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Happy Summer Everyone!

Having just returned from a professional trip to Finland with Ms. Monica and Mrs. Chadburn, I am feeling validated and excited about the work we are doing here at MCS.  Finland, one of the top performing countries in the country educationally, focuses on project-based learning, personalization for students, and collaborative, creative classrooms where students have voice and choice.  If this all sounds familiar, it should!  We are doing all of those things at MCS.  

This week, Ms. Regis, Ms. Bliss, Mr. Jordan and I attended the Competency Design Studio in Nashua, NH, with 400 fellow educators from the state.  Competency-based education supports personalized instruction by ensuring that students can move through material at a flexible pace with the supports they need.  Students are assessed on their performance rather than their ability to take a test.  Our MCS team engaged in some thoughtful work during this conference and is excited to share our learning with the rest of the staff.  

In the next few weeks, we have more exciting professional learning taking place.  Ms. Corkins and Mrs. Smith will attend a Responsive Classroom Level 2 course, and we are looking forward to learning from them.  Many of the staff will also be present at this year's PACE (Performance Assessment of Competency Education) Summer Session.  As always, our summers lend themselves to great opportunities to extend our learning in preparation for the coming year.  

I hope that all of you are enjoying the sunshine (and the rain!)  I'm excited to see you at the end of August when our students return.

Respectfully Yours,

Leah Holz, Principal