"Learn Like A Champion" March 22- April 2, 2021

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Spring Parent Teacher Conference

Thursday, March 25th, 12pm to Wednesday, March 31st, 3pm

Virtual Conference

Late Night Conference is Tuesday, March 30, 2021 till 6pm

LCAP GOAL 3 Student Social Emotional Health, Fun, and Connections with Friends - A Virtual Trip to an Amusement Park with Miss Hillary!

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LCAP GOAL 2 AND 5 - Strategies and Topics about Learning and a Return to School

The world of education is beginning to talk about a possible return to school in some way before the school year is over. Nobody quite knows as of the writing of this bulletin. There are some interesting and important topics to consider, and all discussions should be about what is best for students and learning.

John Hattie recently spoke in an interview prior to his headlining the World Education Summit, which is currently taking place. Dr. Hattie is one of the leading experts in the world regarding research-based and effective practices in education. He suggests that we should not presume learning loss due to COVID. Many in education have made this assumption, or at least decided that it is necessary to anticipate the worst. He said that while the pandemic has created some gaps in knowledge, Hattie warns against making assumptions when it comes to student progress.

Hattie wants us to remember one major thing when schools return to full face-to-face teaching. He warns us that most of the headlines are about how bad things are. He says that there are some stunningly good things happening too. Hattie emphasizes that the good things happening are a credit to the teachers who have found ways to work with kids during COVID.

I will give you an example that I saw at Frank Ledesma Elementary School recently. I was virtually visiting Amy Bowen's 4th-grade class and she was engaging the students in a math exercise. Knowing how Mrs. Bowen promotes a positive yet rigorous growth-mindset classroom environment, I was still excited to hear a student speak about the challenging work by saying, "This is fun!"

Dr. Hattie went on to explain that the past 12 months have been challenging for those who work in schools (and home). He also said that there will be many positives that have come out of the way schooling has occurred during the pandemic.

He points to the fact that the majority of children will have had to be more independent in their learning and will have developed skills as a result. He says that some teachers are going to be very surprised that some kids have those independent, self-regulation skills, but the students have never been allowed to use them.

Hattie wrote that we cannot assume that all children will be worse off than they would have been otherwise. For the first month back, children need to be allowed to focus on friendship while teachers look at the impact of remote learning. He suggests that it should be more about triage where teachers should say, 'what do you need to do well on these tests?' as opposed to 'come to my class and I will tell you what you need.'

John Hattie warns against GIVING tests to kids. He is a big fan of tests, but tests are a waste of time when there is no interpretation of the results for the students and teachers. We shouldn't rush to give students a big test such as a summative test to get a grade or find out how bad things are in terms of learning loss. We have to be careful in how we diagnose and interpret results.

Max Silverman, a professor of education at the University of Washington (Ed Week, March 2021), wrote about the key to the subject of potential learning loss. He said that in order to talk about learning loss, we must first listen to the students.

"District leaders feel a sense of urgency to do something about 'learning loss' in the pandemic. But if leaders really want to address the academic and social impact from disrupted schooling, their urgency needs to focus on improving students' experience in school."

Dr. Silverman emphasized that leaders must talk - and really listen - to their students. He clarified that he was NOT talking about asking students to check boxes on a one-and-done school climate survey. He recommends that we have an honest dialogue with the students.

Silverman warns us not to repeat failed practices such as rushing to intervene in the name of closing achievement gaps. He said the problem is that students get 'batched' for testing and 'sorted' for remediation. This can lead to stripped-down curricula that emphasize rote learning over the critical thinking skills and problem-solving mindset that students need to grow as learners.

Silverman said that leaders need to stop doing "to" students and start doing "with" them. That means engaging students in the design of their own school experience. This is consistent with what we believe at Frank Ledesma Elementary; that we must help students become assessment capable learners who are clear on the success criteria. Once students understand that, they will understand that there is no limit to what they can accomplish in life.

In a separate article from April 2020, John Hattie wrote, "Schools, no matter via what medium, can be hubs of response and recovery, a place to support emotional recovery and promote social togetherness - and this is as important as any achievement gains. It would be wonderful to use this pandemic as an opportunity to learn about learning from afar, so share stories of success of teachers and students learning from this crisis, pay particular attention to below average or special needs students, discover how to develop collective efficacy among teachers and school leaders, and use this experience to learn how to best work with all students."

LCAP GOAL 5 - Mrs. Shin, Mr. Fantham, and Mr. Andrade attend CM (Constructing Meaning) Training

Alyze Rabideau, the dedicated strings teacher, fine tunes and repairs instruments under the shelter during rain and sunshine. The students love their music!

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“Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.”

Thank you Mrs. Shin for your enthusiasm for Pi!

As FL Jaguars bid farewell to Pi Day 2021, the preparations for Pi Day 2022 are just around the corner. Jaguars’ celebration of mathematical beauty will begin in August 2021. Please stay tuned. For more info please visit the following link!

“Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.”

-Stefan Banach

International Pi Day 2021


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See poster above - Esperanza’s (3rd grade) design inspired by pi

Can you imagine a day without circles?

5th-grade mathematicians and writers weigh in.

A day without circles would be a day without frosting lids, frisbees, circle tags, circle stickers, a water bottle lid, wheels of a bike or car, rubber bands, the bottom of a cup or bucket, and a round-shaped pizza. Life without circles would be very different and some things would be very challenging. These are just some of the things we would miss, and there are so much more! --------Avery

If there was no circle, that means people and animals would have no eyeballs or there would be no planets because circles help to make the sphere.

If there was no circle that means there are no cameras or balls. - Manuel

A day without circles would be horrible because we wouldn’t have toilet paper rolls.

If we didn’t have circles, how would our cars run and how would our bicycles go?

If we didn’t have circles, we wouldn’t have lids to cap water bottles or cans!

A day without circles would mean that bowls would not exist. Since we don’t have circles, they’ll be a different shape and where would we put our cereal?

How will we play baseball if you don’t have a ball? Or how will you see without a pupil? We can’t push the elderly because the wheelchair would not have circles. - Samuel

A day without circles will be hard and complicated. There wouldn't be oranges, tomatoes, light bulbs, cameras, planets &, etc. Keep in mind without planets where we would be? Maybe floating in the space? Many things that we need daily are circles. For example, your mom has to take you to school on a rainy day, but the car has no wheels because they are circles. Without cars with wheels, you might not go or have to walk in the heavy rain, getting wet on your way to school. Also, let’s say you're hungry and want to eat. Where would you serve yourself food? Most plates and bowls are circles. -Teresita

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Avery in 5th Grade (see above)

Important Events This Week:

March 22 - Curriculum Council Meeting 3:30-4:45pm

March 23 - Staff Meeting @ 3:25pm & LCAP Steering Committee 3:30-5:00 pm

March 24 - Happy Wednesday!

March 25 - Parent Teacher Conference Day

March 26 - Parent Teacher Conference Day

Upcoming Events:

March 29 - Parent Teacher Conference Day & LCAP Advisory Committee Mtg. 6:00 - 7:30 pm

March 30 - Late Night Conference Day

March 31 - Parent Teacher Conference Day & Timesheets Due!

April 1 - Holiday - Cesar Chavez Day

April 2 - Spring Break!


SPRING BREAK - April 2-9, 2021

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Frank Ledesma Elementary School

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Soledad, Ca. 93960

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Richard Radtke