Family Letter - October 1, 2018

Dear Hollywood Hill families,

As you have been reading in my other updates, we are well on our way to have an outstanding year. The PTA’s fall social was filled with lots of opportunities to see what is going on in our community. I loved being there with my youngest son, Mason.

If you have a 4th or 5th grader, you have probably already received the results from last year’s Smarter Balanced Assessment. We were pleased with the growth of most of our students, but the results are still not what we hope for across the board. Based on that we continue to redouble efforts to provide a quality education for each student. We will be working in the coming weeks on how we can do that in our classrooms, specifically in math. If you haven’t seen our results, you can access them on the OSPI website.

As you know we have a district strategic plan that drives all of our work.  While state assessments are just one element that allows us to see our progress, they are an important data piece so we can make adjustments. Teachers assess students regularly to adjust what they are teaching. We spend time on our early release Wednesdays to work together to determine the best next steps for students. It is invaluable to us to have that planning and collaborating time.

In addition to knowing where students are in their learning, it is just as important to us that students know where they are headed. We continue to work with them to help reflect on how they are learning as well as on what more they want to learn. School is a place to actively learn and we are working to engage each student so that they are ready for their own future.

Our earliest learners began here this week so you may see families that you don’t know on campus, please make sure you introduce yourself so we can continue to grow our Hollywood Hill community. We are so glad they are all here!

On a personal note, my oldest son has been accepted to attend Arizona State University NEXT fall. I cannot believe that he could possibly be old enough for all this. It reminds me to treasure every day and in that makes me really value you and your child. Being a parent is my favorite role and I’m happy to work alongside each of you as you raise your babies!

Have a great October!

Denise Waters