Fox Den Newsletter

January 19-30

Our Mission and Goals

Mission Statement:

Our mission at Fletcher Elementary, through partnership with our children, families, and communities, is to educate our students by meeting the individual needs of the whole child, ensuring successful, productive, responsible citizens while providing a safe and nurturing environment.

SIP Goal 1: Fletcher Elementary will meet or exceed expected growth and meet all Annual Measurable Objectives.

How Will We Meet This Goal?

1. Our K-2 Reading scores will increase from 79.8% to 85% and our 3-5 Career and College Ready proficiency will increase from 53.7% to 75%.

2. Our K-2 math proficiency will increase from 88% to 93% and our 3-5 Career and College Ready proficiency will increase from 56.7% to 75%.

Looking for a Good Strategy for Solving Word Problems?

We all know our students sometimes struggle solving multi-step word problems because they don't complete all the steps or aren't clear on what they're being asked to do in the problem. The KWC strategy is being used in some 4th grade and all 5th grade math classes to help them with their problem solving skills. Heidi Manuel wrote up the description below of how to use KWC and she or Heather Kennedy could be a good resource for you if you are interested in learning more about this strategy. Also, check out the photos above this for examples of student work. If you click on the photos, they will enlarge so you can view them more easily.

From Heidi Manuel: A KWC chart is a great way for students to solve multi-step word problems. It is like a KWL in that for the K part students write down what they know from the problem. The W has them write down what they want to know (what the problem is asking them to find out, the question). The C is for conditions. This is something that is often found in the K part of the problem but that is critical in eliminating potential solutions in multi-step problems. For example, a condition could be that the answer must be an even number or that the number or black cars is double the number of white cars. When students take the time to unpack the problem and fill in the chart, they are less likely to make an error and more likely to come up with a correct solution.

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Fletcher Events

Happy Birthday to Robert Bradley (1/18) and Margaret Swain (1/29)!

1/5-1/27: Reading 3D Window

1/19-1/20: Optional Teacher Workdays

1/21: Technology Training (Discovery Education), 3:35 in the Computer Lab

1/23: 2nd Quarter Math Assessment Spreadsheets due to Dianne Wells

1/26: 2nd Quarter Report Cards Available in Power School or Sent Home with Students

1/28: SIT, 3:35 in the Media Center

1/29: G-DAY! Be sure you've saved any items from your grade level first class folder that you might need in another location. Also all teacher websites will be inactive from this day until we start using Google for websites. The school website will remain active, but anything from your personal site you want to keep needs to be saved somewhere else. Please begin communicating to parents that if they're used to checking your website that you won't have one for a little while as we make the switch to Google.

1/30: Candy Gram Sale; Midyear PDPs due (you must see a green check beside midyear PDP in order for this step to be complete on your end); Honor Roll Breakfast, 8:20; Terrific Kid/"Paw"esome Award Assembly, 1:45; Reading 3D Training for TAs (Group 1, 8:45-11:15--Burroughs, Greene, Hunter, Hyatt, Keyser; Group 2, 11:45-2:15--Carpenter, Crawford, Macomson, Sudderth)

2/4: State Report Card Preview Meeting for all staff including TAs if it will fit in your schedule, 3:35 Media Center; PLC Leaders Meeting (briefly after the report card meeting)

Also, please note that in February the Technology Training will be February 11 and our faculty meeting will be February 18.