Tis the SeasonPosted by on 12/11/2015 2:46:00 PMHappy Holidays!It is hard to believe that the calendar reads December. I do not recall a time when the weather stayed as warm as the temperatures we have seen. While I appreciate the sunshine and warmth, I do miss seeing a little of the white, fluffy stuff that can make us feel festive.Our students have the school routine down pat; however, sometimes they may feel uneasy because our home routines are disrupted with special events and festivities. I am surprised at how many holiday specials that have recently aired late at night. Charlie Brown, the Grinch and Toy Story recently started at 9 pm. I used to cry when my mom would not let me stay up until 8:30 pm. I can’t imagine what she would say today. We didn’t have a DVR or other ways to watch special shows that truly only aired once a season.The social and emotional health of our students is important to us. At BCSD, we strive to keep routines normal here at school and value the time we have with your children each day. Teachers worked incredibly hard this summer write and plan curriculum that engages all students so that learning is satisfying for all. Our units strive to help students make meaning of the world around us and foster creativity in how students connect to the content. When students have the learning mindset, they understand that working hard and working wisely will help them achieve mastery.Please partner with us at home. Make sure your child has a good night’s sleep and healthy meals. If they are struggling with homework, please encourage them to do their best and tell them that practice makes perfect! Feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you are unsure about how to help them if their struggles persist. And most of all enjoy time together as a family. Children grow quickly. Appreciate the precious time that you have each day during this holiday season.
A Half Day, Already?Posted by on 10/1/2015 11:04:00 AM
Welcome back! Our schools are bustling with smiling faces of students acclimating to the new school year. Thank you for helping your children transition back into the school routine.
Last night one of my friends posted on Facebook, “Third week of school and…half day!” I could tell my friend was a little frustrated because she has three young students who need daycare while she works and half-days are tricky for her. While we do understand this dilemma and have decreased the number of half days from last year’s calendar, there may be times when schools need to provide teachers with extra time.
On Friday, October 2nd, BCSD teachers will have time to collaborate with departments and/or grade levels to discuss what they are seeing from this year’s students to write Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). In essence, each teacher will carefully look at multiple data points to set a goal for their students. Teachers carefully monitor student progress during the year to ensure that each student is growing and thus maximizing his/her potential.
What do teachers use to set goals for students? We encourage teachers to look at many things. It is critical for teachers to know and understand all aspects of a child; therefore, teachers spend a lot of time in September getting to know their students. We gather informal data from observing students while they work and interact with other students. We collect daily work samples, quizzes, homework, and unit test results. Teachers also have access to historical files including report card grades, Regional Assessments and New York Assessment results.
As a district we challenge our teachers to help students answer rigorous questions through writing. All contents ask questions during each lesson. By asking students to write an answer to a question we see what the student is thinking. This provides a forum for teachers to discuss how students are answering questions in written form. Therefore, having time to collaborate on a half day will assist teachers in developing appropriate goals.
As a district, we strive to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Asking good questions causes students to think critically and having them write an answer opens the door to help us know what they are thinking and how they solve problems.
Teacher Potential Project at Batavia Middle SchoolPosted by on 7/21/2015 5:24:00 PMBatavia Middle School English Language Arts teachers will participate in the Teacher Potential Project next year. The project is part of the Investing in Innovation research grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Batavia Middle School qualified to enter a lottery and ultimately was selected to participate.Expeditionary Learning (EL) will partner with districts and will provide professional development and coaching tools to Batavia's middle school teachers. The first teaching institute took place in June after students ended their year. They will participate in two more institutes to learn how to use data and scaffold instruction for all learners.For more information, click on the following link:
Summer ReadingPosted by on 6/30/2015 1:36:00 PMBatavia Reads! Did you see our Facebook post reminding your to sign up for the Summer Reading Program at Richmond Library? We will send messages via Facebook each week to update you on special incentives to keep you reading!Summer learning loss can be “devastating.” This is what researchers have often referred to as the “summer slide.” It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being disproportionately affected (Cooper, 1996). Researchers conclude that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years, with nearly one-third of the gap present when children begin school (Alexander, Entwistle & Olsen, 2007). The body of existing research demonstrates the critical importance that the early development of summer reading habits can play in providing the foundation for later success.We want to encourage Batavia's students to participate in the summer reading programs at their local public libraries. As educators across New York work to implement the new Common Core Standards, it is important that students continue to read while school is not in session. The Summer Reading at New York Libraries program is a great way for students to work towards college and career readiness during the summer and stay academically sharp for the next school year.Happy Reading!
Welcome!Posted by on 6/1/2015 9:00:00 PMWelcome to the Batavia City Schools Blog!This District blog is a part of our effort to improve communication amongst all of our stakeholders - administration, staff, parents and community. Feel free to comment or question blog entries. Please include your email address; all posts will either be posted publicly on this blog OR will receive a direct personal email from the administrator of this blog.We will attempt to address a variety of topics that will help us to partner with you in improving your child's educational experience and achievement. Thank you for your participation and interest!