Dear Neighborhood School Families,
I am so grateful and appreciative that TNS staff come together each spring over a weekend to reflect and think deeply about an aspect of our work together. Our conversations about Project Time this past weekend were meaningful and thought provoking, and we plan to continue the inquiry next year. Here is an interesting related article about play in school from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/opinion/sunday/let-the-kids-learn-through-play.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share
We are beginning to work on class configurations for next year. This is a thoughtful process: teachers describe each child as we carefully consider the makeup of each class at the school. We strive to have well-balanced classes and consider gender, ethnicity, friendships, academics, and the social and emotional dynamics of the group. We will be in clear communication with families about any changes in class placement before the end of the school year.
As you may know, The Department of Education requires that our youngest students be tested in the fall and again in June for “Measures of Student Learning” or MOSL, which are used to grade teachers. They have no other purpose. Although we are a PROSE (Progressive Redesign Opportunity for Schools of Excellence) school and have been allowed to use authentic student work to measure student growth over the year, we are still mandated to administer MOSL. Several lower grade teachers and I will meet with families to discuss MOSL on Friday, May 29 at 8:30am in the PTA room. We hope that by attending this meeting, families will have a better understanding about what city-wide assessments look like in kindergarten, first and second grade and how these tests determine teachers’ ratings.
Several families have expressed concern about getting AC in all our classrooms. Please know that we are working to move ACs into classrooms by the end of the week.
Mark your calendars:
Our 4th graders will be taking the Science Performance Test on Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21. Unlike other NY State tests, this way of evaluating what students’ know and can do is hands-on; students actively engage in experiments and challenges.
Our Pre-K - 2nd graders will share the work that they have done in music this year on Thursday, May 21 at 8:45 am in the auditorium. Please join us!
The STAR 5th grade family show is this Thursday, May 21 from 6 - 7:30 pm. This show is only open to our 5th grade families.
No School on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.
This month’s SING is on Tuesday, May 26 at 8:45 am in the auditorium.
Enjoy the long weekend,