Weekly WOW - January 26, 2019
East Vincent Elementary School
GREETINGS FROM MS. SEELEY
On a related note...
Based upon updated calculations with the EV free and reduced lunch percentage when compared to other Title I schools in OJRSD, we have the highest rate. Right now, 25% of our school population qualifies for free and reduced lunch. As a result, we welcome more faculty to EV. Mrs. Carey Little will join us for the full day as a reading and math specialist. Mrs. Jeni Umstead will join us for the afternoons as a reading and math specialist after she teaches kindergarten in the mornings at East Coventry. Both Mrs. Little and Mrs. Umstead start their new schedules on Wednesday, January 30.
Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PATTAN) provides professional development opportunities and resources for MTSS.
EV STUDENTS CELEBRATE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SYSTEM (SWPBS)
Three times per year, we consider behaviors with a universal screening tool. The tool allows us to determine the level of risk or problem behaviors of students. We use the universal screening tool along with our office discipline and bus conduct referrals to design prevention and intervention instruction for our students.
Students who need additional behavior instruction are considered tier 2 or tier 3 students behaviorally. While they participate in tier 1 behavior instruction, programming, and approaches such as SWPBS, Responsive Classroom, and guidance or health lessons, the students demonstrate that they need more explicit teaching and modeling of expected behaviors.
Why not just punish students for risk or problem behaviors?
Because it doesn't work. We implement consequences for behaviors as part of our procedures and policies, but what studies find is that the teaching and partnership with home, school, and sometimes outside resources is key.
I've shared three resources that relate to the restorative justice approach as a parent and as an educator. While we are moving in a positive direction, we still incorporate some of what the resources say "don't work" because we're rooted in a traditional education system.
SAFETY IN OJRSD
SAFETY AT EV
Mock lock down drills began again this week with sixth and third grade students and staff. Students practiced exterior and interior threat lock down drills as if they were at lunch or recess. Students know the procedures if someone dangerous, unsafe, or unexpected is outside of EV or inside of EV. The main messages that students heard were to remain calm and to follow adult directions. Students and staff for grades 1, 2 and kindergarten ACP students will practice mock lock down drills this week.
We have our January fire drill this week, too.
EV NEWS BROADCAST
EV has a very talented news team comprised of 6th grade students who participate in an independent study. Under the direction of Mrs. Sarkar and with assistance from Miss Mitton, students produce a weekly news broadcast. Enjoy!
GRADE 6 CATS AMBASSADORS
The Grade 6 CATS Ambassadors met this week to review subcommittees and form new ones. Two special assignment committees formed. Stay tuned as both committees plan to #Choose Kindness for those in need.
The student and staff spotlights written by our Grade 6 CATS Ambassadors will return soon.