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Note from the Principal
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 8:50 AM

Dear Families,
Welcome to October! Last week was an eventful week filled with FAST testing, the 3rd-grade "Pedal, Paddle, & Fish" week, and our first Site Council and PTA meetings of the school year. Thank you to our Site Council and PTA representatives for your time and support! Other events to look forward to this month include the Book Fair this Saturday, the Fall Campus Clean-Up Day on Saturday, October 14, and parent/teacher conferences on October 17 and 18.
Family and community engagement are instrumental components of a successful school. At Burroughs, we are so appreciative of the support of our families. Burroughs is a community of true partnership, and there are many things that we would not be able to do without that support. Thank you!
Conferences are coming up very soon, and it is an important opportunity for families to learn about the progress of their child. You can sign up for conferences here or via the Burroughs website. If you have any trouble signing up, please contact your child's teacher for assistance.
Please feel free to reach out by phone, email, or in person, with any questions that may arise.

Instructional Insights
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS): This has been declared a district priority for Minneapolis Public Schools. In the area of academics, MTSS relies on multiple tiers of instruction that work together as a safety net to prevent school failure. The critical features of this school-wide framework include:
  • Assessments--A system of assessments to screen, monitor the progress of, and provide summative data about students.
  • High-Quality, Evidence-Based Instruction--This may happen at multiple levels.
  • Tier 1 or Core Instruction--All students receive core instruction as part of the general curriculum. It must be standards based, of high quality, and delivered with fidelity to increase the likelihood that the majority of students in a class are making progress and can become proficient in grade-level standards by the end of the school year.
  • Tier 2 or Supplemental Interventions--A second level of support for students who are not on track to be proficient.
  • Data-Based decision making--School leaders and teachers use data obtained through the MTSS framework process to improve organizational supports and instruction and to make decisions about students at risk of not meeting grade-level expectations.