Committee on Special Education Chairperson
Mrs. Bethellen Mannix
A graduate of South Glens Falls High School, I attended Adirondack Community College and graduated with a B.S.E. in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland. I received a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Plattsburgh State University and K-12 Health Education Certification from New York State. I hold SAS and SDA certificates in administration which I pursued through Plattsburgh State University.
This is my 28th year in education, 14 of them teaching, and I believe learning never stops. I strongly support professional growth and often attend seminars, conferences, workshops and read educational material in order to provide our students with the best possible education. I truly enjoy the educational field and am pleased to have the opportunity to provide your child/children with a positive school experience.
My husband is a native of Glens Falls and we have two wonderful children, Rachel Beth (14) and Patrick (12), who keep us very busy! Our only pet is a Goldendoodle named Duke.
"Parental Involvement in education is like the frosting on a cupcake, it makes it complete and oh, so sweet!" -Author Unknown
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The school year is off to a great start and students are working hard! We have a lot of academic material to cover this year and several educational activities and assemblies planned. Thank you to all of our parents/guardians who attended Open House on September 20th. Overall, 81% of our elementary students were represented that evening! This shows the commitment parents/guardians have to being involved in their child’s education. I am pleased with the turnout and continue to encourage ALL parents/guardians to get involved in their child/children’s education. Students are most successful when school and parents work together.
Open House provided you with the opportunity to learn more about your child’s daily schedule, as well as learning more about the specific curriculum and Common Core Standards your child is responsible for this year. If at any time throughout the year you have questions about the curriculum and/or expectations, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
Our students have been working hard over the past month to be “bucket fillers!” I hope they have shared this school-wide positive behavior system with you and have been making people at home feel special too. Students fill each other’s (invisible) buckets through a smile, compliment, kind word, following directions, being a good listener, etc. It does not take a lot of time to fill a bucket, nor does it cost any money. The book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud, is available at bookstores. The book is a wonderful reinforcement for reminding people that what we say and do has a large impact on how we make others feel.
As always, your assistance at home directly enhances student achievement at school. Please stay involved in your child’s/children’s education and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at 632-5222 x120. Listed below is some additional information to assist you with procedures, policies and important dates. Thank you again to those of you who attended Open House!
- Important Upcoming Dates
- 10/8: NO School – Columbus Day
- 10/10: Grades 3-5 Field Trip to Adirondack Museum (Blue Mountain Lake); rain date 10/11
- 10/13: Hartford SPUD Run; 1 mile Fun Run starts at 9:00am
- 10/16: School Picture Day
- 10/19: NO School – Regional Superintendent’s Conference Day
- 10/23-31: Red Ribbon Week Daily Themes; Respect Yourself, Make Good Choices & Promote a Drug-Free Life
- 10/31: Trunk-or-Treat in the school parking lot (evening)
- 11/3: PTA Fall Fair 10:00-4:00
- 11/8: Emergency Release Drill – Afternoon Pre-K – grade 12 students will be dismissed 15 minutes early
- 11/9: NO School – Superintendent’s Conference Day
- 11/12: NO School – Veterans Day
- 11/14: Grades 3-8 Turkey Trot
- 11/16: Grade 6 Pig Roast 6:00pm
- 11/21-11/23: No School - Thanksgiving Break
- 12/7, 12/10, 12/14: Parent-Teacher Conferences; 11:30 dismissal grades K-8 (please make every effort to attend); Pre-K Conference Schedule will come home separatelly
- 12/20: Tanager Voices Concert at 6:00pm
- 12/21-1/1: No School - Holiday Recess
- Late busses
- Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3:10 (teachers typically have meetings on the first Thursday of each month so students are not able to stay with their classroom teacher)
- We encourage students to take advantage of after school assistance and Homework Club
- Free Educational Equipment
- Price Chopper (School Code is 16331)
- We collect Box Tops For Education and used ink cartridges
- Hannaford – Hudson Falls
- Wellness Policy
- We encourage healthy snacks and lunches, as well as water bottles during the day
- Recess is beneficial, but may be limited due to specific circumstances (i.e. behavior, to receive additional assistance for missed work or help understanding material, to receive intervention services, double special days, weather)
- State Testing: Grades Pre-K, K, 1 and 2 are the foundation for these tests
- Grades 3-8 ELA (April 1-8, 2019)
- Grades 3-8 Math (April 30-May 7, 2019)
- Grades 4 & 8 Science (Grade 4 Performance Exam May 23rd; Grades 4 and 8 Written Exam June 3rd)
- Information regarding Common Core Standards and State Testing is available at engageny.org
- State Tests are High Stakes Tests for the district
- Response to Intervention (RtI) – Research-based academic interventions provided within the regular education classroom and/or with specialists that are matched to student needs and designed to prevent long-term academic struggles; these services are provided to students who are in jeopardy of not meeting grade level standards
- STAR Early Literacy, Reading and Math – Assesses all students K-5 3x/year minimum and more for students who need additional assistance. This allows teachers to monitor student progress based on specific interventions used.
- Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System – Diagnostic reading assessment that helps determine a student’s instructional and independent reading abilities in order to provide appropriate instruction. This is completed 2-3 times per year.
- PTA typically meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm
- Character Education – Citizens of the Month are announced the last school day of each month (Traits: Respect, Responsibility, Citizenship, Caring, Courage, Tolerance, Self-Discipline, Honesty, Fairness, Determination)
- PARP (March) – Please encourage reading daily throughout the year – it is so important in helping with vocabulary, sight word recognition, comprehension, letter sounds, and exposure to literature. The only way students become better readers, is to read more!
- Perfect Class Attendance is noted daily. Individual student attendance is recognized on the last day of school.
- Bus Safety – Students are recognized monthly for positive bus behavior and have the opportunity to acquire “hands” for their class each morning by displaying good bus behavior. Celebrations are awarded for the classes who collect the most “hands.” In addition, Bus Riders of the Month are announced and then displayed on a bulletin board in the front hallway to recognize students for following bus safety rules.
- Classroom volunteers are welcome based on individual teacher needs. All volunteers are asked to sign a Code of Ethics when they volunteer. Please contact your child’s teacher directly to volunteer.
- Monthly Citizens’ Assemblies are held to recognize as many students as possible for the month (ie. Birthdays, students in the Chronicle and/or Post Star, Bus Riders of the Month, Citizens of the Month, special awards student’s have received, Bucket Fillers, Soaring Tanagers, etc.)
- Elementary Office
- All elementary students sign-in and out from the Elementary Office if they arrive late (after 8:15) or are picked up early (before 2:25).
- Please send a note for any dismissal time changes. If the change occurs during the day, please contact the Elementary Secretary at extension 101 prior to 2:00. Calls after 2:00 make it very difficult to notify all parties involved before the busses arrive.
- All teachers have phones in their room. You may leave them a voice mail during the day by first calling the Elementary Office at extension 101. Please do not leave messages for teachers regarding dismissal changes.
- Dismissal: Students who are being picked up are dismissed from their classrooms at 2:25 and will meet whoever is picking them up at the double doors in the front hallway (this is the entrance near the flag pole). Students must be signed out before they will be released. This requires that a note or phone call is received prior to 2:00 each day if there is a change to your child’s bus drop-off location or if they are being picked-up. If a parent or guardian just shows up at school to pick up their child, they must report directly to the Elementary Office to sign their child out. NO ONE may just take their child off the bus or out of the bus line on the sidewalk. This is for the safety of all of our students.
- Bus Circle: Vehicles are NOT allowed in the bus circle between 7:50 and 8:05 and 2:20-2:40. Please do not drive into the bus circle between these times or anytime there are busses in the circle. When dropping off a student in the morning, please use the sidewalk that starts at the top of the bus circle to avoid driving into the bus circle with busses present.
- Elementary announcements and the Pledge are read by elementary students each morning at 8:25.
- Morning Arrival
- Students are not permitted in the building before 7:30. Students may go to their classroom at 8:00. Any student arriving after 8:15 is considered late.
- Any student in the building at 7:50 may go to breakfast at that time if they did not eat at home.
- First through fifth graders may report directly to breakfast from the bus at 8:00. Kindergarteners may go to breakfast at 8:10 after checking into their classroom.
- Students who do not need to eat breakfast at school, have the advantage of starting morning work, getting themselves organized and ready for the day, receive extra help from the teacher, and/or read.
Bethellen C. Mannix