|Really, the kids and staff are the winners at Winn. They're RECOGNIZED in the accountability ratings!|
The sign was cute — "Dr. Carstarphen Is a Winner" — but I think it's the students at Winn Elementary who are the winners at this Recognized campus! My visit there this morning showed me that.
We visited the first grade class of teacher Virginia Lewis. Four students were working together on their reading skills while five others practiced spelling on the computer. Language Arts are emphasized at Winn through "Reading Lunch" on Wednesdays and "Reading Minutes" school wide. School librarian Joann Moran told me she has just received a $6,000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation to buy library books that encourage transitioning students to read English.
It was exciting to visit the first grade Dual Language class of teacher Alina Acevedo. This is one of our "One Way" DL schools. Students study math in English, and Science and Language Arts in Spanish, and the children work together in bilingual pairs. I liked the word walls with vocabulary words from these subject areas. The children were such enthusiastic learners, and it was so much fun to be with them.
Passing the cafeteria, I was really happy to see so many mothers having lunch with their children. When a child experiences a parent's interest in their life at school, academic success gets a big boost forward!
Winn's Teacher of Promise is Ms. Hopps, a bilingual third grade teacher who was working on Math with her students. The class was busy with manipulatives, making patterns of shapes and colors and practicing skip counting.
Well, after my stress test experience a few weeks ago at O. Henry Middle School and my rope jumping at Barton Hills Elementary, principals just lead me to their gyms. At Winn, I met Coach Price who, of course, had an activity for me — basketball. Ms. Duncan and I practiced chest throws. Thump! I want her on my team.
It's time to leave this community of Winn Wildcat Winners! I had a fantastic time. Thanks for your warm hospitality, and keep up all your hard work.