We'll be honoring our volunteers at the March 26th SURFS Up Celebration! Volunteers at Macdonough include the families of our students, community members, local businessmen and women, college students and more. They represent the heart of Macdonough and will be recognized for their wonderful contributions.
Volunteers do not necessarily have more time;
they just have more heart.
Summer @ Macdonough 2014
We are delighted to offer Macdonough School students the opportunity to participate in fun filled, full day programs during the summer. Our summer program will begin on Friday June 30th and run through Friday August 1st. (Please note that this opportunity is for students entering grades 2 through 5).
Summer Program Schedule
8:30 a.m. Students arrive and enjoy a free breakfast in the school cafeteria compliments of Middletown’s Community Renewal Team (CRT)
9:00 a.m. Students move to classrooms for a morning of math and reading activities with Macdonough staff members as part of our Summer Enrichment Program.
11:30 a.m. Students return to cafeteria for a free lunch provided by Middletown’s Community Renewal Team (CRT).
12:30 p.m. Students transition to KIDS ARTS 2014 programs in various locations at Macdonough including the popular Children’s Circus and Creative Arts Workshops.
3:00 p.m. Students are dismissed from the blacktop area.
Summer Program Notes
Please note that there are separate registration forms for the Summer Enrichment Program and KIDS ARTS 2014. Forms were emailed to all families and copies were sent home with students.
The fees for both programs are on a sliding scale and financial assistance is available.
These programs will fill quickly so be sure to return the forms as soon as possible to ensure your child’s participation! Forms due back to school by Monday, March 3rd.
Feel free to contact our Kelli Swan with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 860-347-8553. We look forward to your child’s participation in the Summer @ Macdonough programs!
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced has developed an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
The work of Smarter Balanced is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed – regardless of disability, language or subgroup. Smarter Balanced involves experienced educators, researchers, state and local policymakers and community groups working together in a transparent and consensus-driven process.
Students in grades three, four and five will be participating in a field test for the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exam.
Looking for a unique way to honor a Macdonough School teacher? Visit the Donors Choose website to see a list of projects which will support our school!
Macdonough School is a No Idle Zone
Did you know that all Connecticut schools are designated as No Idle Zones? Drivers of cars, trucks, and buses are prohibited from idling engines for more than three minutes when parked in and around schools. Please do your part to keep Macdonough School a No Idle Zone!
Please keep in mind that on most days this winter, the children will be outdoors for recess. With the exception of bitterly cold days, we typically provide opportunities for our students to get a breath of fresh air each day. We ask that families ensure children dress appropriately for winter weather conditions.
New Online Calendar and Subscription
There are a lot of schedules and calendars to remember this year! With the new A and B week specials, the new lunch calendar, more professional development days and our amazing Family Resource Center, there is so much to keep track of.
To make it easier for you, we've created some online calendars that you can subscribe to. You can click on any of the calendars below to see upcoming events. From there, you can click the button on the bottom right that looks like this:
After you sign in, this will automatically subscribe you to the schools calendars. You can then look at your calendar settings to add or remove any calendars. Events will now just show up in your feed as events are added by staff and volunteers.
If you don't have access to a calendar program on your computer, you can click here to be guided through the steps of making your own gmail account which will give you access to this particular calendar program.
If you don't use gmail, you can still subscribe through many other applications so that this can show up on your computer or mobile device. It's also easy to display these calendars on your computer (or use the ones in the Family Resource Center downstairs) and print them out so that you have all of the school calendars that you need in one spot.
If you have questions about how to manage this, you can email us at email@example.com.
This year, school begins at 8:50 a.m. Please be sure to make every effort to be have your child arrive on time!
Regular attendance at school is important for all students. We know that having children in school on time, all day, every day can make a big difference in their achievement. Of course we all recognize that there are going to be days when students need to be home due to illness, but research shows that making regular school attendance a priority will have a positive impact on student learning.
We’ll be recognizing classrooms with “perfect attendance” at our upcoming SURFS Up Celebration. Thank you for your support of our attendance goal and your support in ensuring that your child is in school On Time, All Day, Every Day!
Click to listen to Macdonough's School Song: Knowledge Is Power
School Based Health Center at Macdonough!
Did you know that the Rita Hayes Health Clinic at Macdonough is the oldest School Based Health Center in Connecticut?
We are proud to offer school-based health services during the school day for our students.
Licensed healthcare providers are available to provide
medical support (treatment for illnesses or injuries, and physicals),
behavioral health services (individual, group, and family therapy),
dental hygiene (exams, fluoride, cleanings, x-rays, and sealants) services
If you are interested in having your child enroll for services in the school-based health center, please call Kelli Swan at 860-347-8553 to receive registration information!
The Middletown School District is implementing a Volunteer Procedure to ensure the safety of all students. The procedure requires that school volunteers are prescreened by the Middletown Public Schools and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.
If you are interested in volunteering at Macdonough School or chaperoning a field trip, please contact Kelli Swan (or your child’s teacher) to request a Volunteer Packet. All packets must be completed and turned in prior to your volunteer experience.
We value parents and caregivers having a strong role in our learning community and are committed to supporting the new Volunteer Procedure to ensure a continued partnership with all families.
A Book for Macdonough
Looking for a way to donate to our school? Please consider purchasing a book for our school library. Through the "A Book for Macdonough" program, people can purchase books for our school library. A name plate will be attached to each book to be personalized with an inscription (e.g. This book donated in honor of Mrs. Spaman by the Smith Family)
Lexia Reading at Home
Click on Lexia to download the Lexia Reading program for home use. You will need the ID number and student username.
Our school district is one of many in the country that will participate in the SBAC Field Test. Click on the link for more information.
March 17, 2014
4th Grade Mr. Ferrero Field Trip - Writing Buddies - CT Historical Society
March 18, 2014
2nd Grade Mrs. Paul NUMBER KIDS Field Trip Bushy Hill
March 19, 2014
3rd Grade - Firefighter Al Visit
4th Grade Miss Claffey Field Trip - Writing Buddies - CT Historical Society, Hartford
Spaghetti Dinner5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
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