Friday, December 4, 2015

LES Principal Report, December 8, 2015

Lee Elementary School 2015/2016
“Opening Doors”
                                                                       Kate Retzel, Principal

   To: School Committee
   Date: December 8, 2015

  • The following 5th and 6th grade students made the B’s and Better Club for the first quarter:
5th – Aaron Armstrong; Angelina Artioli; Colby Carlson; Makenzie Carr; Sophie Herman; Lindzie Johndro; Isabella Lovato; Robert Neilson; Devan Patel; Rihana Patel; Luke Roche; Maguire Roosa; and William Thomson.
6th – Kyle Benzie; Tyler Brock; Elizabeth Brown; Cam Freeman; Carter Geoghan; Josh Hartman; Anya Jacquez; Matthew Kinney; Maya Kollmer; Madison LaRock; Caroline Maloney; Mason Mihlek; Leah Murphy; Grace Papkey; Paige Plankey; Emma Puleri; Emma Puntin; Emilie Resca; Dylan Shepard; Hayden Siok; Zoe Stevens; Tim Terry; Evan Trombley; Cam Tyer; Rachel Wendling; Elliot Winston
(We believe in a standard of excellence throughout the district in all endeavors. 4.6)    
  • We held a Community Gathering on November 24th with the whole student body.  We were treated to a song called, “Follow the Rainbow”.  There is nothing quite like sweet voices and colorful ribbons being waved!  We acknowledged our featured grades for their work which was also displayed on the board as you enter the school.  The former All Star board has taken a different twist where one grade per month works with Ms. Alarie and Mrs. Fitzhugh to display curricular focuses.  The Principal’s Award was given to our 4th graders because they have been attentive to elderly Alzheimer’s patients at Laurel Lake Center as pen pals and most recently as visitors.  Students were updated on Accelerated Reader standings.  Our sixth grade is well above the school in total points and participation.  Last, but not least, our second grade shared the culmination of their “Seeds, Bees, and Trees” unit which was the first of our unit collaborations with Flying Cloud Institute.  Each teacher held a bright flower while students sang and paper mache bees “pollinated” the flowers.  The parents came for a showing later on.  (1.2; 1.4; 3.4; 4.5; 5.2)                                                                          
  • Meaningful curriculum connections continue to be made through Curriculum Teams; MCU development; and my observations through our evaluation system.  Early use of MCUs is resulting in the realization that text-coding can and should be coordinated to be standard throughout the grade levels.  Additionally, our persuasive writing is fitting right into MCUs that teachers are piloting.  My observations and knowledge of the MCUs themselves is making such higher-level collaboration possible. (1.2; 1.4; 4.1; 4.5; 4.6)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

LMHS Principal Report - December 2015

Lee, Massachusetts

Principal’s Report
December 3, 2015

It’s December already!  Here is a sampling of the happenings at LMHS over the past month:

·         I am happy to report that Deb Connors has received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council STAR Residency program.  The $900 will help to cover the cost of bringing in an artist-in-resident to work with the students in her classroom.  [District goals 1.4, 3.2]

·         Parent-Teacher Conferences were held on Monday, November 23.  Continuing the trend of the last several years, the afternoon session (1:00 – 4:00) was sparsely attended, while the evening session (6:00 – 8:00) was very full.  We are discussing the possibility of changing the structure of the conferences for next year. [District goal 3.6]

·         The drama program held its fall production on November 13 and 14.  This year’s selection was The Winter’s Tale.  The encore performance on November 19 opened the annual Shakespeare and Company Fall Festival in Lenox.  The students did an amazing job; it was a thoroughly enjoyable performance!  [District goals 1.4, 3.2, 5.5]

·         Our art classes met with representatives from the graphic design department from Greylock Federal Credit Union in November. Working together, the bank and our students will design several choices for a Lee High-themed Visa debit card.  Once it’s in production, for every Greylock customer who selects the card, the bank will donate $50 to student activities.  [District goals 1.4, 3.2, 4.2, 4.4]

·         We were recently the recipient of a donation of four pallets – almost 4,000 pounds – of high-quality art paper and poster board from LB Corp.  This generous donation will be used by the art programs in both buildings.  [District goal 3.2]

·         LMHS participated in the Kiwanis Club’s pack-the-trailer food drive this year.  We were able to provide them with the largest donation box of the season!  Additionally, the middle school held a separate food drive where they collected over 500 cans of food for the pantry.  The football team also collected food items, and distributed several Thanksgiving baskets to families in town.  We have an incredibly generous student body and school community!  [District goals 3.2, 3.5]

·         On Friday, November 20 we held a school-wide celebration at the end of the school day.  There was a great deal to celebrate from this past fall – athletic victories, academic accomplishments, and so much more – that we felt it was important to recognize everyone as a school community.  Having ice cream for everyone was a plus as well! 

Respectfully submitted,

Gregg M. Brighenti