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Thursday, September 7, 2017

HS Parent Letter by Kathy Anders on Scribd

Box Top Contest

The Fall Box Tops Contest is COMING SOON!

Start Clipping and Saving those Box Tops!
Our first Box Tops contest of the year will run Sept 27th-Oct 3rd!!

CLIPPING IS EASY! Find Box Tops on hundreds of products you know and love and help raise money for our school!

more details coming soon!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Principal's Post

Greetings, Mustang Families!

It has been a wonderful first few weeks of school! By now, you have had an opportunity to
attend Back-to-School Night(s), and have, hopefully, settled into the rhythm of the school year.

Manzanita is an incredible school community, and we remain such a place through our
continuous efforts at improvement. At our September 1 FFO Meeting, I shared an overview of
our School Improvement Planning efforts, which I will summarize for you here.

Catalina Foothills School District’s Strategic Plan consists of three large “Deep Learning Goals”:

1. Reduce the gap between current and desired student academic achievement;

2. Raise the engagement of students so they are highly motivated to set and achieve
increasingly challenging goals for deep learning;

3. Partner with families and community to achieve our strategic priorities.

Within these goals, each school is tasked with creating 5-6 annual plans. At Manzanita this
year, these plans include:


Strategy: Build the capacity of Gr. 3-5 teachers to effectively plan and implement rigorous
mathematics instruction.
Action Plan Involves:
Gr. 3-5 collaborative planning and unit design, with an emphasis on fractions.


Build the capacity of teachers to implement the eight (8) essential elements of project-based
learning (PBL) in order to engage students in a deeper level of learning.

Action Plan Involves:
Providing professional development to a new cadre of teachers
Teachers implementing PBL units


Build the capacity of students to develop and utilize self-regulation skills in academic and social

Action Plan Involves:
Mindfulness Training - in partnership with the Mindfulness Education Exchange

        5th Grade - 8 lessons
        4th Grade - 3 “refresher” lessons (since they had a series of lessons last year in 3rd grade)
        Professional Development - 10 hours of PD to 20 teachers (Mindful Mentors)


Build the capacity of teachers and students to utilize systems thinking tools (Change Over Time,

Action Plan Involves:
Faculty participation in the Waters Foundation Systems Thinking Institute (Sep. 28-29)
Professional Development - 10 hours of PD to 17 teachers (Systems Thinking)
Collegial Observations


Increase the frequency and quality of interactions between home and school to improve
student learning.

Action Plan Involves:
Implementing Bloomz
Implementing K-5 Student Led- or Involved- Conferences
Continuing to administer Report Card Reflections