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Letter to Waterloo Families regarding Early Release Wednesdays

December 13, 2018

Dear Families,

I hope the 2018-19 school year is off to a great start for you and your children. There are many exciting changes occurring in our schools this year. We have updated curriculum in English Language Arts and Math, implemented PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) strategies, created new Science materials, integrated a new Guided Reading program and the Ready Math program for grades K-8 and the Second Step program (which integrates social-emotional learning and assists in developing foundational learning skills in grades K-5).

Each of these curricular updates supports Personalized Learning in Waterloo. We have and will continue to explore digital content and implement instructional practices to bring our children into the 21st Century. To do this, we need to provide our teachers the opportunity to learn about new programs, plan with colleagues and develop skills with new technology that is being implemented District wide.

Therefore, beginning January 30, 2019, the district will be dismissing students one hour early every Wednesday to provide our teachers time for professional development to support Personalized Learning and 21st Century Skills. We understand the importance of giving families time to plan for this schedule change. If your child requires day care for the afternoon of the early release, we have a program for students in grades K-5 at LaFayette School at a nominal cost of $20.00 per afternoon. More information on this program can be found on the back side of this letter.

In anticipation of this professional development model, to start this year, we added one hour and fifteen minutes of instruction to our school week, fifteen minutes each day. This professional development schedule allows our teachers to continue to be with their students and not miss instructional time, while still providing important professional development opportunities. At Waterloo Central School District, we are proud of the instructional gains we have made. We are looking to the future to provide a quality, 21st Century Program for your children. To do this, we need time to support our staff in their professional development and growth.

Thank you for your continued support of our instructional programs in Waterloo.

Sincerely,

Terri Bavis

 

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