MES News & Announcements

Public news and announcements from Morristown Elementary School.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Road to Proficiency

There are many chicken and egg stories in education, as in which came first, the chicken or the egg. One of them we are confronting at MES is, do behaviors cause academic problems or do academic deficiencies cause students to misbehave (usually to hide those deficiencies.) Using the work of Dr. Ross Greene, the staff of MES is beginning to use the ALSUP, the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems. What the ALSUP helps to identify is where a child’s skills do not match what is being asked of him/her. According to Greene, it’s those lagging skills that cause behavior problems. By being able to identify the lagging skills, teachers and students can work together to develop a plan to improve the identified skill(s), one at a time.  As behavioral skills improve, so too do academic skills. Individualizing how we respond to students who are struggling helps us to better support them academically.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

New Horizons

Please join us in wishing Mrs. Buckley well in her future adventures as she has decided not to complete her year at MES. Thank you Liz Buckley for all your years of services to the MES community.

The Road to Proficiency


Have you heard your student(s) talk about goal setting or Personalized Learning Plans and want to know more?

Personalized Learning Plans (PLP’s) are developed by students—typically in collaboration with teachers, counselors, and parents—as a way to help them achieve short and long term learning goals. Cognitive science supports that when students have ownership over their own learning we improve the learning environment and promote positive motivational, social and emotional habits and dispositions toward learning. Personalized learning means using a diverse variety of learning experiences, instructional approaches, and goal-oriented strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs of individual students. For more information and research on PLP’s:
PLP’s in our Schools: Personalized learning, which we know contributes to a higher level of student performance and deeper learning, has always been an integral part of our schools’ missions. Our process is guided by an emphasis on creating students who are Thinkers, Problem Solvers, Effective Communicators, and Personally and Socially Responsible Citizens. As we head down ‘the road to proficiency’, students in Mr. Gedmin’s class, for example, are combining their math and science units to build cars. In their building of cars, they are exploring simple machine and independent variables. Students have been tweaking their cars to go faster or to go farther along the track. Is weight a factor? How do the wheels need to be aligned? Students have measured to the nearest millimeter; they have determined the speed of their car by dividing distance by time. They have had 3-5 trial runs of their car and are in the process of graphing their results. Throughout the process, students have learned much about the importance of persistence.

To read more about Personalized Learning Plans