We just started the new semester and are excited for the second half of the year! This next semester is a significant time when students show significant growth in academics and behavior. We are well into the classroom and building procedures and students often show tremendous improvement over the next couple months. Knowing that this upcoming time is critical, please ensure your students are in attendance at school. With so much team and class collaboration, it is difficult to recreate these activities outside of the school setting.
We have completed Winter assessments and will be sharing this information with families, along with report cards, this week. This data gives us key information on what to focus on for each child and how best to support their educational needs. One change to assessments this year is that all of our students, Kindergarten - 5th grade, take the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) assessment for ELA and Math. While no child is defined by their assessment scores, it helps us to build a picture of how to best support and guide each students learning needs. Previously NWEA was used at 2nd - 5th grade, but we included Kindergarten and 1st grade this year so we can have a comprehensive view of a child for the duration of their time here at Alcona Elementary.
An area that we recognize our positive behaviors is by handing out tickets to students that are showing expected behaviors. As each class earns tickets, they celebrate with a classroom celebration. Along with this, we have a building-wide celebration each marking period to recognize all of the expected behaviors that the students are showing. This past marking period we had a ‘Diversity Circus’ visit the school and discuss what it looks like to be Fair, Inclusive, Respectful, and Aware of others. We acknowledged what those look and sound like and to be aware of them, along with all of the tickets the students earned. Our ROAR tickets are handed out to students showing expected behaviors, based on our ROAR expectations throughout the building, such as the Cafeteria, Bathroom, Buses, Playground, Classroom, Hallway, and at Assemblies. Ask your child how many tickets they have earned and why the recieved them.
Tiger Clinic Updates
This time of the year brings with it a variety of illnesses. It is important to take precautions to prevent the spread of illness in the school and at home. Extra time to wash hands and faces, along with washing hats, gloves, coats, and snow pants more often will help prevent your student from getting sick. Attendance is critical during this time of year, and extra steps to prevent illness will go a long way in ensuring students are here at school.
Another step in prevention is to have students put their hats inside the sleeve of their coats before hanging them up on the coat racks. We remind students to do this and reminders from home are appreciated to help support.
The Alcona Elementary PTO has the next meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 13th, at 5:15p at the elementary school. There are some great events planned for the upcoming months and we are always looking for new faces and ideas to join!
Please reach out with any questions or concerns at 989-736-8146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.