Creating a Positive and Productive Learning Environment

Oct 7th, 2016

It is hard to believe we are already in October. School is well underway and we have had so many wonderful community events to kick off our year – Septemberfest, CSCOE All School Mass, Parent Information Night, Dancing with the Annunciation Stars, Blessing of the Animals, the 2nd Grade Grandparents Tea and more! What a blessing it is to be a part of such a vibrant community.

As a school, we are working hard to create a positive and productive learning environment. Our staff worked hard this summer and continues to grow in their learning. In our 2nd year as an IB Candidate School, you should see more inquiry across grade levels, the Learner Profiles exhibited throughout the school, Spanish language use expanding outside the classroom, and evidence of the Units of Inquiry in our K-5 classrooms.  The framework of IB provides a wonderful common language and teaching process that creates a familiar space in every room for students. IB mission reflects many of the values we share:

  • The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
  • These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

As we work to develop young leaders who can bring their faith and values to make a difference in the world, the IB framework provides a wonderful way to create these knowledgeable, caring, leaders at Annunciation.

Look for more information on the IB and the Learner Profiles as we continue to implement the program. We hope you can also use the language and encourage curiosity at home to continue the growth and nurturing of our students beyond the school day.

In addition to our IB work, we are in the first year of our new math program. After much research and discussion, we have chosen Math Expressions as our curriculum. It is the updated version of the previous program we used. There is new language and processes that we are learning and teaching the students. We are all learning together as we begin this process. Math Expressions combines elements of standards-based instruction with the best traditional approaches. Through drawings, conceptual language, and real-world examples, it helps students make sense of mathematics. Math Expressions offers new ways to teach and learn through exploration, modeling and discussion. This fits well with our inquiry approach to teaching and learning and has shown great results in student achievement. As with any new program, our students and teachers are taking time to learn the language and the routines in the program. We look forward to learning more and seeing the results as the year progresses.

We will continue to provide updates throughout the year as we work hard to provide the best Catholic education for your family. Thanks for all the support and prayers you provide.

Jennifer M. Cassidy,
Annunciation School