J.R. Briggs Family Newsletter February 27th, 2019

Big Events Planned For Next Week
MCAS Schedule

April and May bring along our MCAS assessments for grades 3, 4, and 5. In order to plan as far in advance as possible, here are the proposed session dates for 2019.


  • Grade 5- Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11.
  • Grade 4- Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24.
  • Grade 3- Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26.


  • Grade 5- Tuesday, April 30th and Wednesday, May 1.
  • Grade 4- Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3.
  • Grade 3- Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8.

Science and Technology

  • Grade 5- Thursday, May 9 and Friday May 10.

There are many schedule alterations that take place during these dates, but most of them are simply switch lunch/recess times or the time that grade levels have special classes.

Bring Your Boxtops In On Thursday

Music/Chorus News

Many of our musicians and vocalists are working hard to prepare for the district wide concert dates that are coming up this spring. All concerts take place in the Oakmont Auditorium.

  • DISTRICT BAND NIGHT at OAKMONT Thurs., 3/21/19 at 6:30pm.
  • DISTRICT CHORAL NIGHT at OAKMONT Thurs., 3/28/19 at 6:30pm.
  • DISTRICT JAZZ NIGHT at OAKMONT Thurs., 4/11/19 at 6:30pm.
PTA News & Events

Yearbook Update

Grab Some JRB Gear

The store is still open for some JRB attire. Click the link below for the store page.

Days You Should Know About
  • March 6- Half Day Of School
  • March 13- PTA Meeting, 6:30 PM in the library
  • March 21- District Band Night
  • March 28- District Choral Night
  • April 11- District Jazz Night
JRB School Report Card

Dear Families:

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. A link to our school’s report card is available at http://reportcards.doe.mass.edu/2018/06100025.

The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.

Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support students and our school.

You will notice on our report card that we have raised our school’s math scores compared to previous years. To improve student performance in our school, we are monitoring our student writing throughout the year using a consistent model in all of the grades. We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. We see parents as critical partners in the success of our students and school, and we are grateful for your continued support.

Finally, if your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach,
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver,
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher, and
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

If you have questions about our school’s report card, would like to become involved in school improvement activities, or would like to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher, please contact Nat North at nnorth@awrsd.org. To see our district’s report card or to search for other schools’ report cards, visit reportcards.doe.mass.edu.


Nat North, Principal

Ash-West SEPAC

The Ash-West SEPAC is in the process of planning our 2nd Annual Remarkable Inspiration in Special Education (RISE) Awards Ceremony. It will be held on May 9th at 6:30PM in the JR Briggs Cafeteria. We are very excited that Eric Dawley has accepted our invitation as our Keynote speaker and will share about the amazing impact of the Unified Basketball program on Oakmont students, families and our community as a whole. More information about this event will be forthcoming.

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