Friday, August 24, 2012

August 24, 2012

Highlights of the Week
Orchestra Visit
Students from the high school visited our fourth and fifth graders this week.  Our visitors played a wide variety of instruments and shared with them the benefits of playing in the band and orchestra.  They also explained how our fourth and fifth graders can start now by participating in the Legend music feeder program.  Click here for more information on an upcoming parent information night detailing this program.

Teachers Talk Reading
Gold Rush teachers reviewed our goals for the year at our weekly Wednesday grade level meetings.  As a faculty we hope to answer the following three essential questions this school year.   

How will the Gold Rush staff work collaboratively to support all students and further their learning?

What does reading instruction look like across grades K-5 that best prepares students for the 21st century?

How can K-5 reading outcomes be interpreted and instructed in a way that prepares students for the 21st century?

We believe that these questions are important because they allow teachers to articulate their work in one of the most important content areas–reading.  After spending several years focusing on math, we believe that it is essential that we delve into rich discussions around how to teach students to understand and apply what they read.  I look forward to continuing to share our progress with you as we collectively answer these questions.

What a G.R.E.A.T. Meeting
I really enjoyed participating in the first G.R.E.A.T. (Gold Rush Educational Assistance Team) meeting of the year on Wednesday evening.  I shared with G.R.E.A.T. how their contributions to the school last year have already impacted student learning.  Last year G.R.E.A.T. provided the school with numerous technological tools, including 60 iPads, 5 Mimio Boards, iPad Applications and much more.  I shared how students are using these tools each day to enhance their learning.  In my visits to classrooms I see students using voice recording options and online communication tools, such as Edmodo, to share their thinking with others.  I also see students using apps to practice essential skills, the internet to find the answers to their own research questions and online reading sites to engage in literature. I thank all of our parents for helping us enhance our work in our classrooms through your generous contributions.  We believe that technology is an essential tool that allows us to teach 21st century skills in an engaging way.  The video below shows our students putting the new iPads to great use.

Give Back to Gold Rush
Click here for an additional opportunity to give back to Gold Rush.  Target will provide our school funding if we receive enough votes on facebook.

Points from the PTO
Parent Survey
The PTO is in the process of planning for this school year. Your opinions are important! Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey. Your responses will help shape PTO activities to best meet the needs of all families. Click here for the survey.

Digger Dash
The Gold Rush PTO is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Digger Dash Jog-a-thon! The Digger Dash is the school's primary fundraiser for the year.  It was created to promote healthy exercise, while having fun and raising money. On the day of the event, students and staff run, jog and walk laps on an outdoor field in an effort to raise money for Gold Rush. More information on this event will follow. Email if you are interested in helping out at this amazing event. 

Upcoming Events
Legend High School 3rd Annual Home coming Parade - September 5 @ 5:00PM

Floats, candy, great Music and BBQ to follow for $5.00