Friday, February 27, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Dear Barrows Families,
I hope you are enjoying this week with your families! I wanted to let you know about a fun way for our Barrows Students to stretch their thinking and show some of their perseverance and problem-solving skills. When students return to school after vacation they can participate in a weekly challenge called the Principal’s Problem of the Week. The problem type will vary each week— They could be math/science/literacy/history/arts/other based, problems could have one correct answer or multiple solutions, and I may have one school-wide problems, and other weeks that it is differentiated by levels. The commonality between all of the problems is that they will demand students use their problem solving skills, perseverance, risk-taking, research, creative thinking, and "proving" that their answer is correct. I hope this is a fun way for us all to try stretching our brains a bit! I will share the problems of the week on the blog, they will be posted in the school, and I may occasionally share them in the Starburst too! If your child decides to take on the Principal’s Problem of the Week challenge and you want to help them consider how to support the learning and problem-solving strategies of your child;
- Ask you child what information they can learn from the question
- Ask your child where they think they could go to get more information
- If your child thinks they have it right tell them to prove it to you or give them a non-answer and make them prove you wrong
- If your child gets stuck, ask them what information they would need that would make it easier to solve…then see if they can identify where to get that information!
Get a sneak peek of our first Principal Problem of the Week below! I hope these fun problems will help encourage our students to ‘stick-to-it’ and do their best in an unknown situation! I look forward to seeing the creative thinking of our Barrows Shining Stars!
~Heather Leonard, Principal
Monday, February 16, 2015
Has your child ever looked closely at a snowflake?
Michele and Cindy
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
A message from READING SCHOOL DISTRICT
This is Superintendent of Schools John Doherty with an important message. Unfortunately, due to the additional significant snowfall accumulations that we will be receiving this evening and tomorrow there will be no school or extended day programs for the Reading Public Schools for Monday, February 9th.
Have a great day and stay safe.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's building principal.
Monday, February 2, 2015
This is Superintendent of Schools John Doherty with an important message. Due to the high volume of snow that we have received over the last 7 days, including today's significant snowstorm, there will be no school or extended day activities for the Reading Public Schools for Tuesday, February 3rd.
Thanks and have a great day.
Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2015 7:11 AM
Subject: PARCC Parent Information Sessions in February
A message from READING SCHOOL DISTRICT
This year, the Reading Public Schools will be participating in the PARCC Online Assessments for Mathematics and Literacy for Grades 3-8 during the months of March, April, and May. Since this is the first time that the district will be participating in this assessment, we will be holding parent information sessions on the following evenings:
Tuesday, February 3rd, 7:00 p.m., Coolidge Middle School Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, February 4th, 7:00 p.m., Parker Middle School Auditorium
Both sessions will be identical in content and will be presented by our elementary and middle school principals. Prior to the presentation, we will send out the power point presentation to all parents. These information sessions are open to all who are interested in learning more about the PARCC test, but will be especially informative for parents in Grades 3-8. PARCC testing schedules for March/April will be sent out in the next few days by your child’s building principal.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call your child’s building principal.
Building Independent Learners by Fostering Grit
Imagery of football players and olympic athletes who put all they have into their performances. Day in and day out of practices and a real sense of commitment to their sports permeate their beings. It's beyond talent; it's passion.
Academic grit may conjure different images, but the amount of work it takes to develop the tenacity to be great at anything is substantial. And it is sadly lacking in many of our 21st century learners.
Perhaps things have come to easily. Perhaps they are all used to getting trophies for participation. Perhaps they don't see the value in putting in the effort.
Whatever the reason, it's a teacher's job, a school's job, a family's job to help develop children who can hack it in a world that won't be as forgiving.
So how can teachers contribute to this important lesson. Check out these possibilities:
- Students need opportunities to try and fail without anyone fixing it for them. It's okay to let them struggle. Know your students. Know how hard to push and when to lend a hand without enabling them.
- Model the behaviors you want students to emulate. Be willing to take risks and fail in front of students and then model how to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and try again.
- Remind students that grit is not an innate ability, it is the heart of what it means to practice and persevere. Grit takes work. Remind them not to be afraid of work.
- Learn with intention. Students shouldn't want to develop grit just to get better grades, they should want to develop it because it will make them successful people. Great working habits develop strength of mind and character and that is more important extrinsic motivation.
- Coach kids through hard times, don't do it for them. Regardless of how challenging a task is, never allow a student to quit. Remind them that there is no time limit on success and that it is in their best interest to push through the challenge. There is no accomplishment greater.