Wednesdays--Show your school spirit by wearing Sunny Hills Spirit Wear or Sunny Hills school colors (blue and yellow)
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School Hours are the same for grades Kindergarten - 5th
Doors will open for student access only at 8:20 and lock at 8:30. Students arriving after 8:30 will need to enter through our main doors.
All adults are to enter the building through the main office doors regardless of the time of day. Adults are required to sign in and wear a visitor's badge. Please know that staff have been asked not to let adults into the building at doors other than our main office doors. This is part of our security plan. Thank you for your cooperation.
We would like to provide you with a Scope and Sequence for each grade level. By clicking on the links below, you can learn about the products (curriculum materials) and the topics presented.
Our parking lot and bus loop/playground will be available for you to park in during most evening events. If you see the gates to the playground open, feel free to park on the playground. If the gates are closed, then the bus loop is your only option for the back of the school. The doors to enter the building will be either the front doors by the office or the playground doors. All other doors will be locked.
Our staff is exploring the work of Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University. Some of our teachers began this work last year. This year, we will all employ the language that promotes a Growth Mindset. To begin our journey, staff watched the video clip linked here. I encourage you to watch it.
For the month of September, staff will be working on the language of “not yet” with our students. Our goal is to help students see that while they may not be proficient at a skill right now, they can be with hard work. When a child says, “I can’t ___,” we will coach them to shift their thinking to “I can’t ___ yet.” Here is a link to a second video shared with our staff.
What on earth could that possibly mean?? Well, it is short for Profound Understanding of Foundational Mathematics. Our teachers began their training this summer on best practices related teaching math. We have created our professional development calendar for the year and will continue our conversations. All teachers will receive a book called, Mathematical Mindsets. We will look for ways to develop the foundational understanding of mathematics in our students using a growth mindset. Our work will be supported by our Instructional Coach, Carrie Granados and the District.
Last year we discussed research and reflected on our practices related to homework. We realized that there were some habits in place that came from a standpoint of “because we always did it that way” vs sound research. As we learned of the impact of homework on elementary students, we realized that we sometimes asked students and families to complete tasks that didn’t benefit them. We are making a shift in our practice to better balance the academic and social emotional progress of our students. We value learning and free time. We want strong readers who love books, but are not overburdened by excessive questions and tasks that can kill the love of reading such as reading logs. We value the differences in learners. We want to honor those differences by moving away from a “one size fits all” homework approach to one that is differentiated. We want to provide our students with rigorous work at school allowing them time to relax with their families and pursue other interests such as arts, sports, etc. when they are at home. Each teacher has now shared with families what their homework plan is for the year. We will continue to reflect upon our practice and we welcome your feedback.
Last, but certainly not the least, is our focus on Positive Relationships. It is our belief as a staff that every adult who is on campus, regardless of their position, is an important person in the lives of our children. This includes you. When adults at Sunny Hills are patient and kind, when they approach students looking for the good and holding them to high expectations for both academics and behaviors, we have a recipe for the successful development of our children. We all share the same goal: Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal, and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment. It is our District Mission and what we work to achieve at Sunny Hills. To be able to do so, our students must be surrounded by adults who support them in a positive way as they work through the challenges of learning and of life. One aspect of that support comes through clear expectations and frequent acknowledgment of what they are doing well. This year we have put into place “The Mustang Way” along with specific positive behaviors for Being Respectful, Being Responsible and Being Engaged while at school.
Positive Relationships also includes our incredible partnership with our PTA and the Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF). These are two organizations we know we could not live without. Our PTA focuses on building level needs. They raise money for special programs such as Art with Donna Gelinas and Science-to-Go with Kate Poaster. Some grade levels have guest speakers such as the Toy Man and Roger Fernandez. In addition to the valuable learning opportunities afforded to us by our PTA, they work at creating a series of family fun events. These events serve our community by providing time for us to connect.
ISF focuses on funding for programs bigger than our single building. They design programs such as our Pre-K/K summer school to serve many schools at once. ISF also offers teachers the opportunity to apply for funding specific to their classrooms. Last year, our 4th grade team applied for and received a grant for iPads in the classroom. Those grant dollars are being put to work this year.
Our final outreach effort this year will be around engaging families from different backgrounds. My personal goal is to create opportunities for all families to feel they are connected to Sunny Hills and to feel their role in learning is valued. Please look for more information in future eNews mailings.
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The Issaquah School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination.
Parent/Volunteer and Employee/Applicant-Related IssuesLisa Hechtman, Executive Director of Personnel Services565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah, WA 98027425-837-7060, email@example.com
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