Wednesday's Words

May 5, 2021

Districts Response to Unfinished Learning for the 2021/2022 School Year

This past school year we spent a lot of time refining our curriculum and scope and sequence in order to offer the most optimal educational program and learning experiences for our students. We focused on key skills and concepts that we were able to teach in all of our content areas. Our teachers, special educators and support staff have done an outstanding job delivering instruction during this difficult situation.


We do need to recognize that despite our best efforts, given the changing structure of this school year and the various factors that impacted learning, there are areas in our curriculum that will need additional practice and reinforcement next school year. Please know that the district is continuing to develop a thoughtful and strategic plan to address the learning needs of our students. Below is an outline of some of the additional supports we will be implementing during the 2021/2022 school year:


A. Continuing to adjust and enhance our curriculum to ensure that our students are able to demonstrate mastery with key skills.
B. Revising our district intervention practices in order to ensure that we are incorporating the most up to date, research based practices that will meet the learning needs of every student.
C. Offering professional development opportunities for staff on best teaching practices that will support students post pandemic learning.
D. Increasing the district’s Math Specialist team by adding an additional teacher to support students and teachers with math teaching and learning.
E. Collecting and analyzing various assessment data from this school year that will be used to drive our instructional practices and interventions.
F. Continuously revisiting our practices throughout the school year and looking for opportunities to enhance our programs and instruction.


Even though Covid-19 had an impact on our students learning not only in Norfolk but globally, we have many resources now available to support us in our planning. We want our families to be reassured that we are taking all measures necessary to mitigate the effects the pandemic had on our students.


Sincerely,

Ms. Victoria Saldana, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Dr. Ingrid Allardi, Superintendent

"Summer Bridge to KP" Program for our 6th Graders!

Wrentham, Plainville and Norfolk school districts recently received a grant that will allow us to run two, 1-week summer programs for our 6th graders at the KP Middle School. The intent of this program is to prepare students for a smooth transition to KP Middle School. Please click on this Flyer for more information. A registration form will be sent out via Connect-ed on Friday, May 7th.

DATES: WEEK 1: JULY 26TH – 30TH or WEEK 2: AUGUST 2ND TO 6TH

TIME: 8:30AM TO 11:45AM

LOCATION: King Philip Middle School

In addition to a fun academic experience, our primary goal is to give our current grade 6 students opportunities to connect with peers in our sister districts, meet KP staff and participate in team building activities in order to support their social and emotional needs after such a challenging year. We hope your child will be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

Once you receive and review the registration form, if you have any questions please contact Victoria Saldana, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at vsaldana@norfolk.k12.ma.us

2021 Annual Town Meeting

Date: May 8th

Rain Date: May 15th

Time: 10:00am

Place: King Philip Regional High School Football Field

201 Franklin St., Wrentham, MA

HOD students have a virtual visit with author/illustrator Ross Burach, facilitated by An Unlikely Story Bookstore and the school librarian, Mrs. Lavallee.

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Ms. Pfeiffer's Kindergarten Class Poetry and Math Work

Ms. Cataldo's AM and PM Kindergarten Poems of the Day Videos