From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Safety remains a priority here at Gaskill. During the past few months, our school has continued to conduct drills to ensure staff and students are aware of procedures in case of an emergency. In addition, our building-based police officer has provided presentations to both staff and students regarding safety while I continue to have conversations with local government officials about safety and the possible implementation of a local ordinance. Lastly, the district has formed the Niagara Falls City School District’s Code of Conduct and Safety Plan Review Team, which will include one of our own parents as a member of the team. Our immediate plans include to continue the aforementioned activities, but also hold parent presentations in conjunction with the Niagara Falls Police Department. I will continue to update you as needed. As always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
2019 NYS ASSESSMENTS- NEW! COMPUTERIZED TESTING
This year, the Niagara Falls City School District has chosen to administer the 2019 ELA Test on the computer. This is called computer-based testing (CBT). The computer-based tests will have the same questions as the paper versions. However, students testing on computer will select their answers for multiple-choice questions on the computer and type their responses to open-ended questions rather than handwriting their responses to these questions in the paper test booklet. The testing window for ELA computer-based tests is Monday, April 1 thru Thursday, April 11, 2019.
Our students will be participating in the NYS assessment program in English Language Arts and Math. Gaskill did make gains during its 2018 testing and we will continue to do so this year! The assessments, although not used for a grade, nor for promotion decisions, provide valuable data that helps teachers make instructional decisions, as well as identifying individual student's strengths and needs. Once again, assessments will be conducted for two (2) days only and will be shorter in length. is important to note that assessments provide a snapshot of a student’s readiness for high school where they will be required to take the Regents exams in order to graduate. Thus, taking the state assessments at the Prep level serve as good practice for students who will be required to take Regents exams at the high school level. ELA assessments will be held in April and math assessments will be held May. In addition, Grade 8 students will be required to take the New York State Science assessment in June. If you have any questions or want more information about the NY State assessment program please feel free to contact our office
PARENT /TEACHER CONFERENCE NIGHT
On Thursday, February 21st we will have our second and final Parent/Teacher Conference Day for the year from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Teachers will be available to discuss any concerns or questions you may have concerning your child and will be meeting as a team. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your child’s cluster teachers.
Just a reminder…The purpose of a ‘delayed start’ to schools is to allow temperatures to rise in the morning or to allow more time for roads, sidewalks, and/or lots to be cleared so students may attend school at a later start time rather than missing an entire day of school due to inclement weather. The determination of delayed start is made by the Superintendent of Schools. If a delayed start is called, Preparatory schools will start at 9:35 a.m. (7:35 a.m. normal start). Bussing will be two hours later than your child’s pick-up time. For example, if your child is picked up at 6:43 a.m., he or she will be picked up at 8:43 a.m. A continental breakfast is provided at school upon students’ arrival. If it is necessary to close or delay schools, the information will be posted on the district’s website, the district’s Facebook pages and Twitter, and the local television and radio stations. Please note that if schools are closed, they will remain closed all day for scheduled activities, including remedial programs, extra-curricular activities, use of facilities by non-school groups, and special evening programs. Please also note that when school is delayed, there is no supervision for students until schools open two hours later than the usual time, so parents should not drop their children off at school until they open.
Mrs. Smith, Principal—Gaskill Prep