Letter from the Principal

posted on October 19th, 2010 at 7:26 pm in News.

October, 2010

Dear Families,

Although I’ve said it before–what a special group of teachers and staff we have working here at Piedmont Middle School.   During common planning Mondays they continue to look at the heart of their curriculum in order to hold themselves and all of their students to rigorous standards.  They are committed to working together as teams to ask questions that focus on quality learning opportunities and accountability, aiming for results that reflect continuous improvement.

Our Academic Performance Index (API) from Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) shows that the middle school’s score increased from 928 in 2008-09  to 942 in 2009-10.  PMS met all of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) criteria including participation rate, percent proficient rate, and API score.  Although the STAR tests are important, they are just one indicator of how a school or student is progressing annually.  Of equal importance are the emotional, physical, and social needs of the students.  I am proud of the achievements and the diligence of our faculty and staff in continuing to increase the students’ engagement and learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

Site Council is a group of teachers, parents, administrators, and students working together to develop, review, and evaluate the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).  SPSA’s purpose is to create a cycle of continuous improvement in student performance and to ensure that all students succeed in reaching academic standards set by the State Board of Education.  The Site Council also serves as a forum for faculty and administrators, parents and students to discuss a variety of issues affecting student performance at Piedmont Middle School.  Curriculum is discussed at Site Council and areas of continuous growth are identified.  Since September 14th, Site Council members have been meeting to develop new goals for the SPSA based on results from the English Language Arts survey, STAR results, and goals from last year’s SPSA.  In addition, the Site Council and attendees work to identify and address the instructional needs of our students and to develop new goals for the SPSA.  Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings.  Our next meeting is on November 9th.

Parent-teacher conferences for 6th grade students will be conducted differently this year.  Since there are no set days for conferences, Core 6 teachers will contact parents regarding student progress via phone, email, or in person sometime before the end of January.

We have a wonderful faculty and support staff dedicated to making each day a positive learning experience for your students.  We have a supportive parent community helping to create a strong partnership with the school to meet all of the students’ needs.  Most importantly, we have great students who enjoy being at the middle school.

Sincerely,

Jeanne Donovan, Principal