Thursday, January 11, 2018

 CELEBRATING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. THROUGH SONG
As a school we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a whole school sing along.  Students and staff were moved while singing songs from the time period and listening to speeches from Dr. King and our student council president, Meredith Barnheart.  The lyrics, mood and tone of the music allowed students to visualize this important time in history.  We thank our music teacher, Mrs. Petty, for this incredible experience.






FURTHERING SCHOOL MATH GOAL FRIDAY
Gold Rush teachers are committed to meeting each student's unique academic, social and emotional needs.  This year our school goal focuses on meeting a range of needs in the area of math.  At Gold Rush we use a framework called differentiation to accomplish this goal.  Differentiation is a method of planning and instructing that reflects teachers' knowledge of individual student's abilities, interest and learning styles.  This deep understanding of each child is obtained through formal and informal assessments.  During our professional development day, teachers continued to learn strategies that will allow them to provide students with a range of needs with meaningful, rigorous math learning.  These strategies include providing different tasks that teach the same concept, but differ in levels of complexity.



HEALTHY START TO 2018
Just like in years past, students will participate in Jump Rope for Heart during physical education class this month.  Representatives from the American Heart Association kicked off our efforts by speaking to students about healthy habits.  Students were reminded to drink water, eat vegetables and exercise regularly.  Information regarding fund raising for this organization was sent home.  Please know that fundraising is optional and all students will have the opportunity to jump regardless of your desire to fundraise.


UPCOMING EVENTS
* January 15: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
* January 18: SAC Mtg @ 4:30-5:30 Agenda
* February 2: Sock Hop