Dear Schweitzer Families,
Happy New Year 2019! As we move through the 2018-2019 school year, I look forward to continue to build family and community partnerships that make Schweitzer an educational, fun, and exciting place to be!
For the 2018-2019 school year, we will continue to provide the quality instruction all of your children deserve based on Common Core State Standards through integrating the district’s adopted English Language Arts curriculum, Benchmark Advanced, into Critical Literacy, Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop and New Generation Science Standards and Social Studies. For math, bringing Critical Math into the district’s adoptive math curriculum, enVision, students are learning how to problem solve through a variety of strategies that provide skill sets to be confident mathematicians. For students to explain their thinking by using what they learn in all the content subjects, along with collaborating together, they will be college and career ready for the 21st century.
A team of 10 staff members forms the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, PBIS, which began to meet in the summer of 2018. This is a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support that gives students the skills to be positive participating citizens in our community. PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups. As one walks our campus, there are banners and posters that list the expectations all students must display with their behaviors under the three “be’s”: Safe, Respectful, and Responsibility.
In addition to PBIS, we are learning how to use Mindfulness activities and strategies in the classroom through a yearlong professional development plan. We are anticipating not only for the staff to be involved in this journey, but also parents and community members.
A partnership that has been formed this year is with Carmichael Kiwanis’s in creating a K-Kids Club. This organization focuses on youth to become leaders, not only at school, but also in the community through project-base activities and events. We have almost 30 3rd-5th graders involved. Before winter break, we elected the officers that make up the K-Kids Board members.
Thank you for supporting Schweitzer. Whether you participate in the PTA’s events, volunteer in the classroom, drive on field trips, get your child to school every day on time or come to all the variety of activities Schweitzer provides, your involvement in your child’s education is valued by all of us at Schweitzer.
Rebecca Loper firstname.lastname@example.org