Principal Message

Picture of Principal Rebecca Sprague

Dear Woodbrook Families,

 

First, I’d like to thank our Woodbrook students for the effort they put into presenting at student led conferences. For students to be invested in their own learning and develop a growth mindset, they need to be involved in conversations about their strengths, weaknesses and goals. Student-led conferences promote a school culture of engagement and growth and ask students to play an active role in planning their own learning. Thank you for supporting your student through your attendance.

On Wednesday, November 27th during the school day, Woodbrook hosted a college and career day for our students. Various colleges, technical colleges, business professionals, law enforcement, our local fire department, and others provided information about potential careers and educational opportunities. Students self-selected the presentations they wanted to attend. It was fun to see them begin to think about all the opportunities available to them in the future.

All students who had their picture taken on picture day or retake day have received their Z Passes. Students must have this card with them at all times and use the Z Pass when boarding and exiting the school bus. If a student misplaces or leaves their Z Pass at home, they must notify the main office as soon as possible in order to be issued a temporary or new Z Pass depending on the situation. Failure to have a Z Pass on the bus may result in a bus warning. Please support us by reminding students to bring their Z Pass every day and to report lost Z Passes to the main office. The Z Pass system is another tool in monitoring bus ridership and it can be a valuable tool to providing timely information regarding a student’s location for boarding and exciting the school bus.

The Clover Park School District has adopted the four pillars: Life Long Learner, Collaboration, Character and Leadership. These pillars were initially developed as part of the Community Engagement Leadership Team initiative to instill these behaviors in the school culture. This year each school has adopted one or more of the four pillars to focus on in their school and to embed in our school improvement plan. Woodbrook has chosen to focus on Collaboration with our students and staff. We believe collaboration is a key behavior impacting student success in school and life. 

Below are a few reasons why we believe collaboration is an important focus for Woodbrook students and staff.

1. Developing social skills

Collaborative learning makes students with different backgrounds, race, or upbringing, more likely to work together. They come together in a setting that maybe would not be possible if it were not for collaborative learning. In order to solve a project’s given problem, children need to communicate. They are able to hear different opinions and learn more about different cultures. The collaborative learning methodology is ideal for children that have difficulties in a social setting.

2. Learn from peers

Generally, people have different skills, passions, and knowledge. In a small collaborative group, when a question is raised, different students can have different answers and children can learn new things from one another, but also understand different perspectives.

3. Build trust

In order to achieve a goal, students need to work together. They can work together without trusting each other, but for an effective collaboration and to reach a common goal, they need to learn to trust each other.

4. Engage in learning

In a small group setting, each student has the opportunity to express her or his ideas. Being able to do so, and being heard can give the feeling of importance and value. The learning experience becomes more fun, and students are eager to learn more.

5. Gain confidence

As students work as a team, they also receive more support, therefore gain confidence. Collaborative learning can help shy students express themselves more.

At Woodbrook we believe collaborative learning methods can help our students in school and in life.

 

With Appreciation,

 

Rebecca Sprague

Principal – Woodbrook Middle School

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