Welcome to second quarter! Students’ learning is soaring! I walk into classrooms and I am positively transfixed regarding what students are doing, their level of engagement, their use of academic language, and their level of rigor at which they are performing. We believe that our students will rise to meet the high expectations set. Our teachers are working hard to identify student needs and put supports and challenges in place to help all students grow. We believe Every Student, Every Day. It is exciting!
The following statement, written by one of our ELA teachers, demonstrates some of the work that is happening:
On Friday, my students in ELA got to show off their process stories for personal narrative. One of my students had a paper that had so much detail, dialogue, elaboration, thinking, and figurative that the other students were cheering. The kids read from the computer, asked questions about their stories, and celebrated with each other. We also had a read in with their book club books and for a special treat, they were able to watch a very important clip from Wonder that modeled flashbacks and also kindness. Wonder was one of their book club books and all of the books had similar themes. I am so proud of the progress that I can see from the beginning of the year, to their process pieces, and their post assessment. I love that I can see their thinking when they are writing about their reading. I also love how their stamina has increased. Lots of Happy Tears!!!
There are also many exciting extracurricular events happening at PHIS! Teachers offer many amazing clubs and activities. Please check out the “Activities & Events” link (circle tab in the center of the page). We encourage your child to be actively involved with at least one extracurricular activity. Research shows that students that are involved enjoy school more and do better academically. It is a great way to make new friends, have fun, and learn and grow.
How can you support your child at home? Have him/her read nightly; this is an effective way to help your student grow and excel. The chart below, published by Scholastic, outlines the benefits of 20 minutes of daily reading. This can become a nightly ritual; perhaps mix it up by you reading to your child, have your child read to you, or you can take turns reading.
“A plant needs roots in order to grow. With man it is the other way around: only when he grows does he have roots and feels at home in the world.” — Eric Hoffer
“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”― Abigail Adams
The mission of PHIS is to provide a comprehensive system of support to develop 21st century life-long learners who master objectives through displaying character traits and work ethic necessary to collaborate, create and communicate in and beyond the classroom.
At PHIS we believe we can and will reach our potential.