Dear Freiler Families,
September marks our first progress reports. The first progress report will be sent home on September 16th. This is the perfect time to review your student’s progress report with them. Talk to them about how they are doing and how to assist them if they need it. As the parent, get familiar with the homework expectations so you can become a team between school and home to assist with your students’ educational success.
As the year began, students learned the routines and procedures and have gotten to know their teachers and see all their friends from the year before. Each year we focus on academics that support student learning. The continued focus for the 2016-17school year is on Rigorous Curriculum Design (RCD) English Language Arts (ELA), RCD Math and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers incorporate Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their lessons on a daily basis and are using them as a tool in the classroom to prepare for our online state testing. As we focus on ELA and math, teachers have become curriculum designers to pave the way for the ELA and math standards. Teachers are using Rigorous Curriculum Design (RCD) lesson plans and work collaboratively to design lessons that are standards based using multiple resources other than our standard texts. The new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) continues to be a focus for this year. We are excited about this approach to science and our teachers have attended training over the last two summers to make this a reality in the classroom. Students are able to think about science in a new way through a scientist’s lens with engaging lessons. We have an online program, Brain Pop- an interactive on-line science focused program to facilitate learning. Freiler also hosts two Science Olympiad Teams and Science Family Night that will be coming up in February. Ask your student how science impacts their lives daily and have them share with you their explorations and hands-on opportunities they are receiving in the classroom.
The Mary Poppins play rehearsals are underway and the students are doing a great job learning their lines and artistic dances. This year’s play is sure to be a memorable one! I look forward to seeing the performance in early December.
Please check your Parent Connect Aeries account on a regular basis to see your child’s grades and attendance. If you do not have an account please sign up and check in the office for the verification password to access it at http://www.tracy.k12.ca.us/ > click on ABI Parent Portal on the left side. Don’t wait- sign up today! Please also checkout our school Facebook page and our updated school website at https://www.tracy.k12.ca.us/sites/fes/Pages/default.aspx
1st trimester report cards will be sent home on Oct. 17th at Parent Teacher Conferences.
Karen Alcorn, Principal