Principal

Dear Woodside Families:

As we get ready to start the 2018-2019 school year, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on last year’s learning.  We spent a great deal of effort on working toward our district’s Portrait of a Graduate.  This meant collectively learning and growing together.  We deepened our understandings of 21st century skills through various opportunities such as design thinking activities, collaborative innovation, & problem solving.  We fostered student’s communication & collaboration skills as well as inspired teacher leaders.

We are also prepared to implement the first year of a new mathematics curriculum that was developed with our regional partners and the Pascack Valley Regional High School District.  The curriculum is aimed at students making connections, engaging in meaningful conversations, persevering through complex problems, and interacting flexibly with numbers.  To support this work, several staff members received additional professional development from our consultant group, Metamorphosis Math.  Our teacher will continue to work with this consultant group to ensure that every child can be successful at math.

Teachers studied what school characteristics and practices are most successful in helping our students achieve at high levels. We made commitments to adopt these characteristics and practices through developing innovative and meaningful learning experiences. This year will prove to be a continuation of this learning community, with a particular emphasis on developing students’ ability to think critically & creatively. 

Teachers will continue to develop their craft of studying not only what students learn, but how they learn it. Together we will deepen students’ level of understandings and questioning. As a result, we will continue to create instructional plans that help every child reach success and thus love learning.     

Thank you for your partnership. I look forward to a year of growth and learning together.

 

Fondly,

Melissa Signore

 

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