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3.7.2012

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Attached is a brief update of the School Improvement Plan (SIP) goals from School Council. 

Hard copies will be available at March Madness on Wednesday (today) and at Friday's Open Forum with the superintendent. 

 

Sincerely,

Piper Smith-Mumford, Ph.D.

 

Pierce School Council 2011-2012

3/7/12                   

Pierce School Improvement Plan (SIP) Update


The SIP is a document that is required by the State and is submitted to the Superintendent of Schools at the end of each school year.  It is one of the primary focuses of the School Council during the academic year.  

Council meetings are held on a monthly basis, open to the public, and with meeting agendas posted a week in advance.  Meeting minutes are posted prior to the next month's meeting.

  • Literacy Goal: Pierce as a Literacy Collaborative (LC) School

Pierce has been selected as one of two schools in Brookline to be a part of a Literacy Collaborative in partnership with Lesley University.  This program will better serve our students as our K-8 teachers receive training on a single assessment program, the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS), which determines students' reading levels for instruction.  Literacy specialist, Mary Gabriel, is being trained as a Literacy Coach this year and will train teachers K-2 next year.  

Literacy specialist Beth Collins Willis has been trained in Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), which addresses the needs of first and second graders who are reading below grade level.  

Teachers and students will benefit from the Literacy Collaborative as it will help provide a more cohesive approach to meeting our students' literacy needs.

  • Math Differentiation:

The collaboration of the math and ECS specialists with classroom teachers to implement "more math/flexible grouping" and other instructional strategies to reach the range of learners continues throughout the grades.  

The differentiated instruction is supported by a range of materials and services. The 5th grade pilot will expand to all four classrooms with continued consultation with ECS specialist, math specialists and special education teachers to monitor these instructional models. School Council will survey parents and teachers to continue to gather data and recommend next steps.  

  • Pierce Teaching and Learning Tours (PT<):
The work of the group for PT < continues with a focus on how students demonstrate their thinking across grades and disciplines.  The results of the October tour provided a focus for identifying next steps.  These will be shared in the SIP.
  • Bullying Initiatives:
In addition to the system-wide prevention and intervention plans, Pierce has created a program with 5th graders. The Bully Busters Program expanded into the 6th grade and will continue to engage 5th graders and younger students. In addition, PTO sponsored guest speakers and special programs are ongoing. Marc Elliot (What Makes You Tic?) presented to grades 6-8 this year.
  • Communication:
Continue to look at methods to effectively communicate expectations, homework practices and policies to students and families, particularly in grades 6-8; school handbook was updated and a FAQ sheet for 7/8 families was created and sent in September.

Ongoing communication through Blackboard Connect will also be examined as a viable method of communication.

  • Technology and the Impact on Education:
Building on this year's efforts to expand the number of teacher websites, increase technology used for curriculum enhancement, and provide differentiation of instruction to improve student learning, Pierce will move forward with an initiative to explore technology, focusing on how it impacts childhood development and learning. Spring Principal's Forum (April 11th, 7 pm) will focus on technology and the ways teachers use it across the grades.

Council Members | 2011-2012                                                 *new 2011-2012 member

Pipier Smith-Mumford, Principal and co-chair Pipier_Smith-Mumford@brookline.k12.ma.us

Melanee Alexander, ParentMelanee_Alexander@brookline.k12.ma.us

Amie Buchman, Teacher, K-1st GradeAmie_Buchman@brookline.k12.ma.us

Lisa Goldblatt Grace, Parentlggrace@rcn.com

Silvia Lee*, Parentsilviawlee@gmail.com

Melissa London, Teacher, 6th GradeMelissa_London@brookline.k12.ma.us

Jennie Roffman*, Parentjroffman@rcn.com

Nancy Springer, Teacher, 4th GradeNancy_Springer@brookline.k12.ma.us

Karen Sutton, Parent and co-chairkehsutton@gmail.com

Gayle Van Hatten, Guidance CounselorGayle_VanHatten@brookline.k12.ma.us

Sam Tolkoff*, Parenttolkoff@gmail.com

 

The Pierce School Council is an advisory board consisting of parents, teachers, and the principal.  It helps identify students' educational needs and school goals as outlined by district goals.   

 

Specifically, the Council:

  • Makes recommendations to the Principal about the development, implementation, and assessment of the curriculum.
  • Assists in reviewing the annual school budget.
  • Helps formulate an annual School Improvement Plan to improve student performance and meet designated goals.


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PTO CORNER >  MarchMadness
 
 
 



GRADES K-3, JOIN US FOR FUN FITNESS DURING THE WEEK
 
Snacks * Raffle * Parent Activities 
March Madness Fitness

Fight the winter blues at this PTO-sponsored event. 
Tuesday, Mar. 6  - Silly Soccer - Pierce Gym, 6:00-7:30pm
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Movement: Yoga & Dance - Pierce Gym, 6:00-7:00 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Anything Goes: Gym games & more - Pierce Gym, 6:00-7:00 pm

 

Parent volunteers still needed. This is a 2nd Grade volunteerism by grade event.
To volunteer, email Bobby Zuker at rzuker@ChestnutHillRealty.com
Raffle donations and information contact Hollie Triconi at triconih@mail.weston.org
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 MathMadness  

  

COME TO PIERCE'S FIRST EVER MATH CHALLENGE EVENT!

 

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  Grades 4-6 -  Wednesday, March 7  -  6:00 - 8:00 PM

  

Parent volunteers still needed! 
To volunteer email Bobby Zuker at rzuker@ChestnutHillRealty.com 
For raffle donations and info contact Hollie Triconi at triconih@mail.weston.org
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LupiniSpellingBee 
DR. LUPINI, SUPERINTENDENT OF BROOKLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, PRESENTS @ PIERCE

Friday, March 9, 8am @ Pierce Auditorium

 

Why? Dr. Lupini visits each school annually to discuss relevant district issues with the parent community, such as the budget. This is a good opportunity to hear more about Brookline public schools and Pierce.  

 

Coffee will be provided. Please feel free to bring a light snack to share.

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SPELLERS AND SPONSORS URGENTLY NEEDED!
ANNUAL BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION SPELLING BEE CHALLENGESUNDAY, MARCH 11  

  

Each spring, the Brookline Education Foundation Adult Spelling Bee brings our diverse community together for a wonderful fundraising event.  

  

Businesses, PTOs, neighborhood and community groups, town and public safety organizations all sponsor teams of three spellers. Distinguished judges, pronouncers, and prizes contributed by local businesses, as well as a diabolical selection of words, all contribute to the festivities. 

  

Competition is intense to win the coveted Bee Trophy, as well as the prize for the best costume. 

  

We need spellers to join the Pierce team sponsored by the Pierce PTO - or sponsor your own team with some friends. We need you! 

  

Contact Cherie Gaehde cgaehde@gmail.com or BrooklineFoundation.org 

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 BeautyBeast 

Coming Next Week: 

 

The 3-6th Grade Musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

 

SHOW DATES:  

Thursday, March 15th 7:00pm VILLAGE CAST

Friday, March 16th 7:00 pm CASTLE CAST

Saturday, March 17th 2:00 pm CASTLE CAST

Saturday, March 17th 7:00 pm VILLAGE CAST

 

TICKETS GO ON SALE NEXT WEEK:

Monday-Friday (3/12-16) 7:45-8:15 am outside of the main office

Monday (3/12) from 2:30-5:30 in the auditorium

 

BeautyandBeast 

 

Questions?  Please contact Deborah at 617.429.5543 dowdwalsh@rcn.com  or Josh Abrams 617.966.1862 jlabrams@me.com  
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 TriviaNight 

FIRST ANNUAL PIERCE TRIVIA NIGHT - Test Your Smarts!
Friday, March 30, 7 p.m. @Pierce School

Join us for a night of games, prizes, community and fun! Trivia and treasures - play
trivia, bid on teacher treasures auction items or just come by to have a good time.

Admission is $25 per person in advance; $30 pp at the door. Price includes pizza & light snacks.

We'll build teams or you can register with your own team of six.

Cash bar.

Purchase tickets online at pierceschoolbrookline.org/pierce-trivia-night Tickets will also be available to purchase in front of the Main Office on March 26-30 before school.
 P.S. We still need parent volunteers to help make this event successful. Volunteer at
pierceschoolbrookline.org/pierce-trivia-night 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PIERCE READS, APRIL 26!

Pierce Reads is a community book group for grades 4-8 led by Pierce librarian Amanda Kretschmar. 

Each grade is assigned a book. Children who choose to participate read the book along with a parent/guardian. On April 26, Pierce hosts small book group discussions led by teachers and Ms. Kretschmar. 

It is a fantastic night of community, literacy and fun. 

 

We are currently in need of one or two parent volunteers to help organize this event with Ms. Kretschmar.  This is a short-term commitment between now and the end of April, primarily the week prior to the event.  It involves helping to organize the books, distribute information and set up the evening.  This is a small job with a time-limited commitment. If you are interested, please email piercepto@gmail.com

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MATH CORNER > MathCorner

 

 PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #12 'MARCH MADNESS' - DUE 3/8/12

pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week  

 

When submitting your solution, remember to write both your first and 
last name on your solution as well as your class.

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MATH LEAGUE CORNER > MathCorner

  

Congratulations to all the students who have come to Math League practices
and meets!  

 

The students' excitement, commitment, and team spirit has been
incredible. We had a great time at our last Math League meet on March
6th, and we'd like to recognize the following students who received
perfect scores:

Charlie from 5A - in Problem Solving
Brian from 6S - in Bases
Liam from 6F - in Geometry
Henry from 6F in Problem Solving, Operations and Patterns

As of March 6th, our "regular" Math League season has concluded, so early
morning practices and the Thursday afternoon practice sessions will not
longer meet.

Our "Post-season" Math League practices will begin on Thursday, March 8th.
These practices will be held from 7:20-7:55 in the PSED/Spanish space
(next to the gym) every Thursday from March 8th- May 31st. These sessions
will include problems from all 5 topics (bases, geometry, operations,
patterns and problem solving). This is open to any interested 4th, 5th or
6th grader.

Any questions? Please contact Brendan Downey at downeysb@verizon.net  

PSED CORNER >

 

BROOKLINE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Saturday, March 31, 8am
Brookline High School Cafeteria, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline. 
Tickets are $6/person; children <5 FREE. 

ALL YOU CAN EAT pancakes, ham, sausage and more. The Pierce School Extended Day (PSED) will be selling tickets to the Annual Brookline Pancake Breakfast.

Children's entertainment includes music, clowns, balloons, fire engines and all kinds of FUN. Please purchase tickets at the PSED office weekdays from 2:30- 6:00pm.

This is a fundraiser for PSED. Our
program is guaranteed to make 50% of the ticket price for each ticket sold. Enjoy a fun-filled breakfast while helping to support PSED. 
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COMMUNITY CORNER > 

   

For complete details of community news please click: pierceschoolbrookline.org/news  
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SPECIAL EDUCATION AT BHS: A COMPREHENSIVE AGENDA
Thursday, March 8th 7-9 PM in the MLK Room, Brookline High School.  

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BATTER UP! BROOKLINE YOUTH BASEBALL THIS SPRING
Registration is Now Open!
Tryouts: March 10 & 11,  1-4 pm @
 BU's Athletic Enhancement Center
Click here: Brookline Youth Baseball
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Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. presents "Working with Challenging Behaviors in Children and Adolescents" - FREE EVENT, hosted by SEPAC,  brooklinesepac.org
Tuesday, March 13,  7pm @ Driscoll School Theater, 64 Westbourne Terrace  
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Superintendent Bill Lupini and Deputy Superintendent Peter Rowe host a series of open forums to discuss the FY13 SCHOOL BUDGET

All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m. Hunneman Hall, Main Library

Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. Baker School Library

Wednesday, March 28, 8:15 a.m. Devotion School Library

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THIS WEEK IS National Sleep Awareness Week

Examine how critical sleep is to cognitive function and overall health in developing adolescents. What do parents need to know? How do we help our sleep-deprived kids get the critical rest they need?

Check out B-PEN's special Parent Network Update
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SUITCASES WANTED!
Non-profit Partners In Health gladly accepts donations of gently-used suitcases if you're doing any spring cleaning. We only accept rolling suitcases and can only use bags that have working zippers & wheels but are grateful for pretty much any type (flowered, polka-dots, large or carry on sized, etc).  Contact Ellen Ball, eball@pih.org
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BOUNTIFUL BROOKLINE HOSTS FIRST "DIRT BALL"

Sunday, April 1, 5pm @ the Goodwin Gardens,  

11 Goodwin Place, Brookline

Tickets, $40/mem.$45/non-members @ bountifulbrookline.org or contact bountifulbrooklineevent@gmail.com.

This fundraiser to celebrate local food and gardening features The Frank Morey Band playing "dirty blues," specialties from Brookline restaurants, "dirty" cocktails, games, gifts and prizes.  

 

Contributing restaurants include The Fireplace, La Morra, Washington Square Tavern, Lineage and more. In the spirit of Bountiful Brookline's community focus, garden costumes are encouraged.

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CLASSIFIEDS >
 
 
 
THE STUDIOS AT BENEFITNESS - Now Open!

HOT YOGA  |  BALLET BARRE  |  TRX  |  SPIN  |  PILATES REFORMER

$39 One Month Unlimited Classes (TRX, Hot Yoga and Ballet Barre)

Offering all-women and co-ed classes. Limited time only! Take advantage of this special offer while it lasts.

For details or to purchase visit studiosatbenefitness.com or call 617-232-7440.
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STAGE SOUP ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2012 SUMMER CAMPS!

There's a fun and exciting theater camp right in the neighborhood: Stage Soup!

Led by Pierce parent (and director of several Pierce plays) Ryan Bailey, this camp is a great place for your child to be creative and develop theater skills this summer!

Students will play drama games, study acting, play outside every day, and put on a show on the final day of camp. The location is Inner Space Annex on Station Street in Brookline Village.  

Stage Soup camp is a ton of fun! Kids will have fun, make new friends, develop confidence and express themselves. 

Dates are August 6-17 for ages 12-18 and August 20-31 for ages 7-12. For more info or to register, please email: Ryan@Stagesoup.com or call 781-654-5218.
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FEET OF CLAY POTTERY STUDIO - NEW CLASSES FOR KIDS 

21 Station Street, Brookline Village

 

Feet of Clay is now offering a Wheelthrowing & Handbuilding class for kids ages 10-14. The spring session will be held Thursdays 3:30-6:00 pm, March 8th-May 10th. No class on April 19 and April 26.   

 

Private lessons also available.  Please visit feetofclaypottery.com for more information and to register.

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PIANO INSTRUCTION - about 1 mile from Pierce
Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading from a Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with over 30 years teaching experience. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners welcome. Gloria Jasinski, phone: 617.566.9704, email: piano566@comcast.net
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ULTIMATE GRIND - PROFESSIONAL GROUP FITNESS

Want to do your exercising right after drop-off?
Want to exercise with other Brookline moms?
Want personalized fitness training?
UG's Personalized Group Fitness program could be perfect for you!
Easy Parking, Right next to Whole Foods
For more information call 781-588-4757 or visit www.ultimategrind.com
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