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April 29, 2017 8:11 pm

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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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Your thoughts on our service day

Please share your thoughts on any or all of these statements about our whole-school service day.  Just write in the comment box below.  Thank you!   Overall, student reaction to the whole-school service trip was positive. Strongly agree       Agree          Unsure                Disagree         Strongly disagree    This kind of service day aligns well with The […]

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A great day for WWES and our community

420 students, five community locations, countless lives touched–Our student leaders rocked the whole-school service day!  Here’s one parent’s perspective: My husband and I wanted to thank you and all those who planned and coordinated the school’s service activities last Friday for providing our children with the wonderful opportunity to serve in their community.  Our children  […]

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Whole-School Service Day Projects

The earlier post tells about our plan for a whole-school service day on April 15.  Here are the projects planned for each grade level. Kindergarten travels to Maple Park Village near our high school.  Students will visit with the people living there, “helping people who are like our grandparents.”  Students will make crafts and placemats […]

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Decision Made–the New PTO Mission Statement

The process that began back in January with a great coming together of minds has now produced results.  We’ve had our Mission Statement survey open for more than a week and a half, and lots of families and staff have given thoughtful consideration to the various versions of a mission statement that you all have […]

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Otis and Archie

One of the many joys at school  is when Otis and Archie visit. We participate in Paws to Read, which for us means that these sweeties come each week and listen to some of our students read.  Otis, rumored to have some Burmese Mountain and St. Bernard in him, and Archie, pure Labradoodle, are gentle, […]

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PLD Panel Questions and Answers

At the Premier Leadership Day on Nov. 5, we featured two panels of students, staff, and parents.  The audience submitted questions, and we’ve collected many of them here.  The answers come from different members of our Lighthouse Team and, while not comprehensive, represent a good range of our thoughts and experiences.  Each bullet point is […]

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Thoughts on ISTEP+ 2015

ISTEP+ 2015 As we are finally completing the 2015 ISTEP+ testing, we’d like to share some thoughts.  While our district has never used ISTEP+ scores as a primary indicator of student growth, we anticipate that this year’s results will be of even less value.  Our concerns have nothing to do with student effort or preparation, […]

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The 2015 ISTEP+ Fiasco

Amidst the flurry of actions and accusations swirling around this year’s ISTEP+ testing, here are some observations. Our students deserve better state leadership. At this writing we are just about two weeks from the start of ISTEP+, the very definition of high-stakes testing. The uproar and the resulting anxiety over the length of the test–inappropriate […]

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An Important and Tasty Night

Thursday, Jan. 15, we’re hosting a special family event.  We’ll start with the Chili Challenge, a buffet of at least ten different homemade chilis.  (Pizza–and separate entertainment and supervision–will be available for the children!)  The meal is just a warm-up to the main event but will also be a nice opportunity to relax and have […]

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