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December 2017

Coaches Corner:
One:World Prepares Students for their
Digitally Rich Future

As part of preparing our students for the challenges of the future, NUSD has rolled out Chromebook devices to all 5th, 6th, and 9th grade students. Students are immersed in 21st century learning environments now that they have consistent access to technology.

Students across the district are using Google Apps for education to share their ideas and understandings of concepts with their teachers and peers. Google Classroom has allowed for teachers and students to participate in a digital classroom and share in a collaborative platform without paper.

Fifth grade students are using their Chromebooks to access more differentiated and targeted learning to support their individual needs to grow in their conceptual knowledge across all grade levels. Teachers and students are supporting their peers through collaboratively revising student writing in Google Docs and students are deepening their skills of presenting using Google Slides.

Sixth graders have been engaging in their curriculum through Hyperdocs where students are led through many different digital learning experiences allowing for student voice and choice. Some sixth grade students are also creating math portfolios to share their thinking and ways of solving problems creatively.

Our instructional coaching staff has worked with our ninth grade students and College and Career Readiness teachers to discover the importance of organizing their Google Drive. This helps them to prepare and manage all of their documents as they move through their high school career.  They have also created their digital Graduate Portfolio through Google Sites which they will continue to construct over the next four years through a thoughtful and meaningful way to showcase their growth as a learner as well as how they have demonstrated the 6 C’s of the Graduate Profile throughout their education career (Graduate Profile = collaboration, critical thinking, communication, conscientious learner, character, and cultural competence.)

As the increase of technology access has come to our students, our teachers are building on their digital skills and knowledge as well. There have been multiple technology trainings focusing on Google Classroom, Digital Citizenship and Literacy, and tips and tricks of integrating technology into the classroom. Approximately, ninety teachers across all grade levels and content areas are committed to an inquiry process with various technology goals to support and enhance student learning and teachers’ abilities to teach.

This is an exciting time for our students and teachers within Novato Unified School District as we together grow as technology users as we transform education.

Attend Today - Achieve Tomorrow
Why Attendance Matters

The number one indicator of student success is attendance and students between the ages of 6 and 18 must attend school (Ed Code 48200). Our goal is to give every student the opportunity to live up to his or her potential and we can only be successful in this goal if we see our students daily. Students need to be present to engage and learn.

We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with family and friends far away. The cost of travel may influence your travel, however, keep in mind the cost to your child’s education and the message you may be sending about the importance of attending school. Research shows that missing 10 percent of school, or about 18 days, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That is just two days a month. This is true whether it is an excused or unexcused absence. Suspensions also add to lost time in the classroom.

Even if you get a homework packet from your child’s teacher, it doesn’t make up for the social interaction and learning in the classroom. Our teachers are conducting lessons continuously; and for Project Based Learning (PBL) assignments, group members are relying on each other to help complete the project.

From kindergarten to high school attendance matters. Poor attendance can influence whether children will read proficiently by the end of third grade and students who are chronically absent by 6th grade are at a higher risk of dropping out of high school.

Attendance improves when students feel engaged in a positive way. Parents are also more likely to keep their child in school if they feel supported and engaged.

Give your child the gift of a brighter future by helping them attend school today!


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