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June 18, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I am happy to announce the School Department has received the Department of Education School Improvement Grant to support Kaler School for the next three years. As you are aware, there are a number of changes that are planned for Kaler School.
The first change is the move of Ms. Lang to Small School and Ms. Hicks to Kaler School. I’d like to take this opportunity to again recognize Ms. Lang for her commitment and dedication to the Kaler School community over the past seven years. Her passion for education has helped Kaler students, staff, and community develop a strong caring environment.
I also want to welcome Ms. Hicks to the Kaler School community. Her enthusiasm for the challenges ahead will help steer Kaler School through the changes that are coming and continue to focus attention on increasing student achievement.
Another change is the lengthened school day for students and staff. After much conversation and deliberation we have finalized the school day as 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This change is in recognition of parent and staff input as well as supportive of our transportation department resources. Bus schedules will be developed over the summer and shared with parents in late August. Please plan on the 8:30-3:30 schedule starting in September.
The grant will also provide multiple extended day and extended year opportunities. Many of our Kaler students have received invitations to participate in this summer’s extended year programs. We will be able to provide bussing for all afterschool and extended year services.
Finally, one of the major components of the grant is the centralization of community resources for parents and families right at Kaler School. We will again be hosting Sweetser Social Work services and will expand next year to include Spurwink Case Management Services, a Community Facilitator and a Parent Liaison to support parents and families.
We are very excited about the opportunities that are in place for the next three years. Please feel free to contact Ms. Hicks this summer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns.
Have a great summer and we’ll see you in September!
Suzanne T. Godin, Superintendent
Cc: Bonnie Hicks
Dear Kaler families,
I was pleased to meet so many of you on May 20th for the Parent Forum when Superintendent Godin explained the SIG grant process and the changes that would be implemented. With administration and school board members facilitating lively small groups, discussions elicited feedback on the elements of the grant, ideas for Kaler’s future, and continued concerns.
On that night, I found out the following:
Three things that will help turn the school around which is part of the grant?
- Longer school day/longer school year (earlier start)
- More social/emotional services
- Support for Math and Data Coaches
- More resources for staff
- Community Resources through the school setting
Three things you believe should be considered for Kaler School in the future?
- Afterschool programming including arts
- Add a teacher so two teachers at all grade levels
- Once grant is completed, how will we continue the community supports
- Partnering with other schools
- Break time for students to go outside
- Move monthly half days to Fridays
I continue to be concerned:
- All Specials on two days
- School grade based on one test score
- Grow JumpRope (Progress report System On-Line) understanding for parents
- What happens when the grant money goes away?
The school community would like YOUR input as well. Please go to the following link to complete a three question survey.
Your input is greatly appreciated and will be used when developing Kaler’s future. Also note that we are looking for another parent to participate in the Kaler Building Leadership Team. Together, Kaler can continue to grow and strive for excellence!
Your Soon to be Principal,