PRINCIPAL'S NOTEBOOK

Louis E. Allen - Interim Executive Director and Principal

     
Louis E. Allen
Vision
DESIGN PRINCIPLES

At ISAAC, one of our Design Principles as an Expeditionary Learning school is Success and Failure. This means we believe that all students need to be successful if they are to build confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges. But it is also important for students to learn from their failures, to persevere when things are hard, and to learn to turn disabilities into opportunities.

Please look for updated grades and comments on PowerSchool for the middle of the 2nd Trimester. Checking in with grades on PowerSchool is a great way to check on the academic successes and challenges of your child and we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. We are also entering into our Winter Benchmark assessments. Students will be taking reading, language usage, and math assessments called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP.) In addition, students will be taking a winter writing assessment. These assessments help us to monitor student progress over the course of the year.

Our students set individual achievement goals for these assessments based on their Fall scores. In Crews, they developed a plan for improving their scores in their Student Success Plans. We are confident that students will show growth and we plan to use this data to inform our instruction and to design interventions to continue to meet all of our students' needs. We encourage all parents to engage in conversations with your children about their successes and their failures. Celebrate with them their accomplishments and support them to learn from their mistakes.