Irvington Principal Announcement
Thank you for another wonderful week! I am enjoying the opportunity to get to know our students better as the school year unfolds. A special highlight for me has been kindergarten and first grade recess duty, where I’ve participated in looking for the Lorax in the trees (you’ll know what I know if you’ve seen the identification tags on our trees), climbing a volcano, and riding the Irvington dragon/lizard to a tea party. While those specific activities weren’t in my job description, it makes the job of principal one of the best around.
I want to recognize all of the hard work done by our teachers and staff members to get everything settled for the school year. I can say with absolute conviction that each and every one of our teachers is working far beyond their contractual hours, so please don’t wait until Teacher Appreciation week to say thank you.
I am also thankful for the parents who were able to attend the Principal’s Coffee, our first PTA meeting, and Monday evening’s informational meeting. Your ideas and support are invaluable, and I believe collaboration is a key aspect to making Irvington an even stronger school. During these meetings I have been transparent about concerns regarding Irvington’s drop in enrollment for the past two years that could, in time, lead to fewer teachers and resources for our school. Both our first grade and Kindergarten are smaller than usual and much smaller than other schools bordering our enrollment area. I am currently setting up a task force of parents, teachers and administrators to examine this issue, so if you’d like to be a part of this committee, please let me know. I’d rather face this issue proactively as a community rather than let it continue to fester.
Next week on Wednesday, 9/24 we have three different meetings happening in the Library beginning at 6:00 p.m. From 6- 6:30 parent volunteers will be discussing The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB). More information about OBOB can be found athttp://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/page/5653620/FrontPage
From 6:30- 7:30 p.m. we will be sharing information about the Learning in Depth program. Learning in Depth is a research-based program being used internationally to support students in becoming self-directed “experts” about one topic throughout their school years. We originally researched this program as an extension opportunity for TAG students and accelerated learners who need more rigor, but other parents have expressed that it sounds like a fit for their children. Any interested parents are welcome to attend the introductory meeting. More information about the Learning in Depth project can be found athttp://ierg.ca/LID/
From 7:30- 8 p.m. we’ll be reviewing our school Talented and Gifted (TAG) plan that describes the differentiation going on in classrooms for learners who need more of a challenge. Each year all PPS second graders participate in a TAG screening, but students at other grade levels can be recommended for TAG testing by teachers and/or parents.
Thank you again for all of your continued support and encouragement. Have a wonderful weekend!