Lower School Notes – June 12, 2019
Dear Lower School Families,
This will be our last Lower School newsletter for the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you once again for your strong partnership and all your support to make this a positive year of learning and growth for our children. Have a fun, safe and relaxing summer!
An amazing day captured in pictures!
Relive the precious moments between our students and their grandparents and special friends. Our photographers captured a lot of smiling faces! View the photos here.
Second Semester Progress Reports Now Available Online
Progress reports, including both a narrative and skill checklist, are posted online twice a year at the end of the first and second semesters. The second progress reports for this school year will be available online on Wednesday, June 12. The progress reports include the classroom teacher’s assessment as well as specialist teachers’ comments and checklists. The reports are designed to indicate academic, social and personal growth, for each semester of the year.
The checklists have three descriptors that are used to determine a child’s skill level in all core subject and specialist areas: Approaching Expectations (A), Meeting Expectations (M) and Exceeding Expectations (E).
Approaching expectations (A) — With support, students are learning to demonstrate and apply their understanding.
Meeting expectations (M) — Students consistently and independently demonstrate and apply their understanding.
Exceeding expectations (E) — Students independently demonstrate and apply their understanding in complex and sophisticated ways.
The narrative allows the teacher to elaborate on a child’s performance this year, which includes areas of growth and goals for future growth and improvement and recommendations for summer work. Teachers write their comments directly to the student. This supports our mission statement, “A Flint Hill education focuses on the learner,” and develops our students as self-directed learners, one of the core competencies of the Portrait of the Flint Hill Student.
To access the report for your child/ren:
Log into Husky Hub.
Hover over “Children,” at the top, left-hand side of the page, and click on your child’s name.
Under “Performance,” on the left-hand side of the page, click “Report Cards” and “Quarter 4 Report.”
If you are moving on to a new school, progress reports will be available to you online until Friday, June 28. Departing families will also receive a hard copy of their child’s progress report via mail.
Welcoming New Faculty and Staff for 2019-2020
Please join us in welcoming the following new Lower School faculty for the 2019-2020 school year. We also want to congratulate current faculty who will be moving into new roles for the next school year.
Adjoa Burrowes, Lower School Art Teacher
Adjoa Burrowes is a visual artist, author, illustrator and educator. She earned a B.F.A. in printmaking from Howard University and an M.A. in art education at the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at The George Washington University. Adjoa has studied with contemporary artists around the world and has presented her work in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, the Netherlands and France. Adjoa has designed and implemented art workshops and residencies for cultural institutions throughout the nation, including the John F. Kennedy Center, for over 10 years, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the National Civil Rights Museum. Her mixed media collages, fine art prints, and sculptural installations have been exhibited throughout the U.S. Adjoa’s works on paper are included in collections at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center; Brooklyn Art Library; Banneker Douglass Museum of Culture and History; The Southside Community Art Center; and internationally at the Art Colle Museum of Collage in Plemet, France, and the Verbeke Foundation in Belgium. Adjoa is the illustrator for over a dozen children’s picture books and has authored three, including the award-winning “Grandma’s Purple Flowers.” As an educator and scholar, Adjoa has presented at national art education conferences and has had her work included in art education journals and books.
Thomas Murley, Lower School Music Teacher
Thomas comes to Flint Hill with 12 years of teaching experience in New York, New Orleans and Virginia. He has built three successful music programs. Thomas graduated from Stanford University, where he was an NCAA track athlete, and has a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Proficient in piano and percussion, Thomas teaches with an interdisciplinary approach and believes in the power of the arts to transform communities. He is thrilled to call Flint Hill home.
Jess Henry, Lower School Technology and Instruction Specialist and Lower School/Middle School Innovation Teacher
Jess graduated from Virginia Tech, in 2001, with a master’s in education and began her teaching career at Lake Braddock Secondary School with Fairfax County Public Schools. During that time, Jess taught Seventh and Eighth Grade math, Algebra 1, and Geometry. In 2005, Jess began working at Flint Hill, where she has had many roles, including Upper School Math learning specialist, Junior Class dean, Upper School Math teacher, and instructional coach. She was also Flint Hill’s Head Swim and Dive coach. In 2010, Jess left Flint Hill to pursue teaching online at K12, Inc. During her time at Virginia Virtual Academy, Jess was a homeroom teacher for Grades 3-8 and taught Honors Algebra 1. In 2013, Jess returned to Flint Hill as an Upper School Math teacher, Summer Programs coordinator and instructor for Flint Hill’s online summer math courses.
REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK
Summer Learning and Summer Reading
Summer Learning and Summer Reading information for all three divisions are now available on the Preparing for the 2019-2020 School Year tile in Husky Hub. These are excellent resources to help students retain what they have learned, to prepare for their next grade level. To access the Resource Board, visit www.flinthill.org/app and then enter your username and password. After you log in, click “Resources” on the top navigation bar and then click on the Preparing for the 2019-2020 School Year tile.
Approaching Deadline for Required Back to School Forms
The deadline for required back-to-school forms is this Friday, June 14. The forms include AfterCare registration, student information updates and registration for bus service. Please note that updates have been made to the bus routes for next year, so it is important to review that information closely. These online forms are required for student attendance at orientation, registration, classes, and for participation in all school-sponsored activities, such as athletics and field studies.
The forms can be found in Husky Hub. After you log in, a yellow block will appear on the top part of the page with a message detailing the number of forms you have to review. After clicking the link, you will be guided to the list of forms for your child/ren. If you receive an error message, while completing your forms, or have questions, please contact Admission Data Manager Stephanie Flores.
A detailed video describing the process for accessing and completing the forms is available here.
We will continue to provide periodic updates, as new information is added to Husky Hub and future deadlines approach.
Looking Ahead to the 2019-2020 School Year
Monday, August 26, and Tuesday, August 27
Parent-Teacher “Hopes and Dreams” Conferences
Homeroom teachers will host 20-minute “Hopes and Dreams” conferences for parents on Monday, August 26, and during the afternoon of Tuesday, August 27. The objective for these conferences is for parents to meet with their child’s teacher prior to the start of school and share their hopes, dreams, and goals for their child for the upcoming school year. It is also helpful to share any other information that would be helpful for the teacher to know about their child. Parents can sign up for the conferences using our online scheduling system, beginning Monday, August 12. Childcare will be available for Flint Hill students, for the duration of the conferences, in the Lower and Middle School Multipurpose Room, Room 112.
Tuesday, August 27
New Parent Orientation, 9:15-10:00 a.m.
Lower and Middle School Library
To help our new parents transition to Flint Hill, an orientation with questions and answers will be held in the Lower and Middle School Library during the student visitation. Returning parents are also welcome to attend.
Please be sure to put these two Lower School events on your calendar.
Director of the Lower School