From the Desk of the Principal
We have had a pretty quiet January and February, but like every year, March through June are very busy with Smarter Balanced Assessments, our new Wonders ELA Curriculum unit tests, and iReady Reading and Math Assessments just to name a few. As you may remember, Mission View was identified as a school in School Improvement Status which means that we needed to improve our Smarter Balanced Assessment scores in English Language Arts and Math. These teachers and students worked very hard at mastering these difficult concepts that they saw and will continue to see on the Smarter Balance tests for Grades 3-5 and have “clawed” out of School Improvement. As Principal, I am very proud of this accomplishment! We all want to stay out of School Improvement from here forward. Two things that you all can do at home is to practice the math facts with your children. This ability is critical for our students to have mastered especially by the fourth grade. If students spent ten minutes every night working on their math facts they would find increased success while here at school. Finally, reading to your children, having them read to you, or even having them read for pleasure by themselves will give them the practice they need to increase their vocabulary as well as their fluency.
On an operational note, we recently conducted a security survey at our school in an effort to improve safety. Our findings portrayed that we currently utilize many safety precautions, but still have a few areas we can improve. Starting after spring break, on Monday April 8th, we will be tightening up a few procedures around campus to keep the students, staff, and visitors safe while on school grounds.
*All visitors must check in at the office, print a visitor badge, and have it visible while in the building (even if they are only going to be in the building for a few minutes).
*Exterior doors will be locked during the school day and visitors will be asked to enter only through the front doors to check in. No longer will we be able to have parents in the hallways waiting for children to be dismissed. This is probably the hardest measure to implement because we pride ourselves on inviting our parents into the school building.
Thank you for your help and willingness to continue improving school safety for our students!
Mission View Principal