Dear P.S. 481 Families:
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We are looking forward to working with you in many ways, in which, together, we will aspire for academic success for all students.
Our core belief is that parents are an essential part of a child's success in school. We recognize the important role families play in student achievement and school improvement; therefore, it is critical that we foster a meaningful partnership between families and the school to provide a clear path to success for our students.
Each and every one of us has an important role as parents, teachers, administrator, and/or support staff. Together, we must encourage our children to become active and lifelong learners who are able to adapt to our rapidly changing society. Our collaborative efforts are a powerful influence on our children’s achievement in school. Through a close and collaborative partnership with all voices being heard and considered, I am confident that we can make our school a better learning community where our students will learn, think critically, be creative and grow.
In support of our commitment to working together, we ask that you please take the time to review the information in the parent hand book with your child, so that everyone is aware of the expectations of being a part of The STEAM Bridge School family.
With communication in mind, I promote an open-door policy and transparency. My door is always open and I welcome your input as we strive to build a stronger community and strengthen the educational opportunities for our children. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you. Therefore, please feel free to stop by or call to discuss ideas, suggestions, and/or concerns.
The STEAM Bridge School
Our Instructional Focus:
If teachers provide engaging rigorous opportunities for tiered groups then students will have the chance to justify their thinking through a range of strategies and discussion techniques. (Engaging Students in Learning (3c) and Questioning and Discussion Techniques (3b))
Through collaborative discussion, differentiated instruction, and engagement, the STEAM Bridge School will develop 21st Century Leaders who will be College and Career ready.
In our vision we are committed to preparing an educational atmosphere for ALL students through rigorous and engaging curriculum that embeds collaborative discussion, differentiated instruction, and engagement.
- Rigorous and engaging curriculum – By providing a set of intentionally aligned components, we create learning outcomes that offer engaging experiences and instructional strategies into an organized sequential unit of study. This serves as a road map to high quality teaching and learning.
- Collaborative discussion – Having significant communication skills is critical and valuable in the workplace and in our lives. Having discourse will allow our students to collaborate on existing and new ideas which will provide opportunities for input and feedback. As a result, our students will assume shared responsibilities and contribute to accomplishing common goals in meaningful and respectful ways.
- Differentiated instruction – Each student has a unique learning style and interest. We provide students with varying avenues and opportunities for learning. Through continuous data driven instruction, we address various learning needs and develop personalized instruction so that ALL students can learn effectively.
- Engagement- Students show their thinking and learning in a creative and expressive manner. The teacher plays the role of a facilitator as students take ownership of their learning. Students use accountable talk, academic vocabulary, and challenge one another’s thinking. Through daily problem solving, synthesizing of information and exploration, students will experience learning that will create 21st century leaders.