It has been a wonderful first week of school for students, staff and parents. We have been able to reconnect with one another, start new relationships and build on our past successes. The first day of school always gives me a tremendous amount of pride and humility at the honor of being the Principal at Steele Elementary School. This is a very special school and I want to thank all of our staff, parents and students for making it a home away from home for so many people.
The first week has been a busy one! Our students and teachers have done a great job of jumping into the work while building relationships and developing classroom routines. As I walk around classes this week I have observed engaged students working hard, listening to each other and having meaningful conversations with one another.
One of our primary goals this year is to increase the amount of student discussion, increase the level of rigor in student work, and to ensure that students are using academic vocabulary in their speaking and writing.
I have attached a link that will take you to Bloom’s taxonomy; this is one of the tools we will use to gauge the level of rigor that students are using. You can also help at home by encouraging your child to speak in complete sentences and use specific wording instead of terms such as, “that thing,”" you know”.
I feel so fortunate to work with such a dedicated and involved staff and parent community. I want to thank all of the parents who have helped get our year off to a great start. I look forward to catching up with you more as the year continues.