Parent University

Parent University
Posted on 05/20/2018

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To our West Irondequoit Families,

As we consider the recent tragic events in our area and the greater United States, the access to social media, and frequent reminders of violence and discord, please know we are committed to providing a caring culture in our schools with adults who know and care for each of our young people. We want to provide a resource for coping with trauma that may be helpful to you as well.

Since 2005, West Irondequoit has been involved in The Consortium on Trauma, Illness, and Grief in Schools (commonly referred to as TIG).  TIG is a collaboration with the Monroe County Office of Mental Health and the surrounding school districts, with a goal of preparing schools to respond to the emotional needs of children, teachers, and other school personnel which arise from trauma, violence, illness, grief and loss.

We are attaching a resource from TIG entitled Trauma Resource for Families, and encourage you to access this guide if you feel it would be helpful in supporting your children at home. 

Thank you for sharing your children with us, and for working together to reassure them that they are safe.  Together, we can provide the resources to best support them. 

Best regards,

Sue Flood, Director of Student Services and TIG Coordinator
Karyn Ryan, Supervisor of Student Services and TIG Coordinator

Gretchen Bush, Counseling Coordinator and TIG Coordinator

Trauma Resource for Families

 i-Ready - for Parents of K-6 students, April 6


Full-Day Kindergarten

PowerPoint Presentation

Questions on this topic may be directed to: 
     Christina Miga, K-6 Director of Instruction                               585-336-2981


Test Refusal, NYS Common Core & APPR - 
A Community Discussion

Comments and questions may be directed to:
          Karen Finter, 7-12 Director of Instruction      585-336-2981
          Christina Miga, K-6 Director of Instruction     585-336-2981

Open the handout for Test Refusals, NYS Common Core Standards & APPR Community Forum


Key Points

  • Role of assessment in West Irondequoit
  • -Way to evaluate Reading/writing/thinking/problem-solving linked to teaching practice
    -Allows for feedback to students
    -Informs teaching practice 
    -Supports improved instruction, which then improves student learning
    -Assessment is not a bad word!

  • Standardized state assessments are only one piece to the puzzle-they don't measure everything and should be viewed accordingly.

  • Good News!
    -Teacher evaluations are no longer linked to Grades 3-8 ELA/ math state assessments
    -Significant decrease in needless assessments related to teacher evaluations (pre-testing and post-testing).

  • Test refusal is a parent/family choice. However, if more than 5% of students refuse to take state assessments, this refusal could result in a loss of federal funds to local districts.

  • The ABC's of Assessment

    Letter from Commissioner Elia - March 2016


    Pause Before You Post - by Scott Fitch
    Students and parents - Are you a responsible social media user? 
    Parents - How do you oversee social media use in your family?

    Response to Intervention (RtI) - by Karen Finter, 7-12 Director of Instruction
                                                       and Christina Miga, K-6 Director of Instruction

    Questions? E-mail Christina Miga     E-mail Karen Finter     585-336-2981

    Therapeutic Crisis Intervention - An overview by Dr. Susan Flood, Supervisor of Student Services

     September 2015

    Anti-Social Media - a presentation to parents about the challenges social media
    poses for our families.