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The State of the School, March 2014

Dear Lafayette Families,

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend this year’s auction.  It was a fabulous night and we appreciate all of the support our families continue to provide for our school community.  It is great to be able to come together for a night of celebration and fun!

It is hard to believe how fast this year is going by.  We are quickly approaching Spring Break (April 14-18).  Upon our return we will be in spring test mode.  From April 21 – June 6 we will be conducting MSP and MAP assessments.  We are going fully online testing for MSP this year so scheduling for the lab was tricky.  Mr. Zwiren will be doing technology with the iPads in the homeroom class while the teachers proctor the tests.  A schedule will be sent out this week.  PLEASE NOTE:  It is very important for your child to be present on the day of their scheduled assessment as we have very limited time to do make-up tests.  Students should come to school rested and have had a good breakfast so they are in the best mindset for the test.  Third, Fourth and Fifth grade classes will have opportunities to practice using the online format prior to taking the test.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Along with testing, spring brings us to budget and staffing time.  We had a very smooth process at the school level coming up with a budget for the 2014-2015 school year.  A survey was sent to all staff members asking them to outline their priorities for the following year.  In order came the reading specialist, the counselor, and the health room assistant.  An ad-hoc committee then came up with two scenarios in which these would be funded or partially funded.  We came to a majority vote and were the first school to complete and approve their budget in the district!

Instructionally, teachers are continuing to work together to implement best instructional practices.  Each month teachers can choose to participate in learning walks in a specific area and then model a lesson and/or observe their peers teach a lesson.  This practice helps us align with and across grade levels and teachers are able to learn with and from each other as a professional learning community.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, do not hesitate to call or come by.  Please know our doors, and the doors to your child’s classrooms, are always open and that together we can ensure your child’s experience at school is successful.


Robert Gallagher's Signature
Robert Gallagher
Karmen Nordhougen's Signature
Karmen Nordhougen
Assistant Principal


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