Picture Day!

Dear Parents,

I want to remind you that tomorrow is school picture day!  Please have your child bring in his/her picture  day form if you are ordering pictures.

Thank you!


Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

PTO Fall Fundown!

The annual PTO Fall Fundown is coming Friday, September 30 after the early release day!

It is held from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm outside at Spofford Pond School.

This fun tradition is a cookout and a back-to-school celebration for all of families with students at Cole and Spofford. Food is served, and there will be games and raffles. Sixth graders willbe selling treats to raise money for their class activities and community service project. If you can sign up ahead it helps our volunteers make sure we have enough food for everyone!
Sign up on BOXFORDPTO.org.

A few parent volunteers are still needed. They can contact the Fundown committee at tealportermulgrew@me.com orgoldenbirddogs@yahoo.com


An exciting new change is happening at Spofford Pond School!  Throughout the fall we will be re-purposing our school’s computer lab.  In the near future, the lab will not only house computers for teacher and student use, but it will also house a MakerSpace!  A MakerSpace is a place where teachers and their students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials.  Teachers will be able to reserve time in our MakerSpace via sign up to fit their classroom needs.

In order to make this happen, we need your help.  I am looking for donations of tools and materials (new or excellent used condition) to complete the space.  Please, follow this link to see a list of items needed.  If you would like to donate, you may drop items off at school, labeled with my name or “MakerSpace”.  If you have an item you think might be useful in our MakerSpace, but is not on the list, please email me (skosakowski@boxfordschools.org) a description before you drop it off.


With appreciation,

Ms. Kosakowski

Digital Learning Specialist

Technology at Spofford Pond Blog


Horizons are back! Tri-Town Council is starting Fall Horizons After School Enrichment classes soon! Registration is open. Go to www.tritowncouncil.org(Horizons Tab) for workshop offerings, dates, and fees. Horizons registration is on a first come-first served basis; don’t delay, classes fill up fast!

A Note from the Health Office…

From the Health Office:

Welcome back!!  Thank you to everyone who returned their yellow emergency cards. Just a reminder Medications need to be delivered by an adult in the original container with the prescription label intact.

Please notify the school if your child is going to be absent from school. When calling please identify the reason for the absence so we can track illnesses/fevers present in school. If your child is diagnosed with flu, conjunctivitis, pneumonia, strep throat or head lice please call the school immediately so proper precautions can be taken to prevent further transmission. If a student is diagnosed with a bacterial infection the child must be on antibiotics for twenty-four hours prior to their return to school. If a child has vomiting or diarrhea wait twenty-four hours after symptoms improve to send your child to school.

The State of Massachusetts requires that all 4th grade students have an updated physical on file. This requirement can be filled with a physical completed any time after January 1, 2016.  All 6th graders need a copy of their immunizations on file before entering seventh grade.  The following immunizations are required one dose of Tdap, 2 doses of MMR vaccine and 2 doses of Varicella vaccine. We would also like a TB Risk Assessment” documented from your child’s physician. Thank  you to those who have already turned these in.

Thank you so much for helping to keep our school healthy!!

Cindy Fiore RN BSN

Extended Studies Program Information

Extended Studies Program


This year’s Extended Studies program endeavors to:

  • Provide highly motivated, skilled and independent student learners with additional time during the school week for further exploration and deeper development of topics and subjects that address grade level standards for learning.
  • Allow for collaboration between educators in grades 5 and 6 and specialist subject teachers, in order to create extension units that share the responsibility of addressing learning standards presented in regular classroom curriculum units with students in the Extended Studies program.
  • Support classroom curriculum by developing and executing extensions of learning in core subjects;  ELA, Social Studies, and Science, as they address both Common Core and State Standards of learning.
  • Differentiate instruction with a small group of students.

Who should apply to the Extended Studies program?

  • Students enrolled in grades 5 and 6 for the 2016-2017 school year, who are highly motivated, skilled and independent learners.
  • Students enrolled in grades 5 and 6 for the 2016-2017 school year who consistently receive grades of all 3’s in all academic subjects, specialist subjects, and in Learner Qualities on their report cards. (Report cards with other grading systems from students who are new to Spofford will be viewed and grades converted accordingly.)

How do students apply to the Extended Studies program?

  • Students apply to the program during the one-week application period before the start of each Extended Studies term.  This period will be announced in their homeroom classrooms with a presentation from the Specialists Team.  
  • There will be a signup sheet in each of the fifth and sixth grade classrooms for interested students.  It is the expectation that students will sign up on time in order to be considered to apply to the program.
  • Interested students will apply online using a Google Form, in a designated classroom during RTI, under the supervision of members of the specialist team and from the grade level team.

What happens in an Extended Studies class?

  • Students will create, along with a small group of up to (5) other students who have similar interests and strengths, an Independent Investigation Project, with instruction and mentoring from specialist teachers.
  • Students will be expected to work on their independent investigations during the other four (4) RTI blocks in the school week, as well as at home, as necessary.

When do Extended Studies classes happen?

  • There are (3) Extended Studies terms, each is held for approximately 10 weeks.  

Term 1  Fall

Term 2  Winter

Term 3  Spring

  • Extended Studies classes meet once a week for 30 minutes, for approximately (10) weeks during the RTI block.

May a student apply for all 3 terms of Extended Studies?

  • Students may apply for any term.

Families should to refer to the “Planning Ahead” section below, in order to make an informed decision about which of the the curricula being offered in each of the three (3) Extended Studies terms for this school year best meets their student’s interests and strengths.

Often a student has more than one strong interest and strength.

In Extended Studies, though the main theme for the term may be science, for example, a student with equal interest and strength in art as in science will be encouraged to use art in his/her independent science investigation.

Should a student apply for Term 1 and not be accepted, he/she is encouraged to apply again in Terms 2 and 3.

Term 1 Fall – September – December

Grade 5 – Mentored Independent Student Explorations in Energy using the Scientific Method of Learning.

Grade 6 – Mentored Independent Student Explorations of Europe and the five themes of geography using the Inquiry Method of Learning.

Important dates for Term 1 – Fall

September 19 – September 21 – Informative presentation to students and teachers about the program, to be held in grades 5 and 6 classrooms.

  • For 5th grade – 1:20 – 1:40

9/19 Monday- Mrs. O’Brien and Mrs. Nitchie

9/20 Tuesday- Mrs. Medugno and Mrs. Bouffard

9/21 Wednesday- Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Wiles-Stasko

  • For 6th grade – 1:45 – 2:05

9/19  Mon:  Mrs. Magee and Mrs. Sierpina   

9/20 Tues:  Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Mrs. Economos

9/21 Wed:  Ms. Boyle and Mrs.Sheldon

September 26 October 3 – Online application period for interested students in grade level classrooms during the RTI block.

October 7 – Acceptance letters go out to students and families

October 11 – December 19 – Term 1 Classes Meet  

Planning Ahead . . .

Winter Term  Themes – January to Mid- March

1:10 – 1:40 Gr. 5 – Social Studies

1:40 – 2:00 Gr. 6 – Science

Spring Term Themes –  Mid- March to June

1:10 – 1:40 Gr. 5 –  ELA

1:40 – 2:00 Gr. 6 –  ELA

Further Information

The websites below provide more information regarding Project Based Learning and Independent Student Investigation Projects.  These will be incorporated into the Extended Studies experience.

Edutopia Inquiry Based Learning

Edutopia Project Based Learning

Math, Science, Music Project Resources

STEAM and Project Based Learning

Parent Volunteers Needed

Dear Parents,
I am looking for  parent volunteers with a background in clean energy.  We have an opportunity to apply for a grant in this area that would involve  a  “Clean Energy Day” for our students.  It looks like a terrific  learning opportunity for our students.  If interested, please contact me by email at-kcastonguay@boxfordschools.org

Thank you,

Kathryn Castonguay