As we move into our fall report card conferences I would like you to know about the some of the hard work that has been our focus thus far this year.
Our teachers have been involved in professional development focused on the development of Professional Learning Communities under the direction of a highly regarded consultant that has worked with many Vermont Elementary Schools. Teachers have been hard at work putting the concepts delivered during the professional development to use in the classroom environment.
Our teachers are also involved in Common Core curriculum and instructional development that will allow us to make the transition to the new curriculum requirements within this program. We will be working with an expert in this area that will work with our staff directly in the classrooms to help guide this transition, particularly with regard to math strategies.
Our staff has completed our School Improvement Plan that will be implemented throughout the rest of this year into next year. We are focusing on the regular study of student data to determine what students know, what they still do not know, and what we will do about that to make sure that they do now. Our plan also includes vocabulary in math and language arts that will help students unlock the meaning of important vocabulary to increase comprehension. Our staff has worked exceptionally hard to identify these goals, has embraced them and are to be recognized for this hard work.
I am so pleased to have the opportunity to serve the families and children of our school community, as everyone, teachers, students, parents and community members have been most supportive and welcoming. Thank you.