The past week I was able to meet with two of our State Representatives Post and Boquist. I was able to share our concerns about the budget and how that effects K-12 education. We talked about all of the innovative programs we have and how that impacts our ability to sustain those programs and/or support forward momentum in a way that would be meaningful.
COSA and OSBA are sponsoring a day at the capitol on March 13th for school board members and district level leadership to advocate with elected officials. This is an opportunity to meet with legislators to talk about how important stable, adequate funding for K-12 education is, and how they can be strong advocates for our district. I am planning to be there that day.
The new Oregon Rising website can help you locate your legislator’s name and email so that you can encourage them to increase school funding. It also provides tips for writing an effective message to your lawmaker.
The theme of this week was primary. I got to visit kindergarten through second grade classes at both Mabel Rush and Edwards. At Mabel Rush, students were learning about rocks and minerals and working on their mathematical computation skills. It was great to see evidence of how teachers are making the 5 C’s of 21st century learning come alive for kids.
At Edwards, I spent time in the dual language classes. I was pretty sure I could function safely at that level of Spanish proficiency, so it was a good opportunity for me to observe. It was great to see students working on their mathematic skills. One of the math fluency games involved matching pictures of quantity with the number. I noticed that one of the children was not counting the blocks in the picture, but instead matching up the cut lines to see if they matched up. I asked her about counting the blocks and how she would know if she was right. She proceeded to tell me that her teacher, “failed to tell them there was a trick to the game that meant they didn’t always have to count the blocks. If you just match up the cut patterns, you know if it is a match.” I asked her if the teacher had stacked 2 or 3 cards and then cut, they would all have the same pattern. I asked her how she might solve that issue. She responded, “In that case, I can simply count them.” I love kindergarten!
I met with Laura Gentry, President of the Metro Ski League, last week. We had an informative discussion about the league. I communicated my concerns about cost for economically disadvantaged students. Newberg does have about five students training with Tigard-Tualatin and competing this year. I am interested to see how they are able to accommodate our students now and in the future.
Calendar this week