I hope you all had a wonderful vacation. We certainly returned to a very busy week. I spent Tuesday with colleagues at a training for the PARCC assessment. I hope to share information about our new assessment at my Principal's Coffee on the 10th at 6:00pm.
The testing window for PARCC is different than for MCAS. Our testing administration will be held
English Language Arts - April 28, 29, May 2
Students will take 3 ELA assessments: 90, 75, 90 minutes.
Mathematics - May 9, 10, 11, 12
At the Coffee, I also will review the placement process. I think it's important for our parents to understand how much careful thought and hours of planning goes into this complex process. Perhaps having a deeper understanding of the process will help parents realize that while we do our best to place children in optimal learning environments, it is impossible to please everyone all of the time no matter how hard we try.
Great Learning Going On...
This year our literacy focus across grades is developing our students' skill in writing effective contructed responses to literature and nonfiction text. We began earlier this year building background and developing oral conversation through a variety of strategies. At this point our students are working hard on these responses and are doing a really nice job. Here is a picture of students in Miss Farrell's class identifying the theme of the story and finding supporting evidence. Follow the link to read some strategies we use in our classrooms... http://teachingtoinspire.com/2016/02/constructed-response-reading-questions.html
Kudos to Kyle Hudson who wants to make a difference. To contribute to Pennies for Patients in a meaningful way, Kyle colored and drew over 25 pictures he hoped to sell to raise funds for Pennies for Patients for his third grade class to donate. Kyle raised over 20 dollars which he promptly donated. The photos will be used in raffles during Wheelock Reads and you might see a few hanging in our hallways. Here is one of his pics. Thank you Kyle!
"Most Likely to Succeed" Film Screening and Discussion: A Medfield Community Event on March 29th
Most Likely to Succeed offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of when given the opportunity. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of two dozen of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, AFI, Cleveland, Dallas, Milwaukee, Sarasota, Seattle, Virginia, and Bergen. It’s been featured at leading conferences on education, including ASU/GSV, SxSWedu, Harvard/GoldmanSachs, and NewSchools Venture Fund. Audience members call it the most compelling film ever done on the topic of school.
The film will be shown on March 29th from 6:30-8pm, at the Medfield High School Auditorium, with small group discussions with Medfield Public School Administrators from 8-9pm. You are invited to see the film and join the conversation! This is NOT one solution to education. This film asks us to ask questions, which will hopefully lead us to our own answers. PLEASE VISIT www.MLTSfilm.org TO SEE THE TRAILER!
11th Annual Spelling Bee
This much loved, low-key, low stress, FUN, spelling event will take place on, April 5th, at the Medfield High School Auditorium.
This year's theme is "Release Your Spelling Bee-st". On the 5th, the Dale Street students should arrive at 3:45 PM. Their event will wrap up around 5:15 PM. Wheelock students should arrive at 5:30 PM and be finished around 7:00 PM. The online registration will be open from March 1st - March 18th. Concessions will be for sale. Each registrant gets a cool Spelling Bee-st T-shirt!
I am so excited to return as a judge, along with some of our Wheelock teachers. It will be so much fun. I hope to see you there!
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Have a great weekend,