Friday, January 24, 2014

Highlights of the Week
Teachers review students’ data

Teachers are currently reviewing students’ growth in the areas of reading and math.  They are using assessments including the Daily Reading Assessment (DRA) and Measures of Academic Progress, or the MAP MATH assessment to reflect on how much students’ have grown since the beginning of the school year.  DRA and MAP are used in combination with a variety of other classroom assessments to evaluate growth.  Teacher teams are currently reflecting on the instructional practices that contributed to student growth and they are brainstorming additional ways to provide quality enrichment and intervention.

Information Writing

Students in grades 1-5 are currently working on an informational writing unit where they write about real topics.  Students in the primary grades write about topics that they have expertise in.  They also learn to write like scientists.  In the intermediate grades, students are learning how to research social studies topics and use the information to eventually create their own thesis in fifth grade.  We are excited to be teaching students how to write like scientists and historians!  Check out students’ work below.

Second grade student Aiden wrote like a scientist when he documented his experiment with forces and motion.  He went on the design his own experiment and then wrote about his experimental design and the outcome.  

Kate, a fifth grade student, used her research on colonial America to draw conclusions about the past.  Fifth graders will go on to create a thesis on colonial America using the information they gather.

Tips for Drop Off or Pick Up
·      Please remain in your car during drop off and pick up
·      Please do not pull around cars while in the loop
·      Your patience is appreciated!

·      Register your incoming kindergartener in the office today!  We are currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year.

Upcoming Events

School Advisory Meeting – Thursday, January 30th @ 5:30