March 19, 2015
Letter to Parents and Caregivers from Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe
Smarter Balanced Assessment: Another Measure of Learning
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News and Announcements
Music News: 5th grade music composition: History Can Be a Mystery
Click here to hear the 5th grade music composition: History Can Be a Mystery.
March 24, 2015
This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we have scheduled parent conferences. It is always our goal to have 100% attendance at these meetings so please plan on coming and engaging in this important dialogue with your classroom teachers. Back in October we asked you to think through the following questions in preparation for your conferences:
What are your goals this year for your son/daughter?
What does s/he do well, his or her strengths?
What is an important area in which s/he can get better?
What is it about your child that would be important to share with his/her teacher?
Now that we’ve been through seven months of school it will be helpful if you reflect on these questions from the fall so that you and your teacher can check in on how the goals, strengths, and areas of improvement have played out this year. We still have eleven weeks of school after parent conferences so we want to work together to finish strong. Grade level teams have spent the last couple of weeks in professional learning community teams looking closely at both literacy and mathematics data. All teams have goals for individual students, the classroom, and the grade level to challenge everyone to the highest of standards. We invite your partnership in making these final eleven weeks the best for each and every student.
We also want to make sure that each parent has completed the Parent Placement Input form. If you have not turned this in, (it was sent home on an orange piece of paper), please give it to your teacher(s) at conferences. Your teachers will use this information during the months of April and May to make thoughtful decisions about class placement for the 2015-16 school year.
There is a net reduction of 5 teaching positions across the district due to the budget that was presented before the voters yielding a 1.75% increase. Because of these reductions in staff, we do not currently know for sure specifically who our Champlain teachers will be for the 2015-16 school year. Some teachers may transfer in to Champlain from other schools and some may be hired externally. We do know, however, that we will continue to have sixteen classrooms at Champlain. We will have the following numbers of classrooms at each grade level: K=3, 1st=3, 2nd=3, 3rd=2, 4th=3, and 5th=2.
If you know of any parents with children turning five by September 1st please make sure they have registered their child for Kindergarten. The district will be announcing Kindergarten placements by the first week in April. For students attending Kindergarten at Champlain we will host our Kindergarten Treasure Hunt on May 6th from 2:00-3:30. This is a time when parents with their Kindergarten student may explore the classrooms and begin the transition for their first year at Champlain.
Keep thinking spring!