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Kegonsa Elementary News
October 6th, 2017
We have had an incredible start to the school year! We have welcomed many new students to Kegonsa and are excited to see so many new faces. Already, there is so much to highlight from the beginning of the year. Just a few highlights:
Family and Community Engagement
Our First Annual Track-A-Thon was a huge success. A hearty thank you to our Working for Kids Parent group and Ms. Dozois for pulling off such a big event. Students ran their hearts out and celebrated each other’s accomplishments. Thank you to our community for helping us champion wellness.
- The students of Kegonsa graciously accepted a giant sculpture aptly named Curiosity (100 year old fishing hook) from a local sculptore. The fish hook speaks to our theme for the year “Be Courageously Curious.” The art is installed in our front hallway.The Watch D.O.G kick off for our second year was a success. Please make sure to sign up to come in and spend a day as a volunteer. If you have any questions please get in touch with Mr. Schultz, our school counselor. We also welcome Watch MOMS!
- The Stoughton Community Foundation awarded us a grant for $5,000 to be used to purchase physical education and playground equipment. Some of the funds will go to purchase adaptive equipment so that all students can have equal access and opportunity to play.
- We are rocking our new wellness initiative. A huge thanks to students, families and educators for being huge champions for wellness for our kids.
Positive School Culture
- We finally have a School Song at Kegonsa. Our students are learning to sing it in English and American Sign Language.
- DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time has continued from last year. In September, the entire school settled under the trees to read. We will be having an all school read every month.
- Student Council is alive at Kegonsa. 25 students were selected in grades 3-5 to represent their peers in and out of the school.
- The Traveling Gilly is a new award that is given weekly to a class that has demonstrated exceptional engagement.
- The Friendship Buddy Bench is also a new award that classes give other classes on a weekly basis. Each Wednesday the bench is presented by kids for kids for fostering friendship in and outside of the classroom.
- Lunch with the Principal is a weekly award given by classroom teachers who recognize students for being leaders in their classroom.
- In October we are beginning Community (mixed grade) Morning Meetings to build community across our school. More forthcoming!
Curriculum and Assessment
- Our play based kindergarten has moved into first grade and we are off to a great start. Come and visit our classrooms if you are interested in learning more about inquiry based learning.
- Classrooms are working hard to ensure that instructional learning targets and anchor charts are evidenced in classrooms and used by students in their learning.
- Our school counselor is beginning year 2 of our Zones of Regulation all school lesson on social emotional regulation. Ask your kids what zones there are!
- Our school psychologist and speech and language pathologist have joined forces to do all school classroom lessons on social thinking. Read more here.
- We now have two instructional coaches focusing on improving literacy and mathematics instruction across the grade levels.
- We have shifted to an inclusive service delivery model for our students with disabilities, english learners and advanced learners.
- Collaboration rooms have been added for all of our grade levels. The rooms are used as additional spaces for grade levels to extend their learning, both whole and small group.
- Flexible furniture/bright walls have enlivened our school.
Grant Updates: We have received a grant for $3,000 to expand our Outdoor Classroom at Kegonsa.
Additionally we received $1,000 from Play60 to promote wellness at Kegonsa.
Wow, and we are just beginning the school year!
With gratitude, Erin Conrad, School Principal