Estabrook Buzz

May 20, 2019

All Library Books Due Monday, June 3

Coming Up

May 21-23

  • Kindergarten Screening (Incoming K)

Wednesday, May 22

  • Gr. 3 LaTronica/Sternfeld Field trip to Lexington Center

Thursday, May 23

  • 6:30 pm Maker Night

Monday, May 27 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

Thursday, May 30

  • 9:00 am & 7:00 pm Spring Concert (Gr. 5 Chorus, Gr. 4-5 Strings & Gr. 5 Band)

Friday, May 31

  • Field Day

Principal's Corner

School Improvement Plan Priorities

Thank you to the 91 families who took time to complete the survey designed to help us identify priorities for the School Improvement Plan. 47 staff members completed a similar staff survey. A summary of the results can be found here: School Improvement Plan Priorities Summary.

Last week the School Council continued our discussion of priorities for next year. Incoming Principal Lisa Riendeau was able to join and be part of the discussion.

We noted the difference between what staff rated highest (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and PBIS) and what parents rated highest (STEAM Project Based Learning & Math Differentiation). However, three of the top five priorities for both staff and families were the same (DEI, PBIS and Parent Partnerships).

Discussion followed and focused on these areas and questions:

  • Are we talking about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) or Project-Based Learning?
  • What specific action steps will be incorporated into the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goal?
  • What do we mean by differentiation in mathematics? Is it enrichment and challenge? Or is addressing the achievement gaps our MCAS data reveals? Or both?
  • How can we enhance parent communication? We need to clarify expectations for how teachers should be communicating with families about what children are learning in the classroom. without dictating a format or timing.
  • Also related to parent partnerships is the need to pump up expectations for daily reading at home and increase accountability. We also need to develop guidelines and resources for sending home targeted practice next year.
  • We noted that some of the action steps were work that faculty should continue, but that may not be as visible to parents, such as Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and Co-Teaching.

Emerging from the survey and our discussion as shared priorities were:

  1. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  2. Social Emotional Learning & Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)
  3. Project Based Learning
  4. Mathematics Differentiation
  5. Parent Partnerships

I will be working with Lisa Riendeau and Christina Gavin in the days ahead to draft an updated School Improvement Plan. School Council will provide feedback on the draft at its June 5 meeting.

Rick Rogers

Scenes from Run of the Mill

Assistant Principal of the Day