WE HOPE EVERYONE HAS A WONDERFUL SUMMER!
Thank you for a wonderful school year! As we end the school year, I want to provide you with a recap of all the successes we have achieved as a school community.
SUCCESSES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
v The new playground was opened with recognition and applause from the school community, including the Superintendent and town officials. Our ceremony included Principal Podesky engaged the entire student population as she endured the ice bucket challenge.
v The façade of the building was updated and various areas of the school were painted and upgraded.
v Throughout the summer, the teachers collaborated in completing Charter Office requirements with the principal.
v Teachers participated in training in the new McGraw Hill Reading Program during August 2014.
v Open House and Curriculum Night were very well-attended by the parents.
v A Parents Coffee Hour was held to familiarize parents with the curriculum, Accelerated Schools Model and community services that are available.
v The school Nurse, Anne Marie Melley distributed information about the free dental program available for our students.
v A team of teachers attended a workshop in “Collaborative Teambuilding for Student Success” at the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association.
v The pilot program for the new reading program was implemented in September and reviewed with the consultant from McGraw Hill in the fall. Our teachers visited Stoney Brook Elementary School in Brewster to observe how they implemented the reading program.
v Second grade teachers attended the charter school workshop on social emotional learning and differentiated instruction that they shared with their colleagues at a staff meeting.
v Our school was involved in the district-wide Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) that is a grant funded initiative that offers professional development from nationally renowned consultants.
v We formed a building-based MTSS team that met to discuss the academic and social/emotional support system that we have in place at BCHMCPS.
v The MTSS school-based team met with Psychiatrist Jim Levine to consult about the social/emotional supports we have available in our school.
v The School Psychologist, Peter Norton, and the School Adjustment Counselor, Krista Swanson, attended workshops on Childhood Trauma.
v Principal Podesky and School Adjustment Counselor, Krista Swanson, did research on the “Calm Choice” program that is to introduce students to meditation and mindfulness. This is a program we will consider implementing next year with the support of the PTO.
v The PTO funded class field trips for every grade level and a guest author presentation in which every third grade student received a signed copy of the book.
v The Enoch Cobb Grant, that teachers applied for helped us buy science and math material to supplement our curriculum.
v The staff enlisted in the Cape Cod STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Network and the Kindergarten and First Grade teams received funds for materials and a filed trip to the wind turbines in town as a component of the First Grade Unit on Wind, Power and Energy.
v The first grade team of teachers submitted a proposal to present the STEM unit at the MassCUE (Massachusetts Computers Users in Education) annual conference at Gillette Stadium at Patriots Place and they will be exhibitors in October 2015.
v The teachers presented a video of the Wind Unit to the Cape Cod STEM Network meeting.
v Individual computer licenses were purchased for every student to access independent learning using Razz-Kids, a reading program, and Sumdog, a math program. Mrs. Kelly’s third grade came in first in the state and Ms. Howe’s class came in second.
v A parent coffee hour was held to familiarize parents with how to access these programs at home.
v The school website was updated 2 – 3 times per week and a monthly newsletter was posted by Ms. Podesky with the assistance of Technology Assistant Lauren Pacone.
v Second Grade teachers attended a workshop sponsored by the Charter School Association and Ms. Podesky attended their training for administrators as well.
v ELL teachers developed new curriculum plans aligned with WIDA standards and collaborated with the new district Director Kathy Astrauskaus.
v Title I and Special Education teacher attended a workshop on Math Improvement and Family Involvement twice this year.
v The number of Ipads for student use was increased and we have a technology plan that will increase the Ipads available in classrooms and in the daycare program three-fold.
v The after-school daycare supervisors were trained in the Razz-Kids program by the Reading Specialist Jennifer Hemr and groups for additional independent reading were incorporated into the after-school care program.
v Each grade level team provided an evening activity for parents based on the grade level standards for math.
v Components of the reading program, beyond the pilot program, were added to the curriculum.
v A technology plan was developed to provide each classroom with a projector to implement the digital component of the reading program.
v Principal Podesky collaborated with the Barnstable Police Department and Fire Department on our school security plan.
v During the extreme snow accumulation in the school drop-off areas, particularly where walkers are dropped off and picked up, Principal Podesky met with the Police Department, Director of Traffic Control, the Barnstable Resource Office and the Parking Control office to discuss parent concerns and develop a safety plan for our students. This will be an ongoing project for next year.
v The facility will be upgraded with new shades in the cafeteria and gymnasium.
v We look forward to adding new staff members to our school as retirements and staff members progress to professional positions and you will be invited to meet them and learn about how they will contribute to our school.
v The computer lab will be expanded so that we can have an entire classroom learn in the lab and receive help from the reading specialist.
v We will increase the number of Ipads in the school
v Three Apple Televisions will be added to the Title I Math and Reading Rooms and to the library for digital learning and enhancement of the after-school program.
I am happy to address any concerns or questions you may have and you may contact me at Podesky_Kathleen@barnstable.k12.ma.us.