Winooski School District

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10/21/16 Friday Letter

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dear Families,

It has been another great week at JFK.

Tuesday afternoon  was the 36th annual Vermont Outstanding Teachers Recognition day.  Kari Osha was recognized as JFK’s Outstanding Teacher. Kari was nominated by colleagues for this award:

“Kari Osha exemplifies a positive, engaged colleague. Kari goes above and beyond working with  students, teachers, and families. She works with teachers to develop learning and behavior plans that benefit students, and are manageable for teachers and she spends a large amount of quality time in classrooms implementing plans and supporting students and staff. Advocacy for her students does not stop with colleagues. She develops working relationships with all families, no matter the barriers. Her child-centered perspective allows her to put the students’ needs at the center of any conversation, thus allowing students on her caseload to find success in school.”

Kari is an outstanding teacher among a school of fantastic teachers. Congratulations Kari!

Wednesday was our monthly early release day. Students that were signed up stayed and participated in activities like soccer, super science, a walking field trip, police work, or yoga. The sign-up sheet for the next two sessions went home this week. If you would like your student(s) to stay and participate, please fill it out and send it in asap!

While the students were done at 12:15 on Wednesday, the teachers were not. The teachers participated in an afternoon of professional development around teacher language, which is tied to Responsive Classroom. The goals of this first session were to begin to understand the power of language, the goals of teacher language, and begin planning the implementation in classrooms. As a teaching staff, we will continue the professional learning throughout the year.

Have a great weekend.

Sara Raabe