Working together to improve communication and conversation about student achievement
What are student-led conferences?
Student-led conferences are formal conferences students lead with their parents or guests to display their schoolwork as well as discuss their learning. To showcase their progress and achievements, students have selected (with teacher assistance) a collection of work from all areas of the curriculum for their portfolios. Portfolios showcase students’ final products and commitment to CREW while celebrating the achievement of learning.
Benefits of Student-led Conferences
The benefits of student-led conferences include increasing student motivation and responsibility of learning, meeting state standards, improving student and teacher accountability, involving parents, and CELEBRATING LEARNING! It is crucial to have your involvement.
Revising Student led Conferences to Support Passages
Reflection and revision are not only at the heart of the work of our students, but also in the collaborative work of our teachers and families. After reflecting on our last round of Student Led Conferences and supporting our 8th grade students in Passage Presentations, we felt they could be improved. The biggest shift is moving away from “progress portfolios” to “showcase portfolios”. You will notice students will have completed final products, writing pieces or assessments instead of evidence towards progress of learning targets. They will provide concrete evidence on how they met the targets instead of how they are working towards the targets. This shift will directly support and scaffold students towards Passage Presentations. We ask that you work with us in this revision process to ensure that the purpose of Palouse Prairie’s SLCs is seen, heard and felt in every conference by every participant. Throughout the conference, you will notice teachers won’t be an active participate. The teacher is the organizer and facilitator as needed, the student is the leader, and the parents/guardians are the partner in the learning experience. Parents/Guardians provide a meaningful audience which gives the students’ work importance and relevance. Your biggest job is to LISTEN!
What are Passages?
Passages are a culminating event in the student’s career in which she/he is able to present and defend her/his work in front of a panel of distinguished guests. We call this process “Passages” for two reasons. It represents a student passing from one multi-age level to the next AND the presentation serves as a rite of passage. Rather than passing students on from grade to grade without acknowledgment, we have chosen to mark that experience with a meaningful event. Students go through Passages at the end of 3rd (Primary), 5th (Intermediate) and 8th (Middle School) grades. This is a celebration of learning and an opportunity for each student to show their best work to a group of adults who have not yet seen it. Students are accustomed to showing their work to their parents, teacher, and classmates. The panel adds a different element of importance, professionalism, and authenticity to the process.
No School Friday: Remember there is no school this Friday, January 27. It is a Teacher Work Day.
Art Workshop: We are offering an Art Workshop this Friday for students K-6 during the Non-Session School Day from 8:10-3:00 on Friday, January 27th. The session is $20, which includes an art fee. Sibling discount is available. Please sign up by contacting the office: firstname.lastname@example.org
PCEI Food Coalition: PPCS 7th Graders are presenting at the 2017 Palouse Clearwater Food Summit at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27th at the 1912 Center. The Food Summit runs from 9:00 to 4:00, with registration at 8:30. Parents and students are welcome to attend. This is a Teacher Work Day so school will not be in session. For more information go to: http://www.pcfoodcoalition.org/.
Deadline for Schoola is Fast Approaching :: January 31
We are currently holding a Schoola clothing drive to raise money for our school. Last year we raised over $3000!!
- Please donate freshly laundered, high-quality items that originally sold for more then $30. The clothing needs to have tags (sizes, brands).
- Shoes, handbags, coats, jackets and dresses will earn the most!
- No men's clothing, but children's clothing are accepted. Please no undergarments (bras, socks, underwear).
- Can’t bring a bag to drop-off? Fill a box and ship from home. Create a postage-paid shipping label at www.schoola.com/donate
Drop off your donations at the school before Jan. 31. If you are a business or know of a business/church/facility that could be a drop location, please let us know. (email@example.com) All funds go directly back to support students in off-campus learning and travel. So start cleaning out those closets!!
Polar Walk Day: Join Us for Polar Walk to School Day - Wednesday, February 1st! Julene Ewert will meet walking groups at the Moscow Coop and leave at 8am. Colette DePhelps will meet walking groups at the corner of Mabelle & Lynn at 8am. Please feel to lead your own group and have fun!
First Steps Towards our New School-Calling all Quails!
By now you have heard the EXCITING news about our signed agreement to purchase land for the School’s ‘forever home.' We are enthusiastic about moving forward with the next step. On February 7th at 7PM the Moscow Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing to review PPCS plans for a school at our new location. Obtaining a Conditional Use Permit is an essential first step in this process.
We want to encourage our families to attend the meeting at Moscow City Hall, 206 E. 3rd Street, in the 2nd floor Council Chambers. Your attendance gives our school a human face and support in obtaining the Conditional Use Permit. You are also welcome to speak about the importance of building the school in the new location (students becoming stewards of the natural world, safer learning community, ability to conduct community service, safer drop off and pick off, walls for more active learning, etc.).
When you come to the hearing, we want to represent CREW. It is important that we be empathetic and welcoming for all those that attend the meeting and respect differing perspectives. We need to hear any concern brought forward and take it into account. It’s important the school is a good neighbor and we want to start building good relationships at this hearing. We are a community first school and we want to demonstrate it.
This is your time to help make a difference, your presence has an impact! Please join the board and me in the next step of our journey.
Volunteers Needed: The Parent CREW is hard at work putting together many events for the remainder of the school year, but there are a few areas where we could really use additional support. Please SIGN UP HERE if you can help! Some of these events just won't be able to happen without more hands on deck. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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