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Principal’s Message

Date: September 17, 2012 Author: kristin Categories: Principals Message

Hello BA Families.

Getting to Know You
In this first month of school, teachers are beginning to know your children as classmates and pupils. On the surface, this is based on the interactions between the teachers and their classes, and the individual relationships growing between students and teachers. Behind the scenes, there is more going on. Teachers are gathering information to help them know their students more completely as learners, and to enable groupings and individual attention that will make this year successful for your child.

Gathering Data
Every year at this time, teachers review each student’s cumulative file. From this, they gather a trove of information that informs their ability to teach effectively. Teachers collect data from past report cards, benchmark assessments, and notes from meetings held with parents in prior years. The 3rd and 4th grade teachers review their students’ STAR test scores (the same ones you received at home for assessments in 2nd and 3rd grades), noting areas that will require review or additional support. Kindergarten-2nd grade teachers analyze fresh DIBELS data (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) from this year’s brief but informative universal screening already completed. The preliminary results of just completed CELDT (California English Language Development Test) are examined for students who may be learning English as a second language. Teachers check in with past years’ teachers to learn more about how best to work with their new students.

Setting Goals
Once they know their students, teachers meet in a variety of groupings to plan for success. As a whole staff, in grade level teams, and with the community at our School Site Council meetings we analyze our achievement results, compare them to prior goals set, and make adjustments to move forward with the best potential for student achievement.

Of course, we realize you are a huge part of our team.  We expect that you will continue to inform us, and appreciate that we can count on you to support your children’s success at home and at school.

Best wishes,
John Triska