The Principal's Corner
The Principal's Corner
It’s March already and there is so much happening! This month starts off with professional development for PV teachers on Friday, March 10th — there will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. We will be reaching beyond our classrooms to learn new strategies in the area of teaching reading. No matter how long we've been teaching, we can always benefit from gathering with colleagues and sharing new curriculum ideas. PV teachers have been working together this year to strengthen our writing program and on March 10th we will begin to learn more about the Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study for Teaching Reading series to help our students reach the Connecticut Core Standards!
March is also time for sharing student progress. Students will be receiving their Report Cards on March 24th and Parent Teacher Conference will be scheduled on March 29th and 30th. Our teachers always look forward to sharing your child’s strengths and successes and it is also a good time to set goals for the rest of the year! Teachers will be sending home a form for you to pick the best time to meet – so check those backpacks Soon!
That same week our 5th graders will be presenting their Science Fair Projects in the gym. Judging will take place Wednesday morning, March 29th. Stop in to the gym to see the fifth graders projects during conferences!
March’s Math Masters Assembly is always very special because we invite our second graders to earn their own math masters awards as they show mastery of addition and subtraction fact fluency! I’m looking forward to the assembly on March 24th! Look for an invitation!
In addition, March is the start of annual state tests. This month only our 5th graders will take the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) in Science. It won’t be until the end of April that the English Language Arts and Mathematics portion of SBAC state testing will be given.
The SBAC state testing is aligned with the CT Core Standards, which are designed to prepare Pleasant Valley students to succeed in college and the workforce some day! Our teachers integrate the CT Core Standards into lessons at Pleasant Valley everyday. Below is a summary of some of the biggest differences in the CCSS:
English Language Arts/Literacy:
***Focus on non-fiction, careful/close reading
***Discuss reading and write using evidence
***Increase academic vocabulary
***Learn more about fewer concepts
***Focus on skill building, speed and accuracy
***Use of real world examples to better understand concepts
Finally, we are so proud of our students’ charity efforts to the Friday’s Dog Rescue Foundation. PV kids donated more than $1000.00 to an organization that was very grateful!
Looking forward to spring!
- Mrs. Miner