Statement ready by Danielle Black, School Committee Chair, at meeting of January 9, 2017
The School Committee will be requesting construction funds for a major renovation of the track and Proctor Field complex The first public presentation will be Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the large conference room at Case House.
The School Committee welcomes feedback as it undertakes a review of its concussion policy. Click above to access proposed revised policy.
In our ongoing efforts to respond to the health and wellness of students, while at the same time exploring ways to accommodate how and when students learn best, the School Committee is establishing a new sub-committee. Click above for more information.
Massachusetts publishes annual report cards for districts and individual schools within a district. Read more about them here.
January letter from Principal Faber
Happy 2017! I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday season! Typically, a common tradition for many of us starting off the New Year is to make a resolution to make a positive change in our lives. As I wondered about what I would do to improve upon professionally, four very powerful words immediately came to mind: I won't give up. These are the same words that Michele Gay, from Safe and Sound Schools, promised her daughter, Joey, on their last night together. At the end of each and every presentation Michele asks her audience to "take this promise and make it yours." I think about those words and that promise often, reflecting on how to honor this child and this family. After taking part in Michele's last presentation to the Weston community, I decided that not giving up would be my new year's resolution for Woodland! So each and every day, I will not give up on our students, our families and our community. I will not give up on the students' academic growth and well being. I will not give up on strengthening the relationship between the school and the families. I will not give up on building our school community. I will keep this promise everyday. I will not give up.
Michele experienced an unfathomable loss at Sandy Hook in December 2012. However, like many who endure such tragedy in their lives, she relied on her pillars to get her through. Remember this and take time every day to strengthen the pillars in your life. I know that the Woodland Community is one of my pillars and I will continue to strengthen who we are as a nurturing and learning community for all.
Some events to highlight and ask your child about…
Can you design and build a free-standing shelter for a turtle that will keep it dry from the rain? Third graders worked in small teams to solve this engineering challenge. Their shelter had to be able to survive extreme weather conditions such as a torrential downpour. The focus was on team work and learning from mistakes. Students documented their process using Book Creator on the iPads; and shared both their successes and their failures in small groups.
All students participated in a wonderful display of their musical talents at the Winter Concerts!
Thanks to a WEEFC grant, preschool students learned all about bubbles, aligned with their Water Unit of Study, with the Traveling Science Workshop from the Discovery Museum in Acton. The students were “Scientists” and explored how to keep bubbles from popping, the shapes of bubbles, light reflection and much more.
Mark your calendars…
* No School on Monday, January 16th due to Martin Luther King's Birthday
* No School on Tuesday, January 17th due to teacher in service workshop day
* Principal Coffee on Tuesday, January 24th at 9:00am. The focus of conversation will be on anxiety in our children and how to manage those emotions.
Jennifer G. Faber
Jennifer G. Faber