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The Academic Goals for the 2013-2014 School Year will continue to be:
1. Increase the number of students who score at the proficient level or higher in mathematics as measured by the district assessments and MEAP
2. Increase student's reading achievement in Kindergarten through 6th Grade
3. Increase student's writing scores on the district wide writing assessment
4. Increasing the number of students who score at the proficient level or higher in social studies and science
|Burr Elementary MEAP Score Results|
*Burr's Scores are higher than the state average in every category except one.
|UCS AVG.||State AVG.|
Burr's Aggregate score is 115 points higher than the UCS aggregate total and 196 points higher than the aggregate score from the State of Michigan.
Burr Elementary Mission Statement
At Burr Elementary School, educational success depends on the combined efforts of all students, parents, staff and community.
We work together to educate and challenge our children to meet their individual needs and goals. As a community, we will teach respect for uniqueness of self and the diversity of others.
Dear Bulldog Families,
The concept of a growth mindset was developed by psychologist Carol Dweck and popularized in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
A mindset can have profound effect on learning achievement, skill acquisition, personal relationships, academic success, and many other dimensions of life.
There are two types of mindsets “fixed” and “growth.”. According to Dweck, “In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. The belief that they are either “smart or not” and there is no way to change it.” Students may learn less than they could or learn at a slower rate, while also shying away from challenges.
Alternatively, “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment,” writes Dweck. Students who embrace growth mindsets—the belief that they can learn more or become smarter if they work hard and persevere—may learn more, learn it more quickly, and view challenges and failures as opportunities to improve their learning.
March is Reading Month reminds me that reading should be something celebrated 12 months a year in and outside of school. Is your child a “confident” reader? How about you? A “confident” reader means they see reading as an essential part of who they are, regardless of whether they’re in school or not. How do readers get better and share a love of books? That comes from role models who read, reading material in the home, and practice, practice, practice (20+ minutes a night).
Today, our students have access to more and better nonfiction trade books and magazines designed specifically for children. Many classroom practices we are using at Burr also incorporate nonfiction texts. Our teachers have utilized the research of Harvey and Goodies, authors of Strategies That Work, to incorporate the use of short text to effectively teach comprehension strategies. Short text is self-contained and easily read and reread together for clarification during instruction. Under the guidance of the teacher, students practice these reading comprehension strategies during shared and guided reading and continue to practice using the strategy as they read independently.
As parents, you can support the informational literacy development of your child by encouraging them to self-select informational reading material. This will allow students themselves to find texts that build on their particular interests and knowledge. In recent years there has been an explosion of outstanding nonfiction trade books and magazines for children. Old favorites like Ranger Rick and Cobblestone, and newer publications like Consumer Reports’ magazine for children, Zillions, Smithsonian’s children’s magazine Muse, and the popular Sports Illustrated for Kids are also great for encouraging informational reading.
I cannot stress enough the importance of reading 20 minutes every night with your child. I truly believe that “readers today, are leaders tomorrow.”
Our staff Professional Development Day on March 6th will focus on our school wide goal of improving student achievement in science. Teachers will be participating in Common Core State Standards workshops and aligning these standards with classroom differentiated instruction. ISM (Instructional Support Model) is also changing its focus from math to science with supplemental materials and an increase in science experiments.
Destination Imagination is in the final stages. They’ve been meeting weekly, diligently working on projects of their choosing and academic area. Their competition is literally just around the corner. The Destination Imagination competition will take place at Henry Ford High School on March 8 at 9:00 a.m. It will be an exciting time for all!
Burr will be hosting Kindergarten Open House on March 18th at 7:00 p.m. Utica Community Schools offers all-day kindergarten at all elementary schools. Registration forms are available at www.uticak12.org. Please bring completed registration forms with you. The Open House will give parents the opportunity to learn about our kindergarten, meet teachers and building staff, and complete the registration process.
This month’s, Diet Coke with the Principal meeting will be with fourth grade parents and guardians to discuss a variety of topics, listen to suggestions, comments, and concerns on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Please RSVP at email@example.com if you plan to attend the Diet Coke with the Principal meeting. Remember, you are partners in the learning process. I look forward to sharing time with our fourth grade parents and guardians.
As always, we continue to work towards helping all students accomplish their goals and to demonstrate academic growth.
Michael P. Hardy
Principal and Head Learner
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