2017-06-09 / Community

Skillin Elementary School

Lucretia Bagley, Principal

Mary Heal, Assistant Principal

Once again it has been an exciting year at Skillin School. We continue our work with utilizing formative assessments to help students self-assess, track and share their learning. This dovetails nicely with the district-wide Proficiency-Based Learning and reporting work that we have completed to date. This year teachers have created Portfolios, which include all of

the Essential Learning Targets (ELTs) for Math and English Language Arts. Students used these portfolios to store evidence that demonstrates growth towards proficiency of ELTs. Students reflect on their learning and use their portfolios during their student led parent conferences to help guide meaningful conversation. It is highly impressive to watch kindergarteners show ownership of their learning.

Additionally, Skillin celebrated Children’s Book Week May 1st - May 5th. Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. We celebrated with a host of events. Skillin is lucky to have our very own children’s book author, Ruth Freeman. She conducted author visits centered on her book One Good Thing About America. We collected students’ voices on “One good thing about Skillin School” for a display and

handbook. Students heard stories in another language read by guest readers. A huge hit was the door-decorating event. Classes decorated their doors with a fun children’s book theme.

Each day during the week students dressed as various book theme characters. Being a “wild thing” on the last day of the week in honor of Where the Wilds Things Are was a sight to behold.

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