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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Prime Real Estate, Great Things, and Reading Aloud-April 23, 2013

Dear Sexton Mtn. Families:

Do you remember why you moved to our neighborhood?  Did it have anything to do with our school’s reputation?  Great schools mean great communities!  It seems that the real estate market might be picking up or maybe it’s just a typical spring, but it seems that I’m getting more calls or emails from potential homebuyers wanting to learn more about our school.  I’m not sure which website they refer to when they tell me our school is rated very high and they want to learn more about us but I’m glad to know that the good schools in Beaverton, and Sexton Mountain School in particular, make people want to come to our neighborhood. 

It’s easy to tell people about the AMAZING things our teachers and students are doing.  Did you know that…..
§  Every time I visit classrooms our teachers are teaching and learners are learning!
§  Our parent volunteers are piloting Music Workshop so that all of our students will get to learn about Jazz and Rock and Roll this spring
§  Our third, fourth and fifth graders are learning the nations around the world through the Passport Club?
§  Our school is sending more than ten kids (more than typically allowed) to the District Science Expo
§  Our PTC’s purchase of ipads has extended and enriched learning for students in the classrooms and increased student engagement in the resource room.
§  Our students speak more than twenty home languages.
§  More of our students in 3rd grade exceed expectations on the math state assessment than meet.
§  Three of our students will go to PSU in May for a Writing Festival.
§  Office referrals for discipline issues at recess have been reduced by 75% this year with the switch to recess before lunch.
§  We partner with Canfield Place for intergenerational partnerships that inspires learning and language development
§  All grade levels get to take a field trip this year because our PTC is so generous.
§  We have teams of students who have submitted entries to Signal to Noise for the District Festival
§  Though our office staff has been reduced from a team five to just over three compared to last year that our amazing parent volunteers have picked up the slack to help with everything from running errands to data entry. 
§  The school building is used on weekends and many evenings by community groups and organizations.  We really are the hub of the community
Each and every day we have something to celebrate at Sexton Mountain!  It’s easy to tell potential homebuyers that Sexton Mountain School is a great place to grow!  While we always celebrate the academic gains children are making, it’s also important to celebrate the social and emotional growth our students make.  I happened to visit two second grade classrooms Monday as teachers were reading aloud to students.  Reading aloud is a powerful instructional tool not only teaching and modeling literacy skills but positive social skills too. What I noticed Monday afternoon was how students were learning about how the characters work through conflict. Usually, by the end of a story, there is some sort of resolution.  Through books, children can learn what NOT to do.  They can also learn about a range of ways to tackle challenges. With longer texts, kids can see that problems aren’t always wrapped up in a short period of time.

Great things are indeed happening at Sexton Mountain School.  Thank you for sharing your children with us and for all you do to make our school AND community extra special so that our kids have a hopeful future!

Take Care,

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a. Mrs. C.-B.

Thank you!
§  Thanks to Meredith Potter, Lori Laraway, Kate Kristensen, and Eric McElroy for working so hard for our students on Saturday.  You ROCK!!!!
§  Thanks to Toni Fisher for modeling small group reading instruction for our Instructional Assistants.  This embedded staff development is powerful!
§  Thanks to Tiffany Hellum for planning and implementing a great Earth Week for our students.

Wish List--These are little things or jobs that will make a difference to our kids. Feel free to send items in or let Mrs. CB know if you are willing to do a project.
§  Volunteer needed to spend one-hour packing boxes in a portable.  This can be done anytime between 8:00am and 4:00pm
§  Volunteer woodworker needed to fix up existing but slightly broken book shelves so that they are usable in our book room.
§  Donations of small (saucer size) plates and metal spoons or forks are wanted for the staffroom.

Upcoming Events
April-OAKS Statewide Assessment for 3-5th grade this month during technology class
April 22-25-Earth Week
April 24-Passport Club Check Day
April 25-Spirit Assembly
April 29-Budget Reduction Day-No School
May 3-Community Engagement Committee meeting -- 9:00 am
May3-PTC meeting -- 9:30 am
May 15-Passport Club Check -- 8:30 am -- 12:00 pm
May 17-PTC Carnival
May 23-Volunteer Appreciation Day-2:00pm
May 23-PBIS Assembly-8:25am-Students go straight to the cafe on these days.
May 24-Assessment Day
May 27-Memorial Day Holiday-No School
May 28-Pizzicatto Night-Dining for Dollars
May 30-Cultural Celebration Assembly- Grupo Condor-   (Thank you PTC!)
8:30-9:20-Olson, 4th and 5th Grad
9:35-10:35-Baldwin, Pfaff, K, 1st, 2nd Grade
May 31-1st Gr. Field Trip
June 7-Community Engagement Committee meeting -- 9:00 am
June 7-PTC meeting -- 9:30 am
June 7-Field Day
June 7-4th Grade Human Growth and Development Lesson
June 12-Mt. Guide picnic
June 13-PBIS Assembly-8:25am-Students go straight to the cafe on these days.
June 13-5th grade party at Conestoga Rec Center
June 13-Last day of school

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