Principal's Update: 1/13/2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 9:57am

Dear Addison Families,

We had an exciting start to the new year and are off to a great start! You may have noticed a lot of changes around campus when you returned this past Monday including the absence of our old AKC portables.  The new AKC portables have been licensed and the students who attend have moved in. We are now able to begin work on the MP room in conjunction with the ongoing work of the two-story library/ administration building.  Over the next couple weeks, the frame of the two-story building will continue to take shape as the steel is being set. Students have had a great time observing these changes and asking questions.

One unexpected surprise was the closure and treatment of our field during the Winter Break.  Previous agreements included closing sections of the field but after the entire field was filled with compost and seeding, we had no other choice but to leave it closed due to the mud and safety hazards.  Next Friday, I will meet with City of Palo Alto representatives to determine if we can re-open parts of the field for play. Happily, with the split primary/intermediate schedule and the Kindergarten students having their own place to play, students have adapted to our new space.  In fact, it's been exciting to see students who typically play field sports attempt new games on the blacktop!

Our 5th graders spent Wednesday through Friday at Mt. Hermon Science Camp. Although exhausted, it sounded like they all had a great time. They had challenges that required team work and cooperation and enjoyed a night hike, adventure hike, and campfire which included skits and s'mores. One teacher had to unexpectedly return home but we adapted accordingly.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Principal's Coffee on Friday.  Besides construction updates, I also shared with parents that all grade level teams are being released for one day this month to collaborate on our reading assessment.  The PAUSD reading assessment is given three times a year to monitor student growth and help teachers plan instruction. We believe that reading is a civil right for all children and the staff is working hard to ensure that every child graduates 5th grade as a fluent and joyful reader.

Other topics discussed at the Principal's Coffee included questions about writing and how to support spelling, grammar, and mechanics.  I will explore this topic further with our teaching staff to address direct instruction in these areas. There were also questions about the 980 Middlefield Road construction project.  The owner of the land and her Project Manager spent approximately an hour presenting and answering questions at our SSC Meeting on 11/28/18. Please see description of the project if interested.
Once again, I'm thrilled to be starting a new year with all our Addison families and am excited about all the opportunities and growth ahead!

Amanda Boyce
Addison Principal

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