Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:
Welcome back! We hope that you and your families had a wonderful summer and are ready to get back to the important business of education this school year.
2013-2014 was a very successful school year for the MSAP community. We have continued to demonstrate progress on NYS test scores, local benchmark exams and our school environment.
This year will be my fourth as the proud principal of MSAP. To build on the work we have done over the last three years, we have reorganized our school year from the traditional four quarters to trimesters. This model will allow us the flexibility to build in to our school year specific times that students will focus on social-emotional and organizational skills. We will continue to get to know our students in a variety of ways so that we can best support them in their continued growth. Part of this work is helping them to build good Habits of Mind to become successful learners. This trimester will focus on: managing impulsivity, persistence, thinking and communicating with clarity and precision and striving for accuracy. During the next seven days, they will continue to work with staff to create personality profiles, discuss their likes and dislikes and get to know their academic data.
Academically, we will continue to raise expectations for our students. Students met many high expectations last year as evidenced by the growth in our NYS assessment scores and the continued reduction of suspensions and “violent” incidences. I can tell you with both pride and conviction that this school is a very different place than it was in 2011-2012. We have made tremendous strides as a school community:
· The school was removed from New York State’s Potentially Persistently Dangerous list.
· We have moved our practice on Quality Reviews from Developing to Well Developed (the highest you can achieve).
· We have reduced suspension and violent incident rates by over 20% each year.
Out staff understand how your children learn best. Because of this, they have redesigned our curriculum units so that they are more aligned and coherent between and within departments. Our students will continue to engage in a number of rigorous common core tasks that are aligned with the Chancellor’s Expectations as well as our concept based curriculum and instructional model. These are designed to help them prepare for state exams by consistently engaging in work that demands more of them. We are diligently preparing to ensure that these skills are aligned, reinforced and tracked in all of their subject areas thus giving students more opportunity
to engage with and master them as well as provide teachers a common framework and language for discussing student progress and performance.
At this time, we would like to request more support for our PTA. The parents who are active members are dedicated, energetic and believe in our school. They are our partners on our path of school improvement and they need your help and support. Any time that you can give to work with the PTA is essential to continuing on our path of school improvement.
Please remember the following date and time for Orientation:
City wide mandated conference date and time: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Also, please be aware that every Tuesday, between 2:30 and 3:10 pm, teachers have specific time set aside to meet with parents. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with one individual or the team of teachers who work with your child. We will also have additional mandated nights for Parent-Teacher Conferences throughout the year.
Lastly, our school hours this year will be from 8:10-2:30 pm, Monday thru Friday. After school programs once organized will begin immediately after school.
Please be sure to visit the school’s website for additional information throughout the year: www.ms-ap.org. All notices that are sent home will be posted on the school’s website.
We wish you a successful and happy school year and look forward to working with you to continue on our path of school improvement.
Mr. McNeill and the MSAP Faculty and Staff
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