Principal's Monthly Message

From the Principal’s Desk

It has been three weeks since returning from the long, winter break, and we’ve been as busy as ever here at Glen Grove. It has been noted in numerous sources that the months of January and February offer noticeably heightened opportunities for deeper learning to occur. By this time of the year, a strong sense of classroom community has been established (or reinforced for our loopers) and teachers really understand their students well – both their strengths and challenges. Teachers can capitalize on these conditions to both more effectively build on strengths and more specifically tailor teaching to target challenges. The following two school structures help teachers and students capitalize on these opportunities for our students’ academic and social emotional growth:

1) As noted in our last newsletter, students recently participated in the Northwest Evaluation Association Assessment (NWEA). We now have a series of “data days” planned in which teams come together for a half-day to analyze school-wide and individual student data. We use this information to ensure that we are meeting our students’ academic needs as well as identify focused interventions we can implement for the remainder of the year if we find we are not on target with our goals. As stated in past newsletters, because there are no norms for winter testing periods, we will not be using these assessments as reporting tools for parents, and winter reports will not be sent home; however, the winter results will be reflected on the reports that will be sent home after our spring assessments are completed in. These assessments are truly meant to inform us about the progress our students are making in reading and in math and should be a natural and seamless part of the ongoing improvement process.

2) We kicked off the first week back with an entertaining, interactive, high-energy assembly to refresh our students’ memories about general behavior expectations across our school.  We followed this up with dedicated class-time over a two-week period to engage our students in the powerful and proactive best practice of reviewing the school-wide behavior expectations outlined in our Glen Grove Student Handbook. If you would like to discuss or reinforce these guidelines at home, feel free to access our handbook by using the link provided on the “Students” page of the Glen Grove School website.

I end the first message of the calendar year with sincere gratitude for your ongoing support and a wish to all of you for a healthy, prosperous, peaceful, and happy new year ahead!


Helena Vena