iConnect Week Opens the New School Year

posted Sep 7, 2016, 9:23 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 10:18 AM ]

Welcome back! The entire West Side Collaborative team is looking forward to a school year filled with academic achievement, collaboration and many successes!  

We are excited to share with you that on the first day of school, West Side Collaborative hosted a visit from Deputy Chancellor of Teaching and Learning, Phil Weinberg.  Deputy Chancellor Weinberg was able to see first-hand our iConnect immersion program which fosters teamwork, collaboration and trust within our learning environment, and establishes a caring and supportive tone for the year. In our community, staff and families work together to build a student centered learning environment which supports each child in developing independence, curiosity, compassion, and critical thinking.  Our staff is committed to creating dynamic and rigorous learning experiences for all of our students.  

To support student learning, WSC was awarded  a $100,000 capital grant from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer which will be used for a technology upgrade. Through this generous grant we will continue to maintain a 1-to-1 laptop ratio in each classroom. Students will access technology to support their mastery of common core learning standards and 21st century skills across content areas.  

This year we will continue to provide a  free full-time on-site after school program, in collaboration with the City Parks Foundation. The program will include environmental science learning, digital media explorations,  homework help, field trips, and service learning. Applications for this program will be distributed in your child’s homeroom.

We are pleased to announce that WSC was again selected to participate in the Department of Education’s competitive Showcase Schools Program.  Our teachers and staff will host three visits throughout the year for teachers, administrators, and Department of Education officials to share practices that facilitate student ownership of learning through development of digital student portfolios, student-led conferences, and our academic goal setting program.

WSC will begin its third year of participation in the Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) program.   We were recognized as a PROSE school by the Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers for our  innovative programs to support student achievement.  

This year we are continuing  to implement practices to cultivate  a culturally responsive learning environment that celebrates the diversity of our student community.  We will also continue our programs to support your child’s  social and emotional growth including passion based advisories  and our Teens and Tweens in action curriculum.  

As we embark on this new school year together, we welcome and value your participation, support and feedback as we work together to ensure a wonderful year of learning for your child!