The Weekly Jr. Oiler

September 22, 2017

21st Century Learning Spaces

Dwyer is fortunate, thanks to Measure Q and HBCSD, to have two 21st Century demonstration classrooms this year. These classrooms serve to model and experience new technology and mobile furniture for collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. This coming summer, all of our main building will undergo modernization to upgrade many more of our classrooms.

Pictured below is one of our 8th Grade Core classes in their new classroom. In this particular lesson, students are collaborating to gather information about European Settlement and Exploration. Each group is responsible for a section and is creating a Google Slide to present to the class. Google Slides are great tools on the Chromebooks because they allow each student to add information simultaneously. Mrs. Garcia and Mrs. Handel are doing fabulous things with their students in their new classroom.

We invite you to visit Room 106 and Room 219 during Back to School Night. They certainly are not the classrooms that we remember as kids!

Back to School Night

Please join us for Back to School Night on Thursday, September 28 from 5:30-7:30 PM. We will host School Loop and Google training from 5:30-6:00 PM in the library, as well as assistance with Data Confirmation in room 210 anytime from 4-6 PM. Classroom visits will begin at 6:00 PM and will conclude at 7:30 PM.

During your child's lunch period, please make sure to visit the amphitheater and cafeteria to get information at various booths and taste test food that is sold during lunch. We will also have a vote for School Site Council in that area.

Back to School Night is for parents only. We will not have supervision for children.

Please click here for a schedule.

Attendance is Key

The school year has begun and we are off to a great start. We value, appreciate, and seek out your involvement and collaboration for the success of your child. We are asking all parents to help us ensure the regular, on-time attendance of their children at school. We monitor attendance closely because research has shown that regular attendance is vital for the success of children in school. California law states that absences are excused only if the child is ill or there is an excuse which meets the requirements of Education Code Section 48205. Even excused absences that cause your child to miss significant amounts of school can cause your child to fall behind in class.

We realize that sometimes your child must be out for extenuating circumstances. We ask that if your child will be out for 5 or more days, please call the office a week in advance so that we can set up an independent study for your child. Independent studies allow your child to get all the work ahead of time and once that work is turned in, the absences become excused.

We will begin mailing out letters for students with 3 or more unexcused absences and 5 or more excused absences to inform you of our concern. Should absences continue, you will continued to be notified by mail, and will be required to meet to discuss attendance issues and offer solutions to assist you and your child in coming to school regularly. If these efforts fail to bring a solution, you and your child may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). We look forward to our partnership for the success of your child.

What's Happening in September?

September 26 - Girls Basketball game

September 27 - Boys Volleyball game

September 28 - Back to School Night, 5:30-7:30 PM