Greenfield Parent Connections

May 2019

Mission Statement

The School District of Greenfield believes all learning begins with meaningful relationships.Our mission is to develop learners who can apply knowledge and think innovatively as a result of engaging in rigorous and relevant opportunities.

Parent Connections

Welcome to our second edition of Greenfield Parent Connections! We are proud to share with you evidence from the Continuous Growth Plans of each school and preview upcoming parent events.
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Strategic Goal:

We will upgrade our use of learning targets, common assessments, and feedback which will ultimately result in instruction that supports self-directed learning.

Rationale:

We realized in our work with goal-setting that we needed to take a step back, and get really clear on what kids need to know and be able to do, and make sure that we communicate that clearly with kids.

Feedback and Goal Setting

Students throughout the building are more familiar with the concept of feedback. A 4K student might say, “It’s OK--it’s just feedback to help you grow!” Some students have learned to identify how they take feedback--like a “cool cucumber,” a “prickly cactus”? or a “hot pepper”?


With more clarity on learning goals, we see that kids are more invested in their quizzes and work. “Does this prove that I learned this concept?”

Additional Supports

Read the newsletters/emails that your child’s teacher sends, and ask your child specific questions about what they’re learning. For example, “What does it mean to find a main idea? Why is that harder in 5th grade texts?” While your child might think this is annoying, it also prompts thinking and shows them that you value their learning.
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Strategic Goal:

Based on Data-informed G21 Impact: Improve self-direction skills and dispositions through inquiry based approaches to learning.

Rationale:

How do we increase the excitement of learning at Elm Dale?

Regular implementation of inquiry and other strategies to meet each learner’s needs in a student centered way so that they feel safe and heard so they can be successful.

Students have voice and choice in learning decisions in the classroom to foster self-directed learning.

Examples of Picture Books that Build Curiosity

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Strategic Goal:

Students will become empowered and take ownership of their learning experiences that honor choice, voice and risks through reflection, self-assessment and joyful, authentic learning opportunities.

Rationale:

In order for students to embrace and grow in G21 skills, it is necessary for us as educators to give them opportunities to practice, reflect and refine these skills in the classroom through experiences and opportunities that are authentic and engaging.
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Additional Support

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Operational Goal:

Increased use of curriculum and open inquiry practices to help students improve Critical Thinking Skills

Rationale:

In order to increase accurate self-assessment, feedback will be centered on being purposeful, impactful, and actional between students to encourage growth.

Additional Family Support

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Are you willing to share inform with a class on your job or hobby? Let your child’s teacher know and you can be added to our list of experts.

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Operational Goal:

Students will grow in their ability to effectively communicate information, ideas, and emotions across disciplines through written, visual, and/or oral expression using diverse medium for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Rationale:

A review of our student writing growth indicates a need for additional emphasis, Also, current standards across all disciplines necessitate the need for students to grow in their ability to communicate effectively.
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Strategic Goal:

Students seek and use feedback, reflection and metacognitive practices to learn and grow.

Rationale:

In order for students to embrace and grow in Self Directed Learning, it is necessary for us to give them opportunities to practice, reflect and refine these skills in the classroom through experiences and opportunities that are authentic and engaging.

Upcoming Events

Throughout the school year we will be offering several FREE instructional classes/events for families. We invite you to join us at any of the events that are of interest to you and your family.

Sharing of Continuous Growth in the School District of Greenfield

Monday, June 3rd, 4:45-6pm

Greenfield MIddle School

Please join our School-Based Leadership and Innovation Teams as they present the results of their 2018-2019 Continuous Growth Plans to the School Board and the Community. It will be an "Open House" format. Come wander through the displays, ask questions, and celebrate evidence of continuous growth!

Play-to-Learn Playgroups

Thursday, June 20th, 10-10:30am

School District of Greenfield - Administration Center, 4850 S. 60th St.

Preschoolers and their parents or guardian are invited to story time with the School District of Greenfield. Story time includes a variety of songs and activities all designed to help them develop important literacy skills needed prior to learning how to read. Each story time is followed by open play time with a variety of age-appropriate, educational toys.


Summer Playgroups are for children ages 4 and under with a parent or guardian.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Private Tour of the Greenfield's Farmers Market

Sunday, June 23rd, 9-10am

5300 South Honey Creek Drive

Greenfield, WI

Learn more about our vendors, attend a free yoga session, and receive free food samples plus a goody bag.


9:00 - 9:15 Yoga for all ages

9:20 - 9:25 History of the Farmers Market

9:25 - 9:55 Meet and Greet select vendors, sample foods

9:55 - 10:00 Wrap-up and closing remarks


Space Limited to 25 Participants

Register at: bit.ly/MarketTour2019

Play-to-Learn Playgroups

Thursday, July 25th, 10-10:30am

School District of Greenfield - Administration Center, 4850 South 60th Street

Preschoolers and their parents or guardian are invited to story time with the School District of Greenfield. Story time includes a variety of songs and activities all designed to help them develop important literacy skills needed prior to learning how to read. Each story time is followed by open play time with a variety of age-appropriate, educational toys.


Summer Playgroups are for children ages 4 and under with a parent or guardian.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Play-to-Learn Playgroups

Thursday, Aug. 8th, 10-10:30am

School District of Greenfield - Administration Center, 4850 South 60th Street

Preschoolers and their parents or guardian are invited to story time with the School District of Greenfield. Story time includes a variety of songs and activities all designed to help them develop important literacy skills needed prior to learning how to read. Each story time is followed by open play time with a variety of age-appropriate, educational toys.


Summer Playgroups are for children ages 4 and under with a parent or guardian.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.