Dear Kilmer Community,
The close of the school can be an emotional roller coaster.
Today, I watched parents cry tears of joy as their little ones entered the lower school doors to see their beloved teachers for (what seems like) their last time. While hours later, 2.2 miles away at the upper school, middle-schoolers counted down their final moments to the closing bell as if it were New Year’s Eve in Times Square. As soon as that bell signaled, those students barreled down the front stairs of the Kilmer in celebration.
This same bell, for Kilmer Staff, sounded as the end of year three of our school vision, which is intended to transform the Kilmer to a school that is:
➢ Rigorous and engaging
➢ Planned with learning styles in mind for the 21st century
➢ Developed with a strong social justice focus
➢ Invested in Project-based Learning (PBL) for all students
This year, we realized that these are no longer to be thought of as pillars that stand alone, but gears that depend on and influence each other.
We implemented our “one to one” technology initiative that provides an Android tablet for every single student in grades 3-8 and a Chromebook for each student in K1- Gr 2. This is an enormous accomplishment and there are only a handful of schools in the entire state (let alone BPS) that can say they have this level of access to technology.
Looking back on our school before we began this journey, we have evidence that we were a school that demonstrated high achievement in test scores but our most often, was linear and top-down.
Today, our data is clear; we have made incredible shifts to our approach on teaching and learning while maintaining our high standards and outcomes.
It has become the expectation that students are engaged and motivated in their own learning. Project-based learning is implemented in every single grade.
Our core values of; Empathy, Respect and Responsibility have led to students seeking out and responding organically to issues of social justice.
No longer are our students passive participants in their learning. Instead, they are learning to learn and to enjoy it!
Teachers should be commended for their reflectiveness and commitment to improving their practice. It would have been easier to resist these changes and to rest on high scores. Our teachers made a commitment to what is best for all students and remained focused on the hard work that is outlined in achieving our vision.
Looking Ahead, A Glimpse of Year 4
The Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) has committed to increasing Project-Based Learning (PBL) to at least 2 per grade
One PBL per grade will be committed to Social Justice
Middle School will partner with MIT and Roxbury Latin to implement a STEM week PBL where the middle school will implement one high level project per grade and students will ONLY work on that project for the entire week
We are planning for the entire upper school to take their tablet home in the fall. This will allow students to maximize their time on learning and make the home-school connection seamless
All teachers will be trained in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which is a research-based approach to planning and teaching that is in line with our vision and acknowledges that student needs vary greatly within any one classroom
We are searching for a partnership that is linked to our vision. Now that we have the foundations in place in our classrooms, we are ready to partner with an organization or university that shares in our thinking and can support the effort to continuously improve the Kilmer. We are looking for the Kilmer Community to support in this endeavor
We are working with the YMCA to align the before and after-school programming to our vision. The director has been invited to join us in our PBL training with MIT. We will continue to look for opportunities to align our work.
*Please note that this list is referencing work that is (or will) happen in all of our classrooms. For plans that are specific to our inclusion program and to take place in addition to this work, please see the inclusion planning section of our website.
We appreciate the opportunity to work with your children. Have a great summer. We are looking forward to all that is in store for the school-year 2016-17!
Ms. Cramer and the Leadership Team
School Year 2016/17 School Year Important Dates
August 24th 9am Kilmer Lower School and September 15th at 8:15am Lower School: Kilmer Special Ed Focus Group (to be named) All parents are welcome to join this committee that will explore improving and celebrating the special ed community at the Kilmer. We will look at inclusion models, best practices in the field, research and topics to be determined. This committee is co-planned with parents and the leadership team.
School Site Council: 1st meeting will be held on September 21st 8am at the Lower School. We have vacant parent positions and the election is usually held at the first School Parent Council meeting so we may meet with vacancies. All parents and staff are welcome to attend these meetings. This could be a good chance for interested parents to come and see what the SSC looks like.
September 8th- All students in Grades 1-8 return to school!
Soon to be announce: The Kilmer Back to School Open House
Count Down to Kindergarten
Save the date!
17th Annual Citywide Kindergarten celebration at the Boston Children's Museum
Tuesday,August 30, 2016
Don't forget to pick up your Welcome to Kindergarten T-Shirt from you local library in June.
This is a free event to welcome new kindergarteners and their families to Boston Public Schools!
In preparation for the upcoming school year note the start date for students.
FREE FUN FRIDAYS ARE BACK!!!
Please click here to see all the events that you can take advantage of.
Please click on the grade your child is going into and the summer information will be provided
K1 - summer reading
1st Grade summer reading
2nd Grade summer math
2nd Grade Mini Book report
3rd Grade summer reading
3rd Grade summer math
4th Grade summer math
5th Grade - Mrs. Cummings
5th Grade - Mrs. Schindler
6th Grade summer packet
7th Grade summer packet
8th Grade summer packet
Check your child's back packs for summer work.
Staffing for lower school
K1 Ms. Wyche-inclusion
K1 Ms. Kern
K2 Ms. Joughin-inclusion
K2 Ms. Francis
Gr.1 Ms. Kearnan-inclusion
Gr.1 Ms. Pero
Gr. 2 Ms. Matlin
Gr. 2 Ms. Ettis
Gr. 3 Ms. Henderson- inclusion
Gr. 3 Ms. Jules
Gr. 3 Mr. Kearnan
Parents: Help Your Child Prepare With this Checklist
PARCC has released a five-step checklist that will help parents get their kids ready for testing. The checklist features links to a host of assessment-related resources from both PARCC and partners such as the National Parent Teacher Association, Learning Heroes, Raise the Bar, and Great Kids, that will provide both parents and teachers with information about when the assessments will be given in their child's district, what will be expected of them when they are testing, and much more.
Both parents and teachers may also use the checklist to find practice tests, along with released items on the Partnership Resource Center. View the Checklist >>
PARCC Website Adds New Materials for 2016 Testing
PARCCOnline.org, the homepage for the PARCC assessment consortium, now features new information about the 2016 assessments. Parents, educators and students can find more information about what's different about this year's assessments (also be sure to view the graphic the New Jersey Department of Education created about the changes), and learn about the growing list of independent studies showing that PARCC measures what matters.
PARCC Support Center Opens for Test Season
The PARCC Support Center is open for school and district administrators and other educators with questions about live testing, infrastructure trials, PearsonAccess, registration, and other technology questions. Educators may contact the Support Center between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, at 888-493-9888, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a chat feature within PearsonAccess that is live during the same daily time period as the phone support line.
Parents should contact their child's school or district directly for questions about specific accommodations for their child, along with information about when their child is scheduled to take the assessment. Parents, students, and educators are all encouraged to explore the resources available to them on the PARCC website or the Partnership Resource Center. They can also find information about the changes made to the assessment for the 2015-16 school year.
What's going on in B01???? Please click on the link below to see how much fun the children are having while learning! B01 Unit3 Week2
SUMMER STUFF 2016
It's not too early to start thinking about summer!
Summer activities and job opportunities for middle and high school students
Helpful Information on the BPS website
Lower School, 35 Baker Street, Boston, MA (617) 635-8060 | Upper School, 140 Russett Road, Boston, MA (617) 635-6855