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September 25, 2017 10:41 pm

Leading with Compassion

Much of the western world is reeling from the news, if not the actual impact, of all the recent natural and weather disasters.  Hurricanes, flooding, fires, earthquakes–we can understand why many of us experience compassion fatigue.  Even the most caring adults struggle to feel afresh our concern for those affected when every day seems to […]

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Reflections on a tragedy

Our school and our community suffered a tragic loss of life last week.  A former Washington Woods student, still in the district as a sophomore, died unexpectedly at his home, apparently by his own hand.  My reflections will not be an attempt to understand or explain this loss–certainly that’s beyond me, and it’s not where […]

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Three Woods Minutes

We are always looking for new ways to connect with our parents.  Newsletters, emails, texts, flyers sent home in children’s hands . . . all ways are good, nothing is perfect.  We try to keep up with new ideas, so we’re on Twitter (@WWESLeaders and @27swilliams27), I write this blog, and now we have something […]

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Top Ten 4th Grade Questions

At the end of Day One of the school year, our 4th grade teachers gathered their four classes together to see what questions these new 4th graders might have.  What had they heard, wondered about, worried about–ask away! You might be interested in what was on their minds, so here are the first ten questions […]

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First day 2017-18

We are excited and pleased to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year.  We hope that your first days have met your expectations.  From our perspective, we’re really happy with the smooth start and with how well students are stepping up to their new responsibilities. Our school opens this year with 50+ more students than […]

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Student-led Conferences

A major part of our leadership work is preparing and allowing students to lead their own parent conferences.  With a little bit of organization, this is much easier than one might imagine.  All students currently have leadership binders, the place where they keep track of academic growth and goals.  Since they keep that up-to-date regularly, […]

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Parent Survey comments

For at least the 17 years I’ve been in this district, WWS has worked hard to invite parent feedback.  For many years, that effort included year-end paper surveys.  Several years back we moved to an online survey, a move which has been popular with our families.  Last year we had 158 surveys completed, representing nearly […]

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Meet the Teacher Night (s!)

Washington Woods Families, We are looking forward to Meet the Teacher Night for grades 1-4 on Monday, August 8, 5:30-7:00.  (Remember that Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Night is Aug. 4.)  The PTO Ice Cream Social begins at 5:30, and classroom visits are 6-7 P.M. Our construction work has significantly reduced our available parking, so here […]

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