01/29/24Week of January 29th

Thank You So Much: STEAM Fair

It is a pleasure to see so many Pine Hill families and staff members at the Pine Hill STEAM Fair last Wednesday evening. The focus of the STEAM fair projects was using recyclable materials for the creation of the projects. The STEAM fair was truly a reflection of the student-centered, curiosity-driven work and learning our students do in the area of science and engineering during the school day. It is also the result of lots of hard work and support by many people who deserve a huge thank you!


Thank you so much to our STEAM Fair Committee members for their time and efforts to make the fair possible. Thank you to Pine Hill’s Library Teachers, Meg Kara and Beth Swinning, for their input, guidance, and creativity. Thank you to all of the students and their family members who took on a challenge, grappled with some questions, and created something original to share with us all at the fair.



Lost and Found

We have accumulated a large collection of items in our Lost and Found, including many sweatshirts and jackets. Please ask your child to check the Lost and Found for their missing clothing and/or please check the Lost and Found when you are at the Deerfield or Hanlon campuses.



Update: "Big Red" Climbing Structure at Hanlon

The climbing structure on the Hanlon campus, affectionately known as “Big Red,” was moved to the Martha Jones playground last week. Thank you so much to the Hanlon PTO for initially purchasing the structure for the Hanlon School and for supporting the move to enhance the Martha Jones playground.



Reminder: Morning Arrival and School Safety

Please read the following letter regarding our morning arrival and school safety procedures. This letter was also shared with all Pine Hill families last week.


To access the letter, please click on the following link: Letter to Pine Hill Families_Morning Arrival and School Safety_01/19/2024



Reminder: January Report Cards

Your child’s report card will be available for you to review through our Aspen/X2 portal on Friday, February 2ndDirections for accessing the report card are linked here. If you need support, you can visit the Aspen self-help site or email our Aspen support team at aspen@westwood.k12.ma.us with questions. Report cards will not be mailed home. They are printable through Aspen, should you desire a hard copy.




Reminder: Spring 2024 MCAS Schedule

The testing window for the Spring 2024 MCAS exams is March 25th - May 24th. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take two English Language Arts exams and two Math exams. Students in grade 5 will also take two Science, Technology and Engineering exams. 


To access the draft schedules for the Pine Hill Spring 2024 MCAS testing, please click on the following link: 2023-2024_Pine Hill_MCAS Schedule_Spring 2024_For Families




Reminder: Pine Hill Photos

Our Hanlon campus Instructional Technology Coach, Mr. Goguen, filmed a new, wonderful drone video of the exterior of the new Pine Hill School building (Thank you so much, Mr. Goguen!). In addition, Mr. Baumer took some updated photos of all/most of the interior spaces.


To access the video and photos, please click on the following link: The New Pine Hill School (Mr. Baumer will work on labeling and organizing the photos, so they are more user-friendly. They are not yet in order.)



Reminder: Pine Hill Site Council

We are looking for Pine Hill parents to serve on the Pine Hill Site Council this year. The Pine Hill Site Council is a school advisory group that is composed of parents, teachers, and community members. The council members assist the principal in: 1) Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards, 2) identifying the educational needs of students attending the school, 3) reviewing the annual school building budget, and 4) discussing a school improvement plan.


The Pine Hill Site Council meets several times throughout the year. Our meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Please contact Mr. Baumer if you are interested in serving on the Pine Hill Site Council during the 2023-2024 school year.

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