Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! I am excited to be part of the La Mariposa School Community. The teachers have been busy preparing for the students to arrive. Over the summer our teachers received new laptops, the computer lab was updated and each classroom now has six computers! All teachers received iPads at the end of last school year and have had the summer to “play” with them and discover new ways to use them with students. They will start the year with an all-day training on how to implement them within the classroom.
In many classes last year you may have heard your child coming home talking about Daily 5. This year, you will see that in more of our classrooms. This is a way of structuring the language arts block during the school day that allows students to work at their own level, while challenging them and providing structure within the classroom. Students will learn to develop independent literacy habits. This structure allows for differentiation. Teachers meet individually with students to set goals and identify strategies to focus on. These goals are addressed through whole class and small group instruction. The new structure fosters a love of reading and writing that is quite impressive.
Common Core Standards were introduced to our teachers last school year. This school year, teachers will begin implementing some of the new concepts. Teachers will meet monthly with Grade Level teams throughout the district to further prepare for implementation of these standards within the classroom.
I would like to invite all parents to Back to School Night. This is an opportunity for parents to learn about classroom procedures, homework policies, and grade level standards. Please join us on Wednesday, September 18th from 6:00-7:30p.m. We will have a short meeting in our MPR from 6:00-6:30p.m. Classroom visitations are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. To accommodate those of you with more than one child at our school, the teachers will give two presentations. One presentation will be from 6:30-7:00 p.m. and one will be from 7:00-7:30 p.m. These presentations will be the same, so feel free to attend either one.
The mission of La Mariposa is to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment in which all students participate in an engaging standards based curriculum. As we work together sharing our strengths and talents, I know we can achieve this goal.
–Erica Williams, Principal