A Note from Mr. Engstrom
As we begin our second week of the year, I simply want to say, “Thank you!’’ Thank you for sharing your child with us. We may be small, but our staff works very hard to provide a rich, diverse, challenging, and personalized curriculum. I'm proud of them, and excited for another year! We take very seriously our responsibility to provide an excellent and rigorous education that prepares your child, our student, to be a lifelong learner.
Our 1:1 plan is now in full effect, as all students in grades 1-8 have access to their own device. We begin our second year with the Maker's Lab, and our third year of offering Response To Intervention (RTI) time to students. We are also in the third year of a Literacy Initiative. This year will feature a balanced literacy block in all classrooms including Readers' and Writers' Workshop.
We are also implementing a program known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and we came up with the slogan, "S.W.I.M. to Success." Stay safe, Work hard, Include everyone, Make responsible choices. We are focusing on teaching the behavior we expect. You may have noticed some signage in our hallways and bathrooms stressing the desired behaviors.
Our Girls’ Basketball Season begins shortly. If your daughter is playing, please attend the Parent Meeting that is most convenient- either 9/29 @ 5:40 or 9/30 @ 4:40. The meeting will only last 10-15 minutes, but will cover important information about concussion protocol, concession sign ups, and other expectations.
A special note to middle school parents:
1. Dress codes are not easy to develop or enforce. We do the best we can to keep the school day focused on learning, and no one looks forward to dealing with a dress code issue. Human Body Exhibits are great, at a museum. Not in our hallways and classrooms. Please help us keep appearances on the modest side of the line.
2. For the next few weeks, we have divided the students into small groups during the "RTI Time." We are going to show the students some sample questions from the new standardized test- the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). We are going to work through the thinking process and show them the essential elements the assessors are looking for in a quality response. The first week will be whole group discussion, the second week will be small group to whole group, and the final week will be individual practice.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.