Letter from Superintendent Dr. Givens
Friday, September 20, 2019
Dear Parents and members of the Newmarket community-
Calling all educators! There are three institutions that together form an interconnected triad for learning, growth and development of students and adults alike; families, schools, and the community. The community is an integral educational partner and I thought you might find value in knowing about some of our community partners and the things they are doing to support student learning. With this in mind, I asked each partner to provide a brief overview of what they do and a highlight or two of programming and/or upcoming events that they would like to share with you.
Newmarket Community Education Partnership
Newmarket Community Education Partnership (NCEP) has a 15-year history of supporting the social, recreational and educational experiences of children and youth in Newmarket. Over the years, NCEP has granted over $100,000 to our community, and Newmarket's schools have received the greatest amount of funding for things like: speaker programs, technology and other classroom equipment, field trips, seed funding for various clubs, special education materials, supporting our students with food insecurities, Mules Mission, and much more. NCEP’s major fundraiser is Newmarket EATS, a unique celebration of local restaurants and businesses. Set for Sunday, November 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the historic Millspace downtown, attendees can expect food tastings, entertainment, a silent auction, raffle and a cash bar (21+ event). Tickets are $30/each, $55 for two in advance; $35 at the door. Please see NCEP's website or follow NCEP on Facebook for more information on this special community event.
Newmarket Public Library
The Newmarket Public Library is a learning center and gathering place for community residents of all ages. We serve children, young adults & families with great collections, programs, and services designed to build kids’ love of reading and discovery.
The library offers a wide range of digital resources to help students with research and homework which can be accessed from home with a library card, from language learning to reading recommendations as well as easy-to-use research databases for any class or topic. All of our digital resources can be found on our website newmarketlibrary.org, under resources, digital resources. The New Britannica Library is an award winning resource that offers levels for children, young adults and adults. We have recently added LearningExpress Library which provides test preparation to for important exams like the ACT®, SAT®, AP® Tests, and more. Included are career-related information and test preparation for college admissions, professional career licensing and certification, high school equivalency and much more. You can’t trust all the resources in Google but you can trust the quality resources at the Newmarket Public Library.
NPL offers many on-going and special programs. We have a weekly preschool story time and monthly book club “Nuts About Novels” for elementary aged children. Check out our website and facebook page for all that we offer. Every resident of Newmarket is entitled to a library card and we invite you to come and take advantage of the wonderful programs that we offer. All programs are open and free to the public. Please come in, meet the staff, and get your library card. Visit us on our website newmarketlibrary.org and on facebook.
The NES PTA
The NES PTA supports Newmarket Elementary School’s students, parents and staff throughout the year. We host community events throughout the year, such as movie nights, unplugged week, literacy events, and the Harlem Wizards versus Newmarket School District Teachers and Staff basketball game. Please CLICK HERE for a calendar of events scheduled this year. We are currently fundraising for a new playground at the Elementary School, and are hoping to complete fundraising so that the project can move forward during the summer of 2020. We are also fundraising to purchase additional Tower Gardens for the NES classrooms and cafeteria. If you have any questions, or are interested in joining the NES PTA, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Recreation Department
Support the Rec, Create Community! Your child’s participation in a diverse range of activity and sport programs with Newmarket Rec helps to generate funds that goes directly back into our community. We offer a wide range of programming for all ages including soccer, hip hop, flag football, cartooning, ballet, creative arts, music and so much more. One of our exciting new programs is Sustainable Art on Wednesdays 10/30-12/18, which will provide students a chance to explore items in nature and turn them into art creations! More info about this program and all others can be found on our website. We have a new variety of programs year-round, so please join and refer to our FB page where we post lots of updates (Newmarket Rec). You may also see our flyers come home with your children in backpacks throughout the year and please give us call to find out what programs might be perfect for your kiddos anytime, we would love to hear from you! We are grateful to be a partner and building block within our Newmarket community. 603-659-8581; email@example.com - Hope to chat soon! - Aimee, Andy, Alyssa, Anna & the whole Rec Team!!
The African adage it takes a village to raise a child reminds us of the importance these community programs play in the education of our children. Let’s celebrate the work of these organizations and the impact they have on raising them to become productive and engaged citizens of our world.
On September 28, 2019 we will be offering tours of our newly renovated Elementary School from 9:00 AM until noon. Tours, conducted by administrators and members of our student council, will run every half hour starting at 9:00 AM. The last tour will begin at 11:30am.
On September 30th, the construction company will begin the month long process of replacing the Cafetorium roof at the Jr/Sr High School. The roof being removed contains some hazardous materials that will require workers to take specific precautionary measures as required by OSHA and other agencies. This work will not pose any imminent danger to staff or students. During this period, there will be an increase in worker presence, heavy equipment on and around the building's east wing, and there may need to be changes to parking and traffic flow patterns in and around the building. More information will follow as it becomes available. In addition, Principal Mazzone, Director of Facilities Marles, and the contractor will be available to answer any questions you may have about the roofing portion of the construction project after the Open Houses at the times noted below.
Open House for the High School will take place on Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30 PM.
Open House for the Junior High School will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30 PM.
A detailed schedule of events for both nights will be provided by Principal Mazzone next week.
Join with me in thanking our community partners for providing resources and opportunities that support the growth and development our children. I look forward to seeing you at school and community events during the upcoming weeks, months, and years. Have a wonderful weekend.
Susan K. Givens, Ed.D.
Letter from the Superintendent
Friday, August 30, 2019
Dear Parents and members of the Newmarket community-
There are so many exciting things going on in our school district that I am bursting with optimism and enthusiasm as we approach the opening of school. Here are some highlights about the amazing work that has been going on in our school community in preparation for the 2019-20 school year.
Inspired, enthusiastic, highly qualified teachers, ignite the love of learning in our students. For this reason, hiring well is job one! We are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of talented teachers and support staff joining our team this year. As of this writing, we have filled all classroom teaching positions at the Elementary School and all but one at the Jr/Sr High School. We are optimistic that this last position will be filled by the second week of school. In the interim, a retired teacher will be stepping in to ensure students have a qualified teacher to guide their learning as we begin the year. We will continue to actively recruit candidates for the remaining open positions until we have a full complement of staff.
Over the summer and prior to school opening, faculty and staff have been very busy modifying their curriculum to align with new standards, developing curriculum for new courses, curating content and updating lesson plans to deliver high quality learning experiences for our students. They have also been actively engaged in professional development related to Competency Based Education (CBE), social emotional learning, and student engagement using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and other strategies that draw out the knowledge assets, passions, and interests of our students. All of this work supports our effort to create a culture of learning that celebrates and leverages the brilliance in every person who enters our doors. I look forward to working with the community, parents, School Board and our entire team of educators and support staff, to continue this important work.
Construction at the Elementary School is substantially complete and teachers have been moving into their classrooms the past couple of days. The facility is beautiful and staff are feeling both relieved and excited to be in their new spaces. Significant progress has also been made at the Jr/Sr High School during the summer months. The new additions are substantially complete, the contractor has completed the first of three renovation phases to the older sections of the building, and all safety, security, network, and communication systems are installed and have been tested. Of course that also means that we will be under construction this year and will be moving classrooms around in November and April as the remaining phases are completed. This will inevitably cause some disruption for both staff and students but we know that the end is in sight and when it is complete, we will have wonderful environments that will support 21st Century teaching and learning experiences for our students. We would like to thank the community for this important investment in our schools.
The Board has held several retreats over the summer to review feedback from staff, evaluate strengths and challenges, and develop goals or focus areas for our work this year. These goals include completing the building project, negotiating an initial contract for our paraprofessional bargaining unit, developing a salary and compensation program that will enable the district to attract and retain highly qualified staff, to begin transitioning our policies, procedures and practices to align with 21st Century, best practices that support or enhance quality teaching and learning experiences for students, and to support activities related to the Superintendent’s entry plan and subsequent report. More information about the entry plan and opportunities to meet and share your suggestions, hopes and dreams with me will be forthcoming.
In closing, there is so much for us to be grateful for as we open our school doors; new schools, a dedicated staff and community, and an energized staff focused on finding ways to use their collective strengths to meet the needs of every child. Let this year mark the dawn of a new beginning filled with hope and promise as we set our sights on the future. Your support and engagement is integral to our success and I look forward to learning more about this wonderful community in the upcoming year.
Susan K. Givens, Ed.D.
For more information regarding school opening details, please read the following letters from the principals.