First, a profound thank you to our Veterans on this Veterans Day. 100 years ago today WWI ended, the most horrific conflict in human history by that time, and our American troops were pivotal in ending that war. We owe a debt of gratitude to all of our Veterans for their selfless service, whether in conflict or in peace. Below are some pictures from Sarah Adams Veteran's Day breakfast. In future years, as we hold school on Veteran's Day, we anticipate more and more honoring the day with our students.
Thanks to all who could attend our HS and MS parent-teacher conferences. Elementary conferences are this coming week and early next week. Connecting with your child's teacher about his or her progress and working together to continue to support it is an essential part of a successful school.
Speaking of "essentials," starting November 15, the window opens for our annual 5Essentials Survey. It is your opportunity to respond to research-based questions that indicate how well a school is performing. Staff members and students (down to 4th grade) take a version of the survey too. The standards in the survey and the responses help school improvement teams set goals and help me set goals with principals. You can find out more here: 5Essentials Parent Survey
And parent participation in important school events is a pillar of the school-family partnership. One example is the MSNConnect initiative at Middle School North, which I posted about previously. On October 28th, 11 staff members and 115 parents/students completed food packages at Feed My Starving Children. And on November 1st, 63 students made 20 activities kits for the Make A Wish Foundation and wrote 72 letters for Macy's Believe Campaign. It is so amazing to see how collaboration helps fulfill our vision to "make a positive impact on the world."
Community Engagement on VAPING - November 28
Vaping continues to be an increasing problem for high school and some middle school students in the community. In partnership with our local police and The ELA Township Coalition, last year we provided our first community update on vaping. This will be an update on that topic and an opportunity for you to ask questions from our panel of experts. The event will take place at the Sfire Family Education Center at 832 S. Rand Road (District Office) from 7 to 8:30 on November 28.
Strategic Plan Highlight - Standards Based Grading
Our Strategic Plan calls for shared best practices across the District whenever possible, and an area of focus is grading and grade reporting. One action plan is currently laying the groundwork for reporting grades based on curriculum standards for grades K-8. That work takes time and will only be piloted in the early grades in 2019-20, then will be phased in slowly over time. Traditional grading and grade reporting do not provide students or parents much useful feedback regarding a student's learning progress or where students can improve. By taking our time, we will produce a high quality grade reporting system that will lead to greater student achievement over time.
Board Review / Preview (you can see details at Board Docs)
- Learning Progress Report
- Resolution of Intent to Levy - Action
- IASB Resolutions - Action
- Levy - Action
- Bids - A/C at Isaac Fox and Middle School South - Action
Have a great week,