Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
From September 15, 2015 to October 15, 2015, everyone in the country celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. Teachers and students alike celebrated this special time through a culmination of activities such as teacher-developed lessons focusing on the contributions of people of Hispanic descent, a flag naming competition from Spanish speaking countries, morning announcements that focused on a “Guess Who” competition in which students identified famous persons being described, and a Hispanic Heritage Feast. Additionally, each day ended on a high note with the sounds of Hispanic music floating through the hallways.
Concurrently, we had our week of Respect during October 5, 2015 through October 9, 2015. Our Respect Week Committee designed daily announcements that highlighted quotes that shared insight into what it means to be respectful and how to show respect in our daily lives. All content teachers incorporated lessons that focused on teaching respect. Each student additionally completed a card that continued the statement of, “I matter because…” These cards are displayed in our main hall way. Furthermore, everyone was dismissed each day to a respect-based song to end the day on a positive note.
In congruence with Respect Week, we had our Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) kickoff on October 8, 2015. This event was a huge success! Homeroom was extended as we reviewed school expectations by watching videos that modeled proper student behavior and by playing Jeopardy as a means of reviewing those expectations. Students and teachers then competed in a variety of activities and challenges such as a tissue race, juggling balloons, blowing bubbles across the stage, and a leap frog race in an effort to promote bonding and a positive learning environment! It was truly a fun, lively experience for all!
Lastly, we had an amazing assembly! Rise Above All Links brought us energetic and inspirational live performances by MROSE and Kris Aaron on October 9, 2015. Students were encouraged to sing along and dance as our visitors shared their passion for music and messages about anti-bullying. Students were ecstatic over our visitors and overall their performances made many student’s day.
Our annual Bike Rodeo was held after school on October 7, 2015. We partnered up with EZRIDE who provides Safe Routes to School programs to schools and municipalities. Their goal is to assist communities in developing and implementing programs to encourage walking and bicycling to school in safe manner. Safe Routes to Schools is a nationwide initiative addressing many of the health and safety issues children are facing on a daily basis. We encouraged our students to walk or ride to school on this day and then to take part in our first ever “Wilday Ride” in which students and teachers rode their bicycles on a two mile ride through town. Additionally, students learned how to properly wear a helmet and reviewed the rules and regulations of riding on the road.
On October 20, 2015, a Parent Workshop was held on the Common Core. Information was presented on PARCC, multiple intelligences, the different hats of learning, and the importance of homework. Please stay tuned for future Parent Workshops!
Overall, October was an exciting month filled with intriguing and engaging activities and lessons. As we continue through the school year, we ask that you be an active part of your child’s education. Take the time to ask how his/her day went, inquire as to how he/she felt during special activities and assemblies, and as always monitor his/her academic progress. It is important that we all work together as the task of educating our future cannot be performed by the school staff alone. So stay tuned for many other events and activities set to occur during this 2015-2016 school year and we hope to see you present and participating.
Dr. Josue B. Falaise