Dear Families,

This has been a busy week at Runkle!  Each of our grade-level clusters (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) took part in professional development in literacy in the Sleeper Library.  Working with their grade-level teams, with the support of literacy coaches Kristin Gray and Shoshana Jacobs, teachers looked at student work and assessment data to plan for targeted reading and writing instruction.  In addition, teachers had the chance to engage with professional texts from Lesley University’s Irene Fountas and Gay Pinnell to support them in their year-long planning.  The grade-level clusters will have additional opportunities for this Literacy Collaborative work at later times in the year as well.

We had curriculum shares in many classrooms throughout the schoolhouse, where parents were invited in to see various aspects of their children’s work thus far this year.  (We will work on spacing these out a bit better, as we know parking for these events can be challenging!)  Students in Ms. Woodford’s 7th Grade Social Studies class hosted their families on Friday morning to view their Early Humans projects.  Working in groups of three, students researched the evolution of hominids using the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins online resources and then constructed creative timelines to show change over time.  “The timelines showed an exceptional depth of knowledge on a highly complex subject,” said Ms. Woodford.  “I am thrilled with the results of their cooperative work!”

The week concluded with our annual Halloween Fair, which was much anticipated and much enjoyed by so many of our students.  Many thanks to the parents, teachers, and 7th and 8th grade students who made the night a memorable success!

Jim Stoddard


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