Proclamation for Nelson Mandela
What a very sad day. He was a great man with unbelievable vision and fortitude.
School Site Council Meeting
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013.
4:30-6:00 in the MES library
Dropping your child of and picking your child up
Please remember to use caution when driving into our circle. I have recently seen a few folks dropping children off in the middle of the road. Yikes! This is really dangerous and disrupts the flow of traffic. Please help us to help our children be safe each day.
Teachers worked really hard on our new reporting program. Moving to a standards based reporting system requires an incredible attention to detail for each particular standard and I commend the team for their efforts in getting it done. It was a collaborative project district wide as well as site based. Teams worked diligently to calibrate assessments to be sure they are as accurate as can be.
Youth Sports, Sign-ups, Camps and Cultural Activities
Common Core Standards Information
We are in the midst of a lot of change with one of the most significant being Common Core State Standards. There is a lot of information out there and while the following does not capture every change they are a few of the more significant and noteworthy for all of you to wrap your heads around.
Critical changes in English Language Arts are:
- Nonfiction. Your child will be required to read more nonfiction, whether it’s in science class or English language arts.
- Evidence. Your child will be required to back up assertions based on evidence found in information sources.
- More complex texts. Students will be asked to read more complex and challenging texts.
- Writing. Students will be required to do more writing in all subjects.
Critical changes in Mathematics are:
- Depth versus breadth. Students will learn fewer skills and topics in each grade, but spend more time practicing and mastering each skill.
- Coherence. Math will be planned across grades to ensure a solid foundation before moving on to the next level. (Note: many states already do this kind of across-grade planning in math.)
- Rigor. Students will be expected to understand and be able to explain not just the answer to a problem, but how they solved it, and to use math to solve real world problems.
Winter Concerts 3rd-5th grade!
Mark your calendars as once again we are excited to bring you a warm winter musical extravaganza. I kid you not when I say the teaching team of Shahrazad Vakharia, Christoper Rieder and Steve Steinberg may be the most talented and dedicated team of music specialists I have worked with in the 18 years I have been in education. Proud that they are a part of our Dixie District Squad! I am including the 2013-2014 music festival schedule here as a link.
December 10th - Our very talented 4th and 5th grade Orchestra and Choir students will perform for parents in the MPR from 2:00-2:30pm. Apologies, but this is for 4th and 5th grade parents only due to the size of our MPR.
December 12th - An additional talented group of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Music and Band students will perform for parents in the MPR from 2:00-2:30pm. Apologies in advance, but this is for 3rd-5th grade parents only due to the size of our MPR.
In addition, our 2013-2014 Miller Creek Winter shows are as follows:
December 11th - MCMS Choir at Miller Creek Middle School @ 7:00pm
December 14th - MCMS Grades 6-8 Orchestra performs at the Northgate Mall from 11:00-11:30
December 17th - MCMS Band at Miller Creek Middle School @ 7:00pm
December 18th - MCMS Orchestra at Miller Creek Middle School @ 7:00pm
Exhibit Title: Imaginary Voyages!
Exhibit Dates: December 13th-January 31st
When: January 16th from 5-8pm! - Mark your calendars!
Special Celebration Evening: Mary Silveira's Exclusive Party: January 16th
Celebration Hours: 5-8pm
Purpose: We value the arts and the student work that comes from it. It also takes place during the evening San Rafael Art Walk so lots of art viewing will be available for all you art buffs!
Special thanks to Jeff Prose and Laura Wilson who are currently designing a wonderfully engaging evening (round of applause)!
Winter School Play is coming!
Evening Performances: December 16th and 17th @ 6:00pm in the MPR.
Day Performances (for students): December 18th @ 8:30 and 10:30 in the MPR.
Many thanks and appreciations to Ed Malaret and Tara Costello-Tatko, for their leadership and guidance with the cast. This task is never easy as it requires more hours than one might imagine. The planning, motivating, creating, organizing...yikes, I am exhausted just thinking about it! They are always positive and their students love working with them. Oh yes, not to be lost in all of that, they are also fantastically dedicated teachers!