Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dear PWS Families,

It has been a fun-filled, Spirit Week here at PWS.  Wacky Wednesday and Crazy Hair Day were our favorites.  We did get the students outside a couple of times this week.  We will continue to get them outside anytime the temperature is 20 degrees or higher (factoring in the windchill). 

Invention Convention
Congratulations to all 3rd and 4th grade Inventors!  They all worked hard and were so proud of their inventions.

The Winners moving on to the State Convention are:

Grade 3
Original Invention-Tie
The Portable Shoe Cleaner-Jack Toolin, Michael Donelli
The Amazing 2 in 1 Shirt-Madison Dozois

Special "Solar" Award
Solar Scooter- Sam Trent and Abhinav Vadali

Rube Goldberg
Pulling a Tissue from a Tissue Box-Abby Dopfer
Marble Rings the Buzzer-Reagan Murphy and Joseph Mendenhall

Grade 4
Original Invention
The SS 1000-Sink Splasher-Kayla Stoll

Special Category this year  
Class Invention-Chelsea Ongjoco

Rube Goldberg
Putting a Snack into a Bowl- Camden Wood, Nathan Gordon, Caleb Lemoine
Add Milk to It- Cooper Cassidy

Math and Literacy Night 
Last night was our annual Math and Literacy Night. It was great to see so many families come out and brave the cold for a fun night of learning, reading, and games. A special thank you to the parents, students, and staff who made this night possible and special. We especially thank Mrs. Possee and Mrs. Leyden for coordinating this great event each year. It is enjoyed by all!

BSD Voting Day – March 10
The Bedford School District election/voting is on Tuesday, March 10 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the Bedford High School Gymnasium. If you will not be able to vote on March 10, the application for an absentee ballot is available here on the Town of Bedford website. The process is very simple and straightforward. More information about the proposed budget is available here on the School District website.  Feel free to contact Superintendent McGee with any additional questions.  He can be reached at 472-3755 or

Try out the new Smarter Balanced Test
You can try your hand at taking a practice version of the new Smarter Balanced test here.  You will find sample questions and tutorials on how the test works.  As mentioned last week, students in grades 3 - 8 and grade 11 will be taking these new state tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics this spring.  The Smarter Balanced tests replace the NECAP tests. Smarter Balanced will be used by 20 states including New Hampshire.  This will allow us to compare our students' performance to other high performing school districts across the country.  Students will take these tests on the computer over several days.  Over the coming weeks, we will continue to share information about Smarter Balanced, how it works, and what your child can expect.

Wishing you all a wonderful February Vacation!  Enjoy your time together!

Mrs. Cheryl Daley               Mr. Dan Mitchell
Principal                              Assistant Principal

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