Dear Short Pump Families,
What a dreary Monday morning! I hope all of you made it to work and school safely this morning.
Congratulations to Mrs.Christina Darden for becoming a National Board Certified Teacher! National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. As part of this process, teachers must analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching, and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement. The reflective analyses that they submit must demonstrate:
1) A strong command of content
2) The ability to design appropriate learning experiences that advance student learning
3) The use of assessments to inform instructional decision making
4) Partnerships with colleagues, parents and the community.
We are very proud of her awesome accomplishment!
If all goes well this morning, we will begin our MAPS testing this week. We are piloting the process for HCPS this morning in fourth grade. Teachers will keep you in the loop as to when your child will be testing. This is only for third, fourth and fifth grade students.
With ten days of school until the winter break, we are very busy with musical programs for first grade, testing, The Jingle Bell Jog and in the mix, continuing to teach our students with rigor and relevance! Please continue to have your children at school on time and if you have appointments, please try to schedule them for after school hours. Our teachers are going to be teaching right up until 2:40 PM on Friday, December 20th!
We have had some kind of icky bug going through school. If your child is feeling poorly or has a fever, please keep them home from school. If a student has a fever they may not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hours. Thank you!
Did you see the beautiful winter wreaths on our doors? Thank you so much to Mrs. Connell, PTA Building and Grounds Chair, for keeping our school looking so festive! There is even a wreath on the gate in the back of the school! We just love them!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Amy H. Hand
Proud Principal, SPES