The #swcrkCOL Newsletter
From the Office of Curriculum and Instruction
A newsletter for the swcrk Community
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Thank you Parents and Families
Working in classrooms, supporting our teachers, and everything else you do to make Swartz Creek Schools a quality district does not go unnoticed.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you in 2014!
From the NEA (National Education Association)
Research Spotlight on Parental Involvement in Education
NEA Reviews of the Research on Best Practices in Education
"When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more." That's the conclusion of A New Wave of Evidence, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002). The report, a synthesis of research on parent involvement over the past decade, also found that, regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to:
- Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
- Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits
- Attend school regularly
- Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school
See full article here: http://www.nea.org/tools/17360.htm
In November we sent out a survey to better understand where our families are with technology/internet ready devices
Results: (Over 280 families completed the survey)
Do you have internet access at home?
Access but do not subscribe 3%
How many internet devices do you have at home?
3 or more internet devices -77%
Would you support having your child bring their own device for the purpose of learning?
We will continue to be responsible to our families and roll out technology rich programs that are adaptable to our students' access to technology. The more technology devices we can provide our students the better prepared they will be for college and their future job.
If you have an ipod touch that is in good shape, not used at home, and would like to donate the device to your school for student use, please drop the device off at the main office.
Ipod touches can access the district wide wifi, allow students to take pictures and video for educational purposes, and allow students to use the variety of educational apps apple provides.
Did your child get a new ipod for Christmas? Send the old one in and we will make sure we use it to educate our students!!
MTSS (Multi-Tierd System of Supports)
To learn more about MTSS please review this MTSS letter:
MTSS Highlights for Winter of 2013:
- K-5 Math Data Meetings will be held after break.
- The Middle School visited Gross Ile Community Schools to learn how they are making learning relevant for ALL students. Gross Ile staff will work with SC staff on MLK day.
- All K-5 students continue to be assessed in STAR Math and DIBELS for the winter data review.
- All MS students continue to be assessed in AIMSweb for Math and Reading for the winter data review.
- All swcrk Academy students are assessed in reading with STAR testing.
- NEW- Mr. Murphy's co-taught Algebra I students will be assessed with STAR math starting in January and he will use the data to help flex the teaching and learning to better meet the needs of his students. (pilot)
MDE Recommends that Smarter Balanced Assessments are Adopted by 2014-15
While it seems the state's decision on these assessments have been back and forth, we are planning on this decision to be confirmed for next year and are
planning for a 3-11 assessment window in the spring.
Most of our buildings are ready for the change but we do have a few that will need to have more devices in order to accommodate our students for online assessments. Travis Smith, Director of Technology, has run technology audits in each building and we will be conducting walk-throughs in January to better prepare for next year.
We have also applied for technology grants to help offset costs that may occur with device purchases.
See the report from the state here: http://www.freep.com/assets/freep/pdf/C4215818122.PDF
The Hero Construction Company Visits Swartz Creek Schools
A hero doesn't have to fly or use special powers, a hero is someone that is not a bystander and helps make Swartz Creek a positive environment.
The middle school diversity club attended the Hero Round Table in November and now holds hero meetings every month. The students are taking control of building a culture that embraces diversity and celebrates the differences between each one of us.
Staff members, Tony Suchaneck, Michele Corbat, Jennifer Sheeran, and Kayla Trundle have helped support our students' efforts.
Mr. Suchanek explains how the Hero Round Table sparked his students.
"The Hero Roundtable was an exceptional event for both students and educators alike. This is the only event I have been to that I can with say with certainty, everyone walked away enriched in some way. What I was most inspired by was the connection the event had to the students. They were talking before, at lunch, at break and after about what they learned and more importantly what they wanted to do. More than one parent commented that on the way home and all night they could not stop their child from talking about the event. As I said before, the Hero Roundtable was an exceptional event for students and educators alike."
Learn more about the Hero Round Table here: http://www.heroroundtable.com/
The Power of 100 Team from Swartz Creek High School
Hero Round Table 2013 was held at the Swartz Creek Community Schools Performing Arts Center
Hour of Code
The video below was provided by Khan Academy.
Learn more about how the high school participated in the hour of code by watching the SCHS ITC video above (Hour of Code starts at 1:35)
MLK Day- Staff Professional Development -No School for Students
Monday, Jan. 20th, 8am
Swartz Creek Community Schools, MI, United States
S- Skills: What skills must our students have when they leave us for college or careers?
W- Wired: How can our students be global communicators? Problem solve real world issues? Write for a global audience?
C- Creative: How can we encourage and advocate creativity?
R- Researchers: How do we help develop our students to be researchers and learn through inquiry? How can they be more producers of information and less consumers?
K- Knowledge: What content is important to cover and what knowledge should our students have when they leave us?