John Hay News – December 2010

Dear John Hay Family Member,

A clear and shared focus
High standards and expectations for all students
Effective school leadership
High levels of collaboration and communication
Curriculum, instruction and assessments aligned with state standards
Frequent monitoring of learning and teaching
Focused professional development
A supportive learning environment
High levels of family and community involvement

This impressive list, created in 2007 by Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, is entitled the Nine Characteristics of Highly Effective Schools. Principals across the state and the nation are mindful of criteria such as this and strive to build learning communities that give evidence of these key components toward success for student learning. Our teachers, staff, administrators, office personnel, parents and community members all share in creating a school that can authentically claim these characteristics as their own. At Hay, we hold ourselves to high standards for learning and growing just as we expect the very best from our students.

Education is an ever-changing, ever-evolving, dynamic experience. Conquering the many, many challenges facing our classrooms today toward sustaining high levels of effectiveness is a steep and formidable task, at times, but one worth every effort. And for that reason, John Hay teachers, staff and parents have put in place an annual improvement plan that aligns with the nine lofty goals listed here. Our Continuous School Improvement Plan (aka the C-SIP), is available on line for public view. It represents action steps that address each of the characteristics above, is aligned to our most current achievement data, and describes many strategies and resources we use to impact student achievement. I encourage you to take a few moments to read over the C-SIP to become even more familiar with the great work going on at Hay for all of our students. I’ve provided the direct link here for your convenience.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s experience here at Hay, please don’t hesitate to talk to your child’s teacher or to me. A special and memorable elementary school experience is a gift we have the opportunity to come together in creating for our Hay students. We’re glad you are here and that we have the privilege of taking part in making that experience the best and most EFFECTIVE it can be!

Kari Hanson,

It is John Hay’s mission to…

Train our children to care for others
Engage learners through effective and innovative teaching
Actively involve and educate our families
Collaborate with others to improve effectiveness, and
Hold our students, teachers and families accountable as we

…develop caring learners who are actively
growing and achieving.

Inside this issue of the John Hay News:

Thank you!
Great Move-a-Thon News!
The John Hay Big 5
Making Up Conferences
Winter Parent Education Night – Please come.
Coffee Chat
Dress for the Weather & Hay’s Rainy Day Recess Policy
Coming Events

To read the complete John Hay News, please click here.


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