Dear BHE Parents,
I think it’s safe to say it’s been quite a summer! Having experienced unbelievable elation and sadness, I’ve learned, yet again, just how precious relationships are. It is a blessing to be a part of such a supportive, collaborative, and caring community where relationships are strong and the focus is on growing children and learning together in a system with high expectations.
We begin this school year with a team of educators excited to make great things happen. Infused with new energy, we are united in our purpose and focused on two specific goals: increasing levels of rigor in our instruction and improving student’s ability to articulate academic thought through written expression in all content areas. Our approach to teaching math this year through the use of Math in Focus will require a new frame of thinking about math concepts. Based on the Singapore Math approach, Math in Focus is a text that helps teachers plan lessons that begin at the concrete level of understanding then move to the pictorial and finally the abstract levels of understanding numbers and their functions. We will use several methods throughout the year to provide you ongoing insight into what Math in Focus is and how this approach works.
Our bottom line is high levels of student performance and we are committed to improving upon and reaching even higher levels on STAAR and Stanford. While we are not a campus whose sole focus is test preparation, we will make sure we are continually raising the bar and our results. In my next Principal’s Message, I will share in more detail our “glows and grows” from the Spring 2014 testing.
Character strengths will be a fun area as we take one strength each month to talk about and model. You’ll notice that our spirit shirts have the words we will use throughout the year. Our first word beginning in September is CURIOSITY. We’ll talk about the observable behaviors of a person who shows a desire to learn and know about things such as being eager to explore new areas, asking questions to know more, and taking an active interest in learning. We’ll look for examples in everything we read and see around us. You can help by doing the same at home and making curiosity an active practice.
This year holds so much promise and we are eager to get started. A strong partnership and collaborative relationship between you and the school makes everything grand possible. Thank you for your support and service. It’s what makes BHE a special place. I look forward to seeing all our students back soon!