• October 2018 Update

    Wonder Night

    On October 4th, we had our first Wonder Night. We had 142 families that participated in the evening event. This was an important evening where parents learned about their child's day, the curriculum that is being taught, and how their child performed on assessments in Language Arts and Math. It was explained to parents that understanding student success in reading, is key to a thriving school and community.

    In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed the Third Grade Reading Bill in an effort to ensure that students exit 3rd Grade reading at or above grade level according to the statewide assessment (M-STEP). Explanations were provided how we have implemented a formal Individualized Reading Intervention Plan for students who are reading below grade level. We are communicating with those parents about the student’s strength and areas of weakness. The plan includes how often we are intervening in the classroom and during focus time and what we are using to monitor the student's progress in order to make adjustments. Activities were provided to help parents to work with their students at home. A survey was distributed and collected at the end of the evening. When reviewing parent feedback, the results were very positive. Some specific comments from parents were:

    • Great experience and very informative
    • Love being able to learn early about how my daughter is doing so that we can help her improve at home
    • Very helpful
    • Try and make activities more available to parents that work different shifts

    The links for the presentations of each grade level are below:

    Ambitious Instruction Walkthroughs

    We are well underway with our ambitious instruction walkthroughs. Last month, more than 25 rooms were visited through the walkthroughs. It is great to see all the teaching and learning that is taking place. These walkthroughs provide a quick snapshot of teacher and student actions. There is a building performance tool that is used to observe if the teacher actions and student actions are aligned to the vision of ambitious instruction.

    Fire Prevention Assembly

    The Coldwater Fire Department was able to meet with all Jefferson Elementary students and presented important information regarding fire safety. They covered stop, drop, and roll. Kids were able to see firefighters in their full equipment. Students learned about the sounds and lights that they would hear if a firefighter was fully equipped and entered a burning home. They reminded kids to always have their bedroom doors shut at night and check your fire and smoke alarms at home. Firefighters encouraged students to set up a fire evacuation plan with their families at home. Students were excited and learned a lot from their fire prevention assembly.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Tobi Reardon
    Principal, Jefferson Elementary School