Moving Intentionally Ahead
It seems like just days ago that I was welcoming everyone back from the short summer vacation! Now that we have the first month under our belts, I would like to take a moment to update you on where we are on our quest to be “Intentionally Exemplary”. For those of you who have heard me speak over the past year, you know that I am committed to making sure Brandon is the #1 elementary school! I remain focused on maintaining the high level of success that is synonymous with Brandon, while continuing to move us forward so we become a model of school success.
Last year at this time, I shared my four focus areas for my first year as Principal. These areas were communication, IB (International Baccalaureate) Implementation, Special Education, and Student Growth. We made major strides in each of these areas last year and continue our focus in these areas among other things! See below for additional information on some of this work and what you should expect from us throughout the year as it relates to these areas.
It is my intent to ensure communication channels with all stakeholders are open, transparent, and provide for ongoing two-way communication while creating opportunities for shared ownership of school improvement. By now, you should have noticed the following in relation to this area of focus:
- Consistent communication through the Bee Mail with a survey link provided to submit your feedback
- Weekly (at a minimum) communication from your child’s teacher
- Websites from your teachers with helpful resources for you and your child to use at home
- A twitter account (follow me @MBEPrincipal) where I will begin to share more updates and photos to share the Brandon experience with the world
- A Remind texting account to update you on any bus changes or concerns as well as school wide news or announcements. If you are not signed up for these, see the transportation page on the website and/or text the message @mbbees to 81010 to receive text messages from the school.
IB (International Baccalaureate) PYP (Primary Years Program)
At the end of this month, we are scheduled to have our IB Reauthorization Visit. During the two day visit, a team of representatives from the International Baccalaureate Organization will visit Brandon to provide us with feedback on our implementation of the IB PYP. We hope that you notice signs of IB when you are at the school. Ask your student about the IB Word of the Week, the Learner Profile and the Attitudes which make up part of the IB experience. Notice our Program of Inquiry posted in the lobby at each campus where you can read about each of the IB units students will study from Kindergarten through 5th grade. We are excited to welcome the IB Team later this month and look forward to their feedback on how we can continue to grow as an IB school.
Growth for All Students
As mentioned in a recent edition of the Bee Mail, students are just wrapping up the beginning of the year assessments that are used for teachers to tailor instruction to students’ needs. Your children have participated in screening assessments to identify their current academic levels in Math and Reading. With this data in hand, we are now ready to work with teachers to ensure they are consistently monitoring student growth throughout the year. Our goal is above average growth for each of our students! All teachers will be sharing a data packet with your child’s beginning of the year assessment results by October 12. This same packet with updated information will also be provided in February and May. By carefully monitoring student learning and data, teachers are able to provide targeted instruction for all students.
Through working strategically in each of the areas outlined above as well as others, we are poised to achieve the vision of maintaining our level of excellence while becoming “Intentionally Exemplary”. We strive to provide an excellent education “on purpose”! Thank you for partnering with us on this journey.