Dear Families and Community Members,
Robles Elementary students and staff are working hard to ensure that we are meeting our academic goals while still having fun. We are practicing being the best Bobcats we can be by following our R.O.A.R. motto and emphasizing Be Kind. All this is to ensure our students are high school, college, career, and community ready.
We are working hard to reach our literacy goals by partnering with Pima County and the literacy coaches they have made available to us. Over the past three years, we have had great success. In year one, they coached us through administering diagnostics and using that data to form small groups for intense reading intervention. On year two, they coached us through the implementation of our new reading curriculum, Journey’s, and integrating our small group instruction to the new curriculum. This year they are coaching us on how to use Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assessments and progress monitoring to form small groups to ensure students are progressing as expected. Our teachers have also received training in Writing Foundations in August and September. We have seen significant and consistent improvement in reading since the implementation of this intensive literacy professional development.
Our goal for math is to ensure that all of our students are proficient in math by the end of the 2020 school year. To ensure that our teachers have the tools to be successful, our teachers received Daily Math Skills training at the beginning of the year and we are consistently working with students on basic math skills to ensure math fluency. Math fluency leads to higher order mathematics. Through automaticity, students free up their working memory and can devote it to problem solving and learning new concepts and skills. We are also partnering with the Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers at the University of Arizona, which provides professional development throughout the school year.
Our amazing 21st Century after school program, coordinated by Ms. Callabrizzi, offers one hour of targeted tutoring after school for students in second through fourth grade and a wide variety of enrichment activities for an hour as well. Enrichment activities include Lego Club, softball, sewing, arts & crafts, and drama. The students also receive a snack and time to complete any homework.
In addition to all of the above mentioned, we practice Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and we are a Be Kind Campus. We provide three special classes for all of our students, Library, Art, and Physical Education. We also provide free full-day kindergarten classes with small class sizes.
Our Bobcats take any opportunity to honor our community members and to get involved in community service. This September, the Robles Bobcats honored our first responders on 9/11. We will also be hosting the following upcoming events:
- Annual Veterans Day Luncheon on November 8
- Annual Thanksgiving Family Luncheon on November 22
- Annual Holiday Family Luncheon on December 19
- Annual Tree of Hope, Week of December 16
We hope to see you there!
Rosalinda Rodriguez, MA, EdS, Principal
Altar Valley School District #51
(520) 822.9418 Ext 2148