A FEW ISSUES AROUND THE DISTRICT
Most of the articles over the last two months have been focused on single issues. I will depart from that this week with a few shorter topics!
LOVE OF READING
February is recognized in most school districts as “I Love to Read Month.” Although reading is an important task throughout our work, at the elementary level in particular, we like to take some extra time to celebrate the idea of reading. We especially like to focus on the idea of reading for pleasure!
Many of our elementary classrooms will place special emphasis on reading in February. Guests are often invited to the classroom to share a favorite book or reading with students. The guests may be parents, leaders in the community, grandparents who want to share, school district leaders and employees, or other guests who are “important” to students. Books that provide entertainment, imagination and fun are featured throughout the month.
As we go through the month, I sometimes have opportunity (personally) to go to classrooms and read. Depending on the grade level, I will take books that have been important to me as I grew up. For younger students, I especially like to use Dr. Seuss books with my favorites being The Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham. For some of the older elementary classrooms, I like to use some of the books that fascinated me when I was about that age—especially a set of small history books given to me by my grandmother dating from the early 1900s.
If you love to read and want to share with our students, please contact our elementary schools or a favorite classroom teacher! It is a great experience to share a love of reading with students!
PLANNING AND REGISTRATION PROCESSES
The work related to next year’s scheduling and registration is under way. From early childhood to kindergarten to the senior high, we have discussions and planning in progress. Changes in schedule, class options, curriculum, and other elements related to our instructional program are being proposed, considered, and examined.
At the District Education Facility, conversations are going on about programs and opportunities. The Early Childhood programs have been implementing a new curriculum this year and are considering different class options as well as the scheduling processes for classes.
At the other levels of the district, core standards, instructional approaches, resources needed for classes, locations and schedules for classes and other elements of program are being reviewed. While the program review is happening, steps related to student registration are also taking place.
The elementary principals are working to have information for kindergarten registration available very soon. Our kindergarten roundup is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16. Information will be provided to parents of next year’s kindergarten students to help them understand the program, to register students within the school system, and to prepare for the start of the school year.
At the secondary level, we have discussions about revisions to particular classes, examination of new programs or approaches to course options, and work on instructional processes in progress. Much of the registration process for secondary students will unfold over the next month.
All of the information is important to us in regard to staffing and assignments for the next year. Registration numbers often help determine the amount of staff required to deliver our educational programs.
We have been working hard over the last several years to provide quality opportunities for students in the use and application of technology. We have invested in our technology infrastructure, wireless system, computer and tablet options, and a variety of elements to enhance our technology opportunities.
During the course of this year, we have been pursuing efforts to strengthen our district-wide wireless “backbone.” We have authorized and pursued funding through the federal e-rate program to support extension of the wireless system. Over the next two months, we expect all of our buildings to be updated within the wireless network.
Our original work within the wireless system simply allowed us to provide access across the district. The current project strengthens the system by providing additional points of access. The additional access enhances the areas covered with wireless service, allows more tools and devices to access the wireless system, and reduces the areas with disrupted or minimal exposure.
The wireless networks allow us, and students, to implement more resources, allow greater variety of technology hardware to function within and across our district, and expand access to instructional approaches.
As always, there are a lot of things happening across the ROCORI District. I have highlighted a few, but there are many things that unfold on virtually every day of school. From the regular classroom to special events to improvements being implemented, we have a lot of great things happening in the ROCORI Schools!