Hello Fox Families!
It is both a privilege and a pleasure to serve the Autumn Creek Elementary School community as its principal. As I begin my first year in the district, I look forward to building upon the foundation of strong academics and a caring community that currently exists at ACES. As part of the effort to continue our growth, the ACES School Improvement Team met and identified some key focus areas to help us increase student achievement during the 2018-19 school year.
In math, we will increase our focus on Number Talks. All classroom teachers will employ this high-impact strategy 3-5 days a week. The program provides students the opportunity to discuss various strategies to solve math problems. All ACES teachers are being provided additional professional development so that they can refine their teaching in Number Talks.
In reading, each grade level has identified through student testing data specific areas to address and are using researched based strategies to target those areas. Teachers are working with a reading coach who is providing them professional development on those strategies so they can be successfully implemented in the classroom.
We are also continuing our FLEX time to challenge or offer additional support to students in the areas of math or reading, according to the students' individual needs.
As a building staff, a primary focus is on the social emotional learning of all our students. Teachers are currently in the process of receiving professional development on the Second Step program, which was adopted by the district last year to teach students social emotional skills. These lessons, taught by our physical education teachers, will be reinforced with students during morning meeting time. Lessons include coping strategies to help students regulate their emotions. This year, ACES staff is also committed to doing school-wide morning meetings to build community, which correlates well with the Second Step program. Staff formed a climate committee, which has worked to create school-wide expectations towards the values of being respectful, responsible, and safe. The goal for our students is to use these values to help develop the social emotional skills they need to handle various situations and be academically successful.
We are excited about our goal for this school year. With your continued support, we know that ACES students can and will continue their growth towards academic success. Our students are brilliant and we want their brilliancy to shine.
Go Foxes! Paw Pride!
Principal Elisa Maldonado