Friday, October 30 Nevada Day
Monday, November 2 Staff Development Day
Tuesday, November 3 Staff Development Day
Thank you to our wonderful PTO as well as all of the great parent volunteers and staff who made Friday night's Harvest Festival an event to remember! The games, food, entertainment, raffle, and prizes were fantastic! The entire Nate Mack community is grateful for all of the generous donations of time, talents, and items. We love the Harvest Festival tradition, and our students had a great time because of YOU. Of course, as an added bonus, all money raised on Friday will benefit our school programs.
All Nate Mack families are invited to attend Nate Mack’s annual Halloween Parade on Thursday, October 29, at 1:15 p.m. For the parade, all classes will march once around the field. Ms. Minger, our music teacher, will then lead the students in a Halloween song and will culminate the event with the entire Nate Mack community doing the “Monster Mash.” Students will be dismissed from school at our regular time, 2:11. Please wait for students to be released with the regular bell. In addition, we are asking all parents, friends and families to utilize the areas outside the caution tape around the field for photos and videos. Also, to insure that everyone has an enjoyable experience, please observe the following Clark County School District guidelines:
Join Nate Mack Elementary students, staff, and parents for an evening of fun!!! Harvest Festival hosts game booths, a silent auction of classroom baskets, a raffle, food, entertainment, and so much more! We hope to see you there!
Tonight, October 23 5-8pm
Raffle Tickets 4/$1
Pitch Burst Tickets 2 balls/$1
Food will be available for purchase:
pizza slices, hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn, cotton candy
Here in Nevada we are not subject to frequent natural disasters, but we want to be prepared for any that may come our way. To that end, our school participated in The Great Nevada Shakeout last Thursday. This was a state-wide earthquake drill at 10:15 am. The procedure took about 10 minutes, and students were guided, over the loudspeaker, to drop, cover, and hang on during the drill. We then followed up with a short evacuation drill, similar to a fire drill, where students quickly exited the building and assembled on the open field. All teachers had pre-taught the procedures and students executed the drill perfectly. I hope your child was able to talk to you at home about the drill and how to stay safe during an earthquake not just at school, but other places they frequent as well. For more information, check out the website:
This Friday is our annual Harvest Festival at Nate Mack! We hope you and your family will come and have some fun with the games, food, raffle, entertainment, and auction. It's a great way to enjoy the fall season together! Be sure you get the best prices by ordering pre-sale wristbands, tickets, and meal deals using the form that came home from the PTO last week. We also hope you'll consider volunteering some time at one of our booths. Just check out the links below to order and sign up to help. It's going to be a great night, and we hope you'll be there!
Have a wonderful week!
***Note: Students may wear costumes to Harvest Festival. Please no masks or costume items such as weapons.
If your child didn't already bring home a progress report on Friday, please look for it today. A progress report is a quick way to ensure your child is doing just that. . . progressing. Grades throughout the year record your child's progress toward mastery. And while students aren't expected to master all of their standards until the end of the year, it is important to see academic growth in the assignments, projects, and assessments they bring home throughout the year.
Please remember that our Nevada Academic Content Standards are designed to prepare students for college and careers, after graduating. To that end, the standards build on one another, vertically across grade levels, and horizontally across subjects. In addition to mastering content knowledge, our standards are designed to teach our students to be thinkers and problem-solvers. Students must regularly apply the knowledge they are learning in new and different ways.
As you review your child's progress regularly on Parent Portal, it is important to note the difference between formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments are only worth 10% of a student's grade and are a way to pre-assess or take a quick snapshot of what a student knows before or during a unit of study. Formative assessments are usually quizzes or in-class activities that help students to see where they are and provide information to teachers on what instruction specific students need. In contrast, summative assessments reflect what a student can do at the end of a unit of study. Summative assessments are worth much more, up to 90% of a student's grade, and may take the form of a project, test, or written assignment. Summative assessments in middle and high school are usually presented as final exams. While we don't have final exams in elementary school, your child will complete a number of summative assessments and projects at the end of units throughout the year. These assessments will have much more impact on students' grades than formative assessments.
Thank you for checking in with your child and talking about their academic progress throughout the year. As students learn to reflect on their learning and see their own growth, they will take pride in their academic accomplishments. By signing your child's progress report every three weeks, you indicate that you and your child are aware of the progress made so far this year. Please don't forget to use progress reviews at home as a time to celebrate with your child or refocus their efforts on learning.
Have a great week!
Today is progress report day! Please know that our school is experiencing some computer server challenges, which means that most students will bring home their progress reports today, but some students will not be issued their progress reports until Monday. When your child brings home his or her report, please take a few moments to review their current progress as a family. We hope that you can take time to celebrate your child's growth and success this weekend. If your child is falling behind, please work together to make a plan for change. Progress reports should be signed by parents and returned to school to show us that you've reviewed the information together. Please know that you can always utilize the parent portal (24/7) to see your child's academic progress in real time. Your child's education is a team effort and our teachers and staff appreciate you being part of our team! Have a great weekend!
Tomorrow is the BIG day! Tomorrow, October 7th, thousands of students, parents and communities representing schools across the United States will walk and bicycle to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day.
Walk to School Day provides students and families the opportunity to reconnect with the simple joy of walking to school. It also helps promote physical activity, to reduce traffic and air pollution around all schools as well as Nate Mack. Join us tomorrow, October 7th, by walking or riding to school! Help start a new trend!
Congratulations to all of the cast members from Peter and Wendy! After auditioning on Monday and rehearsing throughout the week, they put on a wonderful musical production! Students, families and friends were delighted to see what they accomplished under the direction of the Missoula Children's Theater personnel. It's clear to see that we have some very talented students at Mack!
Thank you in advance for supporting our fall fundraiser through West Coast Fundraising. This catalog sale supports school-wide programs like the Peter and Wendy musical, and allows us to purchase extra instructional materials for students. In addition, this fund raiser provides the opportunity for students to pay for their own overnight trips to Carson City, Virginia City, and San Diego.
Last week our school and district celebrated National Week of Respect. Throughout the week, students focused on how to treat themselves and those around them with respect. We talked about bullying and took the pledge to STAND UP TO BULLYING. As parents you can take the pledge yourselves too! Just click (Be an Upstander) on the link in the upper right side of this website. Together we are working to shut down bullying everywhere.
We are excited to welcome our new kindergarten teacher, Miss Todd, to Nate Mack! Miss Todd will be welcoming fourteen students to Room 3 on Monday, October 5. She comes to us from Roberts Elementary with lots of experience, and is an expert at making learning fun and meaningful. The lucky students who will be part of Room 3 met her last week and will benefit from being part of a smaller class. She will welcome Room 3 families to a Meet and Greet on Wednesday after school.
Here are some other great things going on at Mack this week. . .
1. Running Club begins on Tuesday at 7:30 am. Be sure your child brings his/her permission slip and wears sneakers.
2. Our October PTO meeting will take place in Room 18 on Wednesday, October 7, at 2:30 pm.
3. Fourth Grade Parents are invited to meet with teachers to learn all about the exciting field trips to Carson City, Virginia City, and more. The meeting will take place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 7 in the MP room.
4. After-school Spanish Class begins on Thursday, October 8. Be sure your child is signed up if s/he will be participating during the first term.
Have a great week!
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The Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) is a new department in the Clark County School District. We know that students thrive when their families are engaged in helping them learn. Family engagement is a partnership recognizing the collaboration between family, school and community to make sure every student succeeds.
The Nate Mack community works together to meet the individual needs of all students by building meaningful academic, personal, and cultural connections. These connections are made through classroom instruction, integrated technology, and unique experiences that promote global awareness.
To prepare our students for the demands of the 21st century, we use data to drive standards-based instruction and maximize growth in all students. Students strive to meet high academic expectations and personal goals.
The Nate Mack staff model lifelong learning by continually refining and improving our practice through professional development, collaboration, and self-reflection.
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