• February 16, 2018


    I hope you enjoy the long weekend and the students are able to rest and rejuvenate a bit.   We will see you on Tuesday, February 20th when school reopens.   As you know, cold and flu season is in full swing, as evidenced by the numerous health alerts that have been coming home, primarily regarding strep throat and the flu.  At Torey J., the custodial staff has been disinfecting desks, doorknobs, and other highly touched surfaces nightly and taking every extra precaution possible to keep germs at bay.  Students often come to school contagious, before symptoms worsen or prior to being fully recovered.  All teachers are encouraging frequent hand washing and sanitizing throughout the day.  Despite these efforts, young students often touch each other's hands and play in close proximity to each other.  Please follow your doctor's recommendations for return to school after an illness and remember that any child sent home with a fever should be fever free for a full 24 hours without medication prior to return.  There's also an attached article from Mrs. Crescas regarding signs to look for to know when the flu becomes serious.
    Harlem Wizards tickets are available, see attachment for information regarding this fun event at Madison High School!
    Our mural project is right around the corner!  Check out the PTO section for the link to sign up and help out.
    Instructional Corner:  Gradual Release of Responsibility
    Gradual release of responsibility is a practice designed to provide appropriate instruction, moving students towards independence.  Oftentimes referred to as, "I do, we do, you do," it is much more complex than that.  A teacher has to truly study his or her students to determine when to release the responsibility of learning to the student.  Explicit instruction, and knowing how much to provide, is a key component to this model.  Students at varying academic levels require a varied amount of direct instruction from a teacher to acquire and apply a skill.  Very often, students understand a skill practiced in isolation but have difficulty with independent application.  It's a constant balancing act for a classroom teacher, responsible for five subject areas and multiple lessons within each discipline on a daily basis, to gauge.  Guided instruction, also provided by teacher with interaction from the student, is the next step after direct instruction.  From there, small group/collaborative learning and finally independent application come next.  Teachers will form groups, based on formative assessments, administered in every lesson.  Once a student has displayed proficiency, building in a spiraled review of the skill throughout the year, leads to long term retention.  This is one of the many practices we focused on today during our in-service, as we continually strive to provide our students with the best instruction we can provide.  
    Calendar Reminders:
    School Closed:  Friday, February 16th through Monday, February 19th.  We re-open Tuesday, February, 20th
    Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, February 27th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media Center
    Family Bingo Night:  Wednesday, February 28th, 6:30 P.M., TJS Jaguar Jungle
    February calendar attached!
    PTO Update:
    • Sign ups are filling up fast for our Mural Project. Please see the TJS PTO mural page for more info and to sign up!
    • The Adult Social is March 9th! Information will be coming home with your kiddos on Tuesday, as well as the link to purchase tickets! This is going to be a really fun event!
    • Family Bingo Night is February 28 at 6:30 pm. Please remember that this is a FAMILY event and that children must be supervised at all times in the building.
    • Our 2018 Author Visit this year will feature James Preller. For more info and to pre-order books, visit the TJS PTO Educational Enrichment page.
    • Purchase your Taste of Madison 2018 tickets through the TJS PTO!! Information can be found here.
    • We are looking forward to our Kindness is Cool campaign this year. The deadline to order t-shirts is 2/27. You can find the info and order form here.
    ​Community Announcements:
    ​Please see the attachment for information regarding BASCC Summer Camp.