From the Desk of the Principal
October 9, 2017
It is hard to believe we are already a month into the school year with Parent-Teacher Conferences just around the corner from November 1 to November 3.
September was Attendance Awareness Month but here at Mission View we are committed to working on better attendance all year long. The new laws demand that we are proactive in helping our students with great attendance. You may be hearing from me from time to time if your son or daughter fall into the criteria where we are concerned about his/her attendance rate. We are really looking at students being here on time as well, which is where you all come in. For most of our students, they rely on us parents to get them up and ready for the day and either transport them, get them on the bus, or sending them out the door.
On an instructional note, our Smarter Balance Assessment results were record setting this past year as we increased in 5 of the 6 categories, those being Reading Grades 3-5 and Math Grades 3 and 5. Looking around the district Mission View had the most growth in any Elementary in Wenatchee. We take pride in how our students do on these rigorous assessments and want our students to take that same pride in showing their best work.
On another note, at the beginning of the school year, a school receiving Title 1 Part A funds (which Mission View does) must notify parents of children enrolled in those schools receiving these funds that they can request the following information regarding instructional staff who work with their children:
Whether or not the child’s teacher has met state certification for the grades and what subjects he or she is teaching
Whether or not the teacher is working with an emergency or conditional certificate where state certification criteria has been waived
The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held, including field of discipline of the certificate or degree
If the child receives instructional services from a paraprofessional(s) and if so, his or her qualifications.
In addition, each Title 1 School is required to notify parents individually when their child has been assigned to, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the highly qualified definition set by No Child Left Behind.
In this newsletter I will specifically respond to each of these bulleted items for you. As for the first bullet, all teachers at Mission View have met state certification for the grades that they teach. Mission View does not have teachers working with an emergency or conditional certificate. As for the last bullet, all teachers here at Mission View meet the highly qualified definition set by No Child Left Behind. Regarding bulleted items 3 and 4, I would need to correspond with any parent that had a question regarding these two items.
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