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From the Desk of Mr. Hopkins

Dear Purple Sage Community,

I would like to thank you all for your tremendous support during our recent fundraiser.  Thanks to your efforts we raised nearly $10,000 for the second year in a row! This money will directly help our teachers to better support your students.

I also want to thank you for coming out to parent-teacher conferences, we had a wonderful turnout.  If you are the parent of a 4th or 5th grade student, I have included a link (below) to a brief survey regarding some changes that we made this year.  Last year we received feedback from both parents and teachers that having one ten minute conference with just the home room teacher was not enough time to review student progress across all subjects.  If you will recall, our 4th and 5th grade teams have created a schedule that allows for students to be in a math class that best fits their academic needs. This mastery based approach means that students can see several teachers throughout the course of the school day.  In order to allow for parents to visit with these various teachers we attempted to have “arena” style conferences. This was a team decision and we knew that there would be a few bugs to work out. Our first evening we held these conferences in the gym. After feedback and seeing with our own eyes that is was a bit chaotic, we moved conferences back to the classrooms the next evening.  Although this did help, I noticed long lines and some frustration. I want to know your thoughts on this new approach and am asking you to please take a moment to complete the survey so we can further refine our approach. I believe in trying new things that can benefit our students, painful or not. I also value community feedback and am not easily offended so please be honest.  

Lastly, please join us on November 11th at 8:30 in the gym for our annual Veteran’s Day assembly.  Our students and staff have worked hard to put this together and I am so proud of how seriously they take this and how strong their support of this great nation is.