Hello Battle Parents,
Thank you so much for the ongoing feedback regarding our school learning community. Battle is an amazing place of learning and we continue to seek ways to build on our strengths and move forward in raising student achievement. We are fortunate to have such an amazing facility. However, the high quality of Battle's staff and the wonderful children and families that enter the doors are truly what makes our school community special.
I wanted to address some of the strengths, concerns and questions posted in the comment section of the parent survey completed during the fall semester. The strengths are highlighted along with additional information about what is happening to address areas of concern.
Areas of Strength
· High quality instruction
· Students are well prepared to continue their education
· Safe and orderly environment
· Parents feel welcomed
· Various ways of communication
· Clean and well maintained school building
· Discipline policies are fair and effective
· Overall satisfaction
Individual Needs of Students
Differentiated instruction has always been and continues to be a focus for our school. This allows for teachers to plan and teach strategies that are expected to meet the diverse needs in the classroom ranging from low performing to high ability students. There are several supports which include but not limited to the following:
· The guidance counselor and school psychologist are available to meet with students 2-3 days per week.
· The School Wide Positive Behavior Support Team meets bi-weekly to support teachers and/or students in need of intervention, strategies and ideas to address behavioral concerns. The behaviors can include lack of motivation to noncompliance.
· The Intervention Team meets bi-weekly to address academic concerns in any content area. Parents, teachers and exceptional education staff members work together to identify potential causes of academic difficulty. The teacher and parents are provided with strategies to implement in the classroom in hopes of improving the student’s performance.
· On a weekly basis, an administrator meets with grade levels/teachers to discuss instruction, learning and best practices.
· The math and literacy instructional coaches have provided support and residencies in all grade levels. Some grade levels meet with lead teachers during and after school to enhance literacy and math instruction. The lead teachers receive ongoing training in best practices to implement and share with the teachers in our building.
Useful Information for Academic Growth
· Parent conferences, parent classes and parent nights are excellent opportunities to receive information on how to help your child at home. The scheduled events are targeted toward improving communication and provide insight on the instructional day. The parent nights are important to attend because this will give you face to face time to hear from educators and ask questions. The events cover a wide variety of topics including the Title I budget, math strategies, TCAP prep to name a few. Your child’s agenda mate and/or kindergarten notebook should be used to communicate with your child’s teacher on a daily basis. At any time, you are welcome to contact your child’s teacher to schedule a conference to discuss needed information for academic growth.
Thanks again for your input!
Ms. Saunya V. Goss