- Annual Notifications
- Brochures & Publications Used in the Simsbury Public Schools
- District-Wide Assessment Calendar
- Google Classroom Email Summaries
- Learn to Type Program Information
- Online Services Used in the Simsbury Public Schools
- School Choice Options
- Web Resources for Parents
- Your Child's Growth & Development
Scientific Research Based Interventions (SRBI) in the Simsbury Public Schools (pdf brochure, updated August 2014)
Tips for Parents: When Your Child Is Reading to You (Brochure, September 2010)
Please note that testing dates have been revised for several schools. Please see below this table for these updates. If you have any questions at all, please contact your child's school.
2016-2017 District-wide Assessment Calendar
Mar 27-Apr 4
The schedule has been adjusted for several elementary schools. Please note the new dates/times:
Squadron Line School (pdf)
- Math on May 3, 4, & 5 (Wednesday-Friday)
- Performance Task on May 8 and 9 (Monday, Tuesday)
- May 2-4 – Math SBAC session I
- May 9-11 – Math SBAC Performance Task
This fall Google added the option for parent/guardians to receive weekly or daily email summaries of assignments/ announcements/ questions posted through teacher Classrooms. The Youtube video below is an overview of this feature.
Click on the image below for written directions on how to receive notifications and how to manage settings. You can also click on the link for FAQ's to help you with how to opt back in if you opt out at some point.
You will need a Google Account to receive the email summaries. You can create this account with your current email address-you do not need a gmail account. See the link below to set up a Google Account.
We are happy to announce the switch to Typing Club, a completely online keyboarding program. Students in grades one through six have had accounts created for their use and teachers have given them their log-in credentials-these will also be shared at Open House.
Please consider the following tips to help your child learn how to be an efficient typist:
- Make sure they are looking at the screen and not their fingers (you can tape a sheet of paper to the top of the keyboard and have your child place their hands underneath).
- All eight fingers should rest lightly on the “home row” (grey keys below) with both thumbs above the space bar at all times. The “F” and “J” keys have raised lines on them to help position hands.
- Set aside 15 to 30 minutes for a minimum of 3 times a week to encourage muscle memory. Try to limit distractions during this time.
Computer literacy has become a core element of K-12 education, with students now expected to master keyboarding skills before college. In fact, several of the Common Core Standards require keyboarding.
TypingClub School Edition is designed to help your students meet and exceed the Common Core Standards within a semester’s worth of time. Our test templates are deeply customizable so you can alter settings to best prepare your students. Once your students learn proper keyboarding technique, they can practice to increase typing speed, improve accuracy, and develop stamina for typing.
Common Core Requirements in Keyboarding
“Use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.”
“Type ONE page in a single sitting."
(Approximately 11 WPM)*
“Type TWO pages in a single sitting."
(Approximately 22 WPM)*
“Type THREE pages in a single sitting.”
(Approximately 33 WPM)*
“Interact and collaborate with others.”
Fluently communicating with others via the internet, especially when instant messaging, requires keyboarding proficiency.
“Gather relevant information...and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.”
Academic integrity is one of the most important values we can instill in young students. Keyboarding lessens the physical burden of typing, thus making students less likely to copy-and-paste entire paragraphs.
“Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two).”
The only way to increase stamina is to practice typing passages of varying lengths. Our Typing Tests provide an excellent resource for this kind of practice.
*This calculation was made by assuming that a single sitting equals 30 minutes of continuous typing. The Common Core website is vague in its definition of “a single sitting,” so these benchmarks are estimates made by TypingClub. Tags: College Prep, Common Core
The score system is optimized to value accuracy over speed. It accounts for student corrections by calculating the true-accuracy of each attempt, which reduces a student's score each time he or she uses backspace to correct an error. Then, the student's word per minute (WPM) speed is factored into the score. When a student finishes each lesson, these statistics are sent to our calculation engine which produces an overall score.
Students can improve their score by keeping the following objectives in mind:
- Focus on accuracy before attempting speed. There is a double-penalty in the score's accounting for every error
- Although you may be able to use backspace to correct your mistakes, there is a small penalty applied to your score if the error is made in the first place
- Once you have a handle on the accuracy, the only way to increase your score is to work on your speed.
Stars are awarded based on a student's performance in each lesson. They are used to control whether the student can move on to the next lesson, or must retry for a better score. Each lesson has a pre-established minimum star amount required to pass, but the teacher can modify that requirement to customize the difficulty of each lesson.
Simsbury Public Schools utilizes many online applications and web-based tools to foster student learning through personalization, collaboration, and exploration. Online or "cloud" based applications and services extend student learning beyond the school day and building and provide accessibility to useful learning tools.
Considerations for approving an online service
We use educational accounts for most of our online services in order to have more control of settings and ease of classroom setup. Prior to recommending a service for classroom use, we review the service's privacy and security policies and inform teachers of best practices for using them responsibly. We do not approve providers who use personally identifiable information outside of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) standards. After October 1, 2016, renewed or new online services that house student information, records and/or student work on their servers must also meet the minimum requirements of the new Connecticut Student Data Privacy Law;Public Act 16-189. See this link for more information on the law and a complete listing of third party services utilized by the district for operational and educational purposes.
These services include Google Apps for Education (GAFE), which is used extensively by our students and teachers in grades 3 through 12 for classroom and homework assignments. In keeping with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and our licensing agreement with GAFE, if you as the parent/guardian of a student under the age of 13 is concerned about this usage and would want to discuss opting out please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
District-approved online educational services
Compiled below are the most widely used online educational services presently recommended for classroom use that require students to log-in with a student account. For some of our online educational services we provide students with generic school log-ins that are not unique to a user and/or their directory information. For complete information on each app's terms of service, please click on the provided links below.
Click here to learn more about the Student Privacy Pledge that most of our partner companies have signed: Google, Edmodo, Khan Academy, Brainpop, ClassDojo, Edpuzzle, LearnZillion, NewsELA, Noredink, Renaissance Learning, SeeSaw, TenMarks, texthelp (Read and Write for Google), Turnitin, Xtramath.
For questions about the district's use of online educational services, please contact Joncia Lytwynec, Director of Instructional Technology, at (860) 658-3898 ext. 835 or JLytwynec@simsbury.k12.ct.us
Student Data Privacy Law (effective October 1, 2016)
The Connecticut Student Data Privacy Law was enacted to provide transparency to the school community on the sharing of student data with third party service providers and to put in place minimum contractual requirements to safeguard student privacy (See Shipman and Goodwin Overview of Law for synopsis). This law does not apply to services that the district houses on our internal servers such as Powerschool and Destiny, or on district devices (computers/iPads) which includes many of our educational software and iPad apps. Also, this law only applies to services contracted after September 30, 2016. Services contracted before this date were reviewed to ensure compliance with FERPA. District prerequisite(s) for using these services safely with students are published for teachers to reference on our faculty portal.
School district requirements set forth in this law include providing parents/guardians:
- notice within 5 days of any new online services that collect/store student information;
- notice of a breach within 48 hours of notification from provider of service and what student information may have been involved. This notification will also be posted on the district website.
Bloomfield Magnet Schools
Global Experience Magnet School (GEMS)
The mission of the Global Experience Magnet School in Bloomfield is to create a learning community dedicated to educating one student at a time. This is accomplished by designing a personalized learning plan for each student, providing real-world opportunities to connect students to their learning, and expecting them to find authentic, meaningful ways to show what they have learned.
Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)
If you're interested in giving your child an extraordinary education, consider one of CREC's award-winning magnet schools. CREC magnet schools allow students to focus on specific talents or interests while studying a challenging core curriculum in a diverse environment.
page updated 8/31/16
www.familyeducation.com An excellent resource with extensive links
www.familygo.com A driving sponsored site. Thousands of ideas on things for your child and family to do. Activities arranged by season, age group, materials, parent to parent advice as well.
www.pta.org National PTA site. A story by one of the nation’s leading advocate for children.
www.positivecoach.org This site is the center of a national movement to encourage positive and supportive parent participation in youth sports.
www.jbocallaghan.com Dr. Brien O’Callaghan provides an overview of Home/School Collaboration approach. Offers insights into children’s behavior and common sense approach for parents.
www.positivediscipline.com Dr. Jane Nelson offers a wealth of resources for parents and teachers. Questions of the week provide strategies for dealing with common problems experienced by parents.
Simsbury Public Schools, with the assistance of Simsbury’s Department of Continuing Education, will offer four different summer academies. REGISTRATION CLOSES ON JUNE 2ND.