Welcome to Abner Gibbs Elementary School!

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What's New!

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


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

Watch this movie about the picnic:
PBIS picnic 2020


Attention Fourth Grade Families: A message from Westfield Intermediate School:

Welcome to Westfield Intermediate School; Home of the WIS Polar Bear. We are very excited to meet you and know that you are curious about coming to a new school. We will try to make your transition as easy as possible. Our plan is to send you a new video each week that introduces you to our staff and building. 


There will be many emails and letters sent home with instructions and schedules as we get closer to opening day. We will also be sending your homeroom assignment in mid August. 


WIS has 16 homerooms that make up 8 teams in 5th grade. You will be assigned to a team with a Humanities teacher and a STEM teacher. We offer 6 different specials. Art, Music, P.E., Health, Computer Science and Digital Literacy. You will have two different specials every day for each trimester. Students can take either Band or Chorus at WIS. If you are a Band or Chorus student, you will be enrolled for the whole year, so you will only get 3 additional specials (one per trimester). Band and Chorus students will typically have P.E., Health and a computer class.


At WIS we use Polar Points for PBIS. We give out Polar Points when we see that you are Accountable, Safe or Kind. We will often remind you to A.S.K. yourself if you are any or all of these. Polar Points can be used in a variety of ways, including in our school store, as admission to Spirit Nights, for special events or privileges in your classrooms. 


We know that you will have lots of questions over the summer and we will try to answer all of them. Keep checking our school website (wis.schoolsofwestfield.org) for information throughout the summer. 


Your first task is to answer a couple of questions for us. Please open the link and answer the questions about Band and Chorus so we can start planning. https://forms.gle/nWLmnPM6ywCbFGweA


We hope that you have a great end of your 4th grade school year and we look forward to meeting each of you in the fall. 


Best, 

Mrs. Bourque, Mr. Miller and Mrs. Chapin

Fourth Grade Parade

teachers and student

decorated car

Happy!

K and J and K

Happy

Smile

Happy T

Ready!

Wave

Congratulations

Third grade

Second grade

First grade

KM and LC

Miss Clark with signs

Mrs. P and Mrs. B

S. Mayne

Mrs. Byrne and Ms. Page

watermelon balloon

decorated cars

Ag rocks

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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