For those of you who are new to PHPS, "WELCOME!" For those of you who are returning, "WELCOME BACK!" I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun summer. It is exciting to be back, especially with all the wonderful changes that are taking place.
For our reading, writing, phonics instruction, we will be implementing the Units of Study in all classrooms. The Units of Study incorporates a workshop curriculum with the goal of turning all students into life-long, confident readers and writers. Students will be exposed daily to reading materials at their level and will also be writing daily. Because the Units of Study incorporates student choice, hopefully you will find your child to be more engaged and excited about reading and writing.
Eureka Math is the curriculum that we will be using for all math instruction. With Eureka Math, students will not only learn the process for solving problems, but will build a deeper understanding of why that process works. We will continue our focus on PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports). PBIS is a way for schools to encourage and recognize good behavior. We will be spending time teaching students expectations for the classroom, hallways, lunchroom, assemblies, playground, restrooms, and bus. Through teaching, modeling, and reteaching these behaviors, our goal is to be proactive and prevent behavior issues instead of being reactive and punishing misbehavior. You will see notes coming home recognizing your child's positive behaviors. Students will also periodically be rewarded for their positive behaviors. We want school to be a positive learning environment for all our students and staff, and we want students to feel successful.
Please mark these additional dates on your calendars:
September 24: PreK school photos by Pearce Photography
September 25: Late start (Students should be dropped off no sooner than 9:40 a.m.)