Thursday, May 5, 2016

May 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian,
The 2015-16 school year has flown by!  Congratulations to you and your student(s) for making it through the year.  We have had an exciting year full of academic progress, learning through after school clubs (ranging from Art Club to MESA to Math Counts), as well as intramural sports and outstanding theatrical performances. 

We will continue our grade level families with each grade level being housed in one pod of the building.  The bell schedule will remain the same with bells every period.  All students will be passing from class to class at the same time, with all teachers out in the hallway supervising.  The class periods will be approximately 50 minutes long with a 30 minute lunch and 17 minute intervention time (Advisory) attached to lunch.  We will continue holding Advisory on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Advisory will allow students to continue silent reading time, online math, and have a “Home Room Teacher” at SRMS.

 We will continue focusing on literacy, as it is still our main core component.  Students will have the Literacy (Reading) and Language arts (Writing) classes lasting 104 minutes during two class periods throughout the day.  To continue our math component, we will continue to use the District 12 Big Ideas Curriculum along with using advisory time to supplement math.  Every other week the 17 minutes in Advisory Class will be used for Khan Academy or Moby Max (individualized online math programs), the other time students will read a book of their choice and read silently.

The literacy data from MAPS Assessments has indicated improvement.  However, we need more than 18 months to view patterns and trends.  The benefits of having increased literacy minutes will assist all students in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, and analyzing literature.  Increasing literacy and math minutes during advisory has also benefitted the students. 

We are thrilled to continue the positive trend.  The district has also been diligent regarding a district-wide literacy focus.  You may follow the district’s guidance in our quarterly Five Star Journal or by reviewing the literacy plan on the district website.

Thank you for your continued support at SRMS, but most importantly your child.

Susie Wickham