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Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already November and Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. As we take a moment or two to be thankful, I want to express some profound gratitude of my own: I am grateful to everyone in this community - parents, teachers, students, staff, and administrators - for the good thinking, hard work, creativity, and support they have contributed to making our strategic plan a reality. Our strategic goals provide the context and direction for all we do in Edgemont and I am excited to share some recent examples that show our goals in action. A re-design of learning spaces and a major technology roll-out have been the impetus for targeted professional learning for teams of teachers and educational leaders in all three schools. This professional development is providing exciting next steps to both maximize student learning now and prepare our children for the future.  

Thanks to a major grant from the Edgemont School Foundation, we have completed the brand new, fully renovated and redesigned collaborative learning space known as the E-Lab.  It is located in the E-Building at EHS. This beautiful new space provides a wide range of instructional possibilities, a training center for teachers, and an inspiring environment for students to collaborate. With enormous thanks to ESF, I point towards the E-Lab as an example of true progress towards our strategic goal of providing infrastructure to promote creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.

Another mark of our progress is our teachers’ work with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, a leading thinker in educational and curriculum reform. In their second session with Dr. Jacobs, our teachers delved deeper into what it means to create responsive learning environments for today’s students. Read on to find out more about Dr. Jacobs’ work with our faculty and how it ties in with the E-lab renovation.

The 1:1 Chromebook Program for Grades 5 and 7 represents another concrete step towards our most essential goals. In providing each student with his/her own device, we not only facilitate access, but we create an open pathway for the sharing of ideas among students and teachers.  Similarly, the type of collaborative thinking and problem-solving we believe to be essential to our students’ futures is exemplified in the Forensic Science “Crime Scene” project highlighted below. 

Renovated learning spaces, curricular innovation, and technology access are all important indicators  of our continued progress, and are all a result of the commitment of this community to providing the best possible education for our students.  I am grateful to all of you for your unwavering support; none of this would be possible without your willingness to engage in the process of working together toward our strategic goals. 

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Victoria Kniewel

 

 



 

Chromebook Program Rolls Out In Grades 5 and 7

On October 24th, after much anticipation, Edgemont officially began its one-to-one Chromebook program in grades 5 and 7. Throughout that week, our students excitedly picked up their assigned Chromebooks in their homerooms at the elementary schools and in the library at EHS. Read more...

 


New Faces At Greenville

Five new staff members joined the Greenville team this year and they are all excited about their new opportunities in Edgemont! Meet the new Greenville staff members here.

 

 

Newly Renovated E-Lab Opens in Conjunction with Professional Development

Redesigned classroom spaces and professional development with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs are impacting student learning in meaningful, exciting ways. Read more…

 


Curriculum Close-Up: Forensics Science

Recently, Edgemont High School’s Forensic Science class had a murder to investigate. Eleventh and twelfth graders participating in this one semester elective were told that Superintendent Victoria Kniewel had been found dead in her office, and it was up to them to study the crime scene and figure out who did it. Read more...

 


Upcoming...

Schools Closed
Superintendent's Conference Day
November 22

Thanksgiving
November 23-24

Winter Break
December 25 -
January 2

Board of Education Meetings
Tuesday, November 28
8:15 PM - EHS LGI


Tuesday, December 12
8:15 PM - EHS LGI

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
8:15 PM - EHS LGI

 

College Matriculation List

Once again, congratulations to the Edgemont High School Class of 2017! Here is the impressive college matriculation list - we apologize to those of you who could not access the list through last month’s e-newsletter!

Social Emotional Learning: We Want Your Input

As we have worked to implement our strategic goals over the last few years, an important change has occurred. The three goals are prefaced by a “lens” focused on our collective desire to support and develop the “whole child,” including his or her physical wellness and emotional well-being. That lens has evolved into a goal of its own. A social-emotional learning committee has been working over the past year to study and improve our efforts in this area.  

An important component of that work has been an extensive study of our K-12 student guidance and support programs and resources. During the week of November 6, Dr. Judith Wilson spent three days in Edgemont speaking with students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators about our work in this area. The next phase of this project, which will launch towards the end of this month, will include surveys sent to all stakeholders, including students and parents, to better understand how well we are meeting this need. We encourage you to participate and to offer your candid feedback on what we do well and how we can improve. Look for an email during the week of November 27 with instructions on how to access and complete the survey.

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