|Dear Coos Bay Families,
What a great start we have had this year. It is hard to believe that the holiday season is approaching. It makes us remember how fortunate we are to live and work in the Bay area. We have been touched by the support the community has given our students, staff and schools. What with over one thousand volunteers registered, numerous community groups raising funds and donating supplies and clothing to our children, the support of our local emergency services as we practice evacuation, the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce hosting a TLC Day and descending upon Madison/Sunset schools to beautify the campuses, and many individuals and businesses volunteering or providing resources each day – we are very blessed.
Kindergarten: Our full day kindergarten students have adjusted well as have their teachers. We are excited at the rate and level of learning we are seeing this first year. It is a joy to watch how eager they are to learn and explore. We are still in need of a few parent volunteers to support our staff and these energetic young learners. Parents are encouraged to contact their school if they would like to help. If you have not yet completed a volunteer form you may find one here: Volunteers. You can apply to volunteer for all schools in the district and the application needs to be renewed each July.
Superintendent’s Goals: My goals for the school year were approved by the Board at their October meeting and include implementing professional learning communities at every school in every grade level and subject. This is work that we have been doing, but the Board goal has given us a clear target for the year. I am delighted to support the use of this proven method of empowering educators and assuring high quality student learning.
To read the Superintendent Goals, go to 2013-2014 Goal
To learn more about PLCs, go to AboutPLCs
Interventions: We have implemented interventions at every grade level so that students will receive targeted instruction based upon their need in order to meet high levels of learning. Teachers meet weekly in their grade or subject area teams in order to share student assessment data and plan for targeted instruction. This looks different at different grade levels and depending upon whether a student learned a concept, did not learn the concept, or already knew the concept. Each child is getting exactly what they need when they need it in this new model.
Achievement Compact Summary: Our Achievement Compact was approved at the October Board meeting. It looks much like last year’s but we added local priorities for attendance at every grade level and math at 6th grade. The team who created the summary and compact report include teachers, administrators and instructional coaches. We are very proud of our work and believe that implementing the strategies described in the summary document will improve student learning and graduation outcomes for all Coos Bay students. To read our summary document: Achievement Compact Report
School Climate: This year we continue the anti-bullying program Rachel’s Challenge at our middle and high schools. In high school we have linked it to our school pride efforts. You may have heard about the Pirate Pride group who have been doing random acts of kindness around our community for the last year or so. This group is part of these anti-bullying and school climate improvement efforts. The curriculum associated with the program will be delivered by our teachers and supported at the high school level by trained high school students. More information on Rachel’s Challenge can be found at: Rachel’s Challenge
Terrific Educators: Our educators work hard every day to assure that each child in our district receives the very best education possible. All of our employees – teachers, specialist, assistants, secretaries, administrators, custodians, maintenance staff, library staff, food service workers and bus drivers, everyone is dedicated to our mission of Learning for ALL- Whatever it takes! I am so grateful for this group of people who have come together for this singular purpose. Truly Coos Bay educators are to be celebrated and appreciated every day.
I am proud to be a resident of Coos County; to live and work and play in such a breathtakingly beautiful location. Our community, staff, families, and children are amazing. The longer I live here the more certain I am that this is home. With our dedication to student learning, our collaboration with our community, and ongoing efforts to partner with and use guidance from our parents, I am confident that we remain on the right path in Coos Bay.
To Contact Superintendent Granger: email@example.com
Common Core Standards links for Parents:
Proficiency Based Instruction link for Parents