Miss Rivera's Rapport

Keeping you "in the loop."

Welcome Back!

School is back in session, and I want to begin by extending a very warm "Welcome back!" to every new and returning family sending their students to the hallowed halls of Manheim Central Middle School this week. I also want to invite all parents to keep in touch with me over the course of the year regarding your student's progress. I'm greatly looking forward to getting to know each unique learner over the next school year.

Why Hybrid Learning?

This year, I have radically transformed my classroom in order to conduct my lessons in the highly-innovative Hybrid Learning format. In Hybrid Learning, students move between 3 dynamic classroom stations in order to experience learning in 3 different ways: teacher-driven, collaborative, and self-directed practice/exploration (independent). This lesson format engages students and allows me, the teacher, more one-and-one time with each student, thus freeing me to adapt my instruction even further to meet the needs of each unique learner. I'm very excited to be starting this adventure this year; to hear more about Hybrid learning, feel free to log on to the official website of the Hybrid Learning Institute at www.pahli.org. I've embedded a short video below that explains more about the benefits of Hybrid.

If you have any further questions or concerns about Hybrid Learning, please feel free to get in touch with me. My contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.

Hybrid Learning in Action

What we're up to... 8.31.15 - 9.3.15

This week...

This week was all about introductions; together as a class, we spent the first two days of school becoming familiar with the classroom rules and procedures before spending some time discussing the Hybrid model of learning and what it means to work with the teacher, independently, and in small groups. Then we spent a little time getting to know each other and the classroom; student collaborated on a short think-square activity that reviewed where in the room to find vital supplies, visited the library for the first time this year, and finally offered a little more insight into their unique personalities by writing an autobiographical poem.

Next week...

Next week, introductions will continue as students provide vital insight into their learning by completing a few pre-assessments and diagnostic tools; their performance on these measures will allow their teachers to better target their areas of struggle for enrichment during I/E blocks. We also plan to introduce our Marking Period 1 Book Project.

Upcoming Important Dates...

  • Tuesday 9.8.15 @ 6:30pm - BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT at MCMS
  • Wednesday 9.9.15 - AM Assembly Schedule - Magazine Fundraiser Kickoff
  • Thursday 9.10.15 - IPR's sent out for sports eligibility

Student To-Do's:

  1. Parent Signature Page due 9.8.15
  2. Welcome Back/Reading Survey completed by 9.11.15

Keep in touch!

Keep up with your student's due dates by joining us on Schoology using your student's unique access code (these will be sent home with your student shortly), and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have! My contact information is below!

Note: All phone calls made between 7:41 and 2:41 Mon-Fri will go straight to my voice mail. Please leave me a message with your name and number; I make every effort to return all phone calls within 1 school day.