Principal's Message

Dear Families,

At the start of this school year, the second grade became 1:1 with iPads and all of the students take their weekly spelling tests on the device.  Through the Spelling City app, students take pre and post tests while also practicing their words with games.  The iPads are also used during reading workshop as an alternate means of independent reading.  Students use the Raz-Kids app to select books by genre or level and apply skills learned during the mini-lesson.  Teachers confer with students to gauge their level of comprehension and discuss important components of the text.  IXL is in full use to reinforce and practice math concepts learned in class.  Students access the devices during math centers and at home to improve their computation rate and problem solving skills.  The addition of the forty iPads was made possible through the MPPEF donation at their Spring Fundraiser last year.  The goal is put iPads in the hands of all students and be a true 1:1 school.  

In December, Godwin School hosted its first Winter Wonderland Dance for 140 kindergarten to second grade students.  They danced the night away, played games, ate snacks, and won raffle prizes while their parents looked on lovingly.  The elementary students were all dressed up in suits, ties, dresses, fancy shoes and more, but the best accessory they wore were their smiles!! A good time was had by all and plans are already in the works for next year’s dance.  A big thank you to the staff members who attended and assisted with set up! 

Also in December, the Godwin School enhanced their Social Emotional Learning Activities with The 7 Mindsets lessons.  The lessons are based on the book, The 7 Mindsets by Scott Shickler and Jeff Waller. Together, they combined the CASAL Competencies for Social Emotional Learning with the Mindsets of highly successful people. The CASAL competencies are Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision-Making, and Relationship Skills.  Thirty lessons were constructed to promote positive thinking, internal motivation, connectivity, gratitude, self-worth and more.  The child-centered lessons make the learning easily accessible for students and engages them through videos, songs, and group discussions.  The students are eager to share their personal stories as they strive to make connections to the overall theme.  

Flexible Seating is inching its way into more classrooms as the year progresses.  Flexible Seating is a newer approach to furniture arrangement in the classrooms.  Students have more “flexibility” about the position of their body as they learn and complete their work.  Arrangements can vary from the type of desk, i.e., standing desk, regular height and seated on the floor to chair selection, i.e., stools, Bosu balls and cushions.  In some classrooms, students rotate through the variety of options to determine which position is most conducive for their learning style.  In many classrooms, students already have the option to work on the carpet with a clipboard or lap desk.  Students pair up to practice the newly learned skill, for partner reading or to play educational games.  At the primary level, we recognize the need for students to move and experience a variety of seating throughout the day.  

Ms. Carr’s newest project charged the students with creating robots using everyday household items.  (Parents, thank you for sending in those items.) Their creations were inspired by the book Love, Z by Jessie Sima.  Love, Z will be one of the nominees for the Golden Leaf Award voted on by Godwin students in June.  Jessie Sima also visited our school in January to share her love of writing and drawing.  Our students were treated to a slide show presentation of Jessie’s early work and a read-aloud of the book Love, Z.  Jessie created several original works of art during her presentation, which will be on display in the library.  Thank you to Trish from Books, Bytes and Beyond for providing this fascinating author.  

 

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