Northfield Elementary's School Mission for Students
1. Meet or exceed high academic standards in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, physical fitness, the arts and technology.
2. Demonstrate good character through knowledge of positive traits and skills essential to successful academic, professional and personal pursuits.
3. Acquire knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live and demonstrate the skills essential to meaningful participation in a representative democracy.
RETURN LIBRARY BOOKS BEFORE SUMMER
Northfield is lucky to have its elementary and high school right in the village, which allows for walkers and bike riders. If your child is riding a bike he or she must walk their bike in the school yard. Our famously confusing pick up drop off and bus delivery areas are very busy with traffic during these times. Please speak to your child about bike safety. We will certainly be speaking to them about walking to make sure they get away from the hustle and bustle of the school yard safely.
MERGER OF NORTHFIELD AND WILLIAMSTOWN SCHOOL BOARDS
Northfield Elementary School students will not immediately feel the effects of the Northfield and Williamstown School Districts merge. However, the best of both school systems will be considered and adapted. Over the next few years successful methods of teaching in one school will be used to launch improvements in the other. The Northfield Elementary School staff looks forward to joining our colleagues at Williamstown Elementary School to work as partners to improve what we offer our children, but to keep our identifies and traditions intact.
NES BAND AND CHORUS
Fourth and fifth graders showed their best this month when the NES Band and Chorus performed in the Mary Granai Corrigan Auditorium. The nascent group sang contemporary songs from the radio and the band played as a group. Most of the group were first year students and were thrilled to be on the big stage.
NEW THIRD GRADE TEACHER HIRED
Casey Rothenberg has been hired as a third grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Mr. Rothenberg has school experience in Essex, VT and Worcester, MA and grew up in Moretown, VT. He is strong in math and science. Staff, administrators and a parent were represented on the hiring committee, which sends recommendations to the Superintendent and School Board.
NANCY OAKES HANGS UP HER PAINTBRUSH
Long time art teacher Nancy Oakes will retire from her position as art teacher after almost 30 years of service to the children of Northfield. Her enthusiasm, expertise and caring will be missed by many NES and NMHS graduates.
COMISKEY COMETS ROCK IT
The Comiskey Comets Jump Rope Team continued their over 30 year tradition with a show for the community. Participants from first through fifth grades were joined by a few middle school students and performed for both families at night and the whole school during the day. The jumping routines required weeks of before and after school practices.
NORTHFIELD IS A PROMISE COMMUNITY
The Northfield Promise Community will host community forums to discuss how to support young children’s development. Out of those forums one or more projects to provide that support will be executed during the upcoming year. Promise Community Steering Committee members met for two days recently to talk about community needs and aspirations for the littlest Northfield residents. Representatives from NES and WSSU are members of the committee, as are parents of young children and a few social service agencies.
If you have a concern about your child please bring it to your child’s teacher attention first. If the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction please contact me, Wayne Howe, principal. You can leave a message with school secretaries Miss Lisa or Miss Sonia and I will get back to you or you can email at email@example.com. Even better, call ahead and make an appointment to stop by and speak with me personally.