March message from the principal

Dear P.S. 307 Families and Friends:

Happy March.  Hopefully, this is the last of the snow for a while, but we’ve been known to have snow in April, so let’s cross our fingers.

It’s hard to believe that we are already in March.  March is a busy time for teachers in grades 3-5 as we are preparing for the NYS English Language Arts and Math exams.  These exams are intended to capture how well students have mastered their grade level standards.  My concern at this time is not whether teachers have taught the standards but, rather, whether students have developed the stamina to sit through four days of exams.  That being said, teachers will be working on building stamina during the next couple of weeks.  You can help by ensuring that your child is reading a minimum of an hour every evening and that they are completing their test prep assignments, noting questions and concerns that can be shared with teacher.

In our lower grades, we are focusing on exposing students to the next grade level standards.  I am very impressed by the writing in grades K-2.  Our students are writing with volume and purpose and our goal is to challenge them.  I am very proud of the work going on in the Early Childhood Academy.  Ms. Paul, our Teacher Leader, and Ms. Hendershot have been supporting teachers with Phonics instruction, which is having enormous impact on the levels of reading and writing.

We live in NYC and there are a plethora of museums and experiences.  Last week 28 of our students across the grades had a ball at TEKnopolis. They experienced first hand the power of science, technology, engineering and math in an interactive exhibit at BAM.  See photos below. Students in grade 3 went to The Whitney to see the Andy Warhol exhibit and students in grades 4 and 5 were visited by a member of the Hairspray cast who, through song, dance and lecture gave children a first hand experience of musical theater and production. How fun!

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Our second round of Student-Led conferences will take place on March 14th.  We believe in students leading this conference because they are the leaders of their own learning.  Throughout the semester, students have been engaged in goal setting, reflection and using feedback to improve.  The power of articulating their own learning cannot be understated and it is so important that all families attend.  Teachers will be sending out invitations and sign up communication shortly.  I look forward to seeing all of our families beaming with pride during the conferences.

There are info events this month as well as a number of fundraising events and activities.  Please keep an eye on the calendar and come out to support 307 whenever you can.  Enjoy the last weeks of winter and as always, thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Carroll

Principal

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