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Curriculum Connection - RPDS Writing Project
Posted 12/10/2014 11:28AM

By Terry Kent, Director of Curriculum

Our Second Year: The RPDS Writing Project Display Highlights the Excitement of the Birth of Baby Jesus.

Two years ago the Vertical Literacy Team developed the RPDS Writing Project, a school-wide writing initiative and student writing portfolio plan. This plan includes twice annual vertical theme writing lessons and student writing portfolios for all students. Additionally, our writing initiative includes the administration of standardized rubric based writing assessments for students in grades 3-6 each fall. A letter explaining the details of this year’s writing assessment and a copy of your child’s writing assessment score report will be mailed home over the Christmas break.

This year’s first vertical theme writing lessons, highlighting the excitement of the birth of baby Jesus, are currently on display along the ramp way leading to the reception area and gallery of Kissling Hall. Samples of the children’s artistic representations, dictated stories, emergent writing and essays are proudly showcased for your reading pleasure. Additional compositions are showcased in the hallways outside of the school’s classrooms. These writing pieces will become a permanent record of each child’s writing to be maintained in the students’ individual writing portfolios. Each graduate of Riverside Presbyterian Day School will receive their writing portfolio as an RPDS keepsake validating their growth, efforts and voice as a writer.

Congratulations to our RPDS students as they continue to write, learn and think each day. Scripture records that the birth of Jesus, “The Light of the World” was accompanied by angelic announcements, shepherds and eventually by wise Men following a star of great light. (Matthew 2:9-11). Our students’ and teachers’ work is truly reflective of “The Light of the World”.

Merry Christmas,

Terry L. Kent

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