We hope that you were able to join the school at this year’s annual Back To School Night and the first general PTO meeting of the year. It was held on September 8, 2015 in the gym. Principal Bryant gave a presentation followed by a presentation by the Stoddert PTO. The PTO approved its budget for the 2015/16 school year. You can see the PTO’s budget here and make your donation to the PTO here.
After the presentations, parents were able to join their child’s teacher in the classroom. If you weren’t able to attend, please follow up with your teacher to find out about your child’s day and the work that will go on during the year.
For those of you who weren’t able to attend, here is a brief run down of items that Principal Bryant discussed:
- SY15/16 Focus – Collaboration, Innovation, Alignment (CIA): As a staff, Stoddert is focusing on CIA, which are all attributes of the most successful organizations.
- Collaboration: We have many outstanding staff members who will be making an extra effort to collaborate and share their expertise with their colleagues. To facilitate that, we’ve put several collaborative structures in place for staff members, including Goal Teams, lesson study, and Information Literacy.
- Innovation: We’ll be really digging into research, and relying on the expertise of our staff members, to look for new and improved teaching and learning strategies.
- Alignment: We’re establishing common, school-wide goals in reading, writing, math, and science. To help us reach these goals, we’re selecting or developing strategies that will be used throughout the school. To measure our progress toward the goals, we’re selecting or creating common formative measures.
- Information Literacy Initiative: You can find more details about the initiative from Principal Bryant here.
- SY14/15 Chancellor Goal Results – All 5 Goals Were Exceeded: DCPS Chancellor Henderson sets five goals for each DCPS school. In SY14/15, Stoddert’s Chancellor Goals were in these areas: TRC Reading; i-Ready Math, Evidence-Based Writing, ELL ACCESS testing; and Student Survey. Thanks to the great work of our students and teachers, we not only met each of these goals, but we exceeded all of them.
- SY14/15 Student Survey Results: The student survey is administered annually to students in grades 3-5. There are 32 survey questions, and our Agree/Strongly Agree percentage increased for 28 of 32 questions. More importantly, or overall student satisfaction rate increased significantly, from 91% in SY13/14 to 97% in SY14/15.