Mustang Gazette

November 2022

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Principal's Message

Thank you to the PTA for hosting the Fall Fiesta. We had a great turn out, raised funds for the school and most importantly, the Henry Ford community had fun together! Our next family event is the Winter Concert. Every grade level will be singing on stage at McKinley Institute of Technology on Thursday, December 15 at 6:30.


Here at Henry Ford, our staff works hard to improve their practice. One way we do that is through professional development. Over the last two years, we have received real-time, in the classroom, professional development from the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, also known as NUA. We decided to partner with NUA because their pedagogy is grounded in research on how students learn best and the belief that intelligence is modifiable and that all students benefit from instruction that elicits “giftedness” in students.


At least once a month, our NUA mentors go into every classroom and teach a lesson. This gives the teachers a chance to observe their students as they master new content. The mentor models effective instructional practices that are student-centered and focused on acceleration. Many of the strategies observed are already being utilized by staff, but we all end up learning something new every visit. For example, NUA utilizes thinking maps (see student samples below). The maps help student organize their thinking so that they can make connections and apply what they learn to other subjects. The maps can be adjusted to meet the needs of every learner and implemented as early as kindergarten.


In addition to modeling lessons, the NUA Mentor meet regularly with grade level teams. During the meetings, teachers receive support planning lessons that elicit the 7 High Operational Practices™. A list of High Operational Practices and a brief explanation is attached below.

Important Information

COVID-19 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Reporting Form for Students with COVID /Forma para reporter que su hijo/a tiene COVID:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjT9TpUXTf0y3VMe5wQVsniMkUB4MWDkd2NlAQJ-BqWYKhPQ/viewform

Redwood City School District is following recommendations from the San Mateo County Office of Education’s COVID-19 Safe Schools Framework. You can find our District’s 2022-23 protocols at https://www.rcsdk8.net/our-stories-and-initiatives/2022-23-covid-protocols-in-rcsd-schools



Redwood City School District (RCSD) invites its community to vaccination clinic events the District will host this fall. The COVID vaccine or booster as well as the flu shot will be available for RCSD students and their families and for RCSD employees and their families. Either or both vaccines are available for children (5-11 year olds), youth (12+) as well as adults (RCSD employees and RCSD families).


The event details are as follows:

  • Date(s) of Clinic: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 and Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022

  • Location: Hoover School, 701 Charter St., Redwood City

  • Clinic Hours: 4-7 pm

Individuals interested can sign-up in advance via MyTurn using the following links:


Registration is not required.


CONFERENCES:

Conferences are an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns about your child's education. For more information on what to expect and how to prepare for a conference, visit the following website: https://www.colorincolorado.org/article/tips-parents-parent-teacher-conferences


KINDER TOURS:

Tours for incoming kinder families are being held every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30. Tours start November 8th and run through January 10th. Please contact the office to register (650) 482-2404.


DISMISSAL

Student Safety: Please do not block the crosswalks, make U-turns in the middle of the street or bypass the pick-up line to pull into an empty spot. The system in place is designed to keep students safe and only works if everyone follows the rules!


RESOURCES

Yearbooks

In consideration of Treering's customers in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian, they are extending the 10% discount for yearbook orders through October 31. Order your 2022-2023 Henry Ford Yearbook today. https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=101456358697603


Henry Ford Parent & Student Handbook:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BrtCumS110jSy8bohAcxQgNzxDEZDUB6/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=103157373239344590510&rtpof=true&sd=true


School Breakfast/Lunch Menu

https://www.myschoolmenus.com/instance/1175/district/1184/school/9278/menu/32077


Volunteer Requirements:

https://www.rcsdk8.net/careers/volunteer


After School Programs:

REACH: mstewart@redwoodcity.org

Catalyst Kids: BHuss@catalystkids.org

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Henry Ford School

Henry Ford is a neighborhood school that celebrates the diversity of its kindergarten through fifth grade students. Our commitment is to meet the needs of all students by providing the academic, social, and emotional successes that are essential to the development of a child's potential.