Although the calendar year is coming to a close, we are only halfway through the 2017-18 school year, and these first few months of school have been chock-full of progress. I have made it my priority to minimize time spent in my office so I can focus my attention on visiting each of our schools. I am continually impressed with the ways our team members, parents, and students work together to enhance the quality of education in our district.
Just last month, the Silverton High School drama department put on an incredible performance of Bye Bye Birdie. I was so impressed with our student-actors/singers, musicians, technicians, stage crew, parent volunteers, Mr. “O”, Mr. “H” and so many others who made this a successful experience for students and audience members. I heard a lot of positive feedback from parents about how proud they were to see their kids on stage.
Our elementary schools are also working hard to deliver fun and engaging learning experiences. Mark Twain, our K-2 school, continues to place a special emphasis on the importance of learning to read. Student volunteers from Silverton Middle School come to Mark Twain each day to support our “Kits”. They help with reading activities and lessons in the literacy center. We love to see the older kids mentoring the younger ones through this HOST program. At Robert Frost School, third, fourth, and fifth graders are shifting their focus from learning to read, to reading to learn. The differentiated and data-driven support at Robert Frost is quite impressive. It is our goal for every student to be a reader by the third grade. Literacy is extremely important to keeping students on track to graduate and opening doors to other opportunities.
It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays—an exciting and cheerful time, no doubt—but I’d like to put out a friendly reminder to keep your children active. While breaks from school provide opportunities for relaxation and family time, they can also disrupt the learning routine. Here are a few winter-friendly and fun activities to keep kids engaged.
- Bake holiday treats and share them with your neighbors
- Go to any of our local coffee shops or bistros for some hot cocoa and a quiet place to read
- Invite some friends over and put on a talent show with the kids
- Spend time at the Silverton Library
- Go for a walk with your kids
- Take a Sunday drive in the middle of the week
- Enjoy the thousands of Christmas lights, ice skating, snowless tubing, artisan vendors, fire pits, & carolers at the Oregon Garden
I wish you all a happy and safe holiday season! See you in January.