Dear Midway Families,
It is another exciting year at Midway Elementary School! We continue to work to improve our literacy and math progress which includes a multi-tiered system of support that includes a blended learning approach with technology programs to enhance our students’ access to math and literacy content. We also focus our priorities on serving the whole child by understanding their social, emotional and relational needs in addition to academics.
We will continue to focus our professional development on the Common Core State Standards being implemented throughout Washington State.
Our action plans for the school year align with our district strategic plan, working to ensure students will be prepared to meet the following:
• 95% of our kindergarten students will be at grade level standard by 3rd grade
• Reduce suspension rates to 0% by 2015
• 95% of our 9th grade students will be at grade level standard in Algebra
We will continue to implement our district-adopted math program, Math in Focus. The program has an emphasis on visualization; teaching our students through a concrete, pictorial and abstract strategy for each math skill. We will also continue to complement our math program with blended technology programs such as ST Math, Think Through Math, and Reflex.
The goal in blending technology programs into traditional instruction is to enhance our students’ technology, math, and literacy skills. Through this integration, teachers have more opportunities to provide small group instruction while students are engaged on personallized programs.
Students can log on from home to work on their progress goals and parents can engage in supporting their children with these programs. Using technology programs will also create another access point in core content areas.
We will continue to work on implementing the literacy frameworks with an emphasis on the writing and text complexity. The new Common Core State Standards will be implemented in our literacy work along with technology-based programs such as MyOn, RAZ Kids, Achieve 3000, Imagine Learning and Lexia. These programs serve the purpose of instructional programs and resources to support core instruction. We are passionate about how these tools can be used to personalize each students’ learning pathway.
Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. PBIS is a way for us to educate all Midway students by developing research-based, school wide and classroom discipline systems. Our guidelines are driven by Midway values of being respectful, safe and responsible. Students and staff are able to speak a common language around these guidelines throughout the school and common areas. We will continue our implementation of Second Steps, Anti-bullying Program through the Committee for Children.
We offer many opportunities for families to be involved in our school community. We encourage parents to engage with their child’s education through Midway Mustang Mornings and our monthly Family Art Fridays.
We look forward to continuing to partner with Seattle Art Museum to bring in standards-based art instruction with an emphasis on world art to embrace our diverse learning community. We will also hold Family Science Nights in our continued partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital’s science education grant program for our 4th and 5th grade students.
We have had the great addition of parent leadership in chartering a new PTA at Midway Elementary. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our parents for taking on this effort. We look forward to bringing in more parent voice through this new leadership structure. We will also continue with Team Midway, which are local faith-based organizations that come together monthly to seek out the mission of coming alongside our school community to support our vision of serving our families.