State of the School

May 21st, 2015

Dear Annunciation Parents,

On May 7, we hosted our first annual “State of the School” parent information night. The purpose of this spring’s meeting is to update parents on the work the school has accomplished in the past year, specifically, regarding our Strategic Plan.

At the meeting, I shared information regarding our first strategic objective – “To Position Annunciation School to be a Catholic leader, recognized for educating the whole child.” After a yearlong process, led by a Vision team and participation by staff and parents, Annunciation is proud to announce that we will begin the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, implementing the Primary Years Program (PYP) and exploring the Middle Years Program (MYP) starting next fall.

The decision to use this educational framework for our school was made after much thoughtful research and prayerful reflection and discussion by the Vision committee, teachers, staff and parents including the School Advisory Committee. The program utilizes best practices and meets the needs of diverse learning communities, fitting well with the mission of our school. The information was shared at various meetings including a recent Parent/Principal Breakfast, staff meetings, School Advisory Council meeting, Parish Council and Parish staff meetings, and the Parent information night meeting. There was strong support from these leadership groups and resounding agreement by parents that this is the right fit for our school.

Why choose this model for Annunciation School:

  • Fits with the current educational environment and child-focused learning – our world is changing and we need to prepare students for this world
  • Improves the environment for learning – focuses on “how” we teach not “what” we teach
  • Creates a cohesive and collaborative approach to teaching and learning – using common language and more
  • Builds on current programs – Reader’s workshop, Responsive Classroom/Developmental Designs and is rooted in inquiry, one of the best approaches to student-centered learning
  • Helps our children succeed and be thinkers and lifelong learners – knowing how to adapt to changing environments as they grow
  • Provides the school with a competitive edge in the ever changing school environment – giving families strong options within our Catholic school culture

Next steps:

  • Application for candidacy for PYP will be submitted in June – response received over the summer
  • Implementation of PYP and in the fall after approval of candidate status
  • Exploration of the MYP in the fall
  • Application for candidacy for MYP in April, 2016 if selected as program for continuation into middle school

For those who were not able to attend the parent meeting, please take a moment to watch the recorded webinar, "Annunciation's New Education Model". This webinar will provide a condensed version of the presentation and also Q&A. 

Also, prior to the webinar, please take a moment to watch the video below regarding our changing world:

There is a lot of excitement about this direction for our school – creating Annunciation 2.0 – for the future. I hope you are able to participate in the webinar. If not, look for future presentations and information sessions. We will also be providing some Q&A on the website. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have.

Thank you,
Jennifer M. Cassidy