PRINCIPAL MESSAGE AUGUST 22, 2014
We are now into our first full implementation year of Common Core State Standards for ELA and Math. Teachers received several days of Staff Development training before the start of this school year on the new engageNY math curriculum for grades 1st through 6th and the Early Learning Math curriculum for Kindergarten. Throughout last year teachers had the opportunity to attend trainings on the Common Core Shifts for ELA and Math. Teachers will continue to meet and collaborate several times a month with a focus on providing a rigorous and relevant effective initial instruction based on the Common Core State Standards as well as developing and monitoring academic interventions and enrichment opportunities for students.
Hopefully you were able to attend the Back to School Night classroom presentations last night where examples of the new curriculum expectations were shared for English Language Arts and Mathematics.
A brief three minute video explaining how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond can be found at the following link http://vimeo.com/51933492 .
This year all grades TK through 6th have transitioned to a Standards Based Report Card based on the Common Core State Standards. If you were unable to attend the video viewing at Back To School Night feel free to use the following link to access the video.: www.mcs4kids.com/welcomeback
If you have specific questions regarding the Common Core State Standards, our grade level curriculum, the standards-based report card or any of our school programs please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New this year we are participating in the WE Support Community Survey for parents. This online survey is designed to provide our school with an understanding of the expectations and perceptions you as a parent and community member hold about Sonoma School and the student learning taking place. Please refer to the information on the reverse side for directions on accessing the survey. If you do not have internet access and wish to complete the survey please contact the front office in person or by phone at 576-4683 and we will coordinate options for you.