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Latest on social studies plan

7/28 update: The District’s Advanced Learning Office and the School Board’s Curriculum and Instruction Policy Committee are seeking input on the current proposal that would make “blended” social studies possible at Thurgood Marshall. The deadline is Sunday, 7/31. Other changes to the District’s policies for Highly Capable Services are included in this proposal, with more information available on the SPS website. A discussion of the proposed changes has been initiated on the HCC/APP blog.

The background: Before TM staff can fully go forward with the plan to blend HCC and General Education students for social studies instruction, the District must approve revisions to Highly Capable Services policy. Policy now requires HCC students to be taught social studies in “self-contained” classrooms. The latest proposal would authorize HCC elementary schools to apply for a waiver allowing blended classrooms for social studies, but no other core academic subjects. Action may be taken at an Aug. 15 meeting of the School Board’s Curriculum & Instruction Policy Committee.

Learn more about TM’s plan! Below are links to info including notes from a June 23 Principal Coffee Chat and Pup Press articles on the rationale and planning for further integration of programs housed at Thurgood Marshall.

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Reading ideas for parents

Principal May provided suggestions for parent summer reading in a July 4 email. If you missed it, read on….

Dear Thurgood Marshall Family:

I hope your summer has gotten off to a wonderful start! I hope that you have been relaxing and enjoying time with your children.  I am looking forward to starting my vacation next week, spending time at the beach with family and catching up on my reading.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Summer playdates are here!

Enjoy informal playdates during summertime Tuesdays! Incoming and returning students (and parents) meet and hang out on the playground. Plus, the TM Library is open 4-7 pm all summer Tuesdays (through Aug. 30) for book checkout and return, and the Popsicles are FREE!

  • Grades K-2: July 5 (4-5 p.m.), July 26 (5-6 p.m.), Aug. 16 (6-7 p.m.)
  • Grades 3-5: July 12 (4-5 p.m.), Aug. 2 (5-6 p.m.), Aug. 30 (6-7 p.m.)

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Will Miller wins Ivar’s ‘Teacher of Year’

2016 Will Miller Ivars award with Rocco DalyGrade 4 teacher Will Miller is the grand prize winner of Ivar’s Teacher of the Year competition! The honor, which comes with $500 for classroom supplies, was announced at the final assembly of the year. Mr. Miller was nominated by student Rocco Daly, who also earned perks for his classmates: Ivar’s kids meals and an appearance (yesterday) by the Ivar’s Dancing Clam.

Mr. Miller was praised by Rocco for the guidance and encouragement he gives his students, while still creating fun programming, like teaching Shakespeare, go-kart building, and SciFri – an educational broadcast about science and technology. Mr. Miller allows students the freedom to have fun and use their imagination in class, encouraging them to tap into their interests and bring them into the classroom in a fun, effective manner.

For the past 13 years, Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Restaurants have invited Washington students to submit why their classroom leader should be recognized as “Teacher of the Year.” A teacher at Queen Anne Elementary was the winner of the Kidd Valley honor for 2016.

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