Daffodil fundraiser to mark return of the Sizer School Relay for Life team

A photo of the Luminaria ceremony at the Relay for Life
Daffodil fundraiser for Relay for Life

Sizer School Junior Libbie Susman is working with School Adjustment Counselor Ms. Jenna Lavery-Quigley, to bring back the Sizer School’s Relay for Life Team.

The team name, simply enough, is Sizer School.

After a hiatus of several years, the Sizer School team is being resurrected by Susman because of the many personal impacts cancer has had on the Sizer School community in recent years. 

“I have felt that, over the past couple of years, with some members of our immediate Sizer community being deeply affected by cancer, that this was an ideal time to gather forces,” said Susman, a Winchendon native.

As part of that effort, Susman and Lavery-Quigley are helping organize a fundraiser for the team as part of the Relay for Life’s Daffodil Days event in March.

As a symbol of hope and brighter days ahead, daffodils are sure to bring smiles to the faces of friends, family, and coworkers. For a $10 donation, you can receive one bunch of beautiful, fresh-cut daffodils. For a $15 donation, you can take home mini-potted daffodils to keep or give to a loved one. And fora $25 donation, instead of receiving flowers, you can support the Gift of Hope program where volunteers deliver daffodils to local hospitals

“I am proud that students in the Sizer community want to support this important cause,” said Lavery-Quigley. “Like so many of us, cancer has impacted my life by affecting many people I love. I think the Relay gives us the opportunity to channel the sadness, anger, and helplessness a cancer diagnosis brings into something hopeful and helpful. 

Orders may be sent to Ms. Lavery-Quigley at Sizer School, 500 Rindge Rd., Fitchburg MA 01420. Checks should be made out to American Cancer Society. The deadline to order is February 24. The donations will be credited to the Sizer School Relay for Life teamQuestions? Email laveryquigleyj@sizerschool.org

“I’m excited to put our collective energy towards this great fundraising (and fun) and awareness raising event,” said Susman.

Sizer School, located at 500 Rindge Road in Fitchburg, is a free, public charter school serving students in grades seven through twelve. As a North Central Charter Essential School, Sizer students are known personally, challenged intellectually, and participate actively in their learning. Guided by its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, the school seeks to send graduates into the world who THINK for themselves, CARE about others, and ACT creatively and responsibly. Sizer School is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2020. Visit sizer.schoolmint.net to apply.

Friday Flash February 7, 2020

 Isn't everyone a part of everyone else?

-Budd Schulberg

 

Thank you to the families and students who came in for mid-year advisory meetings this week.  It was great to see everyone's faces!  If you were not able to make it, please reschedule this important meeting with your student's advisor as soon as possible.
 
Attached please find your Friday Flash.  Have a safe weekend, and we'll see you back here on Monday.
 
 

Over 50% of AP students tested at Sizer School received a score of 3 or higher in the 2018-19 school year

Small Classroom sizes allow teachers to know each student

The AP (Advanced Placement) Program at Sizer School offers college level coursework and exams that students can take while still in high school. “AP courses can set applicants apart in a competitive college admission environment, demonstrating the ability to perform well on more challenging coursework. Experts say performing well in AP courses often signals readiness for college.” - US News, “How to Determine the Number of AP Classes to Take”, Jan. 3, 2019

Sizer currently offers the following AP courses:

    ~ AP Physics

    ~ AP Environmental Geography

    ~ AP US History

    ~ AP Human Geography

    ~ AP Lit & Composition

 

Today, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) issued the following press release. In it, Sizer School was referenced for its AP results for 2018-19.

 

Massachusetts Students Lead Nation in AP Success

Commonwealth had highest percentage of graduating class scoring a 3 or higher on an AP exam

MALDEN — For the fourth year in a row, Massachusetts is the top state in the nation for the percentage of the graduating class that scored a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement exam. According to results released by the College Board today, for the first time, one out of every three members of the class of 2019 in Massachusetts graduated with a score of 3 or higher on an AP test. The Commonwealth also had the highest 10-year percentage growth of graduates who scored a 3 or higher.

That accomplishment reflects both strong participation – 47.9 percent of Massachusetts' class of 2019 took at least one AP exam while they were in high school – and frequent success, with 33.8 percent of the overall class of 2019 scoring 3 or higher out of a possible 5 on an AP exam. Both figures were increases over the class of 2018.

“Our administration is proud that Massachusetts once again leads the nation in AP testing scores,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Congratulations to all the students and teachers for their dedication and hard work, whether it is through Advanced Placement classes or other college-level courses that help prepare them for success in the classroom and beyond.”

“We are grateful to the students and teachers throughout the Commonwealth who have committed to continued achievement in classrooms across the state,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Despite this success, our administration recognizes there is still more work to do to close opportunity gaps, and we are focused on providing college-level opportunities for all students throughout Massachusetts.”

Participation in AP exams by members of the class of 2019 rose by 1.3 percent compared to the prior year, and the number of graduates who scored a 3 or higher rose by 3 percent. A score of 3 or above on an AP exam indicates that a student is capable of doing the work for an introductory college-level course in that subject area, according to the College Board.

Massachusetts is considering ways to further reduce the AP exam fee for some additional low-income students for whom it is an obstacle. Currently, the state covers part of the exam cost for students in districts that are designated in need of assistance under the state accountability system, and a separate state grant to Mass Insight Education and Research helps defray the cost at schools where Mass Insight supports the AP program. In addition, districts can also use some of their funds to help cover student costs.

“Advanced Placement courses are a great way for students to learn and practice the level of scholarship that will help them in college,” said Education Secretary James Peyser. “Advanced Placement courses give students the opportunity to earn college credits, stand out in college admissions, and build critical thinking skills. It is very important that we encourage these opportunities for all students in the Commonwealth.”

“This year’s results would not be possible without the dedication of teachers, students, and the families who support them,” said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley. “I’m grateful to everyone who has helped, including our partner, Mass Insight, and I look forward to working together to address opportunity gaps and see even more students succeed in AP classes.”

Advanced Placement teachers in Massachusetts include 2020 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Takeru Nagayoshi, who teaches AP English classes at New Bedford High School. He has also led Saturday sessions for students at schools that Mass Insight supports.

“Our state is taking access to AP work seriously, with an added emphasis on supporting students from underserved backgrounds,” said Mr. Nagayoshi. “While we have a long way to go, I’m proud to represent a state and work alongside an organization that commits to advanced academic access for all its students.”

Hispanic, Latino and Black students saw increases in both their participation and performance. In 2009, Hispanic and Latino high school graduates took 2,136 AP exams, and in 2019, they took 11,384 (which was an increase over the class of 2018’s 10,068 exams). In 2009, Hispanic and Latino high school graduates received scores of 3 or higher on 1,082 exams, and in 2019, they scored 3 or higher on 5,613 exams (which was also an increase over the class of 2018’s 4,734 exams).

Black students also made gains. In 2009, Black high school graduates took 1,534 AP exams, while in 2019, they took 5,411 (which was also an increase over the class of 2018’s 4,761 exams). In 2009, Black high school graduates received scores of 3 or higher on 468 exams, and in 2019, they scored 3 or higher on 1,816 exams (which was also an increase over the class of 2018’s 1,620 exams).

Low-income students in Massachusetts’ class of 2019 also saw improvements compared to 10 years ago. In 2009, low-income high school graduates took 5,578 AP exams, while in 2019, they took 22,906 (which was also an increase over the class of 2018’s 21,905 exams). In 2009, low-income high school graduates received scores of 3 or higher on 2,464 exams, and in 2019, they scored 3 or higher on 10,933 exams (which was an increase compared to the class of 2018’s 9,881 exams).

Results for individual schools’ class of 2019 are not available through DESE, but AP results for 2017-18 that include all high school students are online at
http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/ap.aspx.

 

Want to learn more about Charter Schools, check out the attached Facts Sheets provided by the Massachusetts Charter Public Schools Association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Flash January 31, 2020

Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.                                         -Mike Singletary  

 
Your weekly Friday Flash is attached.
 
If your family hasn't made an appointment yet for mid-year meetings next week, now is the time!  
 
Next Tuesday will be the last day for pre-ordering Valentine carnations.
 
Have a great weekend, and we'll see you back on Monday.
 
 

SHINE Initiative visits Sizer School Health Classes

A discussion on how common mental health disorders can be
Sometimes doing the simplest things - like tying your shoes - can be difficult if you are experiencing anxiety or depression
Members of the Sizer community came in to the 8th grade Health class to share personal stories related to drug use and abuse.
Hotlines and Resources for Mental Health Emergencies

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, the SHINE Initiative, through expert speaker Megan Sullivan, did a presentation for Sizer School’s health classes. The topic: mental health. Did you know 1 in 5 13-18 year olds experience serious mental health conditions? Or that 50% of lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 14?

Sizer students learned about the signs and symptoms of someone going through a mental health crisis, and were given tips and resources that students can use if they or someone they love is going through a mental health crisis.

In this video, 4 student volunteers find out how stresses can build up when you don’t seek help or turn to a trusted adult - sometimes the burden of holding things in can make even the simplest tasks seem impossible.

For more information about the SHINE initiative, visit www.shineinitiative.org. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK.



Sizer School, a North Central Charter Essential School, is a free public charter school located in Fitchburg serving students in grades seven through twelve from 25 local towns and cities. At Sizer School students are known personally, challenged intellectually, and participate actively in their learning. Guided by its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, the school seeks to send graduates into the world who THINK for themselves, CARE about others, and ACT creatively and responsibly.

For more information about Sizer School, visit www.sizerschool.org.

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