Flyers and other important information.
Principal’s Message: Growth Mindset, Episode 3
A recap of the last two episodes:
- A Growth Mindset is the belief that one’s abilities can be developed through persistence and hard work. A Fixed Mindset is the belief that one is born with basic abilities that cannot be changed. Guess which one is better?
- One way for us to cultivate a growth mindset in students is to be choosy about our praise. Instead of praising intelligence or results, praise effort and persistence. Praise resilience and self-advocacy.
Until that moment, I had an overly-simplistic definition of what makes a school or school system great. Good test scores and high college acceptance rates, are certainly necessary for greatness, but not sufficient. To be truly great, a school needs to be a place where talent is cultivated, where a growth mindset lives in every individual, where personal and academic learning is valued as much as academic achievement.
So what does a growth mindset look like at school? According to www.mindsetworks.com, a site founded by Carol Dweck, the Stanford professor and researcher who coined the phrase:
"Administrators support teachers’ learning. They are responsive to honest feedback, rather than defensive. They seek to build their skills, and are willing to learn from their teachers.
Teachers collaborate with their colleagues and instructional leaders, rather than shut their classroom doors and fly solo. They strive to strengthen their own practice, rather than blame others. They truly believe that all students can learn and succeed—and show it.
Parents support their children’s learning both inside and outside the classroom. They partner with teachers, and respond to outreach. They worry less about advocating for their children to get good grades and focus on making sure kids are being challenged and put in the effort needed to grow.
Students are enthusiastic, hard-working, persistent learners. They take charge over their own success."
What a beautiful picture, right? Are we there yet? No, not yet. But we will get closer and closer as long as we hold each other accountable to do what is needed, and as long as we believe that we can and must always grow!
Follow us at twitter.com/crittendenmvwsd and twitter.com/gchangedu. Search the hashtag #growthmindset for more resources and information about this powerful concept.
The newest issue of the Crittenden Chronicle is now live online! Click here to read the premier news source for CMS. Congratulations and thank you Ms. Jenson and the Exploratory English class for your accomplishment!
Thanks for supporting our school!
Much appreciation to the families who came to Books Inc. on December 2 and Frankie Johnnie & Luigi Too on December 9. In total, we raised over $1,000 for our school! Thanks to all for your support.
After School Activities Update
The Athletics & Extracurriculars page has been updated with confirmed after school activities for the winter and spring. As the times for each activity approaches, look for information on this Panther Blog and on the Twitter updates (you can either follow us at twitter.com/crittendenmvwsd or just check crittenden.mvwsd.org). For more information, contact our after school coordinator, Mr. Noriega, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us.
Boundary Advisory Task Force
The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking qualified and interested persons to serve on a task force of community leaders, which will serve as the District’s Boundary Task Force to provide input and recommendations regarding District Boundaries. Interested individuals must submit an application by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 to:
Boundary Advisory Task Force
Mountain View Whisman School District
750-A San Pierre Way
Mountain View, CA 94043
A complete copy of the application is available at http://www.mvwsd.org/Boundaries
Representatives from PTA, District Advisory Committee, District English Language Advisory Committee, and neighborhood associations are especially needed.
Please direct any questions to Kathi Lilga at 650-526-3552.
8th grade DC/NYC trip June 10-16 - DEPOSIT DEADLINE
The deadline for the first deposit for the 8th grade trip to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York is DECEMBER 12. Information on the exciting itinerary and on how to sign up is available here. If you have any questions, contact Dallas Veitch at email@example.com.
Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) is now enrolling for Spring Semester private lessons, music & art classes for students of all ages. Find out more at www.arts4all.org/register. Financial aid offered.