Dear Incline Parents and Families,
Welcome back to the start of a new school year at Incline Elementary School. I am privileged to have the opportunity to return this school year as your Site Administrator and I feel honored and excited to work collaboratively with our highly qualified and dedicated staff, our wonderful students, and all of the supportive parents of Incline.
Similar to last year, our goal this school year at IES is to create a meaningful and positive learning environment that focuses on student engagement, promotes critical thinking through questioning, and integrates literacy in all subjects. To meet this goal, our Science and Outdoor education program has now expanded into what we call STREAM; Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Much like the streams that feed Lake Tahoe, our STREAM program will strive to feed our students’ brains.
This summer, several staff members attended a week long Advanced Academic Program (AAP) workshop to build their capacity for designing instruction for the gifted learner. These teachers will share what they learned with staff throughout the school year and play an instrumental role in our “Walk to Learn” initiative. “Walk to Learn” is a flexible grouping instructional model that allows teachers to share students with other teachers at the same grade level daily to deliver direct and explicit instruction to students at the same instructional level in reading and in math. This model is excellent for allowing students to learn at their pace and skill level.
In addition, teachers at all incline schools were given a book to read over the summer called “Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century” by Richard Cash. In short, the book investigates the critical components for educating students and provides teachers with instructional strategies and tools to help prepare students for the 21st Century workplace. It is an excellent resource for teachers that deepens their understandings of differentiation.
At IES, we believe the elementary years are critical times of development for students and families and on behalf of the staff we look forward to working with all of you to make this school year successful. I am a lifelong educator and I am committed to students and families. By fostering the growth mindset at home and at school, together we can ensure that our students know that through hard work, effort, and determination, any goal is achievable.
I look forward to continuing our work together as we support the Incline School community.
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