Ms. Kittlinger Receives the Channel 8 Golden Apple Award!

Alana Neri, first grader at Village, nominated her kindergarten teacher, Ms. Kathy Kittlinger, for the Channel 8 Golden Apple Award.  On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Kevin Doran from Channel 8 and Alana surprised Ms. K in her classroom with the award!  It was an exciting and fun filled afternoon recognizing an outstanding educator who always puts her students first!


Accept or Avoid: Do we have a choice about social media?

While attending an MYP conference this past weekend, I was re-introduced to the video I have shared below.  While I had seen previous iterations of the embedded social media statistics, I was surprised to see just how far they had evolved since the first video was developed four years ago.  

The rapid growth of the technology industry coupled with our children's desire to stay constantly connected with their peers, their favorite celebrities, their favorite teams, their teachers, their families, etc... is changing the way children interact with their world. The Global Citizen Network describes their philosophy as: 
The peoples of the world are one people, enriched by individual differences, united by the common bond of humanity.  
What does this mean for Village Elementary?  In my mind, I believe we have a commitment to helping our children and one another embrace the capabilities of social media, beyond just connections with people we know or look up to.  I believe we can support our children and friends in finding ways to connect, grow and learn alongside those who we may never meet, those who have beliefs and values that are different from our own.  

With your permission and encouragement, just how far can your child reach?  What will they learn? Will their life be enriched by embracing the differences and commonalities of those around their world? Will they find a new passion?  Will they start a path of inquiry and service that will lead them to make a positive difference in the community?  To leave the world better for the work they have done? 


Middle Years Programme (MYP) Authorization

I am so pleased to announce that ours school, along with Northwood Elementary School, Merton Williams Middle School and Hilton High School have recently been informed that we are an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school!  

From our authorization letter: 
As an IB School, we are part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world.  
The staff and students have worked tirelessly to become globally minded citizens participating in exciting and rigorous curriculum experiences through their work at Village Elementary.  Thank you very much for the support and guidance you and your children have provided during this three year process leading up to our authorization.  This is a truly wonderful accomplishment for the students, families, staff and school as a whole!