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It’s amazing to see that the end of the school year has arrived. I want to thank you all for all the support and collaboration shown these past 10 months. Thank you for another wonderful and productive school year. I can’t thank everyone enough for your endless hours of volunteering, chaperoning, reading, organizing, donating and doing whatever was necessary to support students—both at home and at school. Special thanks to our PTO who, as usual, went above and beyond the call of duty to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ already rich school experience.
That experience could not occur without the endless energy, skills, and devotion of the KES staff. Thanks and well done to an incredible group of professionals.
A final word to KES students: Thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year. I am so honored to be your principal; you make me proud to be a MUSTANG. You keep me laughing and young at heart. I am grateful for your joy, astute insights, and amazing talents. Best wishes to our promoted fifth graders, whom I will miss greatly—please come back and visit. Everyone have a safe and happy summer break.
Many of you are aware that we bid farewell to Mr. Sean Conrad. He is retiring after more than 30 years in DoDEA as a teacher. We wish him well as he returns to his home state of Port Orchard, Washington. Mr. Robert Skully will be joining us from Hainerberg Elementary in Wiesbaden. He will be teaching alongside Mrs. Roseanne Mamer who will be returning to 5th grade after spending two years in 3rd grade. Mrs. Litoya Grant is relocating to Ramstein Elementary to be able to be closer to her children attending school there.
Student Class Assignments
We have been working diligently on class assignments for next year. As many of you know, our process is to have teachers make recommendations on student groupings for the following year. Our KES CARE Team (student support team) reviews these recommendations, makes additional suggestions to accommodate, for example, para-professional support, and the final approval rests with the principal. This year has been no different. You will receive class assignments the Friday before school starts at Open House on August 24th. We cannot accommodate requests for changes at that time, and we are unable to disseminate any information on class assignments before that time. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
I want to wish you a great summer full of fun and continuous learning.
See you in August!
Principal Penelope Miller-Smith
Over the next three years, all students will improve reading proficiency as measure by annual DCAS.
Over the next three years, KES will implement effective professional learning collaboration teams that improve professional practice as evidenced by team minutes and the Europe East Collaboration Rubric.
Demonstrate a proficiency in reading measured by DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment (DCAS) Reading Scores: BAS and SRI.
Demonstrate a behavior of professional collaboration by 6/15/2018 as measured by the Europe East Collaboration Rubric and team minutes.
Interactive Read-Alouds/Guided Reading Groups
All teachers will conduct interactive read-alouds with students as a means to build fluent reading and comprehension skills. Students will participate in three or more interactive read-alouds each week, which enhance fluency and comprehension by modeling and supporting the use of proven strategies for activating background knowledge, developing vocabulary, integrating dimensions of fluency, asking questions, making inferences, and synthesizing and summarizing information.
1. Weekly professional collaboration sessions.
Educators will participate in weekly professional collaboration sessions that focus on the following 4 essential questions: What knowledge and skills should every student master as a result of this unit of study? How will we know when each student has mastered the essential knowledge and skills? How will we respond when some students do not learn? How will we extend, enrich, and personalize learning for students who are already proficient?
2. Build a collaborative culture.
Teams will build collaborative cultures that are sustainable, supportive, and result in professional growth.
It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to notify the school every time a student is absent.
NOTE: Please check your school's calendar for information on additional release days for training, parent teacher conferences, and other activities.