WELCOME TO THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Dear Collegewood Community,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I am excited to begin our third year together as we work in partnership to ensure every student at Collegewood is actively engaged in a rigorous learning experience while developing social-emotional skills that will foster resilience, perseverance, empathy and the ability to collaborate and communicate in a diverse learning and work community.
We begin our second year of Project Lead the Way to enhance our STEAM curriculum. Students will have access to hands on learning experiences as they explore how the world around them works through robotics, systems, and life cycles. We will also continue our instrumental and choral music program in fifth and fourth grade. Moreover, our district was able to secure Visual and Performing arts programs to allow third graders the opportunity for dance and second graders will have arts integration. We will continue our school "Genius Hour" in grades 3-5 to allow students time to engage in specialized classes like robotics, culinary arts, art, coding, gardening, and instrumental music!
Through generous parent donations, we have been able to accelerate our technology by providing a 1-1 Chromebook program in grades 3-5. We also utilize our computer lab and iPads to provide meaningful integration of online learning opportunities. These learning experiences allow our students to engage in online forums with their peers through Google classroom, Breakout EDU, Science exploration, and virtual field trips.
Our entire team is eager and excited to begin what promises to be an incredible year. The Collegewood teachers have been busy all summer long engaging in professional development to ensure they are prepared to foster learning environments that provide opportunities for students to create, collaborate, and communicate while promoting critical thinking.
This year we will continue to develop and refine PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support). We will support students with behavioral, social and emotional goals. The staff at Collegewood Elementary believes in showing their appreciation for positive behavior and demonstration of our school-wide expectations of: Respect, Responsibility, Readiness, and Resourcefulness (The 4Rs). Furthermore, Students will engage in some service learning projects so that our students learn the importance of helping others in our school and local community.
One of the greatest characteristics of the Collegewood learning community is the genuine care and compassion shared between staff, students, and parents. Collegewood Elementary is a place where staff and families come together to ensure that the children entrusted into our care grow to be productive, confident, compassionate, members of a global society. I look forward to an amazing year!
Dr. Mary Wendland