Welcome to Abner Gibbs Elementary School!

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What's New!

  If you would like information about Little League, please click on the link below:
Little League 2021.pdf

The Flu vaccination requirement has been extended until February 21, 2021.


Report Cards

Please utilize these documents in order to access your child's upcoming report card. These documents can also be accessed on the Westfield Public School website under parent resources.
You can watch this video: PS Elementary Report Cards
WPS PowerSchool Parent / Guardian Support Site
User Guide

Click on the link below to read the Dec./Jan. edition of the AG Eagle News:
Dec./Jan. Newsletter


Attention all families:
For the safety of our students and families: The crosswalk near the entrance of Abner Gibbs and Day Avenue is closed. If you need to cross, please go to the intersection of Pleasant Street and South Maple Street. Thank you for your cooperation!

  
In case of bad weather, please click on the two links below:
Parent Guardian Snow Day equals remote learning 2020.pdf
Parent Guardian procedures delayed opening early release 2020.pdf


Click on the link below to see the lunch menu:
Oct. 2020 LUNCH Elementary grab and go.xls

RETURN TO IN PERSON LEARNING INFORMATION
October 19th- Students in Kindergarten and 1st Grade Cohort A return to in-person learning.  
-Students in Kindergarten will enter and exit during arrival and dismissal through the rear door in the back of the building on the blacktop.
-Students in First Grade will enter and exit during  arrival and dismissal through the door closest to South Maple Street. 
Please do not send your child prior to 9:00 a.m.  Students are no longer allowed to play on the playscape in the morning and will need to wait to enter at the door designated for their grade level.
October 26th -Students in Kindergarten and First grade in Cohort B return to school for in person learning.  The same arrival and dismissal procedures will be in place for those students as well.
When your child is not in school for in person learning, they are working remotely from home on the off weeks.  Please reach out to the school with any questions.
Students in Grades 2,3,and 4 Cohort A return to school for in person learning on November 2, 2020.  
-Students in Grade 2 will enter and exit during arrival and dismissal through the door closest to South Maple Street. 
-Students in Grades 3 and 4 will enter and exit the building during arrival and dismissal through the Main Door. 
  
Students in Grades 2,3,and 4  Cohort B return to school for in person learning on November 9, 2020.
The same arrival and dismissal procedures will be in place for those students as well.
Please do not send your child prior to 9:00 a.m. Students are no longer allowed to play on the playscape in the morning and will need to wait to enter at the door designated for their grade level.  

If you have any questions regarding these changes or your child's cohort, please call the school at (413) 572-6418.


 


 
Please click on the link below for the October Newsletter.
Abner Gibbs Eagle News October 2020.pdf

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR STUDENTS
Please click on the link below to learn about how to pick up free breakfast and lunch for students. Students who are in the full remote model and students who are in the hybrid model are eligible.
Grab and go flyer 2020.pdf

Families, please click on the link below to learn how students can join Google Classroom.
Google Classroom Access Instructions.docx

Fourth grade families, please click on the link below to learn all about your band options:
FourthGradeBand_Recruitment.pdf

Click on the link below for the ABNER GIBBS REOPENING PLAN
Abner Gibbs Reopening Plan.pdf

 


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Intra-District Choice Form
Families of students who do not live in the area of the school their child attends, need to fill out an intra-district choice form.  This form is located under the Parents section, then forms the section of the WPS website or can be accessed below.  This form must be filled out every year in order for your child to remain in their current school.


Westfield Public Schools

2019-2020 Grading Guidelines for All Elementary Schools 

These guidelines were established with guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Education given the extraordinary situation that our students, families, and educators are experiencing. Westfield Public Schools’ Administrators and Teachers have worked to set expectations and establish protocols that are student-focused, equitable, and reasonable. This document outlines grading guidelines for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

Our intention is for these guidelines to provide a framework for how to assess student learning during this school closure period while allowing enough flexibility within this framework to meet the varied needs of individual students. We want all of our students to find success as we all navigate remote learning for the first time, and we acknowledge that success does not look the same for all students. 

Assignments

  • Teachers will provide feedback on assignments throughout Trimester 3. 
  • Students can complete assignments throughout Trimester 3. Students will submit missing assignments by June 10, 2020 for them to impact the final trimester grading. 
    Video conferencing calls (Zoom or Google Meet) are an important part of the learning. We encourage all students to participate in these meetings where they can collaborate with their friends, ask questions of their teacher, and stay connected to the classroom environment.  

Course Credit / Promotion 

  • The grading for Trimester 3 has not changed at the elementary level. Student progress for each reported standard during Trimester 3 will be quantified as Mastery (M), Progressing (P), Some Progress (S) and No Progress (N).  (Please see an explanation of each of these levels attached.)
  • The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary education has identified prerequisite standards that should be the focus during this period of remote learning in order to best prepare students for the next grade level.  Therefore, all standards for Trimester 3 may not be taught for evaluation purposes. These standards will be noted with a slash symbol (/).  
  • Teachers will review student progress over the course of the school year. If a student has demonstrated at least some progress in learning grade-level standards, he or she will be promoted to the next grade level. 
  • Special subject areas (Art, Music, PE, Health, Technology) will be assessed for Academic Strands, but not Pro Social Skills.   
  • Social Skills / Learning Skills will not be assessed during Trimester 3.  

 

Explanation of Evaluation

Mastery (M)/(4):  Mastering  a standard indicates that the teacher has had the opportunity to evaluate the student’s skills and understanding of the concepts in a variety of ways. The student demonstrates he/she can perform these skills and explain these concepts independently, at grade-level, without assistance. Once a student achieves mastery of a standard, he or she should be able maintain mastery throughout the school year. I I n a remote learning environment, being able to teach complex standards and evaluate a student’s independent mastery is a difficult process; therefore, demonstration of mastery on third trimester or full year standard is highly unlikely.  

Progressing (P)/(3):  Progressing in a standard indicates that the teacher has had the opportunity to evaluate the student’s skills and understanding of the concepts. The student demonstrates he/she can perform these skills and/or understand these concepts with little assistance. In a remote learning environment, the student has shown effort in learning the standard by completing assignments, demonstrating understanding, and, in some instances, revising assignments based on teacher feedback.  

Some Progress (S)/(2):  Demonstrating Some Progress in a standard indicates that the teacher has had the opportunity to evaluate the student’s skills and understanding of the concepts, sometimes in limited capacity.  The student may have difficulty demonstrating he/she can perform these skills and/or understand these concepts and may still require a great deal of support. In a remote learning environment, the student has shown some effort in learning the standard by completing some assignments which demonstrate some understanding, but further development of the skill or concept will be necessary.     

No Progress (N)/(1):  Demonstrating No Progress in a standard indicates one of two things in the remote learning environment: 

The teacher has had the opportunity to evaluate the student’s skills and understanding of the concepts, but has found the student is having great difficulty demonstrating that he/she can perform these skills and/or understand these concepts, even with a great deal of support.  

OR

The student does not complete assignments and is unable to be evaluated on the standard. 

Not Applicable (/) : This symbol demonstrates that the standard was not taught during the remote learning period.

Click on the link below to see the video teachers made for you:
#abnerstrong

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At Abner Gibbs we all soar to success. We have expected behaviors throughout the entire school building and we use the acronym S.O.A.R. to reinforce those behaviors.  

While you are spending time with your children at home you can continue helping them SOAR to success. Click on this link for examples: PBIS home expectations for COVID 19.

Hello Abner Gibbs Families:  

Mrs. Poremby and Mrs. Crowley understand the feelings that the uncertainty of what we are going through are causing. We are all feeling a lot of stress and frustration. Below are some coping skills that may help you and your children. If you have any concerns or questions please email us at:d.poremby@schoolsofwestfield.org and a.crowley@schoolsofwestfield.org. If you are on Twitter please check out @caselorg for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) ideas and support.



Dear Abner Gibbs Families-
Teachers have been working hard at getting their Google Classrooms up and running. Please take a moment to email your child’s teacher your most recent email address. This will allow teachers to send you the class code for their Google Classrooms and your child will be able to join. Once they are in Google Classroom, teachers will be able to post enrichment activities, videos, and communicate with families. This would be the most centralized location to find enrichment activities and to communicate with teachers. We hope you and your family are staying healthy through this challenging time.


Watch for WPS updates on the latest educational resources and information.

Stay safe and healthy, and follow the guidelines of the CDC at CDC recommendations.

Thank you Elm Electric for your amazing donations!

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PBIS Touch a Truck Event. Thank you Westfield Police, Fire, EMS, and Gas Company for being part of our SOAR event!

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Karen Lewis's 2nd Grade Class presented their habitat research to the School Committee!  Their hard work really showed in their dioramas.

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Abner Gibbs sang their SOAR song at the Thunderbirds Game!  The students were excited and did a fantastic job singing our school song!

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 Students did a great job at the holiday concert!
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WPS Text Messages


                                         

 

 Vision

It is the vision of Abner Gibbs Elementary School that all students possess a passion for learning and acquire skills enabling them to grow academically, emotionally, and socially in order to adapt to an ever changing 21st century global society.

 Mission

Abner Gibbs is a safe, respectful, welcoming environment.  We believe in the potential of ALL students, the need for hard work, and the importance of building strong personal relationships.

You belong here.

Core Values

At Abner Gibbs we "SOAR" to success!‚Äč

 S - Self Respect
      O - Respect Others
                      A - Academic Achievement
 R- Responsibility

    100 DAYS

Celebrating 100 Years at Abner Gibbs

Has your child spoke to you about soaring at Abner Gibbs?  Click here to find out what is new in our SOAR Program

Students can do ST Math at home too, just go to http://www.stmath.com.

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