Dear Marengo Families,
I hope this letter finds you well as you enjoy the final days of the summer break. Although the 2020-2021 school year will look very different, our attention remains on providing a student-centered learning environment that encourages creativity, wellness, strong connections, and high achievement.
Since we left campus in March, the Marengo teachers and staff have spent a tremendous amount of time considering and preparing for the school year ahead. The teachers have reflected upon the instructional practices that were successful in the spring and have participated in professional development to strengthen their distance learning skills. I am impressed by the amount of collaboration and teacher dialogue that has taken place during the summer months. Our students will certainly benefit from the teachers’ hard work and dedication during this very unusual time.
In order to minimize learning loss in a virtual environment, adjustments have been made to include an increase in live teacher and student interaction. Teachers will continue to evaluate their students’ academic engagement through the use of standards-based instruction and assessment. Student attendance and progress will also be closely monitored by the teachers and staff, and assistance will be offered through check-ins and small group intervention.
The pandemic and recent protests about racial injustice and police brutality have increased our students’ awareness and need for social and emotional support. There will be a greater focus on community building and opportunities for our students to express their thoughts and ideas about current events.
I look forward to nurturing a strong partnership between home and school. Our students will do their best when they know they can count on each and every one of us for encouragement and guidance.
Warmest wishes for the new school year!
Mrs. Patricia Cheadle, Principal