Hello Wonderful Wilburn Families,
It is hard to believe that the first quarter of the school year is already behind us. It has been wonderful seeing our student’s transition to a new school year! Thank you for attending first quarter events and being active part of our school community.
As we look ahead to the months of October/November, there are many exciting activities happening at Wilburn Elementary School. Some of these activities include:
Thank you for continuing to support our school community. Your support is vital to what we do every day.
October 2015 is National Bullying Prevention Month. We take bullying seriously at Wilburn Elementary school and want to ensure that every child feels safe at school. Below you will find information related to bullying and bullying prevention.
What is bullying?
As used in this policy, harassing or bullying behavior is any repeated, systematic pattern of gestures or written, electronic, or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication on school property; at any school sponsored function; on a school bus; or as otherwise stated in Board Policy 6400- Student Code of Conduct, and that:
What does bullying look like?
Cyber-bullying is any bullying done through the use of technology. Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to:
When does the listed behaviors become bullying?
Bullying can happen anywhere. It can occur in your neighborhood, while going to school, at school, and while on-line (texting, snap chat, facebook, etc. Bully happens most frequently in the bathroom, playground and on the bus.
What can students do when bullying has been confirmed?
Students can try these tips… Nobody likes to be picked on. What can you do?
What can you do if you or some else is being bullied?
Bullying is never okay, cool, or acceptable.
No one EVER deserves to be bullied.
From the desk of Ms. Anne Sheehan.......
Did you know that AIG stands for Academically or Intellectually Gifted? The AIG program exists for identified students in K-5 who perform, or show potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age. Services for AIG students include differentiated curriculum and instruction that extends and enriches the Common Core State Standards. These students receive instruction from our AIG teacher in the form of small-groups and/or co-teaching. This varies per grade level.
Wilburn also offers students who have not qualified for AIG services, but are highly capable, extension and enrichment opportunities. Aside from the differentiated teaching their general education teachers provide they have the opportunity to take part in small group experiences with the AIG teacher. We have some students at Wilburn who are highly capable, but are not AIG. It is our job to fully develop their potential and this is one way we do that.
In kindergarten and first grade all students are currently participating in a nurturing program called Nurturing for a Bright Tomorrow. We are working with Duke University and the AIG department to provide this program to all students in kindergarten and first grade this year. This program explicitly teaches thinking skills and gifted behaviors. The classroom teacher teaches these lessons daily using materials provided by the district and with the support of the AIG teacher.
In grades K, 1, 2, and 4 Wilburn's highly capable students are a part of daily small group sessions with Miss Sheehan during their intervention block. They work on extending the concepts being taught in the classroom. In third grade Miss Sheehan teaches students through the Explorer's Program. The 3rd grade Explorers Model provides an opportunity for the AIG teacher to collaborate with third grade teachers and to provide a variety of in-class experiences for any student demonstrating need. Students who demonstrate high performance will participate in small-group enrichment activities in languages arts and/or mathematics with the AIG teacher. In fourth and fifth grade the students are currently being served by Miss Sheehan through a combination of co-teaching in their general education classroom and small pull-out groups.
Remember, participating in a small-group with the AIG teacher does not guarantee identification in the WCPSS AIG program. All students who identified as AIG have gone through the identification process. This process typically begins in third grade. Prior to 3rd grade, students may be AIG identified if they show a clear demonstration of need for differentiated service from the AIG program that is two or more grade levels above their current grade level. This is determined through formal testing and the creation of a portfolio of work samples.
If you have questions regarding our AIG program please feel free to contact Miss Sheehan at email@example.com or by sending a note into school with your student. Thank you!
How to Prepare for a Successful Parent Teacher Conference
A parent-teacher conference offers an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers and others who support your child’s learning, as well as an opportunity to learn more about how your child is doing in school and how you can support learning at home.
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE
Involve your child in the conference. Have a discussion with your child. Ask your child if there is anything he/she would like you to discuss with his/her teacher(s). Prepare questions, such as “What is my child doing well while he/she is in school,” “Is my child performing on grade level,” “Is my child finishing the work assigned in class,” “How can I help my child at home” and “What is the best way to contact you if I need to ask any questions during the year?”
If you are not confident communicating in English, let the school or teacher(s) know in advance so that an interpreter can be available to assist you. Please make sure you arrive on time. There is a short time for each conference and we want to make sure that all families can meet with the teacher(s). Your child’s success is most important and the teachers play an important role in your child’s growth and education. It is important that you work together in order to ensure your child is successful. During the conference, the teacher will take notes and you should too, so that you can remember what was discussed and know how to support your child at home. You will get a copy of the conference sheet for your records. Remember, you and the teacher are a team. Appreciate the role you each play in educating your child. After the conference make certain that you and your child knows what is expected of him/her.
If you have not had a parent conference, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the front office. We appreciate the support you provide us as we continue to inspire all students to become proficient readers and writers.