Launching Our Jag S.W.A.G

Dear Parents,

As many of you know, since 2011 Johnson has been a Leader in Me school. Beyond using the language of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students and providing multiple opportunities for students to find their inner leader, we make a concerted effort to encourage students to set both personal and academic goals. One way that we do this is through schoolwide goal setting known as “Jag S.W.A.G.” S.W.A.G is an acronym for School Wide Academic Goal. The Leader in Me calls these W.I.Gs or Wildly Important Goals, but here at Johnson we think “Jag S.W.A.G” rolls off the tongue a bit better!

For each of the past three years, as a building we have focused on a specific area for which to set growth goals, track and celebrate. Last year it was writing. This year, and in response to the reading legislation known as PA 306 (click here for details), we have chosen to focus on reading. Students set individual reading goals in their classrooms. Goals might be based on reading stamina, choosing a variety of genres, volume of books read, etc.  Three times each year - fall, winter, and spring - classrooms will chart the percentage of students at grade or showing growth.  The information is then celebrated by grade level and as a building total on our “Tracking Our Jag S.W.A.G” wall.  This fall, 63% of Johnson students began the school year at grade level. In winter, we will again assess and report out the percentage of students at grade level and add to that, those who have shown growth.  We know that not only in academia, but in life continued growth is the goal!

(Above:  Growth percentages for grade levels and building wide are tracked on our Jag Swag wall!)

Below is a link that provides strategies and resources that you can use at home to help your Jaguar grow as a reader. Once there, click PARENT ENGAGEMENT and a list of resources will appear.  I strongly encourage you to download and look over the brochure titled “Reading at Home.” 

http://www.hvs.org/parentresources/3rd-grade-literacy---pa-306/

As always, I appreciate your partnership.  The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts and by working together, continued growth is inevitable!

With Jaguar Pride,

Josh Gignac

Principal, Johnson Elementary