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Principal's Message

Good afternoon, DES Parents and Guardians.

In early December, 2018, I sent a letter home with each child informing parents and guardians of the upcoming statewide school accountability assessment that would be occurring in the spring. The letter was also posted on the DES website. The time has arrived for the assessment to occur. 

Next week, student in grades 3-5 will be participating in the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NHSAS) ELA (reading & writing) and math assessments. The assessments will be administered for a portion of each morning on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday will be set aside as a day for students to finish any remaining portions of the assessment they may not have finished. Students in grade 5 will also participate in the NHSAS Science assessment. The goal is to administer that test on Friday, as well. We may decide to push the science test into the following week, if needed.

Prior to testing, we will provide healthy snack options and drinks for participating students. We ask that you encourage and support students' receiving a full night of sleep each night and arrive to school on time, whenever possible. Thank you for your help and support! We will all feel better when the assessments are completed. 

Below is a copy of the NHSAS Parent Guardian Information Letter to this email. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this important process.


Alison Roberts