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Note from the Principal
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:20 AM

Dear Families,
It was great to see so many of you last week joining your children for "Week on Wheels" and "Beachcombers Week"! What a perfect week of weather we had for these amazing events that our PE department coordinates. These events are such a wonderful part of the Burroughs tradition, and they could not happen without the collaboration of our PE teachers, other staff, and our families.
Over the next few weeks, our students in grades 1-5 will be taking the FAST assessments in both reading and math. These assessments will provide us with important information about students' math and reading skills. Teachers use this information as a baseline to inform their instruction and design classroom experiences that meet the learning needs of all students. As a school, we use the data we gain from screener assessments such as the FAST to look at academic growth and to help us make programmatic decisions that are in the best interest of our students. Teachers will be sharing individual results of this testing with families at Fall Conferences in mid-October. More information on the FAST assessments can be found at www.fastbridge.org or at our district assessment information page.
Please feel free to reach out by phone, email, or in person, with any questions that may arise. 
Ana Bartl                                                                  
Instructional Insights
Balanced Literacy: The MPS K-5 Literacy Framework is a balanced literacy approach using Reader's and Writer's Workshop. This approach is an integrated and comprehensive standards-based literacy program for all elementary students. A Language Skills Block allows a teacher the opportunity to target specific language skills. This approach seeks to find an appropriate balance of all components and elements of literacy instruction. For the purposes of the MPS Literacy Framework, balanced literacy includes an articulation of grade level standards for reading, writing, speaking, and listening that utilizes the instructional strategies below: 
  • Modeled reading and writing ("to" students)
  • Shared reading and writing ("with" students)
  • Guided reading and writing (small group instruction)