One cardinal rule we live by in the schools of the Étude Group is Engagement Over Compliance. Engagement a result of our investment in creating inclusive school culture, creating relevant curriculum, and building solid relationships with kids. Compliance, on the other hand, requires kids to follow the rules of others without question or voice. We strive for engagement, and where some compliance is required for schools to function properly, our students participate in developing the rules.
Étude Elementary ranks in the 95th percentile nationally in the area of student engagement on the Youth Truth Survey. The Youth Truth survey is a national survey that asks students to share their perceptions of their school in a number of different categories such as: Student Engagement, Academic Rigor and Expectations, Relevance, Personal Relationships, and Classroom Culture. The survey gives us a chance to see how students perceive their school so we can better understand their thinking. We believe children should be seen and heard.
The results from the survey were not achieved by happenstance. At Étude Elementary, we strive to create an engaging school culture. From the first classroom meeting to projects that allow for student voice and choice, Étude Elementary School is built to engage our students. Our theory is that the more engaged our kids are, the more they will learn.
One way we measure student learning is by looking at academic growth on the STAR 360. This standardized assessment is given across the entire Sheboygan Area School District and it measures student growth and achievement in math and reading. The results from the last academic year show that from fall to spring more Étude Elementary students grew at a higher rate than their academic peers.
If you are interested in learning more about our how the engaging school culture at Étude Elementary can help your child succeed academically, please contact our Principal, Susan Griffiths firstname.lastname@example.org (920) 395-8190
We are forever grateful for the continual support our school community shows us. Today is a day is a day internationally recognized as a day of giving. As you consider participating in Giving Tuesday, we ask that you consider a few ways to support the schools of the Étude Group. As always, we accept donations that help our Expanding Horizons fund. At its core, this fund helps us ensure that all students, regardless of socio-economic status, can access opportunities to further their educational goals. This includes funding for college vis 22852135 10155935150184124 2781729095894290688 n2 its, field experiences that integrate with student projects partial scholarships for international travel, after school programs that support college persistence such as ACT Prep, and opportunities for our students to work with high level professionals. All of these experiences build off of the work done in our school to help our young people after school.
This blog is part of a monthly series titled ReBlog sharing out articles that speak to the work we are doing in the schools of The Étude Group. Through these reblogs, we want to connect the work being done here in Sheboygan to the national conversation about education.
There is something to a name. Names have meaning and too often we take them granted without ever exploring their meanings. Nike is the name of a greek god of victory; an appropriate name for a athletic shoe company. Lego stems from the dutch phrase leg godt, which means “play well”. The term Étude was was also selected in order to assign a single word to our educational philosophy.
For the 2017-2018 school year, we will be restructuring our Étude High School Math Department in order to provide more personalized learning opportunities for all high school students at all levels of math. We will be utilizing a combination of existing staff expertise and some online tools to offer a range of course options along with in depth exploration of mathematical concepts through projects.
Today is a day of celebration for our schools. A day to unify our schools under one name, to unveil our new look (see our social media sites), and to celebrate 10 years as a public charter schools in the Sheboygan Area School District. Today also represents a year’s worth of behind the scenes work that culminates our schools working to solve an issue that has been challenging us for some time.
A friend of mine recently reminded me of the history of the Thanksgiving holiday. In thinking about the original Thanksgiving meal I am quick to forget that the origins of the this day becoming a national holiday go back to the Civil War. I have put the original proclamation below for you to read. Putting these words in the context of the time they were written, one of the most divisive times in our national history, reminds us of the intent of the day. We are to take a day, put our differences aside, to simply gather peacefully. I hope today is a day for all of us to gather peacefully and consider those things we have to be thankful for.