August 16, 2017

Dear Northwood Knight Families,

The 2017-2018 school year is approaching quickly.  I hope you and your family have enjoyed the summer, and that you are looking forward to the new school year as much as we are.

Northwood is entering our second year of implementation of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program.  This program is affiliated with programs that are currently being employed at the junior high and high school in our district. 

AVID Elementary is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms to maintain school-wide structures.  The implementation of resources, trainings, and philosophy are all grounded in the idea that the growth mindset can be taught to students, and it is through the growth mindset that AVID students succeed in following their dreams and fulfilling their aspirations.

AVID Elementary incorporates:

Student Success Skills – encompassing communication skills (e.g. listening, speaking, writing), self-advocacy skills, note-taking strategies, critical thinking, and study skills.

Organizational Skills – both mental and physical; students learn to use organizational tools, as well as learn and practice skills around time management and goal-setting.

WICOR Lessons – emphasize instruction on writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to learn in all content areas.

We are excited to begin this adventure during the 2017-2018 school year.  There will be more information on Growth Mindset, AVID strategies, and other helpful tips for families to ensure the success of our students.  In the meantime, stay engaged in your student’s education by reading school and classroom newsletters, checking classroom folders/planners on a daily basis, maintaining a positive attitude towards school and offering encouragement, asking your student about how he/she learned from a mistake or error, asking about school and classroom expectations, and making sure that your student has excellent attendance!

And as always, Northwood Staff work hard to ensure a safe learning environment.  Please make sure you stay in close communication with your student’s teacher with any questions or concerns you may have.  We love working, in partnership, with our families.

One more thing!  We will begin construction of our new school building this year!  Please make sure to visit our website often to stay updated on current news and information!  We are so excited!!

See you soon!  Go KNIGHTS!

Melanie Helle, Principal