Sexton Mt. Families:
Learning is noisy! Kids talk about what they are learning and share perspectives. It's always fun to listen to them as they process new information and build understanding. When kids are absolutely silent, they are able to listen to instructions and respond accordingly. First graders took advantage of the sun today practice some of our outdoor drills. They were so quiet as they practiced I couldn't find them. I'm proud that our kids know that there is a time and place for everything.
We practice LOCKOUT (when a threat is outside) and LOCKDOWN (when a threat is inside). School Resource Officer describes the difference between the drills in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkhAfTtYRTE
In addition to practicing drills this morning, student played math games, read, practiced decomposing numbers, edited writing, explained the inferences they were making as they read (using evidence from the text) and practiced keyboarding. One student wrote an opinion piece about an early explorer and was careful to cite evidence to support his opinion. Our kids are doing deep work.
Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 doing monthly assessments in reading and math. This regular progress monitoring revealed that some students backslide when they don't practice. Notice the difference between December and January.
I visited classrooms during morning meetings Monday and students talked about the many different ways they spent time over the weekend. Our children have very busy lives but they find time to read, relax and recharge through unstructured play and time with books. Please encourage your child to read every day during the break. Help them set goals for their time and gather supplies so they will have everything they need to read and learn every day. I've heard many students talk about the goals they have for reading books in a series or titles by a certain author. Many of our younger students are reading Mo Willems or Cynthia Rylant books. Last weekend I saw Alyssa at the used book store and she found three inexpensive Geronimo Stilton books. She shared her plans for reading. Proficient readers plan for reading!
Today I visited 2nd grade during math and Brooklyn shared her success with me. She told me that she's been working hard at home and practicing more frequently on Dreambox. She was proud that her hard work is paying off! All students have access to Dreambox throughout the break. Remember that the program is responsive to students so they should work independently on this particular program.
While we are deeply engaged in this school year, we've also started preparing for 2018-2019. The overall number of students projected for next year will be similar to this year but we expect to have a larger group of kindergarten students and fewer students in fifth grade. After the break, we will begin a process of building classes for the upcoming year. One of the things we find helpful is an All About Me page completed by families. Feel free to start on the one attached OR look for one in backpack mail soon. I am sure the new principal will enjoy getting to know your children through their All About Me page. On the back of the page, feel free to add any information you would like your child's future teacher or principal to know. AboutMe.pdf
Thank you very much for sharing your children with us. As I finish this note today, I hear our 2nd and 3rd graders singing. They will perform Wednesday afternoon and are excited to share what they've been learning in music. Our school is a special place to spend the day!
Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Sexton Mt. Elementary School
Sexton Mt. Elementary School