January Updates

posted Jan 6, 2012, 1:26 PM by Catrina Dinapoli   [ updated Jan 6, 2012, 1:29 PM ]

Happy New Year, Everyone!  I wish you all health and happiness for 2012! 

Projects:

Curriculum Work:

Later this month, teachers will participate in an in-service day that is “All About Writing”.  Well-known experts in the field of literacy curriculum, Joey Hawkins and Sue Biggam, will be our keynote speakers followed by a series of workshops designed to provide teachers with new ideas, strategies, planning support and resources.  Teachers will also become familiar with some of the changes that the nation-wide move towards “Common Core” standards will bring to their work in English Language Arts.  It should be an incredibly rewarding day for our educators.

Positive Learning Environment:

I often share about the intentional and intensive work that we do using Responsive Classroom practices and PBIS strategies to support our students to make good choices about their behavior and increase their engagement in their own learning.  Classroom practices are often referred to as “Tier I” supports (Morning Meeting, Social Conferencing, Take a Break, Buddy Room) and additional strategies that could include small group time, extra practice with a skill, behavior plans, incentive programs, etc… are referred to as “Tier II”.  I haven’t talked much about “Tier III” supports.  Often in schools, there is a very small percent of the student population that requires a program that is very individualized in order for that child to make educational progress.  We have incredible staff with the experience and skill to implement those types of programs and access to professionals to help us improve our support system.  I can’t emphasize enough how inspiring it is to work in this school community where the well-being of each and every student is what we value most.

Points of Pride:

·         The 1/2 team did an amazing job with their cultural celebration the week before break!  The costumes were wonderful and the students were so proud to share their learning!  Well done!

·         Our school-wide activity celebrating our working hard towards a positive learning environment was a great success.  Students worked with their Big/Little Partners to create bird feeders!  Thank you for all of the donations!


Oh!  and did you see us in our ugly sweaters the day before vacation!?  


Upcoming Events:

1/10:  Community Forum for the search for a new superintendent, 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Abe

1/13:  Coffee with the Principal, 8:30 a.m. at BES

1/23:  In-service – no school for students

1/27:  Celebration of Learning, 8:20 a.m. at BES in the gym

2/9:  PTO meeting, 6:30 at BES in the library

 

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