28 April 2016

What is the IB Learner Profile?


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Your Kids are AWESOME!

Attention Families: 

Has your kiddo done something that is awesome or noteworthy?  We would love to share your child's outside accomplishments in school as well as on this blog, twitter, etc...   Please email the awesome things your child is doing outside school so we may share in the excitement! Please include a photo, as well! 

email: tczebatol@hilton.k12.ny.us



Examples: 

  • accomplishments in scouts or other community groups 
  • sports team pride 
  • community service work 
  • service to others 
  • exciting travel opportunities 
  • being selected to outside music or sports groups 
  • teaching, guiding or leading younger children 


11 April 2016

Ignite Your Passion for Math

An on-campus summer math experience for girls entering eighth grade. This year's SMASH event will be July 18-22, 2016 at RIT. 


04 April 2016



I encourage you to take part in one or two National Poetry Month activities with your kiddos this month.  Here are two that are quick and easy.  The act of incorporating poetry into our children's lives further ensures that they will grow to be readers who analyze, critique and create in many different areas of their lives.  




Participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21, 2016.

Sign up for Poem-a-Day



For additional ideas and experiences, head to: national poetry month

22 March 2016

Your kids are awesome!

Attention Families: 

Has your kiddo done something that is awesome or noteworthy?  We would love to share your child's outside accomplishments in school as well as on this blog, twitter, etc...   Please email the awesome things your child is doing outside school so we may share in the excitement! Please include a photo, as well! 

email: tczebatol@hilton.k12.ny.us



Examples: 

  • accomplishments in scouts or other community groups 
  • sports team pride 
  • community service work 
  • service to others 
  • exciting travel opportunities 
  • being selected to outside music or sports groups 
  • teaching, guiding or leading younger children 

6th Grade Parent Night Presentation



14 March 2016

MW Families,

Your child’s school has a rich history of supporting student growth—both academically and social/emotionally. In fact, these efforts have often been recognized through distinctions such as the Schools to Watch Initiative. But what you may not know, is that your child’s school also does a fabulous job at growing the capacity of adults. To that, I am one of the beneficiaries who has been afforded the chance to grow and learn at this dynamic school. Starting on March 21st, I will be serving as Merton Williams’ administrative intern.

My name is Derek Warren and for the past eleven years I have been a member of the Village Elementary community. While there, I was a fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teacher, with a bulk of my time being spent in a sixth grade classroom. More recently, I served as Village’s administrative intern, a role that I have been doing since January.  I have had the good fortune of working closely with many of the current MW students who once passed through Village’s doors, but I am excited to get to know all the students here at Merton Williams and to discover the recipe of success for a school that strives to bring out the best in all learners.

While in this role, I will be working closely with Ms. Czebatol—my mentor—and Mr. LeGault to support students and staff, while also diving into the work of developing and managing school-wide systems of support. Your students and their teachers are my new classroom, and I am excited to learn along with them.

As we go forward, if I can be of any assistance to you or your child, or if you would just like to pop in to introduce yourself, please know that my door is always open. I welcome the chance to meet you, and I can be reached via email at dwarren@hilton.k12.ny.us, or by telephone at 392-1000.

Have a great start to spring.

Best,
Derek Warren

Administrative Intern

09 March 2016

On Tuesday, April 5th, Wednesday, April 6th, and Thursday, April 7th we will administer the NYS ELA Assessment to all students and on Wednesday, April 13th, Thursday, April 14th, and Friday, April 15th we will administer the NYS Mathematics Assessment to all students.  The assessments are designed to provide us with information about our instructional program.

Please make every effort to ensure that your child is on time and in school during the NYS Assessments.  Teachers at Merton Williams have worked hard to implement the instructional practices that help our students demonstrate growth and mastery of standards for ELA and mathematics. 

Families can support their children by:
  • ·         Ensuring that their children are well rested on the night prior to the assessments.
  • ·         Ensuring that their children have access to a healthy breakfast either at home or at school on the days of the assessment.


Thank you for your support.  Results from the assessments will be mailed to families next fall.  If you are curious about the assessments please go to www.nysed.gov.  

26 February 2016

Someone shared this wonderful Ted Talk with me the other day.  I cannot stop re-watching it. While our kiddos are getting older and likely don't long for stories from mom, dad, grandma, grandpa or other loved ones anymore, I encourage you to watch this powerful talk from a renowned children's book author.  It will take you back to the awesome moments we shared with our kids when they were younger and frequently begging for another story.

I don't think it's too late to share this magic with our kids.  Great books are great stories and can be shared at any age.  Grab a book, grab a child and begin reading, dreaming and believing in the impossible!




24 February 2016

As we enter our second semester, your seventh or eighth grader is continuing their work as a character driven young person who is encouraged daily to make great choices while exemplifying the IB Learner Profile traits.  With the home-school routine well established at this point in the year, sometimes we can become weighed down by all there is to do and may begin to feel like we don’t have a lot of time to just “be” with our child/children.    

Staying connected with our children in middle school and high school can often be a challenge.  The more we, as parents, want to know, the more our children, at times, pull away.  Keeping the lines of communication open with your pre-teen or teenager is a necessary component in their healthy development.  

The Search Institute’s research on the power of developmental relationships in predicting children’s character strengths tells us that family relationships are the most influential factor on a child’s character development.  So, as your child is growing and stretching their wings in an attempt to demonstrate their independence and individuality, it is important that we, as parents and school staff, stay connected with them.  The Search Institute has identified five essential actions that children seek from their families and schools as they grow.  

1.      Express Care: Show that you like me and want the best for me.
2.      Challenge Growth: Insist that I try to continuously improve.
3.      Provide Support: Help me complete tasks and achieve goals.
4.      Share Power: Hear my voice and let me share in making decisions.
5.      Expand Possibility: Expand my horizons and connect me to opportunities.

So, the next time you are feeling that the years of being involved in and aware of everything your child is doing slipping away, consider their thoughts and ideas as you plan for time together to communicate and stay connected.  You may like this list of communication ideas around topics including: behavior and discipline, communication, health and daily care, learning and school and safety.  The site is organized by ages and stages. 


Wishing you a wonderful month, which includes a week for family connections and time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the school schedule.