School, Family, Community Partnership’s (SFCP) YOUnique Showcase was a special night for our students to reflect upon their strengths and how they use these in their favorite activities. Students were so proud to share their showcases and a great time was had by all as we celebrated students, their strengths and special interests. SFCP will again host the Science Fair this winter and we look forward to this special night!
Veteran’s Day was a truly a special day at Prairie School. We had about 40 veterans in attendance for our ceremony. The ceremony featured essays written by fifth grade students, a banner presentation by student council members, many patriotic songs sung by all and the playing of taps by members of the 5th grade class. Many of our guests commented on how impressed they were with the respect shown to them by Prairie students and staff. I was very proud to be a part of Prairie School on this day!
On December 19th, our Prairie Chorus will have their concert. The 4th and 5th grade chorus look forward to sharing the gift of music with the entire Prairie community and families that evening. During the day, they will perform for the students. All students will take part in an all school sing along as well. We look forward to sharing the gift of music with you!
Remember that the drop off lane should move quickly in the mornings–kids need to be ready to exit the car. Parents, it is important that you stay in the car as when parents exit in the carpool lane, it holds up the line. This becomes especially important as the weather gets colder and more Prairie families will be driving to school. You may need to leave a bit earlier to ensure a timely arrival to school. Students may enter the building at 8:00 am and we begin our day at 8:15 am with announcements.
The temperatures have dropped and we will soon see our first snowflakes! Please remember to send cold weather gear with your child as we will hold recess outdoors unless the wind-chill is below zero. This time for physical movement truly helps our students be ready for learning in the classroom.
Enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. We will observe a winter break beginning December 22 and return to school on January 8. Take time to be thankful and spend time with those you love. Thanks for being our partner in your child’s education!
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.