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Principal's Message

With our new English Language Arts curriculum, Wonders by Mcgraw Hill and Math, Bridges by The Math Learning Center, many students are beginning to make the growth that we expect.  They are beginning to better understand what is being asked of them in terms of rigor.  The level of difficulty has increased dramatically. They are being given challenging assessments that ask students to apply new knowledge, and not just regurgitate it.  For those students not starting to make gains, we have a very important and targeted intervention program.  You can appreciate that the classroom may be moving through the tasks, but some students may need to have a little bit more to build their foundational skills.  If your child is chosen for this extra help, support them.  This is a gift of time and instructional support.  As students improve, we move them out and move another student into this program.  

 

We want your child to have the strongest skills possible, so that they are the strongest student possible their entire academic career. Grades in elementary school are only part of the picture.  They are simply our way to share with you what we see in your child at this moment in time.  Equally as important is your child's love of school, of learning, do they show determination and persistence in solving tough problems? Are they a good friend? Are they kind?

 

If you are lucky enough to be in the classroom when a teacher is doing Number Corner, you are in for a treat.  Cards are displayed in a calendar sequential order while students make attempts to guess what the next pattern might show.  When the pattern changes dramatically, you can hear students gasp as they are shocked, and then work hard to figure out what might be happening by noting the details in the pictures.  

 

Another aspect of our new math program is utilizing Workplaces.  This is a time for real concept building and teachers are telling me that students really love it.  The new math standards move away from “a mile wide and an inch deep” approach and are instead trying to develop deep conceptual learning with students.  There has been a big shift to helping students understand how numbers work together, to help them identify patterns to find solutions easier.  These are not times of memorizing an algorithm and using that “one and only” way to calculate an answer.  Now students reason their way through solutions and have a stronger number sense to help them estimate if their solution makes sense.  These are important skills as our machines will do most of our calculating, but human beings will be responsible for innovation.

 

As you approach conferences with your teacher, listen as they share what we are doing to support your child’s learning, and what you can do at home.  These first few weeks with the new programs are challenging for students and the first report card will likely reflect that.  We are going to report to you if your child has, or has not met a particular standard, but it is the beginning of the year.  Our expectation is that they meet the standard by the end of the school year, so lots of time still to work on their skills for their grade level.

 

We are looking for GROWTH.

 

I am so appreciative of the help of our parents

for providing us the resources to offer this help to students.

Thank you.

 

Tiffany Lewis, Principal

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Pyramid of Success

Woodland's character education program is based on Coach John Wooden's book, Inch and Miles - The Journey to Success. Throughout the journey, Inch and Miles find out the real meaning of success by meeting fourteen characters in the story who represent the values that will guarantee success. By the end of the journey, Inch and Miles understand that:

Success isn't having trophies or toys.

It isn't a medal or friends of your choice.

What is Success? That's easy to see.

It's trying to be the best that you can be!

Don't worry what others may have or might say.

When trying your best,

Success comes your way.

Thank you Coach John Wooden for allowing us to share your Pyramid of Success with our students.

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The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, practices, and employment shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent.  Any school employee who witnesses an incident of unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, retaliation, or bullying, shall immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so.  Compliance Officer Contact Information: Associate Superintendent, Chief Human Resources Officer, 2985 Bear St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-424-5041

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2025 Garden Lane

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Office: 949-515-6945

Attendance: 949-515-6862

Fax: 949-515-6861

Principal: Tiffany Lewis

tlewis@nmusd.us

Office Manager: Carol Brunell

cbrunell@nmusd.us

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