Did you have fun at the Winter Canrival? Thank you to all of our PTOS and the many volunteers who made this year such a success. Thank you to Jodi Bills and Nesse McCabe for an outstanding event. We so appreciate your work on behalf of the schools and we are thrilled with the very generous donation to our elementary school!
Congratulations to Parker Kathan, Parker is representing Grade 3 in this year's Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest. Way to go Parker!
We had a great week. On Tuesday, we hosted the Harlem Wizards. The children loved the assembly! So many of our own teachers played in the evening game representing Wheeelock with other Medfield teachers.
One of my favorite job responsibilities is working with new teachers. so I was delighted to partner with Nat Vaughn and Susan Bycoff to share information about RTI or Response to Intervention at Tuesday's new teacher meeting. We have so many regular education supports in place for students between the District Acccommodation Plan, classroom differentiaton and classroom interventions; we support students well.
Our SST or Student Support Teams are very active in all of our schools. These teams provide teachers the opportunity to get together with colleagues to brainstorm ideas to support our struggling students when classroom differentiation strategies aren't working. By providing interventions with fidelity, and collecting the data, those steps provide the opportunity for the SST to take a close look at student progress and the response to intervention. Often the interevention is all that is needed for the student to become more successful. Some students may require interventions for awhile and that's okay, as long as the student is making good progress. Allowing the team to follow the process often alleviates the need for referral to special education, but when a referral is made after several rounds of intervention, we are often confident that the referral is the right next step. Even though it is a parent's right to refer to special education for an evaluation at any time, bypassing the SST process doesn't allow the team the team to take that close look to provide input on whether or not the referral is really necessary or even have data to support evaluation findings.
We have more work to do as we educate our famileis about this process. For more information about RTI (Respeonse to Interention), this link provides a succinct overview of the process.
On Friday, with a nod to St. Patrick's Day, Wheelock enjoyed the wearing of the green! We also enjoyed some music during lunches. Thank you, Mr. Dexter and Mrs. Stover for arranging!
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Report Cards come home on the 19th! Conferences begin on March 21st. For information on how to structure a successful parent conference, here is some information for your review. Thank you for your partnership!