Category Archives: A Message From Mr. Hollan

Corporation Vision Statement Feedback

Dear Parents,

Paoli’s District School Improvement Committee recently created two possible Vision Statement drafts, and is seeking feedback from community stakeholders.
Draft 1
WE WILL…
Partner with all stakeholders to ensure the safety and success of all students
Appreciate all students’ potential and embrace individualized growth
Open doors to future opportunities based on interests and imagination
Learn to be learners, leaders and productive citizens
Inspire students to take ownership of their learning

Draft 2

Paoli schools will be a safe haven supporting a community of creative learners to

  • carefully consider the past
  • compassionately embrace the present
  • confidently invest in the future

Parents and community members can add feedback at the school’s website at www.paoli.k12.in.us (click on District Vision Drafts to access the form and add feedback). Paper copies are available at the Paoli Public Library, Throop office, Paoli Town Office, and the Paoli Superintendent’s Office. Questions may be addressed to Larry Hollan, Brenda Eubank, or Stephany Carr. Deadline for all feedback is April 3, 2015.  Thank you for your participation in this important project.
Sincerely,

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Chair

Paoli District School Improvement Committee ​

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Assessment Information

In January, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students will take the TPBA (Throop Performance Based Assessment).  This assessment is used to identify student strengths and weaknesses in the writing process in association with the TPBA scoring rubric. Teachers use TPBA results to better prepare students for applied skills writing prompts on ISTEP.

Also in January, Third Grade through Sixth Grade students will take Acuity Readiness 2. This second round of Acuity testing, delivered on-line, is used to identify student strengths and weaknesses in specific English/Language Arts and Math standards which will be assessed on the ISTEP.

During the month of February, Grade Four through Six students will take an Acuity Assessment for Science or Social Studies. This round of Acuity testing, delivered on-line, is used to identify student strengths and weaknesses in specific Science and Social Studies standards which will be assessed on the ISTEP.

Grade Three through Six students will take the Applied Skills portion of ISTEP March 2-11. These same students will take a Multiple Choice ISTEP April 27-May 15.

Results for many of these assessments are sent home, can be found on-line, or are shared with parents during conferences.  Some assessments are designed to measure student growth as related to classroom instruction, and are mainly for the teacher’s use.

Whatever the assessment, it is important to remind students to 1) take assessments seriously, 2) think clearly, 3) do their best, and 4) realize that we can all learn something from an assessment—we’re reminded what we know and we’re given an idea of what we need to work on to be better learners.

If you have questions regarding assessments given at Throop Elementary, or any assessment your child may have taken, please contact me at 723-3537, ext. 145.

Sincerely,

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Director of Assessment, Improvement, and Title I

PTO Prepping for Winter Holiday Festival

Throop’s PTO has a Winter Holiday Festival planned for Thurs., Dec. 4 in cooperation with Title I. Plans are in place for families to choose from up to 10 crafts, get a free book, have a picture taken with Santa, and receive a cookie.

Folks who attend the Winter Holiday Festival have fun.  The Winter Holiday Festival gives students, parents, and teachers the opportunity to plan, work and learn together.  Teachers and parents plan ahead and have activities ready. The activities planned promote family involvement and provide opportunities for students and parents to have fun together.  This will be another example of how PTO and Title I work together to provide positive parental involvement opportunities. 

In fact, PTO is always looking to provide more parental involvement opportunities. PTO has a monthly meeting, joined by teachers representing each grade as well as parents who attend.
However, decisions which impact Throop Elementary are made by a small number of people. Sometimes, as few as 10-12 people will make a decision to spend thousands of dollars for Throop students.
I agree with PTO’s decision making process—I only wish there were more parents represented to offer input, and to gain a better understanding of exactly what PTO does for Throop.

We expect over 200 people to attend the Winter Holiday Festival. Tuesday, January 20, PTO will hold its monthly business meeting. While I don’t expect all 200 people who attended the Winter Holiday Festival to return for a PTO business meeting, I would challenge each classroom to have a parent representative.

If you are willing to represent your child’s class for the January PTO meeting, please let your teacher know. We’ll be happy to see you there!

Sincerely,

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Director of Assessment, Improvement, and Title !

Friend of PTO

Throop PTO to Host Read-Write-Walk-a-thon

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Throop PTO will have it’s Read-Write-Walk-A-Thon Friday, October 3 to benefit Throop students.  Throop’s PTO goals are: 1) raise $10,000 for field trips and classroom projects connected to School Improvement Plan; 2) each child find 10 people who support education (Throop School and Throop students).

On this day, students will read two hours, write two hours (supporting Throop’s School Improvement Plan), walk two hours (supporting Throop’s Wellness Plan).

Classroom teachers have arranged for guest readers. The class that raises the most money will be “Grand Marshals” for our R-W-W-A-Thon Parade, riding a hay wagon provided by Farmer Dr. McDonald.

Throop educates our students to the best of our ability with the continued support and cooperation from our community, service organizations and businesses. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

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Director of Assessment, Improvement, and Title I

A Look at Throop PTO’s Events

Throop’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) was created to support Picture 025students and their education.  Throop’s PTO helps pay for student field trips and costs associated with projects that help students learn.

This year, PTO will have its Fall Book Harvest Sept. 23 at the Paoli Public Library. PTO’s biggest fund raiser of the year, Read-Write-Walk-A-Thon, will be Oct. 3. This event helps the community support educational projects at Throop Elementary.  PTO will finish 2014 a Winter Holiday Festival Dec. 11.

PTO will host a Family Library Night “Fall In Love with Reading” at the Paoli Public Library Feb. 5. PTO’s last planned project will be Bingo for Books April 14.

How can you help?  Throop’s PTO cannot function without volunteers.  Attend a meeting and volunteer to help with a project.  Volunteering is a great way to become involved with your child’s school.  Bring a friend!

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Director of Assessment,

Improvement, and Title I

Friend of PTO