Welcome Back

We hope the school year has gotten off to a great start for you and your children!

The good news in regards to G&T education and enrichment as a whole is that the district has hired a consultant to look at our current program, evaluate our needs as a district, and make a recommendation as to how best to reconfigure our enrichment program so that more children benefit and needs are met across the spectrum.

This consultant will be conducting focus groups with a cross section of parents in a couple of weeks. If this is something you are interested in participating in, please reach out to your HSA presidents.

So while PEP was downsized for the current school year due to space and budgetary considerations, the administration is well aware that the situation is far from ideal and is actively working to come up with a better solution.

The AGATE board just met and is full of enthusiasm and drive to advocate for kids, our community and district.  As always, we are here and available to listen to any concerns you may have and support you in advocating for an appropriate education for your child(ren). Please feel free to email us anytime at portagate@gmail.com.

Mark your calendars and join us at our upcoming meetings, particularly our kick off meeting on 9/29 which will bring mindfulness (and stress reduction) to the topic of homework. We will be arming you with information and resources on how to evaluate whether your child is spending too much time on homework, whether that is an individual or class circumstance, and what steps you can take to support your child and hopefully reduce the level of stress and anxiety as a result of homework.

AGATE Events Calendar, 2016/17

Homework, Mindfulness, & Reducing Stress: How much homework is too much and how to support your child to reduce stress and anxiety around homework
Thursday, 9/29/16 9:30-11am, Weber Library

Meet the Candidates: A panel of candidates running for local and state office will present and discuss their views on educational policy and answer relevant questions.
Tuesday, 10/25/16 7:30-9pm, Location TBD

Septa Hosts: Sensory Processing and Executive Functioning: Strategies for Parents and Teachers
Tuesday, 11/3/16 7:30-9pm, Daly Annex

Parents’ Council Hosts: Literacy K-12, presented by Dr. Westervelt
12/5/16 9:30am, Weber Library

Recent Graduates Panel: Recent Schreiber graduates return to answer your Qs and share their candid thoughts on their high school experience
Thursday, 1/5/17 7:30-9pm, Schreiber Library

Topic TBD
3/14/17 9:30-11am Daly Annex

Meet the Candidates for the PW Board of Education
Tuesday, 5/4/17 7:30-9pm, Weber Library

General Meeting- The year in review and election of AGATE officers for the 2017/18 school year
6/7/17 9:30-11 Weber Library

How does homework correlate to school success?

AGATE applauds the initiatives undertaken by the Compact Committees at Weber and High School to support students by encouraging mindfulness and is appreciative of the most recent Schreiber decision to provide ninth graders with a homework moratorium over the last school vacation, both of which are designed to reduce stress and anxiety, and build a better school environment.

We encourage our members to read the article linked by The Boston Globe reporter Kevin Hartnett, “What We Don’t Get About Homework”that appeared November 11, 2015 as a starting point to learn more about the impact of excessive homework on schools and on student success.

One of several organizations providing guidance to schools and parents to reduce stress and anxiety in our national student population is Challenge Success, a program originating at Stanford University (www.challengesuccess.org) that incorporates ways to address academic overload on students.

We urge all members of the school and home community to continue to work together to explore ways to ensure the well being of our student population.

The School Budget Passed

The Budget Passed 

Thank you to everyone who voted “Yes” to support the school budget. The final results were:

  • Yes: 2,401
  • No: 823

Proposition 2 to sell a parcel of land in Sands Point also passed:

  • Yes: 812
  • No: 510

BOE Election Results

Emily Beys and Karen Sloan won 3-year terms on the BOE, while Chris Nadolne was elected to a 1-year term.

  • Emily Beys: 2,032
  • Karen Sloan: 2,022
  • Chris Nadolne: 1,651
  • Dave Sattinger: 1,369