Welcome to Rolling Hills Elementary!
We are pleased are a part of our Redhawk community. Your child will learn how to raise his or her own expectations of achievement through REACH, be a part of the first stages of the new Common Core Standards and learn more than he or she ever has before.
We have a REACH 21 culture at Rolling Hills. REACH 21 is about Resilience, Effort, Aspirations, Change and Happiness as well as meeting the needs of students in the 21st Century . The REACH culture will support our students in engaging in continuous improvement, never giving up, setting goals, being happy about learning, finding out what it takes to achieve at higher levels and having an attitude that no matter what the challenge, they can REACH to achieve it.
Supporting children in developing higher expectations for themselves has been shown to have impact achievement greatly. Student expectations have the most influence over what students can achieve, even more so than teachers, parents and principals. If a child believes him or herself to be able to achieve no more than a "C" or an "S", then it is very likely that they will in fact achieve at that level. The key is in their mindset. Research tells us that students who have a fixed mindset, meaning they believe that the level of intelligence they have is what they were born with and that they have little to no hope of changing that, will practice less, put forth less effort and sometimes misbehave to distract themselves from any feelings of failure they might be experiencing. The fixed mindset is absolutely invalid. All students can learn at high levels given the right kind of instruction and the level of support they need. The growth mindset, the belief that intelligence comes from hard work, effort and the knowledge that I may not know it now, but I can learn it, is what we strive to instill in our students. Having higher expectations for themselves also comes from knowing what the learning objective is and being able to identify their own goals as they relate to that learning objective. Every classroom teacher will engage students in setting learning goals based on the current objective beginning this year. Students will be engaged in monitoring where they are at in the learning and what they need to do to achieve mastery of the objective.
Be The Change is a Service Learning Approach and an Annual Student Summit. Each class takes on a cause that is related to their grade level focus. Kindergarten through 2nd grade focus on Animals. In 3rd and 4th Grade, students focus on the Environment. Our 5th and 6th Graders' focus is People/Social. Students will become aware of how their learning directly relates to the real world, making achievement relevant. Students gain a sense of self and their impact on their local and global communities. Our Be The Change Student Summit began last year and was a great success. Students will be recognized for their impact through community service, problem solving, or innovation.
Passion Time/Genius Hour: Students will engage in self-directed and selected learning for one hour each week. All proposals for learning need to have prior approval by the teacher. Students will be required to make presentations of their projects.
How to know what is happening
We strive to communicate as effectively as we can so that families can play an integral part in our community. Please refer to the Rolling Hills Family Calendar to see when events occur. Registering on our website and receiving E-Alerts is highly recommended. You can also keep up using Twitter and following the Principal ( @rhredhawk ). In the event of a school-wide emergency, the principal would send out Tweet updates so that parents can have a direct line to what is happening. This will help you avoid the frustration of trying to contact us by phone when it might be impossible. Besides any unlikely emergencies, the principal tweets about events or what's happening in classrooms to share with parents. The twitter account also sends out links for our teachers to view about 21st Century learning. Parents are welcome to view these links as well to gain knowledge about what our teachers are currently being updated on.
How can you help support your child's success?
Please reinforce the ideas presented in REACH at home and know that your participation, no matter what form, will help your child be a successful student.
If you would like to join the PTO, please contact Linda Samera, the President or just attend the monthly meeting that is always on the calendar.
We are all very excited about this year and how well your child is going to do. If there is anything you need, do not hesitate to contact me. The best way to get the quickest response is by email. firstname.lastname@example.org You can also reach me by phone at 707-399-9566. As I am only one person with 727 students for whom I am responsible, it may take me up to 24 hours to respond. It is certainly not because I do not care. It is because I can get extremely busy during the school year.