Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, November 13th

Save the Date

Please mark your calendars for these two important New York City fundraisers:

  • Bottle Drive- Saturday, January 9th
    • Will take place Saturday morning
    • Drivers needed to bring students around to neighborhoods
    • Two or more students needed in each car to collect bottles from houses
  • Marko the Magician- Friday, March 18th
    • An evening performance
    • Volunteers will be needed to sell tickets and concessions
    • Other volunteers will help with setup and cleanup.
We ask that each students and parent involved in the New York City trip volunteer at at least two of our three big fundraisers.  The "Fun Night" held this fall was already a great success.  We will send out sign-ups for volunteers in the near future.



First Trimester Reporting

Students are well into the process of assembling their electronic portfolios to reflect their goals for the first trimester.  They are adding evidences of progress for each goal area and reflecting on their next steps.  They are also reflecting on content-area standards for each class for our "Class Reports."  Core teachers will be setting up portfolio conferences after the trimester ends in order to review goals and reports.  At this point, you have a variety of means for seeing your son or daughter's progress, including:


  • Electronic Portfolios- Students are adding reflections and work samples each week.  All parents need is the link in order to view the portfolio.


  • Google Classroom- Most assignments (besides quizzes and math homework) are submitted through this platform.  Parents can always see what work has been submitted and the feedback provided by facilitators.  Student log-in is required.  


  • Jupiter Grades- Project evaluations and test and quiz scores are all posted here.  Parent log-in is required.  Directions were attached to Greensheets this fall. 


  • Greensheets- This weekly report indicates whether or not a student is up to date in his or her classes.  This is the most accurate reflection of work completion, as we cannot immediately update Jupiter Grades when late work comes in.  No log in required, just green paper : )


Engineering Challenge

All Swift students are well into creating their machines for the Engineering Challenge next Thursday and Friday.  They have planned and created machines and are hopefully in the testing phases.  Each group will compete against all the other teams in their category throughout the school day next Thursday and Friday.






Theater Wrap-Up

Thank you for coming to see our shows last week. It means so much to the students to have you all in the audience. As always, we as teachers were so impressed with the many roles the students played to make this all work. The lights, sets, props, sound, costumes and of course, acting were 100% student run. Your kids are amazing!

 Thank you to all the parents who stayed late to help clean up afterwards. We had sets dismantled, costumes away, the stage swept and props stowed by 9:30 because of you all. Thank you for helping kids assemble costumes pieces at home, and for sending in extra props as well. Also, a special thanks to Patrick Clow for being a guest-director on the Alice Croquet Scene. The jumping hedgehogs were his creative idea but we forgot to give him credit in the program!

We have posted many more photos from both shows to the Swift Photo site.











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