Principal's Message



                                            Dr. Ashby picLindsay Larson pic

 September 2022 Message                                                

Blue Jay BobbleheadA New “POP” is Born! 

For our new parents, “POP” stands for Problem of Practice. It is a question that our staff develops through the use of classroom observations and perceived staff and student strengths and needs. It also aligns with our recently established revised school model. The Problem of Practice drives our frequent instructional rounds in one another’s rooms and our professional development & coaching. We are proud to unveil the following Problem of Practice for this 22-23 school year: 


What academic and social-emotional teaching strategies, structures, and routines support and promote students as they transition from dependent to independent learners with an inquiry mindset? How are we building inquiry into our classroom instruction to support independent learning?


The following are areas for staff/student support and criteria for success:


CRT/SEL (Culturally Responsive Teaching & Social Emotional Learning)

-Teacher language encourages students to monitor and regulate their own behavior

-Teacher uses EL strategies and tiered supports to empower all learners

-Students are given opportunities to be self-directive.

-Students monitor and assess progress toward meeting academic and community expectations

-Students utilize strategies and learning tools for tackling new tasks and getting unstuck


Academic Ownership 

-Teacher gives achievement/improvement/intervention feedback 

-Teacher models & gradually releases scaffolds/supports

-Teacher’s checks for understanding are aligned to learning target 

-Teacher provides opportunities for peer-to-peer discourse 

-Teacher questioning is used to further student thinking

-Teacher visibly posts criteria for success

-Students use accountable talk routines and norms


Inquiry Mindset

-Teacher posts driving and essential questions related to arc

-Teacher posts artifacts and tools representing the 3 stages of inquiry

-Students explore curiosities, wonders, and interests/passions

-Students know their strengths and stretch their thinking

-Varied forms of student-led questioning that shape learning

-Students show and explain understanding/thinking in different ways


With gratitude, Dr. Ashby and Mrs. Larson