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Sep 25th, 2015
A sincere thank you to APO chairs, Jennafer Wells and Nancy Hoyos, and all the volunteers who helped make the Apex Fun Run a success. Huge thanks also to the Varley and Steichen families, along with the many volunteers, who organized another fantastic Septemberfest weekend. Our community is truly blessed!
Early dismissal days - Teachers are learners too!
To continue to provide the best education for our students, our staff continues to learn. There are several learning goals we have as a school this year – including
- implementing the International Baccalaureate program
- integrating use of technology in the classroom
- creating positive learning environments
- expanding reading instruction
- choosing the best resources and programs for our math curriculum
We learn through trainings, workshops, conferences, and also by collaborating together to bring our learning into the classroom. This year, to support our staff development, we have added 4 early dismissal days which will allow teachers to have longer working sessions to help accomplish the goals set above. Our first early dismissal day will be WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 AT 1:00 pm. We will dismiss in the same process as our usual dismissal. Also, extended day will be available for those who need this extended care. Contact Jeff Wisdom for information. Other early dismissal workshop days are: November 4, February 3. March 2.
MAP Testing in October:
Last year was our first year with a new assessment tool. The NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) test was chosen as the tool for students in grades K-8. The Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level. We will have assessment data—and essential information about what each student knows and is ready to learn quickly through online reports and sites. This information will provide another lens, along with teacher observation and classroom assessment, to view student progress and achievement. By testing in fall and spring, we will also begin collecting progress data annually and from grade level to grade level.
In addition to individual student data, we also will have information regarding our school curriculum and strengths or gaps within our program. If most students score low in one particular area, we will look more closely at our curriculum and instruction to be sure we are providing strong academics.
We look forward to partnering with our parents to help each student achieve at their highest level. These tools, along with our conference time, will help us as we continue to strive to meet each student’s learning needs and help them reach their fullest potential.
Dancing with the Annunciation Stars!
We are only a couple of weeks away from DWAS at Annunciation School! The event will take place on Saturday, October 10. If you have not had a chance to check out the website and link to the event, I invite you to do so. Our Annunciation Stars have videos on the site along with information on event tickets and more. Take a look – it is fun and exciting to see! Thanks to the parents and staff who have worked diligently in preparation for this fun event. Hope to see you there!
Again this year, Halloween falls on a weekend after conferences. Because of the calendar, we won’t be having an all school Halloween celebration. On Thursday. October 29, we will have an orange and black theme dress and classes will have individual celebrations. Look for more information to come from you classroom teachers as the date draws near.
Also, new this year, the parish will be hosting an All Saints celebration at the 10:30 mass on All Saints Day. Children are invited to dress up as their favorite saint and attend a party following mass.