March 10, 2023
Spring is in the Air....and we're loving it!
Our Bobcats had a blast at Day of Awesome on Wednesday.
Over 40 of our Middle Schoolers traveled to Washinton DC to explore and learn!
3rd-8th Grade State Testing Dates:
- 3/28: 5th & 8th Grade Only--Science Testing
- 4/4: 3rd-8th Writing Assessment
- 4/11, 4/12, 4/13, & 4/14: 3rd-8th Reading & Math Assessments (2 parts each)
ALL students MUST have headphones (wired, not bluetooth)
and their fully charged device & charger each day for testing.
Parents, please make sure that your students are present and arrive at school on time. . If at all possible, please schedule doctor’s appointments and the like on days that your student’s grade level is not testing. Once a student has started testing they can not make up any portion of that test if they are pulled out of school for appointments or illness before they finish. The State requires that all schools have 95% attendance for testing. Thank you for doing your part to ensure that this happens.
USE OF PHONES & SMART WATCHES WILL
NOT BE PERMITTED DURING TESTING SESSIONS.
Use the SQUARE link below to pre-purchase CARNIVAL tickets!
A Peek Into Our PLCs:
Our teachers and staff continue to be grateful for the 2pm dismissal days that allow for collaboration time focused on student data, best teaching practices, and tiered instruction. Over the next few weeks, you'll see a different grade level/team highlighted in the weekly Bobcat Bulletin sharing a little peek into what is happening during their PLC time on Fridays and/or why they are so thankful for this time as professionals. Enjoy!
Our Student Support Services Team is committed to ALL of our students and provides services that meet their individual needs. Our PLC affords us the opportunity to learn from one another, discuss options, problem solve, and seek solutions to address student needs. We collaboratively work together to use data to drive our decision-making process when planning programming for the students in our care. We follow the IDEA criteria to meet the needs of our Bobcats.
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Weekly Message from the Founder of ALL THINGS EQ (Danna Evans):
The motto for this week is:
I exercise my brain each day.
The purpose of this insight is to move students from a fixed mindset; I am or am not good at this to a growth mindset; I get better with practice. Students may shy away from a challenge if they worry they may struggle or fail. However, if we help our students understand that learning is an exercise that makes us smarter rather than a confirmation of how smart we are or are not, it can increase their motivation to learn.
"We've seen profound effects on motivation - and performance and grades - by teaching students the basic premise of the growth mindset: that your intelligence is malleable, not just handed out at birth, and your intellectual growth is to a large degree in your own hands."
-Carol Dweck, Ph.D
This concept is taken from Mindsets and Math/Science Achievement by Carol S. Dweck of Stanford University 2008. Dweck shared in her research that the way we praise our children can affect whether they develop a growth or fixed mindset:
The key to instilling a growth mindset is teaching kids that their brains are like muscles that can be strengthened through hard work and persistence. So rather than saying, "Not everybody is good at math. Just do your best," a teacher or parent should say, "When you learn how to do a new math problem, it grows your brain." Or instead of saying, "Maybe math is not one of your strengths," a better approach is adding "yet" to the end of the sentence: "Maybe math is not one of your strengths yet."
Effort can change everything!
In partnership with students, families, and community members, Sonoran Foothills School seeks to create a challenging and diverse learning environment through engaging instruction allowing for individual differences in an atmosphere of cooperation and respect.