Our academic year is more than halfway completed. Please be aware of our attendance policy which is located on our website. Please log on to the parent portal and keep informed of your child’s status. Additionally, we are piloting an App for Realtime, our student information system. We are hoping for the App to be fully operational for the 2018 – 2019 school year. The App will push out events as they happen to keep you up to date on academics, attendance, discipline, and notifications.
I hope you have been able to get to the many activities we are having in our schools such as the vocabulary parades, spelling bees, science fairs, author celebrations, and talent shows. I have seen a rise in parent involvement at all of our school events. I am looking for input from parents, students, staff, and administrators to create new and innovative events to further showcase student talents and achievements.
March contains the beginning of spring, weather that could cause many issues, the loss of an hour of sleep as we move to daylight savings time, and our celebration of women’s history month.
Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year. In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. Subsequent Presidents continued to proclaim a National Women’s History Week in March until 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, each president has issued an annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” (retrieved from https://www.nwhm.org/events/womens-history-month)
Many of our lessons will have curriculum related to women’s history month with specific conversations that include some of the following:
"Super Heroes" Wonder Woman
"Hidden Figures" (Women behind the scenes for NASA)
Women's Suffragist Movement
Rosie the Riveter
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (A League of Their Own)
Scientists - Marie Curie, Jane Goodall
Artists - Georgia O' Keefe, Frida Kahlo
Literature - Anne Frank, Maya Angelou, JK Rowling, Jane Austen, Zora Neale Hurston
Activists - Malala Yousafzai, Gloria Steinem, Rachel Carson
Judicial - Sandra Day O'Connor, Sonia Sotomayor
Singers - Bessie Smith, Marian Anderson
Sports Figures - Ibtihaj Muhammad, Williams sisters (tennis)
Politicians - Shirley Chisholm, Hillary Clinton
Government Officials - Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright
Suffragists - Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth (Isabella Baumfree)
First Ladies - Nancy Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt
Astronaut - Sally Ride
Additionally, March 14 is a math celebration of Pi Day where our classrooms will have lessons devoted to learning about and understanding Pi (3.14).
Some sites for information include:
Dr. George J. Solter Jr.email@example.com
First and foremost, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. As 2018 begins, I want to reflect on all that has occurred since my last newsletter. These stories are exceptional, but they wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the hard work and dedication of the faculty and S.T.E.M. committee. ~Jared Keshishian, District Supervisor of Science
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