Happy New Year,
I hope all our SV families had a relaxing and restful winter break and were able to spend some quality time with family, friends, and loved ones. We have a full calendar in place as we work through the year to as we continue to work with our community on our mission of engaging students as leaders in a rigorous academic program emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and global responsibility. Our keystone PTSO fundraising event is right around the corner as we look forward to the Boosterthon Pledge Drive beginning January 22 and culminating on January 31 with our Fun & Color Runs. We are excited to partner with Boosterthon this year to utilize their character and STEM related lessons in addition to helping students raise pledges that will help PTSO to purchase resources that are essential in being able to provide cutting edge educational opportunities for all our students.
As we ring in 2019, we are already in the planning stages for the 2019-2020 school year. Our Kindergarten Preview Night is Thursday, January 31 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. We would welcome your help in spreading this date around to all parents with kindergarten aged kids so they can come heardirectly from our extraordinary Kindergarten team and register for next year. We are also busy working with early drafts of next year’s master schedule. One of our key aims with this schedule is to build in Response to Intervention (RTI) time for our 7th and 8th grade schedule so that we have daily RTI time in all grades next year. This time is crucial for some students to get extra support in language arts and math in a smaller group setting outside of the ELA and Math periods. As we enter into a new year, it is a natural time to reflect on 2018 and look to set goals for 2019. I would encourage all of our families to set educational goals with their kids. Research continues to demonstrate that students who consistently take the time to read 20-30 minutes a day enjoy improved academic success and future career outcomes. One great strategy is keeping a reading log at home, kids can track their progress in a reading log and work towards weekly or monthly rewards when they successfully take the time to read with a family member (or independently for older students). Many children enjoy reading to a younger sibling or even reading to a family pet. Our teachers would love to see how our kids are reading at home, we encourage you to take photos of your kids reading at home and sending them to teachers so we can celebrate these accomplishments. Additionally, you can mention us on twitter @SVViperPride with the tag #ViperReadingChallenge this semester to showcase their commitment to reading for pleasure.
We are thrilled to be back from break and ready to work hard, develop grit, and devise solutions to real world problems. We thank you for all your support in our mission.
Sierra Verde STEAM Academy