By Ann Marie Dargon, Ed.D
The Westport Shorelines has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to share school news with you. Each week you will get to view an article written by a member of our administrative team. It will be a pleasure to highlight some of the great things happening in your schools. If at any time you have questions, concerns or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]
It has been an excellent first couple of months in the schools in Westport. Students have had a chance to settle into a routine and teachers have had a chance to get to know the students. We have partnered with the Watershed Alliance and many of our students have participated in activities out in the field (the dunes and beach, for example), making observations and collecting data. Many of them will return to the same areas in the spring to note seasonal changes among other things. Open houses and parent nights have concluded and this month we prepare for parent conferences. Be sure to save the date of November 30 for our annual musical performance called, Ornament, sponsored by the Music Boosters. You can find more information about this show on our website under the Virtual Backpack section.
We have implemented a new mathematics program called Go Math! in kindergarten through grade 4. Our fifth and sixth grade teachers are also piloting this same program. This new program is completely aligned to the new Common Core State Standards which is the framework for which students will be assessed across the Commonwealth. We are also using Achieve3000 in grades four and five. This is a differentiated on-line reading program. Our teachers have embraced the new State Mandated Educator Evaluation System. Professional Practice and Student Growth goals have been written and data is being collected. We are very proud of the dedicated teaching staff we have in our schools.
Our vision is to strive to be a model district that provides opportunities for all students to think critically and communicate effectively in order to achieve their highest potential. Our graduates will possess the skills required to become responsible and contributing citizens in a rapidly changing world. Our mission is to inspire, prepare and challenge our youth through a rigorous, differentiated and relevant curriculum that extends beyond the classroom to include experiences in the community and that nurtures the academic, artistic, physical and social potential of every student. Our teachers, support staff, and myself will do everything we can to insure the success of all our students while in our schools.
Please get involved this year. Attend one of our concerts or programs if you can. Consider volunteering in our schools. Please be sure to view our website www.westportschools.org to learn more about our schools. Thank you in advance for supporting our schools. Together we are truly building educational success. We hope that you will enjoy our column.