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February 9th, 2024 - Presumpscot Chat

Friday, February 9th, 2024

Good afternoon, Presumpscot!

It was a great week. We had visitors from the central office curriculum team do walkthroughs on Wednesday. Their focus was on math and literacy. They were blown away by our students' engagement, questioning, and the joy they felt in our school. Cindy Soule who takes the literacy lead said, “it was truly wonderful to join the Presumpscot learning community. The feeling of joy oozed alongside a buzz of active learning. In every room, students smiled, waved, and were eager to share their learning. Thank you, it was albeit corny, quite magical.” It is always nice to have someone else confirm what you think you know.

 

Restorative Practice and Rights and Responsibilities:

As you know, we are an expeditionary school which means we are credentialed. Every year we engage in a critical evaluation of our literacy work and character traits. In our most recent evaluation, it was exposed that we have not fully adopted a list of values or traits that we are teaching students. You must have these in order to credential; hence, one of priorities this year is to design these. We have spent a lot of time as a staff talking about what we want our students to be able to do when they leave PRS. Through the discussion, we have decided to work slower, so we can dig into some identity work and consider using language that is anti-racist and mirror the bigger world. We have been engaging in restorative work for five years. I am so proud of the work teachers have done with their students. Through restorative work, some teachers have asked students questions about their rights and responsibilities or freedoms and responsibilities. Next week, we are going to engage grades three through five in a discussion about rights and responsibilities to see if we can get closer to a set of values that will align with our equity goal. More on that later.

 

Student Led Conferences:

It is that time of year, again where teachers, families, and students engage in student-led conferences. Our conferences are on Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th. Look out for communication from teachers. 

 

High School of the Future:

In the latest District Staff and Community Newsletter, Superintendent Ryan Scallon shared plans for a new High School of the Future by stating, “Portland has two amazing opportunities in 2024 to apply for funds through the Maine Department of Education to reimagine and consolidate our high schools, our career and technical high school (PATHS), Portland Adult Education, and post-secondary partnerships into a cutting edge, 9-16 learning environment on one campus. This new campus would offer exciting opportunities for Portland students.” The projected timeline of this new vision would mean that all of our current Presumpscot students would be graduating during or after the creation of the High School of the Future. Read more here.

 

Important Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, February 9th, 5:00-8:00 pm: Week three of FTO basketball games  Click here to view the schedule.
  • Wednesday, February 14th, 9:30 - 10:30 am: Community Meeting in the Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, February 14th: Friends Day, as we do not celebrate Valentine's Day at Presumpscot.
  • Monday, February 19th - Friday, February 23rd: February Break
  • Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th: Student Led Conferences