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Principal’s Message 11/30/21015

Date: November 30, 2015 Author: Michelle Marchena Curtis Categories: Featured, Principals Message

Welcome back BA families. I hope all of you enjoyed family time and feel ready for the three-week run to Winter Break.

It was great seeing you working with your children’s teachers to during conference week. The parent/teacher partnership is essential to student progress, so I appreciate your part in that. Our learners are growing in so many ways, mastering foundational skills in reading, writing, and mathematics and building 21st Century competencies to become capable, curious, confident problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders.

Teachers are implementing project-based learning units designed to boost these skills and inspire student-driven inquiry in science and social studies. Students practice academic skills in meaningful ways as they dive into a driving question and begin research. Throughout the projects, students read, write, wonder, design, test, refine and share their findings. They also develop essential proficiencies across the 5Cs: communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship; typically diving deeply into one or two of these areas within the course of a project. These pivotal skills support students as they learn to think deeply, build creative confidence to try out new ideas, and begin to expand their thinking as part of a team.

As you know, our district is in the process of redesigning our configurations to better match the learning stages of our students. Last year, Brittan Acres teachers joined the district design team to develop a prototype set of 21st Century learning outcomes for grades TK-3, 4-5 and 6-8. In conjunction with Common Core Standards, these outcomes guide teachers and students as they set project goals and reflect on progress. At each step along the way, competencies grow to match the unique developmental stages of our students.

I look forward to observing progress on these outcomes, and hope you also notice your students developing into more thoughtful, deeper learners as well.

Best wishes,

John Triska