Principal's Message, 10/16/2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:50pm

Dear Addison Families, Last Friday, all PAUSD elementary staff attended Powerful Practices 4.0 STEAM Edition, a conference-style professional development held at Gunn HS.  The day included a wide variety of teacher-led sessions that deepened the understanding of Common Core State Standards content, promoted methods that build inclusive schools and classrooms, and provided strategies to engage and inspire our students with design thinking. Our very own Carol Miller had a full session as she guided teachers through the power of origami.

I am very excited to share that Addison has been offered a unique professional development opportunity due to our deep work with Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) focused on math. During the past couple years, our teaching teams have engaged in cycles of inquiry regarding math standards, practices and formative assessments. Therefore, the district has offered to support our PLC's through a partnership with Patty Swanson. Patty Swanson is a Professor in the Department of Education at San José State University where she teaches mathematics. Her current research focuses in mathematics and teachers' strategic integration of pedagogical content knowledge, the development of academic language, and the incorporation of social and emotional learning skills pertinent to mathematics. 

Our teaching staff will partner with Patty over the course of this year to help develop and extend best mathematical practices as a math pilot school.  I hope you'll join in this journey by attending our Math Parent Education Night onOct. 26@ 6pm.  We'll be discussing the work of Jo Boaler and her book, Mathematical Mindsets.  Even if you have not read the book, feel free to join the conversation as teachers and myself will also attend.

Finally, this past Tuesday, we held our annual Disaster Drill. This year we focused on our attendance, search and rescue and first aid procedures. We had (4) unknown students and (2) adults that were "injured" and unable to evacuate the building during the drill. We had approximately seven adults, including our District Risk Management Coordinator, observing the drill and we spent an hour on debrief. As always, the observations allowed us to consider and improve our practices in the case of a declared emergency. I met with the staff on Wednesday to share feedback and alter some of our practices. I wanted to remind parents that if there is a declared emergency during school hours, all students would need to be checked out at the Student Release Center near room 1 off Addison Ave. Please trust that the school has practiced and implemented procedures for student accountability and first aid if a real emergency occurred. Parents might need to wait a little longer than comfortable to check out their children but know that the staff would be working hard to make sure everyone is accounted for and being treated if needed.

Amanda Boyce
Addison Principal 

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