The Principal's Paper Clip
PARENTS: Our next Volunteer Training has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. The registration forms will be sent home next week. Reminder: You must be an approved and training volunteer in order to participate in any school activities or field trips. Please contact Claudia Padilla-Gonzalez, Volunteer Coordinator for additional information (301)863-4064, x21144.
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SMCPS Department of Safety and Security is sponsoring a School Emergency Preparedness Training for Parents. Please click here for more information.
I hope that you have experienced a successful transition into the New Year. Our students continue to make great progress as we enter the third marking period. I am ecstatic about the passion many of our students have for reading. My heart leaps when students proudly tell me the number of steps they have read. I must give a shout out to Mrs. Viverette and her students. They won the 200-Step Banner! Let’s not forget that they also won the 100-Step Banner! Not only did all of her students reach the 200- step mark before all other classes, but they did so ahead of schedule! Students are focusing on independently putting into practice the reading and math strategies they learn. I visit classrooms on a regular basis and remind students of their power goals and our expectations. Please support them by echoing these expectations at home. As we move toward the Spring, we are preparing for the first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). In the past, students in grades 3-5 would take the Maryland State Assessment (MSA) in reading, math and science (5th grade). The PARCC Assessments will be administered to our students for the first time this Spring. The fifth graders will continue to take the MSA Science. The assessments will be administered electronically and we are providing students opportunities to practice on the computers. An official letter from Mr. Smith, our Acting Superintendent, will be sent to parents in the very near future. In addition, these parents will be invited to an information session. Report cards have been recently issued and I encourage you to discuss personal goals with your child(ren). February is often synonymous with Valentines Day, representing love. It is a great opportunity to help your child(ren) understand different ways they can show care and concern for others. Also, please tune in to local media when winter weather is forecast. Sending your students dressed in layers will help them have a more comfortable day.
Happy Valentines Day!