January Newsletter

Posted by Katherine Rivera on 1/7/2019 9:00:00 AM

School Calendar

Jan 8 Teacher Professional Training-No School

Jan 9 School Resumes

Jan 10 6:00pm at MIT Meeting RCSD for prospective kindergarten and new parents to RCSD

Jan 11, 18, 25 Kinder tours for Prospective parents of the Mandarin Immersion program for next year

Jan 14 Reclassification Ceremony 6:00pm at McKinley School

Jan 21 Martin Luther King Holiday- NO SCHOOL

Jan 22-Jan 25 Grade 5 students to Jones Gulch Outdoor Education Camp

Jan 29 8:30am School Site Council

Jan 31 PTA All Association Meeting 6:00 pm

Feb 18 No School Presidents Weekend

Reflection and Goal Setting for 2019

With a new year, it is a good time to reflect on the past year and make some goals for the year to come.  I would like to take this opportunity to review with you the district goals and to let you know the progress we have made to date.

This year you will see us continue to work on fulfilling our commitment to the district wide goals, which include ensuring all students read at or above grade level by end of second grade, reducing the number of long term English learners and supporting all students in meeting or excelling on district benchmark goals.

Reading data show that in grades k-2 the percent of students reading at or above grade level continues to increase. We also see an increase in the % of students scoring proficient and advanced on district benchmark scores in math and ELA for grades 3-5. We have exceeded State wide goals on tests for English Learners and will celebrate on January 14 our group of students meeting Reclassification Criteria at McKinley School.  

Our goals for 2019 will continue to focus on helping children become problem solvers, critical thinkers, risk-takers, designers, collaborators, and innovators.

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Goals

Over the past three years, the Redwood City School District has implemented a student behavior program called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). The major goal of PBIS is to provide students support, guidance, and consistent messaging around behavioral expectations. This includes our core values at John Gill of Eagle P.R.I.D.E. Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence. We refer to these five words as much as possible throughout the year. Our aim is to provide the kind of support that will help our students thrive in a productive learning environment. This includes a variety of positive incentives and encouragements to do the right thing. Throughout the day we stress the importance of being a good person. Below are the ways in which we have been implementing PBIS.

  • A positive school climate supports healthy outcomes for all students
  • Norms, values, and expectations that support student safety
  • Prevention, Intervention, Prevention support-counseling
  • Accessible Social, Emotional, and Behavioral supports
  • Respectful, caring, and engaging interactions with adults and students

Our goal is promoting individual, group, and school-wide supports that enhance connectedness and contribute to a safe, supportive environment.

We have also continued to focus on our  Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum because we know that it works. Building on and practicing skills throughout the elementary school years helps students become better able to use them. The Second Step program focuses on skills that will help your student succeed in school and in life. These skills include empathy, communication, goal setting, relationship building and more.

School Consolidation Plan

Keep up to date with the RCSD School Consolidation Plan and how it affects your family at: https://www.rcsdk8.net/

Nearly all current John Gill families in the traditional program will continue at John Gill next year in the parent participation model. The families attending Orion will join John Gill families. As we prepare for the transition next school year of two different School of Choice Programs, Parent Participation and Mandarin Immersion, parent input will be critical in developinga collaborative community based on a shared vision.