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  • Final MCAS and End of Year Dates

    Posted by Monica Crowley at 5/22/2017 7:00:00 AM

     

    MCAS Schedule for the Month of May

    Science and Technology/Engineering-Grades 5 and 8

     

    Monday, May 22-Grade 5-STE-Session 1

    Tuesday, May 23-Grade 5-STE-Session 2

    Wednesday, May 24-Grade 8-STE-Session 1

    Thursday, May 25-STE-Grade 8-Session 2

     

    I am always surprised by how fast the end of the school year goes by.  It feels as if the weeks zoom by after we return from April vacation.  The 2016-2017 school year is coming to a close and there are many wonderful events that take place for students, staff and families to enjoy and celebrate. Please take note of the dates below, so you can plan accordingly and take advantage of all the upcoming activities.

     

    Tuesday, May 30 (RD -5/31)- Grades 5/6 Track Meet

    Tuesday, May 30-Mrs. Crowley and Mr. Ola Visit Grade 4 Classrooms at UD

    Tuesday, May 30-Grades 4-8 Band Concert-7-8:30PM-UD Auditorium

    Wednesday, May 31-Grade 6 to Water Works Museum

    Thursday, June 1 (RD-6/2)- Grades 7/8 Track Meet

    Thursday, June 1-6th Grade to Lovell Island

    Friday, June 2-Grade 4 Classes Walk to UD for Building Tours.

    Tuesday, June 6-Big Book Bazaar for Students-UD Auditorium

    Tuesday, June 6-Grades 6-8 Orchestra Concert-6-7PM

    Thursday, June 8-Grade 8 Harbor Cruise-Buses will depart from 345 Harvard Street at 5:30PM. We will return at 345 Harvard Street at approximately 10:20PM depending on traffic.

    Monday, June 12-Grade 8 Red Sox Outing-Evening Game

    Tuesday, June 13-Upper Devotion Art Show-5:30-7PM-UD Auditorium

    Wednesay, June 14-Grade 6 Building Breakfast in UD Cafeteria-8:30AM

    Friday, June 16-Grade 8 Portfolio Day-During School Hours.

    Tuesday, June 20-Grade 8 Graduation-Ceremony at BHS Auditorium at 5PM, Reception to Follow in the Atrium by the Main Entrance

    Wednesday, June 21-Grade 8 to Beaver Day Camp during school hours

    Wednesday, June 21-Grade 7 to George’s Island

    Thursday, June 22-Grade 7 to Lake Cochituate

    Friday, June 23- Last Day of School-(We will have a noon dismissal with bus transportation to regular stops.)

     

    *Teachers / Paras Return on September 1, 5, & 6, 2017

    *First Day of School for Students (Grades 1-9) for the 2017-2018 School Year-Thursday, September 7, 2017

     

    Take care,

    Monica

               

     

               

     

     

     

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  • Fostering Resilience

    Posted by Monica Crowley at 5/15/2017 7:00:00 AM

    MCAS Schedule for the Month of May

    Math-Grades 5-8

    Science and Technology/Engineering-Grades 5 and 8

     

    Tuesday, May 16-Grade 8-Session 1

    Wednesday, May 17-Grade 8-Session 2

    Thursday, May 18-Grade 7-Session 1

    Friday, May 19-Grade 7-Session 2

     

    Monday, May 22-Grade 5-STE-Session 1

    Tuesday, May 23-Grade 5-STE-Session 2

    Wednesday, May 24-Grade 8-STE-Session 1

    Thursday, May 25-STE-Grade 8-Session 2

     

    The Marshall Memo is a weekly educational research newsletter based in Boston.  It summarizes articles from 39 publications for educators to keep up to date on the latest research and best practices in the field.  Each week I select an article to share with staff.  This week's article is about reselience.  I thought it would be of interest to families as well.

    Enjoy,

    Monica

    More on Fostering Resilience in the Face of Adversity

                "In this interview with Adi Ignatius in Harvard Business Review, Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook) and Adam Grant (Wharton School) talk about their bestselling book, Option B (Knopf, 2017) which explores the aftermath of the sudden death of Sandberg’s husband. Some excerpts:

    • A growth mindset about resilience – Talking through the tragedy with Grant, Sandberg’s biggest fear was that her two children would never be happy again. “As we worked together,” she says, “we learned that resilience is not something we have a fixed amount of but something we can build – in ourselves, in our children, in our organizations, in our communities.”
    • Helpful support – Friends and family members tried to help, but sometimes they spoke in ways that weren’t helpful or avoided the subject for fear of “reminding” Sandberg of her loss. For people who are living with a loss 24 hours a day, reminding is not the issue, she says. What’s helpful is acknowledging the pain: “Hey, I know this is a brutal time for you and your kids; how are you?” And rather than saying, “You’re going to get through this,” it’s kinder to say, “We’re going to get through this.”
    • Open-ended offers of help – “Do you need anything?” puts the decision-making on the person who’s already overwhelmed. Better to ask, “What do you not want on a burger?”
    • Putting things in perspective – Early on, Grant said to Sandberg that things could be worse. “Are you kidding?” she replied. “How could things be worse?” If her husband had been struck with cardiac arrhythmia while driving the children. “It’s counterintuitive that one can recover from tragedy by thinking about an even worse tragedy,” says Sandberg, “but it helps us feel grateful for what is still good in our lives.”
    • Pre-traumatic” growth – After her loss, Sandberg saw the value of articulating everyday kindnesses – for example, writing letters to close friends on their birthdays telling them why she loved and appreciated them.
    • Building resilience – “The most powerful thing is learning from failure,” says Grant. “We all fail; we all make mistakes. It can be incredibly difficult to face them, but that’s the only way we can build resilience.” In graduate school, he was terrified of public speaking but overcame his fear by subjecting his lectures to detailed critiques from colleagues. When he coaches executives, Grant has them assess their performance in different situations – and also how well they take feedback. The key is creating a sense of psychological safety – a belief that people can take risks, be open about mistakes, not fear being punished for honest errors. Sandberg says this is a cardinal principle at Facebook: “You need the discipline of setting really ambitious goals, making it safe for people to debrief and own failure and get feedback, and being willing to learn and correct.”
    • Planning for problems – “Resilience is about the speed and strength of your response to adversity,” says Grant. “The best thing you can do is build routines that might be applicable in an unexpected situation.” High-reliability organizations try to think of everything that can go wrong, monitor performance, and add to the list every time something doesn’t go well.
    • Humor – “In these really dark moments, being able to laugh, even for a second – even about the event itself – is a huge stress release,” says Sandberg. “It makes you feel, ‘Oh my God, it’ll be OK.’”
    • Mattering – “One of the drivers of resilience in kids is ‘mattering’ – the belief that other people notice you, care about you, rely on you,” says Sandberg. “When kids feel they don’t matter, the consequences can be devastating: delinquent and antisocial behavior, aggression. Along these lines, it is every leader’s responsibility to make every single employee know that they matter, to show that they’re noticed. That’s one of the reasons management by walking around is so popular. You also want to make employees feel relied on. Many leaders are afraid to ask for help, but people want to know that their contributions have an impact. One of the most powerful things a leader can do is say, ‘I don’t know the answer here.’”

     

    “‘Above All, Acknowledge the Pain’ – A Conversation About Resilience with Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant” by Adi Ignatius in Harvard Business Review, May-June 2017 (Vol. 95, #3, p. 142-147), https://hbr.org/2017/05/above-all-acknowledge-the-pain; see Memo 684 for another article on this book."

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  • Math/STE MCAS & Celebrating Teachers

    Posted by Monica Crowley at 5/8/2017 7:00:00 AM

    MCAS Schedule for the Month of May

    Math-Grades 5-8

    Science and Technology/Engineering-Grades 5 and 8

     

    Monday, May 8-Grade 6-Session 1

    Tuesday, May 9-Grade 6-Session 2

    Wednesday, May 10-Grade 5-Session 1

    Thursday, May 11-Grade 5-Session 2

     

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    Tuesday, May 16-Grade 8-Session 1

    Wednesday, May 17-Grade 8-Session 2

    Thursday, May 18-Grade 7-Session 1

    Friday, May 19-Grade 7-Session 2

     

    Monday, May 22-Grade 5-STE-Session 1

    Tuesday, May 23-Grade 5-STE-Session 2

    Wednesday, May 24-Grade 8-STE-Session 1

    Thursday, May 25-STE-Grade 8-Session 2

     

    “Celebrating Teachers!”

    On behalf of the Brookline Education Foundation’s Teacher Grants Committee, I am so excited to share that the following educators and staff members at Upper Devotion have been awarded funding to pursue continued professional development to strengthen their craft and the Upper Devotion learning community. They will be honored at the "Celebrating Teachers" event on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

    Norma Gordon: 5-8 Math Specialist and ECS Teacher

    "Collaborative Teacher Efficacy Using Math Learning Labs-Next Steps-Deeper Dive at Upper Devo"

    Jana Young: School Nurse

    "Building Resiliency at Upper Devotion"

    Lis Wolfson: Grade 5 Teacher

    "Puffins and Peatlands: Birdwatching 101"

    Barb Schiele: Grade 8 ELA Teacher

    "Bard College Institute for Teaching and Writing: Creative Nonfiction"

     

    Congratulations to all!

    Sincerely,

    Monica

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  • Guest Blogger-Ms. Kwok, Art Teacher

    Posted by Monica Crowley at 5/1/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Upper Devotion Art Show-Tuesday, June 13 5:30-7pm!

    I am excited to share this week's blog because Ms, Kwok, art teacher, reflects on the teaching and learning taking place in the Upper Devotion art studio. Please know that Ms, Kwok is designing and hosting an art show for Devotion families on Tuesday, June 13th-5:30-7pm at Upper Devotion.  She is grateful for the many parent volunteers who have reached out to help her plan!  

    And now for the descriptions of af art being created by our students...

    5th graders learned about Colette Miller, a painter who creates interactive mural art in cities across the globe to spread a message of peace. Students painted individual feathers and put them together to create a set of angel wings. The angel wings are now installed in the hallway outside the Art Room for students and staff to enjoy.  "They are interactive street art angel wings to remind humanity that we can be the Angels of this Earth." - Colette Miller (Pictures available on instagram link below.)


    6th graders explored Keith Haring's art and learned how to create movement and rhythm in their art. Students invented a pose and traced each other on paper to create life sized silhouettes.Together, students worked in groups to add patterns and designs onto the outlines. At the end of the project students chose a location to display their art work, adding much color and life to the school hallways and entrances. (Pictures available on instagram link below)

    7th graders are currently working on a cut paper project inspired by Notan, a Japanese design concept using light and dark to create a balanced composition. Students are encouraged to think about what balance means to them in their daily lives. They will learn how to translate and illustrate the personal into visual form through a cut paper design. (Pictures available on instagram link below.)

    8th graders are revisiting the craft of printmaking through portrait making, creating portraits of women they admire. They are athletes, musicians, comedians, activists, scientists, writers, sisters, mothers, and much more. Students learned about the process of relief printing by carving on linoleum plates, printing and refining, and finally selecting the best print to present as the final product. (Pictures available on instagram link below.)

    Here is the link to her art instagram www.instagram.com/art_upperdevo  as it's a nice little place to see all the creative work  described above and happening in the art space.
    Twitter is under the same name.

    Sincerely

    Priscilla

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