August – October 2017
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to school year 2017-2018. This year, after much thought and consideration, we changed our curriculum from School of Tomorrow (SOT) to a combination of Singapore Math, Science, and English curriculum, Common Core State Standards of the United States for Social Studies, and Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) SOT for Filipino. The decision to change was born out of 2-3 years of deliberation of trying to understand which program would best suit our current general education population. The Singaporean English, Math, and Science Curriculum is a holistic and broad-based educational program that helps students build conceptual knowledge and challenge them to think critically. The Common Core State Standards of the United States for Social Studies Curriculum is an integrated program that is designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge for life inside and outside the classroom. They include critical-thinking skills and the ability to closely and attentively read texts in a way that will help them understand and appreciate history and current events. Students will learn to use logical reasoning and evidence collection skills that are essential for success in college, career, and life in general. In addition, the program lays out a vision of what it means to be a literate person who is prepared for success in the 21st century. The ACE curriculum is an individualized program where every student progresses independently at his or her own level of achievement. This empowers students to become self-initiating and self-motivated. The change in curriculum will mean a change in books. Hence, please expect adjustments in fees with regards to books. The implementation of this program will also vary across levels. Kindly refer to the communication notebook for details. To ensure proper implementation of curriculum, overall academic supervisors have been assigned. The responsibility of these academic supervisors is to monitor the delivery and implementation of subject matter content and ensure that they are done effectively and meaningfully on a daily basis. These teachers will have no teaching load to give them the opportunity to observe classes and provide inputs to help further improve subject matter content and delivery. Thus, should you have any academic concerns that your level advisor cannot seem to address, kindly refer matter to the following academic supervisors: Teacher Crystal Guillen- Overall academic supervisor for Level 1 -12 Teacher Maije Valenzuela- Overall academic supervisor for Special Education – Early Intervention & LEAP 1-5 We look forward to this school year with much anticipation and excitement. We hope that you continue to support us in all our endeavors as we continuously find news ways of teaching and learning that will benefit your children.
Each student will be given a Student Handbook. The Guidance Counselor will discuss its contents during student orientation. Some salient points of student’s handbook were also discussed during the parent – teacher orientation. Parents and students are expected to sign the conforme page found in the last page of the handbook. This will be collected by the Guidance Counselor.
Individual lockers are provided for students to secure their personal belonging. Students must supply their own locks.
Closed Campus Policy
Students are NOT allowed to leave the school grounds during school hours for any reason without written permission.
Cell Phones, Music Players, Magazines, Cameras etc.
Electronic devices and materials may not be brought to school. Should a student need a device for a class activity, his or her teacher will have to provide a written letter of consent to be submitted to the guidance office.
Year-Round Schedule of Activities
Please find together with this newsletter our year-round schedule of activities. Please refer to them for all schedules. While we will try our best to follow schedule, please refer to quarterly newsletter for any changes/revisions.
Excuse Letters & Notes
Please note as stated in the handbook, “all excuse letters and notes must be written and signed by parent or guardian.” The school does NOT ACCEPT text message or phone calls in lieu of written excuse notes or letter.
Do join our Reach Facebook group to get updates and access to the school activity photos. We also have a Viber group per level for better communication.