Second semester is certainly in full swing. We had a chance to visit some truly remarkable classrooms this week and were impressed with our students' engagement and our teachers' instruction. Mr.; Pressley's classes engaged in some riveting debates while down the hall Ms. Armour's class explored graphing functions and inequalities. It's always wonderful to see our teachers and students working towards excellence
Next week students will receive a paper copy of the awards we will be giving out at Award Day and the subsequent criteria. In the meantime, please see the types of awards and criteria outlined below.
Principal’s List: Students must earn a 90 or above (as indicated by their 2nd semester final grade in all content areas: ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science, Chinese) and all four connections classes (Health, PE, Art, Chorus).
Honor Roll: Students must earn an 80 or above (as indicated by their 2nd semester final grade in all content areas: ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science, Chinese) and all four connections classes (Health, PE, Art, Chorus).
MAP Growth Award: This award will be given to the two students in each grade per subject who show the largest gains in growth on MAP from the fall to spring assessment. Two awards will be given in each subject assessed by MAP (Reading, Math and Science).
MAP Achievement Award: This award will be given to the two students in each grade per subject who have the highest achievement on the MAP spring assessment. Two awards will be given in each subject assessed by MAP (Reading, Math and Science).
IB Learner Profile Awards: Awards will be given to a boy and girl on each grade level for each IB category.
We are well into our second week of the Spring semester and are excited for what's to come ahead. Please note the following important announcements:
1. Report cards were mailed last Thursday. If you do not receive your child's report card by the end of the week, please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher.
2. All students are currently taking the Winter MAP assessment this year. We are working on a modified schedule this week to ensure that students are able to attend all of their classes for the same amount of time.
As always please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Please be aware that we are asking all students to check-in their laptops on Monday, December 17 so we can run updates and conduct routine maintenance on our computers over the Winter break. Laptops will be re-issued to students upon return from break in January. Please direct any questions to administration or your child's homeroom teacher.
Select students received information about our tutorial program, which will begin next semester. If your child received information regarding tutorial, please make sure you indicate your interest and return this form to your child's homeroom teacher. This is a great opportunity for students to receive additional instruction in a small-group setting.
If your child has missing assignments and/or is currently not passing, s/he received a deficiency notice on Friday. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions. Thank you for your continued support.
Please note: The last day for students to turn in make-up work this semester is December 7.
Last week, we celebrated our school's CCRPI gains with our staff. We acknowledged the students' and staff's hard work as well as the exciting, important work that lies ahead. Wesley's successes this past year do not mean that we have accomplished all of which we are capable. Rather, they are a small sampling of what's to come and the potential of Wesley to be a pre-eminent charter school on the national level.
One of the many exciting aspects about working in a charter school is that there are many opportunities to do something different or think outside the box. I am constantly amazed by the creativity of our students and our teachers. Sometimes this is a matter of thinking about content differently or taking a mundane task and finding a way to do it better.
Every year we celebrate Red Ribbon Week and provide a variety of platforms to help students understand the perils of drug use. One of the activities is a door decorating contest where homerooms decorate their doors to promote themes of Red Ribbon Week. This typically involves large butcher paper and cut-outs, student drawings and a few catchy slogans. To be honest, I never thought much of how to do this type of context differently until I saw what Mr. Pavone's homeroom created.
Mr. Pavone's homeroom decided to do a "digital door" that contained digital QR codes that provide additional information upon being scanned by a cell phone. This exemplifies what we teach our students here at Wesley: Sometimes the best ideas come when we approach a problem or exercise differently. A different perspective is an opportunity to approach the world from another vantage point. At the risk of sounding trite, Mr. Pavone's door did more than provide students with information about Red Ribbon Week. It opened the door to a new way of thinking about an exercise and finding a way to do it better.
This afternoon teachers handed out progress reports, which will give you and your child an overview of your child's performance thus far this semester. Please note that these reports will not include any assignments or work your child has turned in this week or the week prior to fall break. If you have questions please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher(s).
We are proud of the work our students have completed thus far. We are also proud of our teachers for continuing to push our students each and every day!
This week, we held our first Phoenix of the Month celebrations in the new MYP workroom. Our October recipients had an opportunity to play board games and even test their Playstation 4 skills with the MYP administration! We had a great time celebrating our students and the leadership and civic engagement they have shown thus far this year at Wesley. We are looking forward to celebrating our students academic growth next month at our first Benchmark Growth ceremony.
Next month, we will introduce the first recipients of our Phoenix of the Month award. This is an award given to students each month who display the Wesley Way and IB learner profile. This year, our selected students will be invited to attend a special donut breakfast and spend time in the teacher's lounge where they will have an opportunity to play board games, video games, listen to music and hang out with other recipients and our administrative staff. Stay tuned for our announcement in October where we reveal our first award recipients!
Last week, students received deficiency notices in classes for which they may have missing work and/or failing grades. This provides students with ample opportunity to address any issues prior to disseminating progress reports, which go out next month. Parents whose child receives multiple deficiencies will be required to meet with their child's teachers to discuss academic performance and create an action plan of support. Please make sure you work with your child to address any missed work and consult your child's teacher(s) if you have any questions.