Living through the pandemic has become our new normal and the rhythms of our work are cycling within that. This is not necessarily good or bad; it is just our being at this time. I continue to believe that we will return to a greater assemblance of how things were over the next year.
Writing newsletter articles have always seemed to have a rhythm of a little of what is going on in the current and components of education about the things of school that often seem foreign from the outside in. For what seems to be so long, but in reality is only a few short months, our worlds have been consumed with the current pandemic and my most common themes in the newsletter. Each month, I think something else will draw to focus...just not yet.
Naturally, this situation, like many others of the past, draws concern for its impact on our students and their future and often too, causes frustration about our lack of control. These emotions are not exclusive to anyone of us. All of us at one point or another have or will feel them.
I continue to celebrate the work of our students, the commitment of our staff and the support of our community in this journey. I know that everyone is doing their best and will continue to do so and I also know that in spite of this we will need to find ways to continue to close gaps amongst students as we move forward.
Our first round of basic reading and math screening, known as the FAST has been completed by our Kdg-8th grade students and results demonstrate that some students/grades have not grown at the typical rate while yet have maintained and/or grown. There is always a variance of skill maintained from one year to the next, but an increased degree of variance is evident as anticipated.Read more