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January School Improvement

As a school and as a district, we are constantly working toward helping our students achieve rigor.  Rigor means that students are working at higher cognitive levels and taking ownership of their learning.  When we talk about higher cognitive levels, we mean that it it no longer enough to memorize a list of facts or recall information.  Ultimately, students need to be able to use their knowledge to accomplish a task or solve problems.  Since rigor is our goal, we are currently working on getting students to process the new information they are learning in class by discussing and explaining their reasoning with their peers.  You can help support our efforts by not only talking with your child about what they are learning in school, but having them explain their thinking about what they are learning.  If they share a new math concept, ask them to show and explain how they solved a problem.  If you are reading with your child, ask them about their opinions about the story.  Questions like,"What do you think will happen next?"  should be followed by,"Why do you think that?" Research shows that the more students talk about and process their new learning, the more likely they will remember what they learned.
We will continue using Study Island again this year, a web-based program to help students practice skills at their instructional level.  Several times during the year, students in grades 3-5 are given the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) test.  Each student's MAP score is uploaded into Study Island to create a student's individualized learning plan.  Teacher are also able to assign practice problems based on skills they are working on in class.  Through Study Island, students have access to practice problems and additional instruction at the click of a button.  If you are interested in learning more about Study Island and having access at home, please contact your child's teacher for more information.

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