Welcome Back to School Letter
Dear Conn-West Team,
July 19, 2013
I hope you are enjoying your break and this letter finds you well-rested and recharged. This will be a year of “Transformation”. We will transform the way we think, learn and educate our students. We will capitalize on the great work that has been started and propel our practice to fully embrace 21st century teaching and learning. I hope you share my passion and understand that it is our obligation to accommodate our digital natives, to ensure that rigor, relevance and relationships are evident throughout our school and to always BELIEVE in the possibilities.
I am excited to share that we have new members joining the Conn-West team for the 2013-2014 school year; Kara Cole (5th grade teacher), Ashley Wright (5th grade teacher), Dr. Bianca Love (reading specialist), Venus Webster (special education teacher), Cedric Lyles (paraprofessional, special education) and Maureen Sylvestri (paraprofessional, ELA/MA). Please join me in welcoming them to our school community.
We also have new members joining our GC-4 Leadership Team: Dr. John Herrera (Meadowmere principal), Adrain Howard (GHS assistant principal), Ryan Beatty (GHS assistant principal), Scott Sisemore (Director of Instructional Technology) and John Baccala (Coordinator of Communications and Community Relations).
The "official" start date for teachers is Monday, August 12th. For those of you who wish to work in your rooms prior to this date, the building will be open for your use beginning Friday, August 2nd from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri). Please let me know if you need to make alternative arrangements and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.
Our school-wide Sneak-A-Peek will be held on Tuesday, August 13th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Students and parents will have an opportunity to peek into classrooms, meet the staff and enjoy an ice-cream social sponsored by our PTA. Since your participation in this event will require you to stay additional time beyond the contracted day, please feel free to alter your arrival time on August 13th & 14th and/or depart immediately after students are dismissed on August 15th and 16th.
CSD4 ISTE Team 2013
We're on Twitter!
Staff, students and parents can now receive updates on school related news and events via Twitter by following us @CWES_Cougars. Did you know that Twitter is a fantastic Professional Learning Network (PLN) that exposes you to a variety of learning opportunities, educational resources and thought-provoking discussions and blogs? You can also follow me @CWES_Principal and be sure to look for some of your CSD4 colleagues as well as some of the “heavy-hitters” in the field of education; ASCD, Todd Whitaker, Marzano, Edutopia, ReadWriteThink, Teaching Channel etc. Let the tweeting begin!
As shared at our end of the year meeting, our School Improvement Goals will continue to be centered around increasing student achievement in the areas of ELA, Math and Science, technology integration that enhances instruction and maintaining a safe, positive and student-centered school climate. To get there, our professional learning will be focused on those initiatives designed to transform and further enhance the effectiveness of our Tier I instruction; using Rigor, Relevance and Relationships and the Four C’s (Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity).
Until I see you next month, I leave you with this quote from author and educational technologist Adam Bellow who delivered the closing keynote speech at ISTE 2013, “Future generations need to know we believe in them. They have to be told that they can change the world.” Enjoy the remainder of your summer break!