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ANNOUNCEMENTS JOGATHON! Thanks to the organizers, volunteers, staff, and students who made the 2016 Jogathon run so smoothly! Now it’s time to collect pledges and turn in the money raised.
ARE YOU RETURNING NEXT YEAR? Please return this form by 4/15. 5TH GRADE PARENT BALLROOM DANCE PERFORMANCE is Thursday, April 14. Dancers (in elegant dress) should be here at 6:00 p.m. Performance is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Cafeteria. STATE TESTING -- Edison students in grades 3,4,5 will take the CAASPP tests on selected days from May 2 – May 17 , 2016. If you would like to know the exact days for your child’s grade level, speak with their teacher. Please do your best to avoid absences and arrive on time during the testing window EDISON SITE COUNCIL holds its monthly meeting April 13 from 4:006:00 pm in the Community Room. Agenda will include: Discussion of Implementation Strategies and Timelines, Learning Walk for Site Council Members, Planning for Parent Survey, and Construction Updates.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK: MEETING THE NEEDS OF DIVERSE LEARNERS Last week, Dr. Pedro Noguera released his report on equity and opportunities to learn in SMMUSD. The report is now posted on the district website (www.smmusd.org). Among other things, he found that our district does not have a shared understanding of the meaning of equity, with some believing that equity efforts are only for “some children” and come at the expense of serving the needs of advanced students. Edison families typically do not see equity as this kind of “zero sum game.” We have a pretty good understanding in our community that efforts to raise achievement for striving students benefit the entire learning community. As the graphic in the left column illustrates, equity is not the same as equality. Successful learning communities focus on giving each student what he or she needs -- not on providing an identical experience for each learner. SMMUSD uses a Response to Intervention and Instruction (RTI2a) model, using student data to monitor progress and providing interventions and/or differentiated instruction to move all students forward – toward standards and beyond. Some kinds of differentiation are more visible than others – such as some children working with a reading specialist during the day or before or after school or being invited to intervention summer school. However, there are also other kinds of differentiation that are much less obvious and even more far reaching. I want to make sure that you are all aware of the importance we place on differentiation to address the needs of all learners – those working below, at, and above grade level standards. Differentiation has been the focus of our professional development for many years and most times when teachers are out of the classroom at PD meetings, they are learning various ways to differentiate content, teaching process, the products expected, and/or the learning environment to better meet the needs of diverse learners. The schoolwide strategies we adopt and support with professional development are those that have differentiation built in. For example, we use leveled books and small group reading instruction rather than relying only on whole-class instruction with everyone reading the same thing. We’re supporting the growth of a workshop approach to reading and writing (with coaching, visits to experts, and attendance at conferences) – and letting students choose books at their own level and pulling small strategy groups together and conference with individual students. We embrace Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) in math because it allows children to work on the same type of problem, but with different number sets and tasks. We invest in a variety of self-paced computerbased learning programs (in English, Spanish, and math) that allow children to move at their own pace. Appropriate differentiation lifts all boats! APRIL 20 -- The BIG TH SHOW! 5 grade Young Storytellers 6:00 p.m.
APRIL 27 – Spirit Day Wear an Edison T-Shirt or Jersey
APRIL 28 – Spring Concerts – 4th grade at th 6:30 and 5 grade at 7:30 p.m.
May Lunch Menu, SMMEF Auction, Spanish Immersion Fundraiser, Elemental Strings, Kidical Mass