February 10, 2016
Cougar Awards 2.0
A few parents have asked about Loma’s Cougar Award tradition that supports our character education efforts. We still have our “words of the week” which are drawn both from Project Cornerstone and academic language. However, we gave them a refresh this year. We now have clusters of words relate to one another, which have become our “words of the month.” These word families are the topic of our Monday Morning Meetings held with each pod. This has allowed us to have a consistent focus on the words and created dialogue across grade levels about what the words mean, how they are expressed at school, how the words related to one another, and more. This months words are “Supportive, Brave, Role Model, and Upstander.” Mrs. Carino and I facilitate the dialogue each Monday morning to bring a focus on who we are as a community to kick off each week.
I have come to love the Monday Morning Meetings (M and M’s) almost as much as I enjoy our Student of the Week assemblies on Fridays. I can genuinely say I look forward to Monday morning! This is due in large part to the shift that has occurred in how we engage the students in the content. Each class has the opportunity to choose one of the words to focus on each month and prepare a presentation for their peers. We have seen skits, and songs, and posters, and a broadening of creativity brought to each topic. It is our continued goal to increase student engagement and create student-centered opportunities for kids. This week, Mrs. Shoemate’s class focused on the word “supportive”. Together with our music teacher, Ms. LeLake, the kids put together an object lesson to illustrate the concept of “supportive” to share to their peers. If you’d like to take a look, please Click here. Keep your eyes on what happens when all the chairs are removed.
Thanks Fifth Graders, Ms. LeLake and Mrs. Shoemate for the time and thought that went into this showcase.
Last week, our students joined thousands across the Bay Area in the LearnStorm kickoff. The seventh and eighth grade students in Ms. Nefian’s classes are now part of LearnStorm Bay Area! LearnStorm is a competitive math challenge focused on growth as well as talent. Out of the top 100 schools participating in the Bay Area, CT English is ranked fourth in mastery and twenty-first in “hustle.” We are excited that the kids are excited. In mastery, we are followed closely behind by Redwood Middle School in Saratoga at sixth. In hustle points, Redwood is at thirteenth. Of the other middle schools in our athletic league, Moreland is sixty-eighth, Dartmouth is seventy-fourth.
One of the great things about LearnStorm is that the competition is weighted by eligible students, so our small size does not put us at a disadvantage. In fact, in mastery points per student, CT is ranked first and in hustle points per student, we’re ranked fifth overall by per-student measures, which is the highest ranking for schools in our league. We are entering into week 2 of a 9 week contest. If you are the parent of a seventh or eighth grader, tell them to “keep on storming”!
How To Raise an Adult - March 23rd, 7:00 PM
Please join School Site Council in welcoming Julie Lythcott-Haims to the Loma Prieta Elementary Forum on March 23rd, at 7:00 pm. Ms. Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, is bringing her broad perspective as an educator and a parent to the topic of preparing our youth for both life, college and career. Doors will open at 6:40. There presentation will begin promptly at 7:00 pm (real time, not mountain time). Her book will be available for sale, and Julie will stay after her remarks to sign copies of How to Raise an Adult. We are excited to have this opportunity to have a guest author here on the mountain.
Julie Lythcott-Haims spent a decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen where she was known for both her fierce advocacy for students and her equally fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. Toward the end of her tenure she received Stanford’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for defining “the” undergraduate experience at Stanford and began speaking and writing widely on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting. Her New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success was released in June and is being translated into several languages for publication in other countries. Her work has also appeared on TEDx talks as well as in the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Huffington Post, New York Times, Slate, and Time. She is host of the brand-new Slate/Panoply podcast “Getting In” which offers students and parents sound advice about the college application process and serves as an antidote to the college admission “arms race” mentality. She was featured at the first-ever TED Talks Live event held in Manhattan in fall 2015 (to be broadcast on PBS in Fall 2016).
This is an adults only event so get your childcare lined up now!