Friday, January 21, 2022

Waukesha North High School has recently been awarded the Female Diversity in Computer Science Award.  This award is presented to schools that “have either reached 50% or higher female examinee representation in one of or both AP computer science courses, or whose percentage of the female examinees met or exceeded that of the school’s female population”.

The 4th and 5th graders in Mrs. Keddie’s Dual Language classrooms of Hawthorne Elementary have been learning about reading and creating infographics during their Inquiry literacy unit, which focuses on the Rainforest. Each student chose a theme that interests them and relates to the rainforest. Then, each child researched using books at their reading level, online encyclopedias. Many students also gathered knowledge from videos and other resources. They used graphic organizers to organize their research and their ideas. After sketching a plan for their infographic, each child used the Adobe Creative Cloud app to create an infographic from scratch. The students transformed into authors and graphic designers as they created their final products. We are so proud of their hard work and creativity!

Within small groups during both Literacy and Math Workshop, students are provided with direct access to content and given scaffolds to support their understanding. In order for this to work fluidly, teachers masterfully create planners that include an objective tailored to student needs. An intentional instructional focus enables teachers and classroom assistants to maximize instructional time and provide the supports necessary to ensure transfer during application time. Anecdotal records of student progress indicate what the next instructional steps must be.

Small Group Instruction is a vital component of learning at Meadowbrook and offers a personal experience for each student. As this instruction is the focus of our SAIL work, we have a collective investment in each child’s learning by all staff members.  

Third graders in Mrs. Flores’ class, are completing their sewn stuffies of animals they admire. Everyone made their own pattern, cut their fabric, and learned both running and whip stitches to make their stuffed animal!

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