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Grade 2 Research and Literacy Endeavor

Grade 4 Literature material from the recent Author Visit

Grade 7th/8th Literature materials for ELA classes


Runkle PTO (pto null @ null runkle NULL.org) co-chairs Dorothy Charles, Amy Bacon and Sharon Brockmann

(Read On: Runkle News #22-18)


… components of the Literacy Collaborative include partnership with Lesley University, a coherent research-based instructional model (Readers and Writers Workshop), a safety net of intervention (Leveled Literacy Intervention), school-based literacy coaches (Ms. Jacobs for K-2, Ms. Gray for 3-5, and Rachel Hayashi for Grades 6-8), long-term school-based professional development, and a school-based Literacy Leadership Team. Also emphasized during this presentation was the critical role of …


… will soon be receiving a note from the Superintendent’s office regarding an upcoming Principal Search Parent Meeting with Andrew Bott, where you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on what qualities you are looking for in the future leadership of Runkle School.   (For the record: Yes, I am most interested in continuing at the helm.)   Thank you to those of you who have already given feedback via the parent survey that went out earlier in the month.  I encourage all parents …


… 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 …


… Development for this year is “Visible Thinking,” a term popularized by education researcher Ron Ritchhart of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s research group “Project Zero.”  In studying this work last year I found its overriding themes resonating with me quite profoundly: children as innately curious and inquisitive beings, learning as a social endeavor, and teachers as facilitators  of both their students’ knowledge acquisition and in their meta-cognitive …