April 17, 2017
Every Child - Every Day
We were very busy our first week back from spring break. I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy family and friends.
Teaching and Learning: As always, our teachers and support staff came back from break ready to re-engage with students and their learning. Our 5th grade students presented at our annual science fair. Their presentations were impressive. The turn out from family and our school community was outstanding. Thank you all for your support, it means a lot to us and to the students.
Climate and Culture: MAE is committed to Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and trauma informed practices. This past week we revisited our student behavior documentation system and reviewed the steps that have been taken so far to improve student behavior. Our data indicated that we are moving in the right direction.
Assessment: The time is drawing near for our end-of-year assessments. Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
April 3, 2017
||Welcome to spring break!!! I hope that our entire MAE community is able to enjoy some relaxation and rejuvenation time during spring break. I also hope that finding time to relax also means finding time to read as a family. Research supports the importance of daily reading and the parent as the role model for reading.
March 20, 2017
Michael Anderson Elementary is dedicated to Every Child - Every Day
Teaching and Learning
Our K-2 teachers along with our district literacy team have been exploring possible new curriculum that addresses foundational reading skills. Science has proven that reading is a complex process requiring mastery of five foundational reading skills, which together, allow us to read confidently. Foundational reading skills are: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Our grade 3 through 5 teachers have also been busy examining student assessment data in order to adjust their instruction to address any learning gaps.
This past week, teachers have been working on creating class web pages. The individual web pages can be found by clicking on the academic tab and then staff. Communication with parents is vital and these pages are just one more way for teachers to inform parents about their child’s classroom. Keep checking back to the web pages, as teachers will continue to add more information.
Classified Employee Week
This past week we celebrated all our talented classified staff. These staff members are the backbone of our school. Our dedicated classified colleagues are responsible for assisting in classrooms, maintaining our building and grounds, preparing and serving our meals, and providing administrative support as well as a host of other support activities.
March 13, 2017
Michael Anderson Elementary has been a flurry of activity the past several weeks.
As I walked around our school these past few weeks and visited classrooms, I am so proud of our teachers and students. It is wonderful to see how much effort they are putting forward. Each classroom is busy throughout the day creating memorable moments of learning with a clear focus on student success.
Blankets and Books
The Blankets and Books Family Literacy Night was a smashing success. Families were able to enjoy a variety of activities centered around reading and every child left the event with books they could take home and enjoy.
Parent Teacher Conferences
It was rewarding, this past week, to see all the dedicated parents attending conferences. As I walked through the halls, I witnessed deep conversations between teachers and parents centered around student learning.
Lastly, it was heart warming to see all the families enjoying the Book Fair. The success of the Book Fair rests in part with the dedicated and committed parent volunteers. The money raised through the Book Fair will be used to purchase more books for our library.