To: Michael Z. Green, Superintendent
From: Cari Thomson, PhD
RE: February Summary of Teaching and Learning
During the month of February WMS staff spent time on Mondays delving into Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) practices and beginning the forecasting process. All students should have their preliminary schedules in by the end of March to WMS and then the scheduling process begins!
Barb Lutz attended the National Teachers of English conference in Portland, where she learned more about Common Core. Kelly Sloniker attended the state counseling conference, where she also learned about the Common Core and data collection practices.
Barb Lutz also held two district directed professional development opportunities for staff during the month of February. These focused on Close Reading strategies and Performance Tasks in the new assessment system. Heidi Rhodes facilitated a 4-6 mathematics training and a 7th grade mathematics assessment with a facilitated teacher scoring workshop.
WMS also welcomed Dustin Keeling, our new para-educator whose primary duty is to help out on classrooms and also monitor the boys’ locker room.