Dear Parkside Families,
Welcome to Parkside! Parkside is a K-6 school with approximately 650 fantastic students. In addition to our 20 general education classrooms, we are home to the south-end Challenge Program and two Inclusive Education Programs, which enhance our already diverse student body.
We come together at Parkside – a place where students, families, and staff feel welcome and safe; and where everyone positively contributes to the diverse culture and equitable, inclusive climate of our school. We created this newly developed vision in partnership with Parkside’s staff and families.
We have several strategies to help us achieve this vision. Our school wide expectations, described in terms of PAWS-Participate, Achieve, Work Hard and Show Respect; help us to keep a positive learning-focused school environment. We are in our second year of implementing RULER, a program designed to help students and staff identify and regulate our emotions in order to be our best selves. Our school and classrooms have charters that outline how we want to feel and the Mood Meter helps us pinpoint how we are feeling. It provides a great color visual to help us verbalize and label our feelings. This year we are teaching strategies on how to be our best selves through pausing and problem solving.
Parkside’s instructional vision is for all students to be able to independently read and respond to grade level text/problems in reading and math. As a staff, we are focusing on developing a deep understanding of the learning standards, ensuring that student tasks and assessments match the rigor of the standard, increasing student ability to read complex, grade level text and to improve student reasoning in mathematics.
All of our professional learning centers on supporting us in reaching this vision. Each week, teachers meet and plan together – helping each other design instruction and create lessons that are rigorous and engaging for students. We are learning more about how to teach students to read and understand complex text at their grade level and in math; we are creating space for students to be able to share and explain their thinking and reasoning as they solve problems.
Something new for students this year is an elected student council. 6th grade students will be running for an office and will be an integral part of school leadership.
I am excited about our work this year, as I believe it sets our students up for maximized success. We want to continue to work closely with families and continue to build collaborative relationships.
Parkside is a GREAT school! Our students are truly amazing, our families active and supportive, and our staff are dedicated professionals who are highly skilled. All of us are committed to doing our best in service of students. #TeamParkside!