22 May 2015


Instrumental Music at Village

TO:             Village Parents
FROM:         Ms. Beth Fabrizio;
Village Elementary School Band Director               
RE:              Instrumental Music at Village
DATE:         May, 2015

The Hilton Central School District begins instrumental music in the 4th grade.  Students can also start in the 5th or 6th grade.  Your child will soon have an opportunity to learn how to play a band instrument, and become part of our successful instrumental music program as well.

Join Us for Spirit Day!

Attention Families!  We are looking for volunteers to help with stations during our annual Village Elementary Spirit Day!  

What: Village Elementary Spirit Day
Date: Monday, June 19th 
Time: 9:30 am- 2:30 pm 

Please follow this link to sign up: Spirit Day Sign-Up

19 May 2015

We cannot stop learning!

Our second Lunch 'n Learn session took place today.  Fourth, fifth and sixth graders spent their lunch periods learning from Kim Lowden.  Ms. Lowden grew up in a small town in central England.  She brought photographs of her town, toys, cars, buildings, toys, churches, etc... The students enjoyed this learning experience and will be sharing their new knowledge with their classmates later today.  

15 May 2015

IPads, 3D printers and robots, oh my!

The District budget vote is Tuesday, May 19th at both the High School and Northwood.  At each voting location there will be a district technology showcase from 4:30 – 7pm. Students and teachers will be demonstrating the various ways our students use technology in Hilton.  Come check out all the cool tech our students use!”

05 May 2015

Lunch 'n Learn

We just had our first Lunch 'n Learn session!  Today's session was geared toward fourth and fifth grade students.  Christine Burkey-Kelly presented a session all about triathlons.  Christine is an avid swimmer, biker and runner, participating in many events locally and nationally.  She recently ran the Boston Marathon, has participated in the NCMEC Bike Ride for many years and is training for an Ironman Triathlon in Kentucky.  

Christine explained everything about triathlons, shared all her gear and equipment and let the kids explore her gear.  The students learned about safety, aerodynamics, training, and a variety of other interesting facts.  

Interested in presenting at a future lunch /n learn session?  We would love to have you!

01 May 2015

Help Stuff the Bus!

The Hilton Central Schools Teachers’ Association will be collecting food from May 4th until May 15th at all Hilton schools and Tops market in Hilton.   The food will help support the Hilton Food Bank.   Look for the bus outside Tops on Saturday, May 16th from 9:30 until 10:30.    

Spring is Here!

Please be sure your child has proper footwear every day for school.  They need safe, closed toe shoes with rubber soles to play on playgrounds, go for walks and participate in PE classes.  

As weather changes frequently, please be sure your child has a sweatshirt or sweater in their bag each day in case the temperatures dip.  

Hijacking your kids’ education. What does that mean, exactly?

In this recent blog post from TED, a mom talks about how she encouraged and sparked her sons to be remarkable people. To be different than everyone else. Jane Andraka worked tirelessly to encourage her sons to innovate, to find their passion, to become the people they were meant to be. In the post, Jane says, "...real happiness comes from fulfilling what you were meant to do. Struggling and succeeding."

Looking for ways to encourage your children to truly define what happiness means as an adult who fulfills their life's work, check out this straight forward Ted Talk by Jane Andraka.  While her ideas are direct and express her opinions, they provide an opportunity for all of us to learn something new about ways to help our kiddos - often by getting out of their way and allowing them room to explore and fail.  

Want to see Jane's son, Jack Andraka, give his Ted Talk?

Hilton Central School District’s
Annual Local Educational Agency (LEA) Title I Parent Meeting
Thursday, June 4, 2015
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location:  Board of Education Room at Central Office
in the QUEST Elementary School

The Annual Title I Parent Meeting is required by NCLB to review and to plan our Title I program with all stakeholders being invited to attend (parents, teachers, administrators, para-professionals, and students).  This meeting is held to inform parents of their school’s participation in Title I, Part A and to explain the requirements of this part, and the right of the parents to be involved.


27 April 2015

Summer School Food Service Program

Summer is coming soon. You may be thinking about what your students will do for meals while school is out. The good news is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has partnered with Gates Chili School District to serve FREE meals. It’s food that’s in, while school is out. The other good news is that there are no income requirements and no registration necessary. The Summer Food Program is fully funded by the USDA. Any child 18 and under may come to eat. Meals must be eaten on site and parents/guardians may also purchase a meal for a nominal fee of $3.00 for lunch and $1.50 for breakfast. Transportation will not be provided to participate in the 

Summer School Food Service Program
July 6-August 14th 
Monday through Friday
Gates Chili High School (Door #50) 

Breakfast - 7:00 AM - 10 AM
Lunch - 10:30 AM - 1:15 PM 

06 April 2015

Parent Survey

At Village, we are always looking for ways to serve your child better. We believe that a strong relationship between school and home sets children up for success. In that spirit, we have created a brief survey to serve as a snapshot of what parent involvement looks like in our school. The survey, which is being organized by a staff member at Village, will be used to develop action steps that aim to enhance parent involvement at our school. Thank you in advance for clicking on the link below and making time to complete the survey. 

Elementary Parent Placement Card

At Village Elementary School, we value your input as one piece of information in our overall effort to create well balanced classrooms for all students.  Your comments will be useful as we work to place students into classrooms for next year.  On April 20th, the Elementary Parent Placement Card will be sent home with your child/children.  Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding this form.  Cards must be returned to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, May 15, 2015.  You may also write a separate confidential letter to me that must be received by Friday, May 22, 2015.  The letter can be used for special requests and considerations following the guidelines described below.

You may write a separate letter requesting that your child not be placed in one specific classroom.  These non-requests are for classroom (homeroom) teachers only.  Due to the complexities of scheduling and placement, we cannot accept non-request letters for specialists, team teachers or special area teachers.  Your non-request for classroom teacher will be considered when the content of the letter describes specific information regarding a personal experience or a unique set of circumstances that would justify granting such a request.  Please submit these letters to my office by Friday, May 22, 2015, as well.

Note:  The guidelines do not permit us to accept letters that request a specific teacher by name.  In the instance where the letter includes a request for a specific teacher by name, the letter is not used in the process.

Notification of your child’s assigned teacher will be mailed to you in August. 

Thank you for your cooperation and continued support.

05 April 2015

01 April 2015

Poem in Your Pocket

Encourage your child to carry a poem in their pocket on April 30th, National Poetry Month.  

Encourage your child to share the poem, to read the poem to every person they meet, to love, critique and value poems!  Encourage your child to hand out copies of the poems!  

How do other communities share poems on Poem in Your Pocket Day? 

I encourage you to take part in one or two National Poetry Month activities with your kiddos this month.  Here are two that are quick and easy.  The act of incorporating poetry into our children's lives further ensures that they will grow to be readers who analyze, critique and create in many different areas of their lives.  

Participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015.

Sign up for Poem-a-Day.

For additional ideas and experiences, head to: national poetry month

Click here for ticket order form

Hello 4th Grade Parents,

As we move forward with our personalized learning initiative, your child is scheduled to receive an iPad at the start of the 2015-16 school year. In order to maximize the functionality of the device, each student under 13 years of age is required to have an Apple ID for Students. We will be sending a letter to your homes with instructions as to how you can set up these accounts for your children on or around April 15. Please keep an eye out for this letter and follow the instructions to set up the account. In order for our communication to work properly, we need to have up-to-date residence and email addresses in Infinite Campus. Please ensure that your information is updated.

Also, we’ll be holding iPad informational sessions for 4th grade parents at each elementary school in the month of May. Please do your best to have your Apple ID for Students set up before attending the informational session at your school. If you can’t make the session at your child’s school please attend one of the other sessions. Again, please note that these informational sessions are for 4th grade parents only.  All sessions start at 6pm on the dates below. 

Quest: May 14
Northwood: May 20
Village: May 27

Thank you for your continued support of HCSD initiatives. 


Michael Zaffuts

Director of Technology

31 March 2015

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders will be taking the NYS Assessments in the coming weeks.  It is important to have your child in school on the specified dates. Please note and familiarize yourself with the testing dates.

ELA Testing Dates
Grades 3-6:   April 14, 15 & 16, 2015

Math Testing Dates
Grades 3-6:   April 22, 23 & 24, 2015

Science Test
Grade 4:        Performance – May 20-May 29, 2015
                       Written - Monday, June 1, 2015       

These assessments will provide us with information about the performance of our students in the area of reading, writing, listening, problem solving and scientific reasoning. While it is important to encourage your child to concentrate on what they are doing, it is just as important to assure him/her that promotion to the next grade level does not depend on the results of this test.

As with all tests, it is important that your child be at his/her best.  A good night’s sleep and a good breakfast will help.  
Please be sure your child has 2 sharpened #2 pencils and an eraser on test days.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or counselor.

Approaches to Learning

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) authorized school, Village Elementary explicitly teaches the IB Approaches to Learning (ATL) in all fifth and sixth grade classes (HCSD MYP Years 0 and 1).  Every MYP unity identifies approaches to learning skills that students will develop through their inquiry and demonstrate in each unit's final assessment.  

As a school, we embrace many practices of IB in all classrooms, UPK-6.  Example: IB Learner Profile is a common language for all students and adults in all classrooms.  We are moving to expand approaches to learning to be more explicit in all classrooms, not just the MYP years.  

Approaches to Learning are a prerequisite set of skills to support all students in demonstrating success.  The ATLs are a set of useful, transferable skills for all students to support them not only in their MYP years, but in all areas of study, career and life.  

From www.ibo.org: 
                   Approaches to learning
A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning (ATL) provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these social, thinking, research, communication and self management skills helps students learn how to learn.