The school year is nearly a third over and progress reports will be going home the first week of December. Sixty days of school have flown by, and we see exciting signs of growth and learning in the students. Our teachers are learning, too, participating in a variety of professional development activities this year in math and technology. Students are making new connections to old concepts using the decidedly non-technological Cuisenaire rods in math. At the other end of the spectrum, students are beginning to work at their own pace in a variety of subjects with the help of computer-assisted instruction.
We had our first Spanish classes with Mr. M this week. Those classes were followed up with a second class later in the week led by the classroom teacher. It was great to see how enthusiastic students were with the curriculum. They wrestled to make meaning and connections, and were eager to learn more at the end of each class period.
I am happy to report that our first round of poison ivy removal from the playground has been finished just in time for winter. We will repeat the process at least two more times next spring and summer. With winter coming sooner rather than later, we are worried less about poison ivy than snow, ice and cold. Good winter footwear and snow clothes will be welcome very soon.