Escape from Central Office – A Fun Visit To Fox Hill

There are always things to catch up on in Central Office, but the part of the day where students and staff are doing exciting things in our classrooms across the district is limited. With this in mind, Susan Astone (our District RTI Administrator) and I have made a commitment to get out into our schools more often. Yesterday we had the chance to spend time in classrooms at Pine Glen Elementary and today we spent a portion of our morning at Fox Hill Elementary.

Check out some of what we saw below:

The kindergarten classrooms were bustling with activity as students looked at words associated with apples. We could not believe these students were just kindergartners a few weeks into school!

Ms. Levesque’s kindergartners were enjoying pajama day that they earned due to their great behavior.
We also were thrilled to see so many students enjoying reading from books. Mrs. Nolte’s class was very comfortable cozying up with their books and taking notes based on Mrs. Nolte’s guidelines below on the yellow chart paper.
More students enjoying some quality reading time.
We also got to see some impressive student working on self-portraits. 
Thanks to Mrs. Johnson and her staff for always having an open door for visitors from Central Office. We will back soon!

Building Community In Grade 5 at Fox Hill

As I was walking through Fox Hill Elementary today, Mrs. Jaffe invited me in to her classroom to watch as some of our new Fox Hill fifth graders collaborated on setting the rules for the year.  Mrs. Jaffe and her fifth grade colleagues Mrs. Lee, Mr. Norman, and Mr. Lisano each spent time with a group of students from each of the fifth grade homerooms working on one of the four key values (pictured below). Each group of students developed a list of rules that aligned to the key value that they were discussing. 

It was great to see the students given ownership in creating the rules they will follow this year. There is no doubt that this type of respect, leads to more responsibility on the part of students. and that it will help instill a safe environment where students are kind to one another.  I

Great Job Fox Hill On Channel 5’s Wake Up Call!

Fox Hill Elementary School was featured on Channel 5’s Wake Up Call yesterday morning. Check out the clip below to see how our students shared the Fox Hill message – “Be Respectful, Be Responsible Be Safe and Be Kind.”

What a great message for us to begin every day with!

My Day At Fox Hill

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One of the fun parts of my new position this year has been the opportunity to visit all of the other schools in Burlington.  Each time I have the chance to see what students and teachers are up to I am left with an extremely positive feeling. It is so great to be able to see all of the wonderful things happening across the district!  In fact, I have set a goal for the remainder of the school year to try to spend a full day in an elementary school each week.

This past week, I spent a day at Fox Hill and had the opportunity to sit in with a number of classes. Check out some of the pictures below. Thanks to Principal Johnson and the staff and students for their warm welcome!

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Students working on “sight words” in Kindergarten
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Student working on the egg drop in science class.

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Students making their Rainbow Fishes