Here are some mid-year updates:
In February we will administer the mid-winter Math and Reading assessments. Added to the fall data we collected, we will have three data points to determine if TES kids are growing toward mastery of their grade level standards. The data also provides us with valuable information to identify needs and gaps.
Response to Intervention (RtI)
Individual academic needs are met in WIN groups each day as teachers work with small groups of students. Due to good data collection, examination and focused work in WIN groups, I am pleased to report that our students demonstrated outstanding growth academically this fall, even more than we predicted. The RtI process has proven to be a valuable addition to TES.
Things are off to a good start. The weather has cooperated and the kids come back very tired but happy after their day on the mountain. TES staff puts in extra effort to be sure everyone is accounted for, has the equipment they need, gets fed, and has a good time. Be sure to thank our staff when you see them.
Telluride Early Childhood Center (TECC)
I am pleased to announce that we have a new director, Frank Guevara. Frank comes with much successful experience in teaching and managing early childhood programs. Please help me welcome Frank to the TES family.
Tuesday Early Release
After a somewhat bumpy but manageable start, Tuesday Early Releases have been successful. All students are accounted for and have something planned for this time, and the staff has worked through the Tuesday afternoons with increased student achievement as the goal. Early Release has provided time to learn the new Math and Phonics curriculums, move the RtI process to the next steps, vertical articulation—K-12 departments meet to be sure we are Common Core aligned, and time to study data and identify academic gaps and needs. Thank you for supporting this new initiative!
*I want to remind you that the TES Accountability Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month in the TES Conference Room. All parents are invited to attend and participate, and I hope you do!
TES students were treated to a performance by the Heartbeat A Capella group before the holiday break.
On Tuesday, December 2, TES and TIS teachers were fortunate to have Janis Heigl, Math Specialist, visit the schools for on-site Staff Development on the new Bridges Math Curriculum. Janis visited classrooms, demonstrated best teaching practices, and trained staff during the early release time.
Telluride Elementary School third graders were treated to a visit by the Telluride Rotary Club, where they talked to the students about good citizenship and presented each student with a brand-new dictionary to keep. Students and staff appreciate the support for education from the Telluride Rotary Club.
Miner Bee Visits!
October 22 is National Unity Day---Prevent Bullying. TES held an assembly to learn how to avoid and report bullies, and how to treat others with respect and kindness. TES students and staff wore orange as a symbol of taking a stand against bullying at our school. Even the TES Miner Bee attended and wore orange!
At the assembly, Dr. Tara Gray, School Counselor, showed two videos and talked to the kids about bullying, a group of TMHS students presented two skits, and Mrs. Muckerman and the TES Training Choir sang a song. All TES students took an Anti-Bullying Oath and received a bookmark to sign. It was a great program!
Road Closures in the Town of Telluride
For approximately the next 10 weeks, beginning on Tuesday, September 2, Colorado will be closed in various locations between Aspen and Davis. For the first week, starting on September 2, the Aspen Street intersection will be closed, along with the section between Aspen and Townsend in both directions (Townsend intersection will be open during this time). Please plan accordingly and follow displayed detour signs around town for the next 10 weeks. The police will be assisting with traffic at Townsend and Columbia during morning drop-off at TES. More information will be posted as street closure updates become available.
PLEASE SEE MORNING DROP OFF PROCEDURES