Part One of a three part letter from Curriculum Director Dr Daniel Johnson

October marks the start of autumn and, with it, the changing of the leaves, cooler weather, and the start to the Holiday season. It is always one of my favorite times of the year, as it gives us all so much to look forward to - each month allowing us to spend time with family and friends.

By this time, classroom lessons are in full implementation, and students are working to master the skills necessary to meet our essential learning goals at each level. I have had the opportunity to visit classrooms in each of the buildings, and it is exciting to see the activities that our teachers have planned and the learning that is taking place.

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We are up and running with GAFE, and teachers are beginning to implement Google into their daily lessons and routines. We are working on ways to present learning opportunities for our community to also master the Google platform. The first you may have noticed is the imbedded learning tool in your child’s Google account called Synergyse. I will offer more on how to utilize this within this month’s newsletter.

Also included this month is an update on PARCC. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, I look forward to partnering with the community during the PARCC testing in efforts to have our students participate and perform to the best of their abilities, as this will give us an accurate data picture of our students’ progress within our curricula, while allowing us to plan for any identified areas of need.

It is my hope that all of your children are enjoying school, and that all will have a great autumn!

Yours in Education, Dr. Johnson

(Look for Part Two tomorrow)