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Dear SPS Families,

Happy Spring!  This month I share some examples of creativity in our classrooms.  The SPS Vision Statement places emphasis and importance on creativity as part of education:
We are committed to excellence in educating students to be knowledgeable, creative, independent thinkers who are caring, collaborative members of the school and wider communities. 
 
Creativity is defined by Merriam Webster as: the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.  During April, as I visited classrooms, I was excited to see students and teachers engaged in learning activities where new ideas and representations were encouraged and freely expressed and devised.  I saw many examples of learning activities that involved students working together, sharing their ideas, debating and providing evidence for their views, and solving problems in unique ways. 
 
SPS teachers consistently provide learning opportunities where there is not one narrowly defined expected outcome, but multiple ways to express thinking and learning.  Students are encouraged to think deeply and share their unique and creative thinking with each other.  A few examples of students "making new things or thinking of new ideas" include:  7th grade engineering students worked on designing unique towers and debated the best strategy to allow the tower to withstand the most force, 7th grade robotics students worked together to problem solve as they programmed sound into their unique robots, 2nd grade students worked on writing original poetry that expressed "big" feelings (see tweet here:Student Original Poetry), 5th graders engaged in poetry analysis made inferences about the topic of poems through line by line analysis and sharing of their individual ideas, 5th graders at another school were engaged in writing original myths and were provided critical feedback by their peers and, 5th grade art students designed original landscapes using pastels and oil paint (see tweet here: Loring 5th Grade Landscape Art. I firmly believe that when students are challenged and creativity is expected more robust learning takes place.
 
Respectfully,

Anne Wilson
Superintendent of Schools
 
Important Dates:
 
May Superintendent Chat:  Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:30-9:00am
 
Last Day of School:  Monday, June 20, 2016