Tuesday, September 24, 2013

“At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. One extra degree makes all the difference.” ~ from 212-The Extra Degree

Welcome, welcome, welcome, everyone!

Well, NEXUS is up and running for the 2013-2014 school year -- FINALLY!  September certainly means getting into the groove of a new family of students, a new schedule, and a new curriculum, which promises to be an exciting one, by the way.  It's also a time to reassess how I budget time -- always in short supply -- efficiently.  (Students aren't the only ones to grapple with that one!)  

For those of you new to my blog, NEXUS, which means connections, is just that--a connection between school and home designed to be a "go-to" place for information students and families will find helpful throughout the year.  Look here for news, important dates, assignments, and samples of exemplary student work, videos, and podcasts.  Take a few minutes to look around; it's a fun place to visit, with interactive educational activities for every learner in your household (including you!).  

I'm excited about what's in store for your students this year!  Heather Racine joins the 5/6 team as the Math, Science, and 6th Grade homeroom teacher, and I must say, she's absolutely wonderful to work with!  We are equally committed to maintaining a school culture that focuses on high expectations, collaboration, and innovation.  Please welcome her and know that your students are in exceptionally capable hands. She's a gem.

You're going to become a lot more familiar with Common Core Standards this year; these standards guide what we do as educators to provide our students with rigorous and authentic learning experiences. Assessments will reflect them, and even report cards will look a little different, providing you with added information about your child's progress toward mastery.  

I look forward to a great school year in which we work together to “make all the difference” for our students!  

My best to you--

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