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March 1, 2013

Shared Vision of Excellence

Recently I was reading about the idea of “excellence” and I stumbled across this definition “something that is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards”. Excellence is not the product of snapping our fingers and seeing a quick result. Excellence is the result of hard work, perseverance, and constant learning as the journey progresses.

Recently I was reading about the idea of “excellence” and I stumbled across this definition “something that is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards”. Excellence is not the product of snapping our fingers and seeing a quick result. Excellence is the result of hard work, perseverance, and constant learning as the journey progresses.

DRAFT of Shared Vision of Excellence:
We succeed when each of our students:
• Effectively listens and communicates ideas
• Collaboratively solves problems and designs solutions
• Exhibits character and models empathy toward others
• Celebrates individual differences and values multiple perspectives
• Possesses the foundation necessary for future educational challenges
• Critically thinks about personal, social, and global issues
• Accesses and analyzes information to make thoughtful decisions
• Demonstrates curiosity and confidently takes risks to achieve excellence
• Utilizes technology to enhance creativity and innovation
• Makes healthy choices that positively impact their life and the lives of others

We are continuing to revise this draft of our vision and welcome your input. If you have a thought, strongly agree with a statement, or wonder about something, please let us know. You can send your feedback to jason.adams@mrhschool.net.

We welcome your input as we continue the process of creating our “Shared Vision of Excellence”.

Enjoy a wonderful March and a great Spring Break! Respectfully,

Jason Adams


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February 1, 2013

A Night At the Museum

Over the past few weeks many of you turned out to support the exhibit work our students created. According to the staff of the Gateway Arch, over 38,000 people experienced the MRHE exhibit on display during December and January. That’s incredible! Over 630 individuals came out for the “Evening at the Arch” and over 80 families came out for our exhibit opening at MRHE. We cannot thank you enough for your support of this important work. Wow!

In January I shared about the process our classroom teachers use to analyze data and make decisions about how they can support each student. A strong academic program is essential to every school. We continue to learn more and more about how to best teach skills for mathematics, reading, and writing.

At the same time, MRHE is committed to developing the whole child. Our teachers in specialty areas such as physical education/health, art, counseling, garden/sustainability, and music contribute so much to the overall development of our students. Our goal for our students is high academic achievement AND a strong foundation in social, emotional, and physical learning.

Recently I read an article from the Washington Post about ten skills our students learn from participation in the Arts. The author highlights the importance of providing our students with high quality experiences that enrich creativity, enhance collaboration, and prepare our students for a successful future in the 21st century. I am including this article with the February newsletter. Please take a moment to review the article. It really is eye opening!

Thank you again for your continued support of our school and our work to develop students who are prepared for any challenge they face in the future.

Respectfully, Jason Adams

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January 4, 2013

Make Goal Setting A Priority

Happy New Year! The start of a new year brings time to reflect on the past and begin to consider what can be.  During this time many set “New Year’s Resolutions” or goals that they would like to accomplish over a certain period of time.  Some are successful, while others eventually fall by the way side.  Either way, taking time to set goals and make a plan to achieve those goals are worthwhile endeavors. 

At MRHE there are many things that go on behind the scenes, goal setting being one of them.  Our grade level teams meet each week in what we call “Data Teams”.  During these weekly conversations, our teachers are constantly learning new teaching practices, using student achievement data to make decisions about instruction, collaborating with each other to individualize what they do for each child, and set goals for future work.  This practice is time intensive, but highly rewarding.  Through this process, teachers are able to identify specific areas where students are struggling or areas where students have mastered the content.  For example, in these conversations one teacher might notice that her students did really well on an assessment on measurement.  This teacher would then share strategies she used with her colleagues.  The ultimate goal is to increase achievement for all of our students. 

Goal setting is important.  Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”  This is true.  By making goal setting a priority in our school community, we have steps we can work toward in our quest to make sure all of our students are excelling in their learning.   By setting goals, we have something to work toward.  Again, Happy New Year! I’m looking to a wonderful 2013 at MRHE.


Respectfully,
Jason Adams

 

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December 1, 2012

Strengthening Community Relationships

Over the past few months we have talked about the power of community.   In any community relationships are vital.  At MRHE we have been looking at how we can continue to strengthen our relationships with members and organizations in the greater St. Louis community.

As many of you know, MRHE formed a partnership (one form of community relationship) with the Gateway Arch and the National Park Service this school year.  Our teachers and students have worked closely with the staff of the Gateway Arch to learn how the principles of museum work can enhance learning within our school.  Every child in our school was invited to participate in a field trip to the Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse.  In addition, the staff of the Gateway Arch have been assisting our students with their exhibit work.  We are thrilled with the ideas our students have come up with and are excited about the possibilities this work will produce.

One aspect of this partnership that we are thrilled about is the invitation for our students to design a special exhibit in the Museum of Westward Expansion, which is housed in the lower level of the Gateway Arch.  Every grade level will contribute key pieces from their grade-level exhibitions to this special school wide exhibit.  Beginning Thursday December 20th and continuing through January 10th, MRHE student work will be on display in the Museum of Westward Expansion for guests to visit.  On Thursday, January 10th, the entire MRHE community is invited to a special reception at the Gateway Arch where we will celebrate our students’ special exhibit.

Here is a timeline of the special dates:

December 20th-January 10
MRHE Exhibit at the Museum of Westward Expansion Open for Visitors

January 10th - Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Celebration Reception at the Museum of Westward Expansion

January 22nd - Time:  6:00-7:00 p.m.
Grade-Level Exhibits Open for Visitors at MRHE

February, 9th - Time:  8:00-11:00 a.m.
6th Grade Pancake Breakfast – One last chance to visit the Grade-Level exhibits at MRHE

Our students and staff are excited about the next few months.  We look forward to seeing you at one of the special events where we will celebrate our students’ excellent work.


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