APRES Dolphins SWIM June '21
An Extraordinary Place to Learn
A Message from Principal Wilson
I hope you all are enjoying your summer. As you are aware our scholars are attending summer school at Cliftondale ES, along with students from Stonewall Tell. I spent the first few days of summer school at Cliftondale with our scholars to ensure they were successful in acclimating to the new environment. Both the scholars and teachers are extremely excited about the growth that will occur over the remaining few weeks. Thank you to those of you who enrolled your scholars in summer school. Every minute we can provide F2F instruction to scholars will help them in the fall especially if your scholar has been virtual since last March.
We are so excited to be back in the building full-time in the Fall. As of now, there will be no virtual options except for those scholars who have already been accepted into FAVE, Fulton's virtual school. As we transition back into the building, gentle reminder, we highly encourage all scholars to wear school uniforms. Our colors are royal blue, yellow, and white. Scholars may wear royal blue, yellow or white tops, with navy blue or khaki bottoms. I know there is a lot of controversy around uniforms. However, wearing uniforms lends itself to an authentic blending of friend groups and less school disruptions due to dress code. If you choose not to participate in our uniform dress please be sure to adhere to all district and school-wide expectations related to dress code.
All 3rd grade through 5th grade scholars will continue to receive laptops for the school year. Please make sure your scholar takes care of the laptop over the summer. This device will be used during the upcoming school year. Thank you in advance for ensuring scholars are taking care of the devices loaned to them by the district.
Our theme for the upcoming school year is "All of Us", understanding that No One of Us is as Good/Great as All of Us! We recognize our scholars have experienced some learning disruption since March of 2020, and it will take ALL OF US, our school, parents and community to recover and regain momentum. We are committed to ensuring our scholars get the education they deserve by putting systems and processes in place to support them. Randolph has been fortunate to acquire new staff to help support all scholars. We certainly will continue to need your support at home.
We are in the process of planning our Back to School events. We recognize that while we will be returning to school face-to-face, it is still important to prioritize everyone's health and safety going into the upcoming school year. With this being said, the schedule for our "Open House" will be designed to promote a safe, socially distanced environment where you will be able to meet and greet your scholar's teacher, however, access to the building and classrooms will be limited as we err on the side of caution. We will however, ensure that this will be a great opportunity to build relationships with your new teacher and shed last year's challenges.
The first 10 days of school are the most critical days of the school year. These are the dates the district uses to determine if enrollment has met the requirements to keep the entire staff at a school. Please make sure if you have a scholar you have not registered you do so as soon as possible. There will be no class changes prior to the first 10 days of school. All scholars must be accounted for before we consider any class changes. The form to request class changes will be made available after the 10 day window, and class changes are at the discretion of the administrator and are not guaranteed. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Rising 6th graders have an opportunity to experience middle school at Sandtown Middle School this summer. This is only for those rising 6th grade scholars who will attend Sandtown Middle School in the fall. An email was sent to all rising 6th grade parents. You may also see the flyer below for more information. The link for registration and the OSP payment site will open on July 1st.
I am looking forward to 100% of our scholars returning to the building next year and am hopeful about some sort of normalcy. With that being shared, it will be highly recommended that all students continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing to the extent possible next school year. We will still utilize the virtual (TEAMS) platform for many of our parental engagement activities, and we will continue with the drop off and pick up process that was implemented this school year. I thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we transition back to school safely.
As you continue to enjoy your summer vacation, please encourage your child(ren) to read and engage in some academic activity each day. Remind our scholars that they can still access classlink and iReady over the course of the summer. Stay safe and have fun!
Principal Wilson, Proud Dolphin
Congratulations Extraordinary Dolphins!
Please join in me in celebrating and congratulating Ms. Joslin Gumbs for being promoted as our new K-2 Literacy Coach. Ms. Gumbs has been a member of the Randolph Dolphin family for the last four years as one of our extraordinary kindergarten teachers. We are so excited to have her now working to strengthen K-2 instruction.
Please also join me in celebrating and congratulating Ms. LaTasha Rutledgefor being promoted to our 3-5 Literacy Coach. Ms. Rutledge is joining the Randolph family from Heards Ferry Elementary where she served as a teacher leader, professional development facilitator and vanguard member. We are so happy to have Ms. Rutledge join our team.
Calling All Pre-K and Kindergarten Scholars!
2021-2022 Schoolwide Goals
We had a very unique school year last year. Despite challenges and over half of our school population learning from home, our scholars performed very well.
I-Ready Reading Goal for SY20-21: 60% of K-5 scholars will score at Tier I as measured by I-Ready Reading Diagnostic by May of 2021.
I-Ready Reading Goal Results for SY20-21: 61% of K-5 scholars scored at Tier 1.
I-Ready Math Goal for SY20-21: 60% of K-5 scholars will score at Tier I as measured by I-Ready Math Diagnostic by May of 2021.
I-Ready Math Goal Results for SY20-21: 52% of K-5 scholars scored at Tier 1.
We exceeded our reading goal by one percentage point. Congratulations to all our scholars for working so hard. Although we did not reach our math goal, we came pretty close and certainly improved by almost 20% from the beginning of the year results.
School-Wide Academic Goals for SY21-22
I-Ready Reading Goal for SY21-22:60% of K-5 scholars will score at Tier I as measured by I-Ready Reading Diagnostic by May of 2022.
I-Ready Math Goal for SY21-22:60% of K-5 scholars will score at Tier I as measured by I-Ready Math Diagnostic by May of 2022.
Improving Reading Fluency
- Read to your child every day
- Practice sight words
- Practice letters and their sounds
- Ensure your child reads at least 30 minutes a day
- Ask your child questions about what they are reading
This are just some ways to increase reading ability. Take a look at the article below to understand how to improve reading fluency.