CW Friday eNews
We Stand Up. We Think Visibly. We are CW!
Mar. 30, 2016
Dear CW Families, When I was in San Diego last week, I was reminded why CW is so amazing. While the focus of the conference was deeper learning through Project Based Learning (PBL), a big take away was from visiting the classrooms at High Tech High Elementary. I saw countless examples of their students engaged in activities to bring their thinking to the classroom. I saw variations of the things we do every day in our classrooms! More will be shared about this experience at a later time…right now my focus is on the aﬃrmation I received of what our students and staﬀ are doing…as always, I am so proud to be your child’s principal. Have a great spring break!
NWEA Map Parent/Guardian Reports: Today, we are sending home the assessment results from the NWEA Map assessment. This was the first year our students took this assessment. They tested in the Fall and again in January. Duplicate mailings will go home for students that have 2 households with report cards on Friday, April 15. There is a lot of information in the family guide. If you have additional questions, there are additional resources at http://fhps.net/departments/instructiondepartment/
Please remember the following when looking at your child’s results:
• This is our 1st year of using NWEA and our focus this year was on learning how to use the information to diﬀerentiate instruction
• It’s a single assessment that students are still getting used to
• If your child showed a decline, we know they are growing and learning. We use a variety of classroom assessments that show us that.
M-Step - Testing begins for our 5th grade students on Tuesday, April 12th! Your child’s teacher should have emailed home the specific dates/times of when your child will test. At CW, we look at the M-Step as a way
to celebrate our year of thinking! I am proud of the deep learning and thinking our students have done and look forward to watching them shine! Student Sponsored Coat Drive!: Last call-donations will be accepted on Monday, April 11th!
Thinking on Spring Break Many families will take time during break to travel or simply stay home and spend time together as a family. During the times when you are connecting with your child, feel free to ask about things they are seeing to make their thinking visible: What questions do you have? Does this make you wonder? What are three words to describe this experience?
Tweet of the Week
David Simpson @davidsimpson512 Personalized learning is a natural result of project based learning. When Ss decide what to solve, they will soar! #deeperlearning David Simpson @davidsimpson512 Change is reversible. Transformation is not. #deeperlearning
At last but not least, What makes you say that?
CENTRAL WOODLANDS WEEKLY CALENDAR April 11 - 15, 2016 Monday, April 11 School Resumes from Spring Break -5th Grade MSTEP Tes1ng window begins today -6th Grade Town Hall Mtg, Gym, 12:00 PM -5th Grade Town Hall Mtg, Gym, 12:20 PM -AYSO Youth Soccer Prac1ce (Mon’s: 4/11-6/3/16) CW Soccer Field, 5:00-8:00 PM -YMCA Youth Baseball (Mon’s: 4/11-6/1/16), CW Baseball Field, 5:30-8:30 PM Tuesday, April 12 -HIT Mtg, Cafeteria, 3:45-4:45 PM -Tutor Club, FHC Na1onal Honor Society Volunteers, Media Center, 3:45-4:30 PM -Girls on Track, A-1, (T & Th’s: 3/1-5/21) 3:45-5:15 PM -Rapids FC Soccer (T & Th’s: 4/12-6/9/16) CW Soccer Field, 5:00-8:00 PM -NELL - Northeast Li\le League (T & Th’s: 4/12-6/9/16) CW Baseball Field, 5:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, April 13 -FH Rangers Lacrosse-LAX (W & F’s: 4/13-6/10/16) 4:00-8:00 PM -Thornapple Valley Baseball League-TVBL (W & F’s: 4/13-6/10/16) CW Baseball Field 5:00-9:00 PM Thursday, April 14 -Reader Recogni1on, Cafeteria, 8:45 AM -Girls on Track, A-1, (Tues & Th’s 3/1-5/21) 3:45-5:15 PM -Rapids FC Soccer (T & Th’s: 4/12-6/9/16) CW Soccer Field, 5:00-8:00 PM -NELL - Northeast Li\le League (T & Th’s: 4/12-6/9/16) CW Baseball Field, 5:00-8:00 PM -Peaceful Dragons Self Defense (Tue’s 4/14-6/9) Gym, 6:00-9:00 PM Friday, April 15 -Girl Scouts Troop #3822, D-7, 3:45-6:00 PM -FH Rangers Lacrosse-LAX (W & F’s: 4/13-6/10/16) 4:00-8:00 PM -Thornapple Valley Baseball League-TVBL (W & F’s: 4/13-6/10/16) CW Baseball Field 5:00-9:00 PM -Thornapple Elementary Family Fun Night, 6:30-8:30 PM