The month of March passed so very quickly, and busy April will begin. You will notice that we have several special activities scheduled this month. We begin the month with Mother/Son Night. Mini Courses, coordinated by our Home and School, will provide our kindergarten through fourth grade, and Washington fifth grade students, an opportunity to practice the habit of mind of remaining open to continuous learning. Our Fun Run is scheduled in April and we are hoping for wonderful weather to celebrate family physical fitness. This is the time of year when we begin to plan for next year.
Registration packets came home on April 2nd. Also in April, we begin the process, with the help of Washington staff members, to help our fourth graders get ready for the transition to Washington for their 5th grade experience next year. There will be a Parent Information Night on April 4th at 6:00 pm. at Washington. Principal Jon Vogel will visit our fourth grades to share information, then our students will visit Washington for a tour on April 25th. I have a feeling that April will fly by as quickly as March.
Our third and fourth graders will be involved in state PARCC testing in April. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and has a healthy breakfast. The PARCC assessment is computer delivered and aligns with the Common Core State Standards. These group tests will provide you with a measure of your child’s academic knowledge as compared statewide. These tests also provide us an assessment of our program effectiveness.
With the warmer spring weather, students tend to arrive earlier at school. Please do not allow the children to arrive at school before 8:00 a.m. Supervisors begin their duty at 8:00 and, for the safety of the children, we do not want any of the students to be outside without supervision. Thank you!
On a related note, please be aware that we ask all our students to go straight home after school. Those ten minutes from 2:30 to 2:40 are a time when we dismiss students. Supervision ends at 2:40. Students must be on their way home unless they are supervised by a parent. Students must check in at home before returning to the playground to play.
FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
Effective communication and community relations.
Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting. To watch that presentation, please click here.