2016-2017 Building Goals
It's hard to believe that we are in April and planning for Grandparent's Day, Elementary Relays, and end of the year field trips! As we head into the final stage of the 2016-2017 school year, it's important to remain focused on our building goals that the teachers set in August.
Our teachers have been working tirelessly to ensure all of the new curriculum components are in place and students have multiple opportunities to practice the new skills. I am encouraged by the amount of growth we are seeing in academic achievement around literacy and am looking forward to the upcoming Spring FAST benchmark period. I think we will see great outcomes!
Our Math committee has spent several afternoons working with Heartland Area Education Agency representatives discussing our math initiative and beginning work on the purchase of a new math curriculum to be implemented in 2018-2019. The teachers will be spending several days this summer in training to help us incorporate new math strategies and focusing on building-wide consistency in Math.
Teachers continue to find new ways to utilize data so they can intervene quickly if a student indicates he/she is not understanding a concept. This quick response has shown improvements on student scores and overall achievement.
As we head into April/May, it will be vital that you continue to support your child's learning at home as well! Spend time reading with your child, practice sight words, practice math skills, etc. It is truly a team effort with students first!
I came to Collins-Maxwell Elementary to serve as the PK-5 Principal in the Fall of 2014. Prior to CM, I served as an Assistant Elementary Principal in Cedar Falls, 2nd Grade Teacher in Cedar Rapids, and 4th Grade Teacher in Parkersburg.