Principal and Superintendent’s Report – November 18, 2013
Our post-instruction narrative prompt and pre-instruction informational text prompts are right around the corner. At the staff meeting on November 13th, grade level clusters agreed to use an upcoming lunchtime unit meeting to set agendas for a PD half day. During that time they will share prompts across grade levels and use each other to plan informational text units. This PD half day will occur on December 6th. We will bring out last year’s Data Day schedule and send students to 3 specials in a row to free up classroom teachers and special educators.
At the meeting on the 13th, the staff also made a plan to celebrate narrative writing. This plan includes posting pictures of the celebrations, as well as finished pieces on the school website, as suggested at last month’s board meeting.
The reading specialists from across the SU will meet twice in November. At the first meeting, the team worked to de-bug our early literacy assessments. They also continued conversations about how to assess our advanced upper elementary students to obtain more accurate and meaningful data.
Jill Abair deserves many thanks for organizing our book fair this year. Sales were high enough to earn over $1000 in credit from Scholastic. We have already put some of this money to use. We provided books to some students who could use additional reading material at home and added new titles to each classroom library. We will work as a team to make a plan for the rest of the money.
The WCSU Mathematics Steering Committee has completed a first draft of student achievement “non-negotiables” (the set of knowledge and skills that we agree students must learn at each grade level) for preschool through high school geometry. This draft, along with a survey, went out to all mathematics teachers in WCSU for feedback in late October. The steering committee will meet with Mahesh Sharma on November 22nd to finalize “Version One” of this document.
In early December, Mahesh will again visit WCSU. During this visit, he will lead “clinical rounds” for math teachers at all grade levels. Teachers will have the opportunity to watch Mahesh teach a class and then debrief the lesson. We are especially excited to continue the 5th-8th grade work that began at the summer lab school led by Mahesh in late July.
- School Climate
- Discipline (Student Climate)
We held our first All School Celebration at the end of October. Students were treated to a skit featuring Pirates Middelton and Fish, as well as a PreK-6 game of Night at the Museum and 15-minute whole school recess.
In the coming weeks, the PBIS team will introduce gold bars as tokens of recognition during “booster” weeks. These are a strategy for reinforcing a target behavior and/or expected behavior in a target location. We are also looking forward to sharing both our first data reports and a slightly revised referral form with staff.
- Other Curricular Areas
String players in grade 4-6 and band instrumentalists in grades 5 and 6 had their first lesson on Friday, November 8th. We have about 18 students participating in our instrumental music program.
- Nurse’s Office Data
Following this report, you will see a re-print of last year’s nurse data, as well as new numbers for this year. We have not closely analyzed this information, but wanted to be sure to at least have the raw data for this month’s board meeting.