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"March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away." -- Thalassa Cruso
As I sit here composing this note, I find these words all too true. The sun is beautiful, the sky is clear and from the inside looking out, it appears to be a perfect day, except for the temperature reads 18 degrees F. It does not stop our students, however, they are enjoying this early March weather and even try to shed their coats when staff are not looking. Our new chess board outside on the playground is a huge hit. Students every day come to get the key to unlock the shed and take out pieces to play a game. Nizam Youness, the KHS student that built it, has successfully become an Eagle Scout, and we are very fortunate to have his project here.
Our 3rd-5th grade students are preparing for the DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System math test administered by PARCC. Students participated in an infrastructure trial in early February and everything went very smoothly on our new Chromebooks. Students are now practicing the test format and question types by using PreviLearn and the Pearson Learning website. Students will be formally tested in early May.
A special thank you to all of our families that have re-registered for school for next year. We have been able to successfully re-enroll all returning students and are in the early phase of planning for next year. In the latter part of this spring, we will provide you with updated supply lists for the fall.
This year our focus has been on using interactive read-alouds in the classroom. Interactive read-alouds provide students are all grade levels meaningful discussion using texts with a higher level of complexity than they might be able to read independently. Our goal is to help students use evidence from the text to think within, beyond, and about the text. Interactive read-alouds provide rich opportunities for every student to expand background knowledge, experience age-appropriate and grade-appropriate text, and learn a variety of ways to think deeply and use academic language to talk about an engaging text. When you stop by the school, check out some of the great monthly interactive read-alouds going on across the school featured on our bulletin board in the hall, or better yet, ask your child what interactive read-aloud their teacher has read recently.
On Late Start Thursdays, our staff is working in small grade level groups to discuss DuFours questions. These questions are: What do we want students to know? How do we know that they have learned it? How will we respond if they already know it? What are we going to do if they have not learned it? These questions help us to clearly articulate the essential, guaranteed and viable curriculum we have in DoDEA which is the College and Career Ready Standards. Our staff has worked together to develop common formative assessments so we have clear benchmarks for learning. Then our staff is able to collaboratively together create a timely directive, systematic intervention, enrichment and extension opportunities for students. We truly thank you for allowing us weekly this time to sit together and work together to ensure our students will be College and Career Ready.
March is a long month here at school. There are no days off until Spring Break. As the days get longer and the nights get shorter, we all get a little spring fever.
Penelope A. Miller-Smith, Principal
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.