Principal's Report

To:     Young School PTO

From: Dr. Peter E. Harrison, Principal

Re:      Young School Principal’s Report

Date:   March 1, 2019

Read Across America

Young School students and staff joined will be joining schools across the country in celebrating  “Read Across America”. The National Education Association initiative, “Read Across America” is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.  Saco Bay Rotarians will join Young School for an early “kick-off” of this important program on March 1, 2019.

“Global Play Day” proved to be just that at Young School!  Students enjoyed the day, as they took time to break away from the “daily grind” and learn through “play” based experiences.  Two classrooms carried out a plan to hike to the Saco Parks and Recreation site, where they enjoyed time on the playground! The creative side of students was on display!


Young School prepares to launch “One Book One Young School”!   

Our Young School PTO has purchased a copy of the book, “Hero Dog…Hilda Cracks the Case” (H. Lysiak; M. Lysiak), for all staff members and students.  The book will become a conversation piece for members of our school community for the coming weeks. Recordings of staff members reading various chapters from this will be posted on YouTube.  Students will have the opportunity to listen to Young School staff members read, while in the comfort of their home.

Professional Reading

Young School Data Team members are continuing to build individual and collective capacity relative to using student achievement data as a means to enhance the learning experience for our students.  Currently, team members are reading the book, got data? NOW What? (Lipton; Wellman).  A brief description of the book, as follows: “Explore three defining challenges that school teams face when gathering, interpreting, and utilizing school data. Complete with survey questions for efficient data collection, group work structures, strategies, and tools—along with essential definitions and descriptions of data types—this compelling guide will help you confront data obstacles and turn struggling committees into powerful communities of learners.”

Peter E. Harrison, Ed.D.
Young School

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