School News & Announcements
Students will begin their state assessments on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The Oregon Statewide Assessments are summative assessments to measure what students have learned. Students will be given two opportunities to pass the test (the second round will be in May). Please help your student do their best by making sure that they are getting proper rest before and during the testing periods. We ask that appointments not be scheduled during the two weeks of testing. Teachers will be working with students to prepare them for test taking before Spring Break.
News from the Principal
You have probably heard that we are doing a new program this year entitled, MindUP!
Here is a little blurb from their website:
MindUP™ is a research-based training program for educators and children. This program is composed of 15 lessons based in neuroscience. Students learn to self-regulate behavior and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic success. MindUP™ lessons align with all state standards including Common Core and support improved academic performance while enhancing perspective taking, empathy and kindness as well as fostering complex problem solving skills.
In a nutshell, we are teaching students about the brain and how to be mindful and fully present to the task at hand. Given the multitasking nature of our world today, we are finding that teaching them to be mindfully focused on one thing helps them calm their brain, and therefore learn better.
Each class begins the day with 15 minutes of MindUP time. During this time you may see the lights down, soft music playing, the teacher at the door greeting the students. The students quickly come in, and will begin some sort of lesson in line with MindUp. At 9:00, the time closes often with Chime Time. Chime Time is a ringing of the chime where students close their eyes, relax their brain and get ready to learn.
We would like to involve you in this process. We are having a free parent training on February 18th at 6:00 pm. Please save the date. More information to come.
In the meantime, feel free to speak with the office or your teacher about this if you have any questions.
Photos & Slideshows
Congratulations to Bao Truong who won 4 out of 5 games at the regional Chess for Success tournament! He'll play at State on March 15 at the Convention Center.
Flash Mob at the 6 - 8th Grade Awards Assembly!
7/8th Grade Drama Club presents "Olympia Ganza," a spoof on characters from mythology, at a staff meeting.
SUN is Cooking Up Concoctions!
6th - 8th Graders Get Banded!
7/8th Grade Girls Basketball - Go Lions!
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Marysville School • 7733 SE Raymond • Portland, OR 97206
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