Dear Glencoe Families,
Last Thursday was Principal for a Day and I was able to spend the morning with Alissa Keny-Guyer, the State Representative for our SE area. This is an opportunity sponsored by All Hands Raised to bring individuals into the schools to understand each schools’ successes and chal-lenges. We visited classrooms, talked to stu-dents and teachers and spent some time talking about Measure 97 and the positive impact it could have on education. If you have not yet researched this Measure I encourage you to do so before you turn in your ballot.
Friday night was the annual Harvest Festival. I heard from many families that it was one of the best ones to date. Not holding much history here all I can say is that it was very well done. There were so many new games, circus activities, Food Carts to order dinner and of course some repeat favorites such as Fortune Telling and Book Giveaways. I want to thank all the families who helped plan, set-up, execute and clean up. It was quite the production!
We are heading into an inconsistent school cal-endar this month with a variety of interruptions to the school week. Please make sure you are checking the calendar of events on our website.
Conferences are the week of Wednesday and Thursday, November 9th and 10th. Teachers will review a progress report, not report card, to give parents a solid understanding of their child’s academic and social/emotional skills. If you have not yet signed up for a Parent/Teacher con-ference, please contact the main office for your appointment. If you are a parent of a current 4th or 5th grader you should have received your child’s state Smarter Balanced test results from Spring 2016 in the mail. If you have questions
about this information, feel free to bring the letter with you so teachers can explain the results.
Each school received a State Report Card in Octo-ber. I reviewed the test results at Site Council and the October PTA meeting. Although schools did not receive an overall rating the report card shared each school’s participation rate on the state test and students’ performance in both math and read-ing. Out of the 220 students who took the state test 154/220 in math and 165/220 in reading performed at or above the performance expectation for their grade level. This is an increase in performance levels from Spring 2015. We had approximately 40 students who did not participate in the testing process so our participation rate fell under the 95% expectations set by the state. According to these results there is a gap in achievement between our white students, our students of color and our eco-nomically disadvantaged students. This is some-thing that we are aware of and are attempting to address through our Equity and CARE work as a staff.
We are finally reaching Daylight Savings and turn-ing our clocks back. So, don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour this coming Saturday night, November 5th.
Hope to see you at this month’s PTA meeting, Parent/Teacher Conferences or Family Art night on November 17th at 6:00 pm.
Tonight’s 8th Grade Family Night at Roosevelt has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for Monday, February 13th at 5:30 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience this second cancellation may cause. MLC’s 8th Grade Family Night set for this evening at 6pm is happening as scheduled.
We continue to prepare for schools to reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
Please note that our plan is for schools to start at regular times tomorrow making this the first day of eliminating late starts for professional development as part of our plan to restore lost instructional hours due to weather-related closures this winter.
This was a difficult decision. We know that school closures impact families in many ways, disrupting work schedules, childcare, in addition to classroom instruction for the nearly 49,000 students we serve.
2:40 PM - 4:00 PM SITE Council Mtg.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Bond Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting, #2
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Family Potluck Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Bond Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting, #3
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Health, Safety and Modernization Bond Town Hall, Cleveland
2:20 PM - 2:45 PM Popcorn Friday
8:15 AM - 9:30 PM PTA Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Art Infusion Parent Training
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Health, Safety and Modernization Bond Town Hall, Madison
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Health, Safety and Modernization Bond Town Hall, Lincoln