls of Peck Middle School with
numerous murals over the past two years.) E.N. White
Principal Ellen Jackson says the mural shows great support
of the 25 Books Campaign.
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Organized by Math Coach Lynn Jubinville,
this event involved all students from K-8.
Math games and activities were presented in a carnival format on May 11th.
Holyoke High School
Holyoke High School students
pumped up school spirit with a “wear
your purple day” on April 13th.
(Left to right) Ray Muriel, Jesse Castellano, Shawn McNulty
(Left to right) Katie Jackowski
and Natasha Vieu
Edwin Sustache
(right) L.K. O’Day
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NASA Teen Mentoring Program continues to grow
“They were able to
investigate the numerous
parallels between
technologies in the films
and those in the real
Students from Peck and Sullivan sit in Apollo Command
Module as part of their visit to
the Museum of Science in
In its third year, The
NASA Teen Mentoring Program has
increased in size to
include approximately 50 students
from Peck Middle
School and Sullivan
The Museum of
Science in Boston
was this year’s destination….and the
focus: 'Star Wars:
Where Science
Meets Imagination'! Supported by the National Science Foundation, and making
its world premiere at the
Museum, the exhibit used all
six Star Wars films as a gateway to examining technologies of today and tomorrow.
The participants of the
NASA Teen Mentoring Program encountered artwork,
props, models, film clips, and
documentary footage from
the Star Wars saga. They
were able to investigate the
numerous parallels between
technologies in the films and
those in the real world. They
explored amazing prototypes
in progress and learned
about the engineers and
designers who are creating
new technologies. Throughout the exhibit, the Holyoke
Public Schools students were
able to notice intriguing similarities between how scientists and filmmakers think.
After immersing themselves
in the Star Wars exhibit, the
students continued on to
enjoy the many other incredible exhibits and activities provided in the Museum
of Science in Boston. There
was an exhibit that involved
the children in math concepts, such as a sand pendulum which the children could
maneuver. Another demonstration used an actual animal lung to illustrate the
manner by which a lung contracts and expands. They
also encountered the large
‘Theater of Electricity’, which
features the world's largest
air-insulated Van de Graaff
generator. The generator is
demonstrated at least twice
daily, to teach public and
school audiences about electricity and lightning. The
students were also surprised
to come face to face with a
life-sized T-rex dinosaur
model in the Dinosaur Exhibit, which has been newly
renovated. The Museum of
Science in Boston was full of
similar activities which were
thoroughly enjoyed by the
students will be writing thankyou cards to the individuals
and organizations that made
this event possible. The Mentors will be informed that they
are eligible to continue in upcoming years’ NASA Teen
Mentoring projects as long as
they maintain high academic
effort and behavior. Plans are
in the works for summer
NASA Teen Mentoring Activities in the community to promote the STEM-G subjects,
sun safety education and parent-child involvement.
The NASA Teen Mentoring
Program outing this year was a
real success. It addressed the
mission of the Program, by
exposing the students to
STEM-G subjects in a fun way.
It showed them many possibilities in their future in NASArelated fields. It encouraged
them to think further in terms
of responsibility to the community. One of the best outcomes, however, was the wonderful energy which this small
group of teens demonstrated.
The adult chaperones were in
agreement that the Holyoke
Public Schools was well represented by these students.
They illustrated the intelligence, respect, positive attitude and appreciation which is
too often left untold when our
students are evaluated by outside sources. It was a pleasure
to be associated with them.
On the way home, the NASA
Teen Mentoring group stopped
for a much-needed rest and
lunch. The Mentors were
reminded that the STEM-G
subjects can offer many fruitful
experiences and opportunities
for their future. They were
encouraged to think about the
importance of keeping on the
right track academically and
socially. Responsibility for
others is part of the mission of
this Program, so Mentors were
reminded that they will be
asked to promote the Program’s goals to the community HPS Program Directors for this project are:
Myriam Y. Ulloa-Skolnick (left)
through other NASANoreen Ewick (center) and Andrea
influenced activities.
For the follow-up projects,
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A new friend is just an email away
The students in Kelly Doktor's second grade
classroom at Sullivan Elementary School
have been emailing friendly letters since
November to her friend Mike Willey who is
stationed in Ramadi, Iraq. Each week students are paired up after writing a hard copy
of the friendly letter and email him together.
The unique thing about the project is that, in
order to fit this into the busy school day,
the students type during their recess time.
The students democratically chose to give
up recess in order to make a new friend and
in turn, wait for the anticipated response
from Mike.
Spc. Mike Willey of the Vermont National
Guard has graciously answered questions
about life in Iraq, his feelings about President
dards have been reached: mastering the
form of a friendly letter, utilizing media via
the Internet for a classroom project, learning on which continent Iraq is located and
learning about the cultures/traditions of that
Although they have never actually met him,
students feel they have made a new friend
and that Mike Willey is a part of their lives.
Sue Deslauriers, mother of Willey, has been
to the classroom to do a creative caption
writing book to send to him. The class also
made beaded candy canes during Christmas
because the children wanted to make sure
he had decorations for the barrack holiday
Grade 2 teacher Kelly Doktor assists Dorimar
Rivera (left) and Isaiah Alvarado with their
email to Spc. Mike Willey in Iraq.
Willey is scheduled to be back in the United
Bush, and personal questions like, "Do you
States by the end of June. He was just achave a girlfriend?" Students have also
cepted to the University of Vermont and
emailed him various math word problems to
will begin in the fall.
solve! During this lengthy project, several
grade two Massachusetts Curriculum Stan-
Watch “Around the Schools” this month
on HPS 12 for a featured story about this
letter writing project in Kelly Doktor’s
Life Skills students reach out to those in need
mation session for the students on the
services and benefits available for patients
at the hospital. They informed the students
that the donated aluminum tabs would be
sold to a recycling company. The money
received from recycling will then be used
by the hospital for equipment and supplies.
Students in the after school Life Skills program visit Shriners Hospital with the flip
tabs they donated.
A community service project coordinated
by the students in the after school Connections program was for the benefit of the
Shriners Children’s Hospital in Springfield.
This yearlong project involved the collection of aluminum can flip-tabs which totaled
9,630. During a field trip to the Shriners
Hospital on May 4th, the Life Skills students
presented their donation of tabs to the
Shriners staff. The staff then showed a
video presentation and conducted an infor-
On May 24th, the Life Skills students welcomed Mr. Richard Lee, the Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley American Red
Cross to Dean Tech. The students pre-
sented Mr. Lee with a check for the American Red Cross in the amount of eighty
dollars. This donation was raised by the
students through a their operation of a
concession stand at several Dean home
volleyball and basketball games. Over refreshments, Mr. Lee shared stories with the
students about the purpose and mission of
the American Red Cross and explained
how the donations of money and service
affect friends, relatives and strangers both
near and far away.
Summer Hours
Monday –Wednesday
8:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday and Friday
8:30am – 5:00pm
Richard Lee, Director of the Pioneer
Valley Red Cross receives a check
from the Life Skills students.
The library is closed Saturdays and
Sundays( and Monday, July 3rd)
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Summer provides us all a wonderful opportunity to relax and catch up on
our reading. The American Library Association offers the following advice
to families. “One key to children's reading success is making their reading experience entertaining, relaxing,
and enjoyable. Allow children to choose their own reading materials and be aware of what their reading interests
are. Help them find books that pique their interests.” The ALA offers several suggested reading lists on their web
site. Among them are the top ten lists of "all-time classic" books that parents and children
can read together and Notable Books for Children 2006.
Here are a few titles from each list. The complete lists can be found at
Preschool to Age 8
Aardema, Verna
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's
Dial, 1975
This folktale relates the reason mosquitoes
annoy humans with their noisy buzzing. A
Caldecott Medal winner.
Bemelmans, Ludwig
Mad About Madeline: the Complete
Viking, 1993
All five of the original Madeline stories are
included in this sure-to-be-loved edition.
Brown, Margaret Wise
The Runaway Bunny
Harper, 1942
A little bunny thinks of ways to escape, but
his clever mother always finds a way to
keep up with him.
Ages 8-12
Cleary, Beverly
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Morrow, 1981
Ramona's third grade year at school will
keep young readers laughing. A Newbery
Honor book.
Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Watsons Go to Birmingham:
Delacorte, 1995
In the height of the Civil Rights Movement,
a family travels to Alabama and experiences racial injustice first-hand, surviving
through love and humor. A Coretta Scott
King Honor book.
Dahl, Roald
James and the Giant Peach
Knopf, 1961
Magic crystals lead James on a magical
Younger Readers
Agee, Jon.
Terrific. illus. Hyperion/Michael di Capua.
In this winningly illustrated picture book,
grumpy Eugene Mudge anticipates the
worst about a windfall trip to Bermuda and
utters a sarcastic “terrific.” After he befriends a talking parrot, “terrific” takes on
a whole new meaning.
Holy Toledo! An intrepid trio saves the
world from a plan to launch stilt-walking
whales onto land.
Armstrong, Alan
Whittington Illus. by S.D. Schindler. Random House. (0-375-82864-8).
Armstrong's glorious barnyard fantasy
seamlessly weaves together three tales:
Whittington the cat’s arrival on Bernie’s
farm; the legend of Whittington's 14thArnold, Katya.
century namesake; and one boy’s struggle
Elephants Can Paint Too! illus. Simon &
to learn to read. A celebration of oral and
Schuster/Anne Schwartz. (0-689-86985-1).
written language, friends, and the healing
power of humor. A 2006 Newbery Honor
Armstrong uses color photographs to
compare the artistic processes of students Book.
in very different art classes – one for chilOlder Readers
dren in New York City, another for eleArmstrong, Jennifer
phants in Thailand.
Photo by Brady: A Picture of the Civil
Arnold, Tedd
War. illus. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum.
Hi! Fly Guy. illus. Scholatic/Cartwheel.
Armstrong tracks the influence of Mathew
A beautiful friendship begins when Buzz the
Brady, who changed the course of war
boy, proves that a fly can be one smart pet.
photography, and whose stable of photogThis slim, reader-friendly tale has a robust
raphers shaped our vision of the Civil War.
humor and wacky cartoon art featuring an
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
eye-popping cover. A 2006 Geisel Honor
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's
Middle Readers
Alarcón, Francisco X.
Poems to Dream Together/Poemas
para soñar juntos. Illus. by Paula Barragán. Lee & Low. (1-58430-233-X).
Vibrant mixed-media artwork accompanies
seventeen poems written in both Spanish
and English, including a reflection on historic adobe homes, an ode to César
Chávez, and dreams of peace.
Anderson, M.T.
Whales on Stilts. Illus. by Kurt Cyrus.
Harcourt. (0-15-205340-9).
Shadow. Scholastic. (0-439-35379-3).
By weaving the stories of twelve young
Germans into the larger fabric of Nazism
and World War II, Bartoletti raises awareness of Hitler’s manipulations to a new
level and offers readers an opportunity
to consider how they might have acted in
the same situation. A 2006 Newbery Honor
Book, A 2006 Sibert Honor Book and A 2006
Best Book for Young Adults (YALSA).
Volume 4, Issue 4
Two seventh grade students from Ms. Kathy
Foley’s Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop
class won the Mother’s Day poetry contest
sponsored by the Holyoke Sun newspaper.
Jonathan Doherty won first prize for his
poem “Mom”, and Kellie Crabtree won second prize for her work “My Guardian”.
Both students shared prizes with their mothers.
The Peck Middle
School Band attended
the Great East Music
Festival at West
H i gh
School on Saturday,
May 20th. They performed for judges
who scored them on their program, musicianship, technique and presentation. This is
the 9th time they received the Gold Medal
for their excellent performance. Afterward,
they proceeded to Six Flags for the day to
celebrate with their teacher, Claire Williams.
Joyce Siok (left) was nominated for Red
Sox award by Serena Reyes( right) of
Dean Technical High School. Serena
wrote an essay citing Ms Siok’s patience,
understanding and caring attitude.
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Fourth grader Taylor Choquette at Sullivan
School is a prize-winning poet. Taylor’s
poem “Chomp” placed second in the humorous category of the Massachusetts State
Science Poetry Contest. Taylor is a student
of Eileen Driscoll and Joyce Lefebvre. According to Mrs. Driscoll, “I am just thrilled.
Taylor has a soft voice but her voice shines
through in her writing.”
Joyce Siok, HPS Adaptive Phusical Education
Teacher, was honored in an on-field pregame recognition ceremony on May 6th at
Fenway Park as a “Most Valuable Teacher by
the Boston Red Sox. The Massachusetts
Teachers Association and the Boston Red
Sox have expanded their partnership this
year to include the “Most Valuable Teacher”
essay contest for high school students.
Throughout the season, one educator will be
Kelly Harrison, The SETL at Morgan School, honored at each Saturday Red Sox home
has had her first book published. The game. The selection of the teacher/support
Quarters (Zoe Chances’s Ten Year staff is based on essay submissions that are
Quest) is fiction, but the main character’s
story is told through her acquisition of the judged on the merit of the educator’s acstate quarters minted by the US treasury complishments.
1999-200. The book can be purchased at
Taylor Choquette holds her poem
“Chomp”. She says winning second place
in the state poetry contest was “pretty
Great ideas for summer fun “just around the corner”
If you’re looking for a
great place to visit this
summer, why not visit
one of our local museums. What is even
better is that it may
not cost you any money. The Holyoke Public
Library cardholders may now borrow passes
to area museums. The passes are available
on a first come first served basis. Patrons
must have a valid library card in order to
borrow the passes, and all passes are
checked out with a two day loan period.
These passes cannot be reserved or renewed. For more information, call the library
at 322-5640.
The first place you could visit is the Children’s Museum at Holyoke. This pass offers
admission for 6 people (children under 12
months are free). The pass cannot be used
for admission to any special exhibits and
events. Learn about art, science and the
surrounding world when you visit this museum! Visit the website at
Another choice this summer could be Historic Deerfield. This pass offers free admission for 4 people (children 5 and under are
free). Take a walk back in time and visit an
early New England town! Visit the website at
The Springfield Museums are also a wonderful place to visit. This pass offers free admission (up to $26) for 2 adults and 2 children
or 1 adult and 5 children (ages 5 and under
are free). There are four museums that you
could visit. They are the Museum of Fine
Arts, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art
Museum, the Science Museum, and the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum. While
you are visiting the museums, you will see the
Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden. These sculptures honor the birthplace of Theodor Seuss
Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Visit the
website at
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Sports Corner
“Water, water everywhere”...
that more or less sums up the
spring sports season. All
teams finished their seasons,
but it was difficult due to
weather conditions. The girls’
softball team at Holyoke High
had an outstanding season and
is headed to the Division I
tournament. The boys’ volleyball team missed the tournament by one game as did the
baseball team. The cooperative track boys’ track team
made up of Dean and Holyoke
High students had a stellar
season finishing 5-2. The
boys’ tennis team is playing
again in the Western Mass.
tournament and the girls’
team is one win away. The
girls’ track team was a dedicated group. Most of them
have participated for four
years and we wish them well
in the future.
girls’ softball team still has
seventeen girls playing and
they are very competitive.
Boys’ volleyball finished strong
and looked good in their personally designed uniforms. To
all the athletes: have a good
summer and see you in the
At Dean Tech the baseball
team is on the edge of getting
into the tournament. The
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Holyoke Public Schools
Summer Program
For 4 and 5 year olds entering
Kindergarten in Fall/06
July 10—August 10
Families must register at: Student Assignment Center
57 Suffolk Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 / (413) 534-2055
Breakfast and Lunch Provided
Transportation as needed
Estos son los puntos mas
sobresalientes del Boletin
Holyoke Public Schools
Volume 4, Issue 4
Las Escuelas Públicas de Holyoke siguen su compromiso:
Mejorando el logro y funcionamiento del estudiante
PM. Los programas
serán ofrecidos a
Dr. Eduardo B. Carballo
estudiantes en los
Superintendente de Escuelos
niveles de escuela
secundaria y elemental.
Los programas de
Durante el año pasado, nuestros
se cun daria
estudiantes, padres, maestros y líderes
incluirán dos programas
del Distrito de las Escuelas Públicas de
para los estudiantes que
Holyoke han trabajado con mucho
tienen que obtener
esfuerzo en el mejoramiento de
créditos, así como
nuestras escuelas. Ya que pronto
aquellos que están
terminamos el año académico 2005interesados en mejorar
2006, me gustaría compartir con usted
sus destrezas de inglés
Doctor Eduardo Carballo (centro) recorrió las Escuelas Donahue y Lynch en
algunos de nuestros logros.
mayo con el Comisario de Educación de Massachusetts, Dr. David Driscoll
matemáticas a través
Exitosamente hemos implementado el (el tercero del lado izquierdo). También de izquierda a derecha) el Reprede trabajo y tutoría.
Diseño Escolar Selecto de América al sentante Michael Kane, Michael Knapik, Senador, Luz Perez, Principal de la
Nivel de Escuela Secundaria. Esto Escuela Donahue, Rochelle Herring, Asistente Especial del Superintendente y También se llevará a
cabo de nuevo el
incluye la Implementación del Taller William Collamore del Comité Escolar de Holyoke.
del Lector como Escritor en Artes de
Lenguaje en inglés como también el Taller Nuestras Campañas de Alfabetismo también Educación Especial en Jericho y en la Escuela
de Matemáticas. Dentro de cada una de fueron implementadas con gran éxito. La E.N. White. Finalmente, el programa de
estas áreas contenidas, se crearon mapas de Campaña de Libro 25 unió a todos los verano ofrecerá una nueva academia a sus
plan de estudios a base de proyectos e estudiantes, maestros y líderes escolares a la apréndices. Se ofrecerá un Programa de
instituidos basados en unidades específicas lectura de 1,000,000 palabras este año, Campamento ofrecido a estudiantes de
del estudio. Estos mapas fueron totalmente mientras el Libro del Mes promovió cuatro y cinco años de edad que entrarán al
alineados a los estándares del área de discusiones por todo el distrito acerca de Distrito Escolar de las Escuelas Públicas de
contenido de Massachusetts y se temas pertinentes a las vidas de nuestros Holyoke en septiembre de 2006. Les
recomiendo que los padres inscriban a sus
identificaron los estudiantes de proyectos a estudiantes y nuestra comunidad.
niños para programas de verano de modo
base de interpretación específicos que los
estudiantes tenían que completar para El plan para reestructurar las escuelas ha que ellos puedan continuar involucrándose
asegurar el dominio del conocimiento sido votado y aprobado por el Comité en actividades educativas durante los
identificado en las Guías de Plan de Estudios. Escolar. Cuando las escuelas comiencen en próximos meses. Ver el Canal 12 o visita
Los mapas de plan de estudios a base de septiembre de 2006, Holyoke tendrá un nuestro sitio Web para información
proyecto adicionales serán desarrollados centro de infancia temprana, cuatro escuelas adicional.
este verano en Artes de Lenguaje en Inglés en grados k-8, dos escuelas primarias que Permanecemos comprometidos en mejorar
(ELA) y matemáticas que comienzan en los expanden en grados k-6, una escuela de k-5 el funcionamiento y logro de los estudiantes
grados elementales. La Planificación de los (que será como “una escuela hermana” con en las Escuelas Públicas de Holyoke. Es un
Estándares Basados, también seguirán con la escuela Lynch), y las dos escuelas compromiso que seguirá formando nuestro
expectativas de trabajos adicionales y secundarias. La Escuela Secundaria Peck trabajo a lo largo del tiempo. Quiero
rúbricas para estudiantes a base de comenzará a retirarse progresivamente y agradecer a cada uno por sus esfuerzos en
estándares completadas para cada unidad. sólo servirá a estudiantes en grados siete y nuestro distrito escolar y espero trabajar
Nuestras intervenciones en (Ramp Up) en ocho.
con usted en el mejoramiento continuo
Matemáticas (en los grados 6 y 9) y De nuevo, se llevará a cabo nuestro tanto para nuestros estudiantes como para
Alfabetismo (en el grado 9), fueron puestas programa de verano. El programa será las escuelas. Espero que tengan un verano
en práctica con mucho éxito. Me gustaría dirigido más o menos lo mismo que el año seguro y relajante y siéntase libre de
a g ra d e ce r l e a l o s m a e s t ro s y pasado, comenzando el 10 de julio hasta el informarse del nivel escolar o el distrito para
administradores por sus esfuerzos en la 10 de agosto. Los estudiantes asistirán de información y actualizaciones.
implementación de estos programas.
lunes a jueves, de las 8:00 AM hasta la 1:00
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El verano nos proporciona una maravillosa oportunidad de relajarnos y actualizarnos en
nuestra lectura. La Asociación de Biblioteca Americana ofrece el siguiente consejo a las
familias. “Una clave al éxito de lectura para niños hace que su experiencia de lectura sea divertida, relajante,
y agradable. Permita que los niños elijan sus propios materiales de lectura y sean conscientes de cuales son sus
intereses de lectura. Ayúdeles a encontrar libros que sean interesantes.” La Asociación de Biblioteca Americana
(ALA) ofrece varias listas de lectura en su sitio Web. Entre ellos están las diez primeras listas "de libros
clásicos" que los padres y los niños pueden leer juntos y Libros Notables para Niños 2006.
Aquí hay unos cuantos títulos de cada lista. Las listas completas pueden ser encontradas en
Jardín de infantes hasta los 8 años de
Aardema, Verna
Por qué los Mosquitos Zumban en los
Oídos de la Gente
Dial, 1975
Este cuento popular relata la razón de
enojo de la gente con el zumbido ruidoso
de los mosquitos. Un ganador de Medalla
Bemelmans, Ludwig
Loco Sobre Madeline: los Cuentos
Viking, 1993
Todos las cinco historias originales de
Madeline están incluidas en esta edición de
estar segura de ser amada.
Brown, Margaret Wise
El Conejito Fugitivo
Harper, 1942
Un pequeño conejito piensa en maneras de
cómo escaparse, pero su madre inteligente
siempre encuentra una manera de
mantenerse al corriente de él.
Edades 8-12
Cleary, Beverly
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Morrow, 1981
El tercer año de grado de Ramona en la
escuela mantendrá haciendo reír a los
jóvenes lectores. Un libro de Honor de Newbery.
Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Watsons Go to Birmingham:
Delacorte, 1995
En la altura del Movimiento de los
Derechos Civiles, una familia viaja a
Alabama y experimenta directamente la
injusticia racial, sobreviviendo por amor y
humor. Un libro en Honor de Coretta Scot
Dahl, Roald
James and the Giant Peach
Knopf, 1961
Los cristales mágicos conducen a James en
Lectores más Jóvenes
Agee, Jon.
Terrific. illus. Hyperion/Michael di Capua. (07868-5184-8).
Una amistad hermosa comienza cuando el
muchacho del Zumbido, demuestra que una
mosca puede ser un animal doméstico
elegante. Este cuento amistoso del lector
tiene un gran humor y el arte de la historieta
loca presenta una tapa que revienta ojo. Un
Libro de Honor de Geisel 2006.
Arnold, Katya.
Los Elefantes Pueden Pintar También!
illus. Simon & Schuster/Anne Schwartz. (0689-86985-1).
Armstrong usa fotografías a color para
comparar los procesos artísticos de los
estudiantes en clases de arte muy diferentes –
uno para niños en la Ciudad de Nueva York,
el otro para elefantes en Tailandia.
Arnold, Tedd.
Hi! Tipo de Mosca. illus. Scholastic/Cartwheel. (0-439-63903-4).
Una amistad hermosa comienza cuando el
muchacho del Zumbido, demuestra que una
mosca puede ser un animal doméstico
elegante. Este cuento amistoso del lector
tiene un gran humor y el arte de la historieta
loca presenta una tapa que revienta ojo. Un
Libro de Honor de Geisel 2006.
Lectores Medios
Alarcón, Francisco X.
Poems to Dream Together/Poemas
para soñar juntos. Illus. by Paula Barragán.
Lee & Low. (1-58430-233-X).
ilustraciones de medios variados vibrantes
acompañan diecisiete poemas escritos tanto
en español como en inglés, incluso una
reflexión en casas de adobe históricas, una
oda a César Chávez, y sueños de la paz
Anderson, M.T.
Whales on Stilts. Illus. by Kurt Cyrus. Harcourt. (0-15-205340-9).
¡Toledo santo! Un trío intrépido salva el
mundo de un plan de lanzar ballenas que
andan zanco en la tierra.
Armstrong, Alan.
Whittington. Illus. by S.D. Schindler. Random
House. (0-375-82864-8).
fantasía de corral gloriosa de Armstrong sin
costuras teje juntos tres cuentos:
Whittington la llegada del gato por la granja
de Bernie; la leyenda del tocayo del 14o siglo
de Whittington; y la lucha de un muchacho
para aprender a leer. Una celebración de
lenguaje escrito y oral, amigos, y el poder que
se cura de humor. Un Libro de Honor de Newbery 2006.
Lectores Mayores
Armstrong, Jennifer.
Photo by Brady: A Picture of the Civil War. illus.
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. (0-689-85785-3).
Armstrong rastrea la influencia de Mathew
Brady, que cambió el curso de la fotografía de
guerra, y cuyo estable de fotógrafos formó
nuestra visión de la Guerra Civil.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's
Shadow. Scholastic. (0-439-35379-3).
Tejiendo las historias de doce alemanes
jóvenes en la tela más grande de Nazismo y
Segunda Guerra Mundial, Bartoletti levanta la
conciencia de las manipulaciones de Hitler a
un nuevo nivel y ofrece a los lectores una
oportunidad de considerar como ellos
podrían haber actuado en la misma situación.
Un Libro de Honor de Newbery 2006, un Libro
de Honor 2006 de Sibert y el Mejor Libro 2006
para Adultos Jóvenes (YALSA).
Blumenthal, Karen.
Déjeme Jugar: la Historia del Título IX, la
Ley Que Cambió el Futuro de las Mujeres
en América. illus. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum. (0-689-85957-0).
Una historia irresistiblemente escrita, bien
documentada de mujeres en deportes
presenta los esfuerzos de muchos para quitar
la discriminación sexual en la educación para
Volume 4, Issue 4
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Aplicaciones disponibles para programa de verano
El programa de verano 2006 está listo para
llevarse a cabo el 10 de julio hasta el 10 de
agosto. Los programas son de lunes a jueves
de 8:00a.m.-1:00p.m. y están disponibles para
estudiantes en grados K-12. Además del
programa académico, hay una variedad de
actividades incluidas. Viajes de estudio,
excursiones, natación, cine y patinaje son
sólo algunas de las cosas de diversión
planeadas para estudiantes según su
categoría de edad.
Los estudiantes en grados K-5 serán
asignados a la escuela más cercana a donde
ellos viven. Los estudiantes en grados 6-8
serán asignados a la Escuela Peck y los
estudiantes en grados 9-19 irán a la escuela
secundaria a la que ellos asisten. El
transporte estará disponible para aquellos
estudiantes que son elegibles. Las
disponibles en
todas las
escuelas. Para
preguntas o
Preparacion para Kindergarten
Escuelas Públicas de Holyoke
Programa de Verano
Para niños/as de 4 y 5 años de
Edad entrando a Kindergarten en el Ontoño/06
Julio 10—Agosto 10
Lunes — Jueves
Familias deben registrarse en Student Assignment Center
57 Suffolk Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 / (413) 534-2055
Proveerán Desayunos y Almuerzos
Transportación si se necesita
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¿Es usted una mujer fuerte, inteligente y valiente? ¿Cree usted en la justicia social?
Si lo eres … Cree en ser una mujer de Holyoke ... sea Orientador (MENTOR)
Girls Inc de Holyoke
Programa de Orientación
En una comunidad donde casi 1 en 3 estudiantes de noveno grado abandona la escuela antes
décimo grado), donde el 45 % de a madres adolescentes dan a luz y donde el 42 % de niños viven en la pobreza, nuestros
programas de orientación son esfuerzos para mejorar el funcionamiento académico de las mujeres participantes, disminuye el
número de ausencias escolares, mejora la seguridad de las mujeres y aumenta la confianza de las mujeres en las oportunidades de
superior y carrera.
El Girls Inc ofrece programas tanto a la comunidad como a la escuela.
Un año de su vida... 8 horas por mes ... pueden cambiar la vida de una mujer para siempre
Para más información en como ser un orientador para una mujer en Holyoke, comunicarse con Vivianna al tel.
(413) 533-0796 ext. 113 o al correo electrónico
[email protected]
Holyoke Public Schools
Media Center
500 Beech Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

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