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Dear Wood End Families, We are all deeply saddened over the recent tragic events that unfolded at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a few days ago. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, teachers and families who are forced to experience anoth… Continue
Dear Wood End Families, We are all deeply saddened over the recent tragic events that unfolded at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a few days ago. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, teachers and families who are forced to experience another tragic loss of life as a result of school violence. Unfortunately, this event is becoming all-too-common in our society as this was the 18th school shooting to take place so far in 2018. While our country engages in dialogue about how to best keep our schools and communities safe, I'm sure we all have questions and our own concerns about the students and staff at Wood End. The safety and well-being of the Wood End community is my first priority. I take this part of my job very seriously and work closely with district staff and local agencies to review our safety plans and protocols. We have a great relationship with the Reading Police Department and they continue to offer guidance and support to our schools. Protecting the social and emotional well-being of our students is another important responsibility. Please refer to the attached link for guidance from the American Psychological Association. It contains useful and practical help for families: http://www.apa.org/topics/violence/school-shooting.aspx As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns. It is my continued promise to keep our lines of communication open so we can work together to support our children.
Assessing Math Learning in Young Students
Elementary teachers have long struggled with best ways to assess mathematics learning in young children. Assessments that rely on reading and writing often end up being more of an assessment of reading and writing abilities than of mathematical knowledge. Teachers at all 5 elemen… Continue
Elementary teachers have long struggled with best ways to assess mathematics learning in young children. Assessments that rely on reading and writing often end up being more of an assessment of reading and writing abilities than of mathematical knowledge. Teachers at all 5 elementary schools in Reading discussed the difficulty of finding appropriate ways to assess mathematical knowledge and track assessment results and growth in young students. To address this issue in Reading, we introduced Assessing Math Concepts, an assessment series that uncovers children’s understanding and use of number sense. We realized that once we had a better assessment tool, we would need to look at instructional practices as well. Since last year, we have taken several steps toward this goal: • December 2016: The district purchased subscriptions to Assessing Math Concepts online assessment service for all students in Grades K, 1, and 2. • December 2016: The district purchased copies of mathematics instructional books in the Developing Number Concepts series for teachers in Grades K, 1, and 2. • December 2016 to January 2017 we provided professional development workshops for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers on the use of these assessments. • April – May 2017: Julia Hendrix (Birch Meadow Principal) and Sarah Leveque (Killam Principal) facilitated two workshops for teachers in Grades K, 1, and 2 on linking mathematics assessment data to instruction through the use of the Developing Number Concepts books. • December 2017 – 36 Reading teachers in K-2 participated in a 3-day workshop “Developing Number Concepts in Grades K-2” led by trainers from Math Perspectives. This high level of assessment and professional development comes at a cost which does impact our school's budget. However, teachers now have the materials they need to complete the assessments, and implement learning stations to build number sense for all our students.
Looking for "Just Right" Books?
Parents frequently ask about various resources to find appropriate reading materials for their child. Check out the following online sites that provide various resources at a variety of different reading levels...there's something for everyone! - Epic Books: https://www.getepic.… Continue
Parents frequently ask about various resources to find appropriate reading materials for their child. Check out the following online sites that provide various resources at a variety of different reading levels...there's something for everyone! - Epic Books: https://www.getepic.com/ - Kids Discover: http://www.kidsdiscover.com/quick-reads/ - ReadWorks: http://www.readworks.org/

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