ATC Principal's Newsletter
Important Upcoming Dates
February 28th - Site Council Meeting 3PM
February 2nd and 3rd - MWRA Presentation to 3rd Grade Students
March 7th - NAEP Testing for approximately 60 Grade 4 randomly selected students
March 15th - PTO Meeting 6:30PM
March 21st - End of Second Trimester
March 24th - PTO Movie Night!!! Trolls!
March 31st - Report Cards Distributed
Kindness Club - True Patriots!
Winter, a Time for Growth
As a parent, this is an exciting time as you start to see your child taking on new challenges and growing in confidence. It is also an excellent time to recognize your child's growth and discuss how far he / she has come over the past few months.
The Cummings School recently took the Scholastic Math and Reading Inventory Assessments which provide us with a wealth of data to monitor the academic growth of our students and put any supports in place if necessary. As a school, we have shown tremendous growth with this year and we owe a debt of gratitude to our extremely hardworking teachers. I invite you to reach out to your child's teacher and ask about the latest round of data.
As you will see below, most students are making growth. If students are not making the gains needed to stay at or above grade level, we always ask the following questions:
- Are students reading? We have a program called Reading Counts that monitors how many books students have read and quizzes they have passed. If students are not making gains in literacy, they are typically not consistently reading and passing these quizzes. Students are provided thirty minutes per day of choice reading and whether or not they are using this time efficiently has a significant impact on their overall growth.
- Are students completing their nightly Lexia homework? We are fortunate to have access to the Lexia program which provides students with repetition and specific lessons to meet their needs outside of their daily instruction from a licensed teacher or reading specialist. Few people know that Winthop was a pilot site for the program which has become a worldwide success. Lexia is research-based and proven to accelerate reading ability and help fill any gaps. It is important to note that students should not exceed the recommended time as too much of a good thing limits current and future impact.
- Are students completing their nightly TenMarks homework? Today students are exposed to extremely rigorous standards and expected to perform at a high level starting in the early grades. As our nation works hard to compete with other countries around the globe, it is critical that our students are provided with the tools to stay competitive. TenMarks provides students with additional practice outside of school that is targeted to meet each student exactly where he / she is at based on diagnostic assessments. Videos, hints, and amplifiers provide students with an opportunity to try and try again until they reach success. This is right in line with our focus on Growth Mindset and never giving up!
Below: Mrs. Reynolds runs a math station. This year, as a school, we adopted the Guided Math model which integrates small group rotations and more focused instruction,
Cummings School to Present at MESPA!
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Click HERE for a summary of student developmental levels in grades 3-5.