Cluster 1 Update

April 24, 2020

Friday 4/24

Dear Cluster 1 Parents,

Happy Friday! Be proud that you’ve made it through another week while balancing your personal responsibilities, your own job, your child’s schooling and just life in general. We’ve said it before but it bears repeating: we know this isn’t easy. With that being said, we’re amazed at students’ abilities to adapt to virtual schooling. Every day students are logging into our zoom sessions, taking advantage of valuable learning opportunities, and interacting with their peers and teachers. We’re so grateful to teach such a motivated bunch.

As a cluster, our modus operandi won’t change this week to help ensure consistency in inconsistent times. Teachers will post learning plans and screencasts for students to access at their convenience on Monday. Zoom sessions will still be held daily Tuesday through Friday at 10:00 with Mr. Allen and Ms. Palermo and at 1:00 with Ms. DiDuca and Ms. Daigneault. The links from last week will remain unchanged.

Governor Baker recently announced that all Massachusetts schools will continue remote learning for the remainder of the year while buildings remain closed. Our administration is still figuring out what that means for us and your students, and we’ll update you as soon as we hear news.

As we continue learning throughout this time, students have been used to viewing Learning Targets in our classrooms that allow them to reflect on and understand what they are learning. Our learning targets for this week are as follows:


  1. I can use the interquartile range to understand how data can vary in a distribution of data.


  1. I can read Inside Out and Back Again, a grade appropriate text, independently and proficiently.

  2. I can summarize Inside Out and Back Again using only information from the text.

  3. I can analyze how Thanhha Lai develops the narrator’s point of view in the novel.


  1. I can read a climatogram graph and use it to draw conclusions about a location's climate.

  2. I can research the climate of my World's Fair County and create a climatogram of my own.

Social Studies:

  1. I can analyze thematic maps to gather information about Asia.

  2. I can cite evidence from a text to better answer comprehension questions.

  3. I can interact with different websites to research human rights in my World’s Fair Country.

To reiterate the superintendent's message: assignments are required. Missing work will now negatively affect sudents' grades. Still, we know that the pandemic has put families in uncomfortable situations where online learning may be unable to take place. If that’s the case, let us know. We’re happy to work on a plan that works for every student.

We appreciate all of your efforts in supporting your children and our students. We also welcome feedback that you have so feel free to respond to this newsletter or email any teacher directly. Stay safe!

Sincerely Yours,
The Cluster 1 Team