Welcome to another wonderful school year!!
All of the stakeholders of the Kilmer Community, including administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents, community members, and school board members have helped to develop the Kilmer Vision. It has been an exciting and thoughtful endeavor that is part of a five year plan to develop an innovative, stimulating, and exciting school community where all participants are actively engaged in learning in a safe and secure environment.
The Kilmer has historically had the reputation of being a high performing school. This vision aims to amalgamate our high scores with engaging and dynamic practices that will motivate learners. In this way, students are not only prepared for standardized tests, but they are prepared for a 21st century, global society.
We embrace the concepts of cooperative learning. Varied working groups and collaborative structures are incorporated into teaching that encourage students to listen and learn from each other. Lessons are planned where student motivation and standards-based learning objective are simultaneously measured.
Over the next two years of the five year plan, we will strive to be able to say that the teaching and learning at the Kilmer is:
- Rigorous and engaging
- Planned with learning styles in mind for the 21st century
- Developed with a strong social justice focus
- Project-based Learning (PBL) for all students
At the Kilmer, we are committed to inclusion. In fact, the inclusion classrooms and inclusion opportunities have been at the heart of what it means to be a real community.
At the Kilmer, we are committed to inclusive practices. During the 2016-17 school year, 40% of the classrooms have been targeted as inclusion classrooms, where students with special needs and students without identified needs are integrated into one classroom. These classrooms have a highly qualified, dual-certified teacher, as well as a para-professional, to provide support.
Our plan is to continue to grow and groom our inclusive practices. The district and the nation is calling for more inclusion programming, and we are balancing this need with a strategic and thoughtful approach to the specific needs of our community.
Highly Specialized Strand for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Our Highly Specialized Program for Students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is designed for students requiring a systematic teaching approach. The program is based on research-based approaches to teaching and behavior intervention, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Skills are broken down, repeated often, and performance is reinforced to maximize the acquisition of skills. Students are given opportunities for inclusion with their age appropriate peers throughout the day with varying degrees of support.
Empathy, Respect and Responsibility are our established core values. As teachers and administrators, we believe this values define what it means to be part of the Kilmer.
As Kilmer staff, we seek to understand and share another person’s experiences, thoughts and emotions, and look to how that can better our own teaching
As Kilmer staff, we value and appreciate diversity and demonstrate mutual respect for our parents, teachers, support staff and students as one community
As Kilmer staff, we take ownership of our behavior as individuals, encourage independent learning and empower students to embrace responsibility
Finally, if there is anything I can do to be of assistance to you in making this a successful school year, I encourage you to let me know.
I know when I speak for all the staff at the Kilmer; we are looking forward to a great year of rigor, engagement, and learning at the Kilmer School!
Jenna Cramer - Principal
September 1, 2016