Fox Den Newsletter "Expect to Grow"

April 8-22

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.

Congratulations on achieving 5.01 growth last year!

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

SIP Objectives:

1. Our K-2 composite Reading scores will increase from 83% to 90% on grade level and our 3-5 Career and College Ready proficiency will increase from 53.3% to 75%.

2. Our K-2 math proficiency will increase from 88% to 93% on grade level and our 3-5 Career and College Ready proficiency will increase from 62.3% to 80%.

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Congratulations to Our Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Amy Pace, our Fletcher Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2016-17. I know we are all delighted to have Mrs. Pace represent us because her passion for students and education is evident in everything she does. If you haven't had a chance yet, please make sure you stop by and congratulate her on this recognition from her peers. Mrs. Pace will interview in May for Henderson County Teacher of the Year and the County Teacher of the Year will be announced at a luncheon on May 27.

Odds & Ends

Welcome back to Crystal Brown! Mrs. Brown has joined us again as a kindergarten TA and we are delighted to have her back with us because of her excellent experience and love for students. If you haven't seen Mrs. Brown yet, stop by Mrs. Trainor's room and tell her hello.

We have three teachers interested in teaching the Read to Achieve Camp (July 6-August 4), but we have funding for three more teachers. Please let me know if you are interested.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People training will be held at Mills River Academy July 11-13. We can send 3 teachers to this top notch training and we had several people from our school attend last year. Let me know if you would like to attend.

Letters of Intent for next year are due no later than April 22.

Public Comment Sessions Scheduled on North Carolina’s K-12 Education Plan for Every Student Succeeds Act

Educators, parents, students and other stakeholders of North Carolina’s public schools are invited to attend six public comment sessions scheduled for April and May across the state. Public input is being sought by NC Department of Public Instruction staff to help guide development of the state’s plan for complying with the new federal education law, a re-authorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new federal education law approved in December 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind. States are required to develop their own ESSA plan to comply with the federal law. The state plan will address issues of school accountability, student assessments, support for struggling schools and other elements.

The new law continues to focus on accountability and student-level assessments for all students in reading and mathematics in grades 3-8, science assessments at least once in the elementary grades and at least once in the middle grades, college and career readiness in the high school grades, and being accountable for all student subgroups.

The state’s accountability plan must include goals for academic indicators (improved academic achievement on the state assessments, a measure of student growth or other statewide academic indicator for elementary and middle schools, graduation rates for high schools, and progress in achieving proficiency for English Learners) and a measure of school quality and student success (examples include student and educator engagement, access and completion of advanced coursework, postsecondary readiness, school climate and safety). Participation rates on the assessments must also be included in the plan. More information on ESSA is available online (see the link below).

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Fletcher Birthdays!

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Fletcher Fox Family Members! Happy birthday to you!

4/11: Deanna Crawford

4/19: Nadine Head

4/22: Amy Youngblood