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Thursday, July 19, 2018

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A Monday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen


wse102212 2The past two weeks have been extremely busy for us. We trekked the Cross Rivendell Trail for our all-
school hike, participated in a fire prevention assembly, and began the Everybody Wins mentor reading program. Most importantly, we finished our NECAP testing! Kudos to all our students—they worked extremely hard to do a good job and we are hoping for our best scores ever!

wse102212 1The school climate at WSE is very good. Students seem happy and engaged in their work and behaviors have significantly improved. Our students know the expectations for behavior and academics are extremely high—we want all students to be successful and that can only happen if we work together. Earlier in the year I told you about how our children chose words that represent the sort of learners we want to be: kind, caring, respectful, safe and responsible. It's not good enough to say these words, we must live by them as well.
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Soon I will be talking to our students about what it means to be a
"scholar." Scholars always do their best academically. Being a scholar and turning in quality work shows that we take pride in who we are and what we do. Instilling these ideas in our children is essential to help them feel like successful learners.

 

Greetings from Gail

November 1st is our three-way conferences. For those of you who are new to Westshire, I would like to give you an idea of what to expect at the three-way conferences.

Three-way conferences provide an opportunity for the student, teacher and parent to come together as a team to support the student's learning. Kindergarten parents—you will be impressed at how even our youngest students are able to talk about their learning and their goals.

In preparation for the three-way conferences, students and teachers have been writing personal learning plans or PLP's. The personal learning plan helps the student be responsible for his or her own learning. It is goal oriented and allows the student to think about what he or she is learning and to set goals around the learning.

Research shows that students learn better and more when they are involved in their own learning. It helps students develop the vocabulary to talk about their achievement and learning and encourages student ownership of schoolwork and improves motivation.

The parents are an important part of the conference because they bring knowledge of the student based on their observations. Your child's teacher will ask you to contribute to the learning goals for your child. Listen and allow your child to dominate the conversation. You will learn much about your child's learning if you let them talk.