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Dear Stott Families and Friends,


I am pleased to report to you that we are off to a very nice start for the 2017-2018 school year. September has flown by and October is here. Our students are settling into the routines of school. They are making friends and building relationships with their teachers. My favorite part of the day is when our children arrive at school. They are full of energy and ready to learn. In the past week I have noticed an increase in children telling me about their learning. They eagerly tell me about the book that they are reading or show me their latest writing pieces. This is evidence of highly engaged learners and it warms my heart! Our teachers are committed to providing quality instruction while also making sure that our students are enjoying school. I cannot wait to see the growth that our students will make this year.

PBL
This year Stott teachers are working to incorporate PBL or Project Based Learning into our classrooms. What is PBL? “Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge”. Essentially, students apply the skills and standards that they are learning to a real-world application. One example is using 6th grade geometry skills such as parallel and perpendicular lines, area and perimeter of irregular polygons, and knowledge of coordinate grids in order to design their own city. The skills learned are the same as they have always been, but students now understand a purpose for their learning and generally have more fun than they would with a traditional worksheet or math book. Through PBL, we will be able to differentiate for our students who are identified as gifted as well as for our students who may struggle with a concept. Ask your students if they are working on any “projects” right now.

CONFERENCES
Conferences are scheduled for Oct. 11th and Oct. 12th. Please look for sign-up emails to come home early this week. Conferences are only about 20 minutes long, but are vital to the parent/teacher/student relationship. Please make every attempt to come a conference on one of those two nights. If you absolutely cannot make Oct. 11th or Oct. 12th work, reach out to your child’s teacher. They will happily schedule another time with you, or can even schedule a phone conference.

JEFFCO 2020

Jefferson County Schools has created a vision that we believe will help all of our students be college and career ready when they graduate from a Jefferson County high school. The vision, “In order for students to pursue their life goals, by 2020 all Jeffco graduates will be able to successfully apply the following competencies: content mastery, civic and global engagement, communication, critical thinking & creativity, self-direction and personal responsibility. At Stott, we are doing our part to help our students master these competencies and are taking them one at a time. For the next month, we are focusing on self-direction and personal responsibility. Students will be discussing what this means in the classroom during morning meeting and throughout the school day it will be woven into classroom lessons. Teachers are also thinking about how we can model this for our students and show example of how self-direction and personal responsibility is important in their lives as adults and teachers. You can support us by having conversations at home with regards to this idea and allowing students to take on some additional responsibilities at home.

I am so incredibly honored to continue to serve as the principal at Stott. It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to improve every day. Please feel free to contact me at cjehnmcc@jeffco.k12.co.us or by phone at 303-982-2638.

Sincerely,

Caryn McCormick

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