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Principal's Message for May 2018

May 5, 2018


Dear Monte Vista Parents and Families,



Hooray for May! Here’s a two for the price of one message-


1) My kids and I were able to go out and do a precinct walk around the Monte Vista neighborhoods to ask around 60 homes to support Measure I on June 5th Voting Day. The measure will bring over 200 million dollars to the district, including our school, in order to update the 50 year-old classrooms into more 21st Century Learning environments. Many residents were very supportive of our school and were actually Monte Vista students back in the day. It was heartwarming to see just how many people in our neighborhood area want the best for our blue jays!


2) Our staff and students have been working hard and smart in the month of April! Here is some “WOW” feedback that our staff (and their students) received from Mrs. Larson and Dr. Ashby:

  * Wow 1: Every classroom in some way modified and “hacked” into the Eureka Math Module standard lessons by making more grade-level appropriate decisions using gradual release of responsibility, supplementary materials/ manipulatives, and engagement questioning and collaborative work tasks as well as playing with the whole to small group structures. As a result, students were able to stay more engaged and access the content and learning targets for the math lessons.

   * Wow 2: Every teacher in their STEMScopes instruction utilized sentence frames of some kind as well as posted and discussed related content vocabulary. Accountable talk opportunities were given in each class to connect the frames with the vocabulary in the context of their learning and reflections, enriching the academic discourse. Students were provided with opportunities to represent their thinking in a variety of different ways, including drawings, brief written tasks, oral discourse, and/or the manipulation of concrete objects. These varied means garnered active participation from more students and allowed for greater student understanding and access to the STEM content.



With Highest Regards,

Joseph Ashby, Ed.D.

Principal, Monte Vista Elementary
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District