The Peirce staff started off the year with a keen focus on their relationships with students. Knowing that children are most successful in school when they feel connected to all their teachers, we worked with Jessica Minahan, behavior analyst and author of “The behavior Code”, to consult at the classroom level. This focus was reflected in our School Improvement Plan and will continue to be a goal as we move forward.
We continue to see improvement in our performance on MCAS, and have been preparing for the changes with the Common Core and PARCC. Teachers and support staff have been utilizing the Tuesday early release schedule to meet with curriculum leaders, school-based teams, and specialists to keep current with the Common Core demands.
The Peirce community continued to support those in need through our many drives and fund raising events. We held our coat and pajama and sock drives, collected turkeys and food during the holidays, raised money for “Pitching in For Kids”, and “Pennies for Patients”, and more. We work with “Arlington Eats” to provide snacks for hungry students. We show our ‘Peirce Pride’ by helping others, and acknowledging students’ achievements at our ‘Peirce Pride’ assemblies.
We continued to hold our most special traditions this year. We recently held our community art show, talent show, and Mrs. T’s annual school play. We show our Peirce Pride with the high attendance to these Friday night events.
In the library, students in grades 3 – 5 were able to write and illustrate their own book, which was published by Studentreasures Publishing. Students in grades K-2 are working together to write illustrate and publish a classroom book as well.
Peirce is ‘going even greener’ with it’s fall installation of solar panels on the gym roof, and our goal to get kids walking to school with our monthly “Walk to School” celebration. Walking reduces pollution and is great exercise.
We are looking forward to our Third grade Colonial Day celebration in May, our Spring Fair in June, and many other end of year celebrations!