Emily Howland Elementary School
Dear Parents and Guardians:
These past ten weeks have been packed with exciting new student programming including a bully prevention program called “Just Call Me Gerry,” a compassion drive for the King Ferry Food Pantry, disability awareness day, Merry-Go-Round Theater and Odyssey of the Mind. Please remember that for more frequent updates on what’s happening at Emily Howland, friend us on Facebook at Emily Howland Elementary School.
Focus on the Initiatives:
We’re continuing our literacy efforts with Got Book. Got Book is a K-6 initiative that asks students to read every night, ultimately helping to increase literacy rates and teaching students to read for fun! This year students who meet their reading goals will be invited to participate in our Got Book movie night!!
Our second Got Book movie night celebration is tentatively scheduled for March 10 from 3:45 to 5:45. All students who successfully complete required reading from February 1 to March 9 will be invited! More information will be available on our Facebook page.
A new focus this year at Emily Howland has been promoting instruction within an inclusive setting. We’re taking the next steps to build a more collaborative culture, incorporating all students, faculty, staff and administrators with the goal of better preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century. Each third through sixth grade-level team consists of math, English Language Arts (ELA) and social studies/science teachers, as well as a dedicated special education teacher.
Each grade level instructional team also shares daily planning schedules and some instructional spaces, allowing them to plan for individualized instruction. Through thoughtful and deliberate planning, grade level teams are better able to connect with each student and provide specific support and help based on unique student needs.
While focusing on thoughtful, individualized instruction, the district continues its concurrent goal of a one-to-one chrome book initiative. Individual devices promote better benchmarking, progress monitoring, accommodations and leveled reading and math material. All students in grades four through eight currently have their own assigned chrome book. Students in grade three will receive their chrome books later this academic year. These tools will be an integral part of daily classwork as well as homework but will also help the district to usher in online state testing.
I thank all community members, parents/guardians, teachers, friends and families who support Emily Howland Elementary School in so many ways. Together we continue to bring a rich and rigorous experience to our students. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call the main office. 315-364-7098.
Christopher M. Clapper, Principal
Southern Cayuga CSD Emily Howland Elementary