September 7, 2018
Dear Underhill Parents/Guardians,
It’s been a great start to the school year! It was a pleasure getting to meet all of you during “Meet Your Teacher” time. I’ve enjoyed seeing all of the returning students along with meeting our new students. The teachers and students have been working on establishing new routines and procedures, but most importantly they are working on establishing positive student relationships and building a strong sense of community. Over the next few weeks, our teachers will increase their academic instruction while learning more about the strengths and needs of the students.
Our fall assessments began this week. We use NWEA MAPS and DIBELS as our school-wide assessments. We administer those assessments three times a year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) to learn about students’ strengths and needs in Reading, Math, and Language Arts. These assessments also help us determine if the students have grown as learners and if our instruction has been effective. NWEA MAPS (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computer-based assessment. The test adjusts to each individual student and his or her learning level, while providing teachers with data to inform instruction. NWEA MAPS also measures growth over time, so we can look at students’ growth over the course of a few months to several years. DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) is comprised of brief tests, which are administered individually to regularly monitor students’ early literacy and early reading skills. Teachers use this assessment to strategically plan for their students and to monitor their students’ progress along with the effectiveness of their reading instruction.
We also had students from Southern New Hampshire University’s education program visit our school. Over the course of the school year we will be working closely with SNHU to provide their students with quality experiences in the classroom while they complete their university coursework. We will also benefit from having the SNHU’s students supporting Underhill classes with direction from our classroom teachers and the university’s professors.
I hope you have a great weekend! Let’s go, Patriots
Ben Loi, Principal
Reading Tips for Parents from Reading Rockets
As we begin this new school year, I wanted to share a few helpful reading tips for you as you establish your routines at home. They’re very easy to use and may be beneficial to your child’s reading growth. Enjoy!
Mark Your Calendars
September 13, 2018 — Hooksett PTA Meeting – 7:00 p.m. – Fred C. Underhill School
September 15, 2018 — Hooksett Old Home Day – 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Donati Park
September 19, 2018 — Underhill Open House/PTA Ice Cream Social/Book Fair – Preschool and Grade 1 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
September 20, 2018 — Underhill Open House/PTA Ice Cream Social/Book Fair – Kindergarten and Grade 2 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
September 28, 2018 — Professional Development Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
October 2, 2018 — National Custodians Day
October 3, 2018 — Picture Day
October 8, 2018 — Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
October 12, 2018 — Mid-Trimester 1 Progress Reports Go Home
October 15, 2018 — Fire Safety Presentations with the Hooksett Fire Department
October 20, 2018 — PTA Spooktacular
October 22, 2018 — Fire Safety Presentations with the Hooksett Fire Department
October 26, 2018 — Underhill Fall Festival
*Note: Dates and times are subject to change.
Dear Fred C. Underhill Parents, Guardians, and Students,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Fred C. Underhill School is a spectacular school with great students, teachers, and parents! We’re looking forward to another successful school year with positive learning experiences and memories.
Our school district’s vision states, “We believe all students can learn. We commit to ensuring every student meets or exceeds challenging educational standards to become independent learners, critical thinkers, and creative problem solvers. We inspire excellence through collaboration between school leaders, teachers, students, parents and the community.” At Fred C. Underhill School, we are committed to providing your child with high-quality learning experiences to thrive and grow as learners.
We are also dedicated to partnering with you to support your child during his/her time at our school. It is essential that we communicate clearly to develop positive working relationships. To our new families, we encourage you to be a part of the school through participating in volunteer opportunities and various school activities and events. There are several opportunities for parents to interact and to support the school through the Hooksett Parent-Teacher Association.
Again, we look forward to working with you and your children. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Together, we can provide your children with the best educational experience. Thank you for your continued support in “Inspiring Excellence Together.”
Benjamin Loi, M.Ed.