These first couple of months have been such an exciting and adventurous time for my Pre-K students. My job at the end of their journey here is to make sure I provide them with the most highly-qualified instructors, and to open the door for each of them to begin to excel beyond their dreams.
Thank you for your participation thus far in our Parent Night Out, Grandparents Day Breakfast, Open House, and our National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Just know that it is a great contribution on your part in taking genuine concern for the betterment of your child’s education.
We have just completed our POCET testing. I would like to give you a brief summary on what this test does. The Preschool Observation Checklist and Evaluation Tool (POCET) was created to assist early childhood educators in organizing and maintaining an assessment system to monitor each child's development and to guide instructional practices. Assessment is part of any good early childhood program that focuses on individualizing the curriculum for each child. An effective assessment approach should include both informal observation and a formal assessment procedure to chart individual progress. It is important to remember that every child is unique and children tend to develop skills at different rates. No assessment program should be used as the sole indicator for student placement or diagnosis.
POCET's formal assessment gives the teacher an opportunity to gather concrete information about each child's progress and preparation for kindergarten. Although informal observations and assessment should be occurring daily, the Formal Assessment is designed to take place three times per school year and to document the progress of each child in Language, Literacy and Mathematics. We want to ensure the best quality of learning.
Parent Teacher Conference Week ends Monday, October 21, and we extend this time to our parents to get an overview on the progression of their child. We have an open policy to our parents that they schedule a time to come and observe their child or even sit with them for a lunch date.
We have a few other highlights on some of our recent achievements in the Pre-K department. We recently received an award entitled “Pre-K Center of Excellence” in recognition of preparing students for kindergarten. This honor was presented by the Texas Education Agency. My heart is still bursting with excitement and makes me want to strive even more to receive this great award again. We plan to continue to build on this performance. We have committed teachers and instructional aides who will dedicate their time to see this through. Our mission is to maintain a level of excellence. We have had a lot of activities thus far and we appreciate each and every parent for his and her participation and continued support.
We do have some upcoming events and we are encouraging our parents to sign up. We have just successfully completed our first field trip to Dewberry Farm and had an awesome time. The next dates are:
October 25th Team Jersey Day
October 26th Annual Fall Carnival (open to the community)
We strongly encourage outdoor activities because they are a key part of our children’s education that extends beyond the classroom. At the end of it all, my common goal is to ensure that the foundation of each child’s education is at such a high level that in their future, they will excel far and begin to live beyond their dreams. You can find more updates through the monthly teachers’ newsletter, school newsletter or visit the school website at prek.varnett.org.
Thank each of you and I hope to have a prosperous year.
PreK District Director