As we head into our final full week before school begins we'd like to first share a highlight from the professional development course that our teachers recently attended.
As you know, Project Based Learning (PBL) is the cornerstone of Kinetic Academy's educational approach. The 3 day class was packed with amazing guidance and our teachers worked very hard to prepare their first projects. A great moment for us was when Buck Institute instructor Kristy explained the best way to describe the difference between PBL and a traditional school project. Often, school projects are used to reinforce learning that has already taken place. Students have spent time learning a topic and are given a project to confirm what was learned. It is the "dessert" to the learning unit. PBL makes projects the main course; students learn through the execution of the project conducting research, asking questions, prototyping, feedback, reflecting, and presenting to an audience. Our goal is to make our projects an opportunity for authentic and relevant learning for our kids. Our projects aren't dessert!
We would like to announce and welcome three more individuals to our staff. .
Katie Cunningham- Physical Education
Jennifer Perry- Health Assistant
Fran Park- Special Education
Meet The Teacher Night
Next Tuesday, August 30th is our Meet the Teacher night. Round Table Pizza is doing a fundraiser for us that evening by donating 20% of all purchases made when you mention Kinetic Academy while ordering. Plan to grab some pizza either before or after our event! Families will receive an email on Monday, August 29th with the name of their teacher as well as room location. View the flyer here.
The Week Ahead
We still have lots of desks & chairs to assemble. If you are able to come by during the day this week between 8am-4pm to help assembly, we'd appreciate it. You can call the office if you have any questions.
Our first, official school board meeting will be held this Wednesday, August 24th at 6pm. Subsequent meetings are scheduled to take place on the Wednesday following the third Tuesday of the month. The Kinetic Academy board is made up of 5 founding members. These meetings are conducted in accordance with the Brown Act and will follow Robert's Rules of Order. Click here for more information.