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    Thursday, January 11, 2018

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Monday, January 15, 2018

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    Tuesday, January 16, 2016

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    Friday, January 19, 2018

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Letter from the Principal

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    Dear Parents,

    Over here at St. Bernard Middle, my faculty has been working diligently in facilitating your child's learning every day.  Seeing everthing I do through the lens of student success is the most important part of my professional mission.  To ensure that students succeed in the classroom means that they must learn each day.  Remember that we want students to learn and retain all the knowledge we can bestow upon them, and that's where you come in.

    I am asking each of you to spend ten minutes a day, every day, discussing what your child LEARNED at school today.  I'd like to make a distinction that I have not used the word "did."  Instead of asking your child to focus on what he "did" in school today, ask him to focus on what he LEARNED.  On the first day you do this, students may not remember.  If your child can't pinpoint what he learned, rephrase the question, "Let's remember what you did in class today first, but then let's think about what you learned from it."  Each day, the conversations will get more fluid and easier.  I encourage each of you to do this for every subject in school, every day.  Once your child can tell you what he learned in class, ask an extension question to deepen his enthusiasm or interest in the subject.  Let's look at some examples.

    Mom:  What did you learn in science today?

    Student:  We learned that noble gases have a full outer shell of electrons.     

    Mom:  Wow.  What's a noble gas?  What's a shell?  How does that connect to the real world every day?  And if your child doesn't know how it connects to the real world...google does!  Who knows..it could be the start of creating a scientist or an engineer.

    Here's another fun example. 

    Dad:  What did you learn in English class today?       

    Student:  I learned that a theme in Fahrenheit 451 is finding light in the darkness.           

    Dad:  Okay, that's cool.  How do you know this?  Are you learning to find evidence to support this idea?  Tell me more about it.

    Every day, students are learning on multiple levels and don't even realize it.  In these examples, students are learning so much more than the theme of the novel or the makeup of an electron.  I want students to get to a place where they OWN their cognitive development.  The first step is being an awesome student in class; then there's homework, but to really get where they're developing their brains fully, they need to start THINKING about their learning each day.  With your help, we can get them there.  So, please, ask your kids what they learned in each subject each day, and when you see me, let me know how these conversations are going.  I can only imagine how much better they'll be IN class as a result of your efforts.

    Love & Eagle Pride,

    Mrs. Seibert

     

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