Woodland looks ahead

SOUTHWICK – Woodland Elementary School Principal Kim Sasso offered an overview of the school year so far, and looked to the future during yesterday afternoon’s School Committee meeting.
Sasso reviewed the accomplishments of this school year and touted the implementation of Type III writing as part of the Collins Writing program.
Under student achievements, Sasso said new faculty was trained in the Benchmark Assessment System and Guided Reading, teachers conducted writing professional development, the school offered Title I funded before school tutoring, administration and teachers implemented Common Core Math standards, and created common math assessments for each fourth grade level math unit.
Sasso said the math changes were time-consuming, meshing together everyday Math with Common Core math.
“It was a huge undertaking,” she said.
Superinendent Dr. John Barry praised Sasso and Woodland staff for their efforts.
“I think Kim and the teachers at Woodland are doing a great job,” Barry said. “They worked out a lot of rough spots and challenges.”
Barry called the math implementation “a big project” and said more changes would be coming next year.
Sasso spoke about accomplishments in the areas of school climate, personal growth, collaborations and partnerships, and resources and facilities.
Looking ahead to next year, Sasso commented that it would be a big year for the school because building projects are set to begin this summer.
“We’ll be going through a lot of our renovations next year,” she said, noting the temporary relocation of the preschool to Granville Village School and moving classrooms in order to close a wing of the school as examples of what’s in store.

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