Winsor Faculty Newsletter
Early March Update
For future reference, our next benchmarking period is scheduled for the window between May 20th and May 31st. As a way to maximize efficiency, please do not schedule any events during this window. Events that already have been scheduled and approved may proceed as expected. By keeping the calendar clear during these assessment windows, we can ensure a minimal disruption to the routine.
RICAS- Dates Have Been Set
Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd (ELA Sessions #1 & #2)
Tuesday, May 14th and Wednesday, May 15th (Math Sessions #1 & #2)
We will allocate 150 minutes for ELA administration and 90 minutes for Math.
Please know that students can take as much time as needed.
Georgette and I would like to meet with each grade level team either March 21st or March 22nd to review and plan for the assessment.
A detailed schedule will be made available next week.
Our Grade 5 Science Assessment has also been set:
Wednesday, May 8th & Thursday, May 9th.
Please mark your calendars
In preparation for RICAS and NGSA administration, please try to log in to your account in Pearson Access Next (RICAS Grades 3-8) and TIDE (NGSA Grades 5 and 8) by Wednesday, March 13th. You should have received emails from PAN and TIDE in early February with instructions on how to reset your password. Please use the link below if you are unable to find the emails. If you have any difficulty with this, please email Dustin Falke and he will be able to assist you.
Recess Rocks is Coming
Please consider staying with our Recess Rocks team next Thursday, March 14th for some fun and games. Michelle, Pete, Jessy, and Brian will be modeling some of the fun games that we learned at our recent training. We will meet in the cafeteria at 3:15. Snacks will be provided. Those who are willing to stay can also dress down for the day, including wearing sneakers. Please consider taking about a half hour to be with us, have some fun, and build capacity for enhanced recess for our students.
Please support our students and Erin Preston at our Winter concert, scheduled for Thursday, March 14th at 5:30pm in the SHS auditorium. Students from all grades will be participating.
Dress Down for Children's Fund
On Friday, March 15th, the entire district will dress down to benefit the RI Children's Fund. Please support this most worthy cause. Any and all donations help.
As a follow up to our faculty meeting, please be reminded that SafeHavens will be visiting our school to conduct a safety check on Tuesday, March 26th. Stefanie Prater will be spending the day with us. If you have been asked to speak to Stefanie directly, an email has already been sent.
On Friday, March 22nd, we will have a town meeting recognizing students that demonstrate a Growth Mindset. During this time, faculty members should complete the Surveyworks questionnaire using the password found in the calendar invite emailed to you. We are seeking 100% staff participation. Your feedback does matter and helps support our improvement process.
Smithfield Education Foundation
The Smithfield Education Foundation is seeking new members. Please attend the next meeting, scheduled for Monday, March 11th in the media center at Smithfield High School. Please see the link below for more information about this important organization.
School Improvement Update
Our SIT meeting on March 20th will focus on planning efforts for the 2019-2020 school year. It is hard to believe that we are close to entering the spring season and our third trimester. Our trajectory for full implementation of this year's goals remains on-track. Therefore, we need to focus our planning efforts on our major goals and objectives for next year. We are looking to expand our Responsive Classroom practitioners group. Our early adopters did an outstanding job laying the foundation for our second cohort group, scheduled to train this upcoming August. Educators across all grade levels continue to utilize the Collins Writing Approach. We are eager to see further progression as we plan for year two of this program. Please join us for more conversation on March 20th.
Our PTO is ramping up for the gala- scheduled for Saturday, March 30th at 6:00pm at Aldrich Mansion. Consider joining us for this fun night out. Check with the office for more details.
Please continue emphasizing the value of a Growth Mindset to students. Your encouragement is particularly important as we move towards assessment season. We want our students to build stamina and recognize the power of persistence in all learning activities. I'm sending along a link to a powerful article I recently read about this. The following quote really resonated for me:
"It’s critical to reward not just effort but learning and progress, and to emphasize the processes that yield these things, such as seeking help from others, trying new strategies, and capitalizing on setbacks to move forward effectively. In all of our research, the outcome — the bottom line — follows from deeply engaging in these processes." (Dweck, 2016).
Please read and reflect on this article. I look forward to continuing this conversation.
Responsive Classroom Update
It appears likely that the full, four day training will once again be available to our staff. Please hold the week of August 19th, 2019 on your calendars, as this looks to be a likely window. With the new regulations governing certification and the need for PLUs, attending this training helps staff on multiple levels. As full Responsive Classroom implementation will be an expectation for all elementary educators in Smithfield, please take advantage of this opportunity.
I know there are lots of competing priorities taking place right now and that the change process is seldom without challenges. Please know that you are valued and the work that you do does make a difference. As an example, the quality of the writing samples continually has improved this year. Although it may not always seem like progress is being made, these samples are proof of your efforts!