Greetings from YES!  I hope that you are ready for the holiday season which is right around the corner.  November was an awesome month for us. Our whole school participated in a food drive, collecting over a thousand food items to help those in our community.  This opportunity for outreach was a great way to show kindness and care for others. We hosted a STEMville event in partnership with Novozymes, the Morehead Planetarium, and Franklin County Schools, giving our students a taste of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  It was an incredible event! We had about 30 families come to our PTO Quarter Auction on November 8 and it was a lot of fun for all. Our Learning Commons continues to expand learning opportunities for students focusing on the four C’s - collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity.  Makerspace learning stations are now a part of the learning program for all grade levels. Next up in our LC transformation is a “greenscreen" which is a feature that will allow our Jr. Jags to create broadcasts and podcasts!


    Our students are making great strides in their learning.  At YES, we seek to inspire a growth mindset in all of our Jr. Jags. We meet them where they are and move them forward. I appreciate the teaching staff’s attention to detail in their planning and instructional delivery.  They are using best practices and working to meet individual needs. Each teacher designates at least 30 minutes per day to focus on small group instruction in what we call Jr. JAG period.  As you know, we have a new assessment system this year called Istation. Istation is a useful tool in providing data to inform each teacher’s instruction in reading and math. Parents also have access to this resource via the parent portal. 


     Parents, thank you for your support at home.  We appreciate you making sure your child is at school every day and on time.  We appreciate you taking the time to check their folders and agendas each night to make sure they are completing homework and up on their studies.  And most of all, thank you for making sure your child reads or is read to every night. You are an important partner! I realize that the holidays are upon us,  but please keep in mind that every instructional day leading up to December 20 is important. All students in K-5 will be taking Istation MOY assessments this month.  This will be very important data for them as we move into the second semester.


    The end of the nine weeks grading period is Friday, December 20, which is also our last day before our second track out.  Track out for YES begins on December 23 - January 10. Extended Learning is scheduled for January 6 - 10. Students will be invited to attend by letter this week.

    Happy Holidays!


    Frank Wiggins