Dear LGES Families:
Happy summer to everyone! Please get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of Lake George and everything that our region offers! Make sure to participate in our summer reading programs. I look forward to seeing everyone in September!
6th grade moving up ceremony
Please enjoy the video of this event held on the 17th of June.
LGES is a NYS Recognition School!
The New York State Education Department has determined that Lake George Elementary School is a 2019-2020 "Recognition" School. Recognition Schools are awarded that designation based on high levels of student achievement and continuous academic improvement. Only 13% of the schools in NYS were recognized as Recognition Schools. Interim Commissioner of Education Tahoe shared: “Recognition Schools across the state demonstrate the relentless commitment of teachers, administrators, staff & parents, without whom this growth would not have been possible.”
I am very proud of all of the staff, students, and families of Lake George Elementary School!!!
Please click on this link for additional information from the NYS Education Department.
Important Upcoming Dates:
Kindergarten Roundup -TBD
Strategic Planning at LGES
Lake George Central School is in the third year of our current Strategic Plan. In conjuction with that plan, our shared decision making body (LGES Educational Cabinet) establishes 1 year building goals.
LGES Cabinet Goals for the 2019-2020 school year (Goals for 2020-2021 will be developed prior to September 2020)
- To ensure Systemic whole school implementation of SEL (Social Emotional Learning)
- To review and align our Tier 1 curriculum
- To define and grow innovative learning spaces at LGES.
- To improve communication between home and school.
Our building level committees are working hard to achieve these one year goals as well as the targets of our strategic plan.
In 2019 LGES made a decision to move away from AIMSweb assessments as a benchmarking system for ELA and Math. After a great deal of research, we determined that i-Ready was a better option for us and provides us with better information. i-Ready is administered three times a year (Fall, Winter, Spring), to all students in grades 1-6 and twice at K (Winter, Spring) to help identify student needs and strengths in reading and math. Several weeks ago, we administered our first round of i-Ready benchmarks, and we are sharing those results with you today. This letter is intended to help explain i-Ready and simplify the reports.
The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment given on the iPad or laptop. The diagnostic adjusts its questions based on your child’s responses. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning.
When you look at your child’s diagnostic report you will see a blue bar stretching up towards a green box. The green box indicates an understanding of the current grade level standards. At this point in the year, it is not likely that a student’s bar is into the green since they haven’t been taught much of this material yet.
You will also see several horizontal lines. The larger solid line indicates the middle score target for the end of the year. The smaller solid line is where your child is expected to grow from where they are now with a typical year’s growth. The dashed line indicates a “stretch” growth or a more lofty target to reach. At LGES, we will work towards stretch growth for all students by focusing on the individual needs of each child.
You’ll see a number of items listed to the right of the graph that have been scored. These Overall Domain scores are in relation to what we would expect a beginning of the year student to know. Green indicates that they’re currently on target for that skill. Yellow indicates an area of need that’s not on level requiring a focus on skills taught from the prior year. Red indicates an area that is more than one year below grade level requiring reteaching and/or intervention.
There is additional information on the report under “Placement by Domain.” It shares what was measured and some areas of focus for your child to help them improve and continue to grow.
We are hopeful that i-Ready will provide you with information regarding your child that makes more sense than our AIMSweb reports did. We are finding the information very useful for us.
Please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or our curriculum coordinator Ginny Mondschein with additional questions that you may have.
School Hours: Our school day starts at 7:45 when students walk into their rooms. Please make every effort to have your child at school on time. Our data indicates a direct correlation between student attendance and academic success. Dismissal begins at 2:11 with K and finishes at 2:15 as our 5th and 6th grade students begin to exit the building.
Arrival/Dismissal Reminders: I want to thank everyone for working together to keep these busy times safe for our students. Please remember to park in designated parking spaces only. When dropping off in the a.m., please pull up to the end of our drop off zone and have your children ready to exit to the crosswalk. At pick up, remember to use the doors by the library (after 2:05) to enter and exit and please always use the crosswalks.
School Meal Prices: Lunch is $2.50 and breakfast is $1.55. Menus are sent home monthly and are available on the website. Free and reduced lunch prices are available to eligible students. Contact our cafeteria with any questions.
Student/Parent Handbook: Please read the handbook along with your child. It is filled with information about LGES and can be found by visiting the Elementary School web page under Resources. Please return the enclosed sheet by Friday, Sept 14 indicating that both student and parent(s) have read the handbook. As always, please contact us with any questions or comments.
Strategic Plan: In 2019-2020, LGES will continue to focus on our district mission to “personalize opportunities that empower all students to be lifelong learners, leaders, and global citizens."
Five K-12 goals created last year as a part of our district strategic plan help to guide our work.
Raise the Bar
Close the Gap
Create innovative and Engaging Learning Environments
Student Leadership, Engagement, and Diversity
Cultivating Community Partners
Each one of the goals has action plans & targets to help us provide an outstanding program for your children. Updates regarding our progress will continue to be forwarded & information can always be found on the district web page.
Thanks again for all that you do to support your children and our school. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
The Board of Regents adopted newly revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards on September 11, 2017. The Common Core were replaced by the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards . At Lake George Elementary School we will follow the implementation timeline developed by NYS and ensure that changes in curriculum are made in a timely manner. The new standards have been the result of over two years of collaborative work to ensure New York State has the best learning standards for our students. Over 130 educators and parents worked together to make recommendations and revise the standards, resulting in a new set of revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards.
Thanks for your commitment to making sure that your children are in school every day and on time. I’m very proud of the achievement of our students, but the best teachers and curriculum won’t help children be successful if they’re not in school. Our attendance data for the past eight years clearly shows that students missing 10 or more days of school a year are not achieving at the same levels as their peers. In fact, there is a direct connection between poor attendance and a need for reading support or special education services. There are exceptions to this rule; however, the large majority of our students with attendance issues struggle academically and/or don’t reach their potential.
Price Chopper Tools For Schools Program: Please register your Price Chopper Card to help LGES earn free educational equipment and supplies. There's no cost to do this and items that you purchase at Price Chopper add up quickly! Thank you. Our school code is 16340.
Please stay connected by following Mr. Conway on Twitter at twitter.com/jconwaylgThe staff at LGES is working hard to stay on the cutting edge to ensure the very best for our students. Please explore our website to learn more about our mission, curriculum, special programs & the arts, school news, and our unique approach to teaching children.
Thanks again for all that you do to support your children and our school. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
James Conway, Principal
Lake George Elementary School