JMS Weekly Update, 5-24-2019

JMS Weekly Update, 5-24-2019
Posted on 05/24/2019
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A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

At the beginning of the year, I shared with you our School Improvement Plan for the 2018-2019 school year. Included were many action steps designed to help us reach improvement goals in a number of areas, including curriculum, instruction, assessment, and school climate. While many of these action steps are still in progress, there are several that I am proud to share at this point:

- Implemented a "Flex" period to better meet the instructional needs of students
- Realigned grades 4 and 5 to be content-specific and better align instruction with standards
- Adopted DreamBox, a research-based online supplemental math program, in grades K-6
- Adjusted schedule to provide dedicated time to new science standards (NGSS), K-6
- Utilized specials (unified arts) teachers to support students with classroom content
- Adjusted schedule to provide dedicated bi-weekly collaboration time for K-2 and 3-6 teachers
- Incorporated research-based Bridges program to strengthen intervention for mathematics
- Increased rigor of language arts and math assessments by weaving in standards-aligned Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs)
- Contributed the development of, and adopted, "What Would a Wamogo Warrior Do?" initiative to clarify behavioral expectations and to improve school climate
- Rolled out JMS Instagram page to provide families with daily peeks into school happenings
- Encouraged and saw dramatic increase in participation on Family Climate Survey
- Witnessed significant growth from 2018 to 2019 on Climate Survey responses

Stay tuned for more information about our school improvement efforts as results are tabulated this spring!

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend,
KC Chapman, Principal

Upcoming Events

Fri.., 5/24 - 5th Grade Trip to Great Mountain Forest
Mon., 5/27 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
Fri., 5/31 - High Notes Music Festival Trip
Mon., 6/3 - Three-School Elementary Field Day @ Wamogo High School
Week of 6/3 - Final week of After School Enrichment
Fri., 6/7 - Kindergarten & Gr. 1 Field Trip to Imagine Nation
Fri., 6/7 - PreK End of Year Celebration
Tue., 6/11 - PreK "Meet and Greet" with Mrs. Sheik
Thurs., 6/13 - JMS Moving Up Ceremony, 7:00 PM
Thurs., 6/13 - Early Dismissal at 1:25 PM
Fri., 6/14 - Early Dismissal & Last Day of School
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