November 30, 2016

Posted by Peggy Riley on 12/16/2016

Del Mar News

November 30, 2016 

 
 
Dear Families:
 
Mathematics Update: Here is a recap of some recent efforts to support students in math.
 
Homework: Students are now using Study Island to practice standards currently being addressed in class, and Dreambox, an adaptive program, to provide remedial support and additional challenges based on student interest and need.  If you or your student has any questions about how to log-in to these programs from home, please contact your student's teacher.  Homework is designed to allow your student to work independently.  If your student is unable to do so, please encourage your student to contact his/her teacher directly for additional support. (Note: algebra students will continue receiving homework from Pearson curriculum as they have done in the past.)
 
Morning Math Support: Morning math support is provided to any student, at any grade level, who would like additional support. Your student can report to Room 6 on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:00am.
 
iPad Use:  Students are working on both iPads and in their mathematics notebooks.  Internet browsers and other applications have been removed from the student iPads.  
 
Communicating Student Progress: In addition to these changes, we also want to improve our school-home communication and provide more accurate and timely feedback about how your child is doing in class.
 
1. Teachers will use PowerSchool as the main way to communicate information and will now include content standards being addressed when reporting quiz/test scores and grades. Study Island scores will be entered in PowerSchool every two weeks, also listing standards being addressed.
 
2. Quizzes and end-of-unit tests will be taken using paper and pencil.  After grading, and review in class, the tests will be sent home with your child. This will enable parents to see the problems, student answers and the earned grade.
 
3. Students will be allowed to make corrections on quizzes to show evidence of understanding and meeting standard, and to boost their score. Instead of using class or lunchtime, any student wishing to do so should attend one of the morning math support sessions (see above).
 
4. Every Friday afternoon, you will receive email reports from Study Island regarding your child's performance using this program.
 
5. As always, please email your child's teacher if you have specific questions or concerns.  If after speaking with your child's teacher, you continue to have questions or concerns, I am available to speak to you by phone or in person.
 
 
Middle School Winter Wonderland Dance:  Here is some important information about this Friday night's Winter Wonderland Dance that we encourage all students to attend!
 
When and where:     7:00-9:00pm in the Del Mar gym.
 
Drop off and pick up: Students must arrive by 7:15pm and stay until the end. All students must be picked up by an adult inside the school parking lot by the amphitheater/bus area.
 
Attire:  Festive and/or winter attire; Dress code expectations apply.
 
Tickets: On sale in the school office and at the dance.
 
Fun: Professional DJ and photo booth! Snacks and drinks on sale!
 
Safe: Songs are middle school appropriate; Teacher and parent supervision provided. Drop off/pick up procedures ensure safety as well.
 
Calling all Chaperones
The Winter Wonderland dance is looking for a few chaperones to help the night of the dance.  If you are able to assist, please let Ms. Chase know at  cchase@reedschools.org .
                        
Content Filters:  Our wonderful IT department staff worked over Thanksgiving break to change students' internet filters in an attempt to resolve internet connection problems some students were experiencing at home.  We anticipate that all students will now be able to access all curriculum resources from locations outside of school.