Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!
Dear Palm Lane New and Returning Families:
I want to welcome you to the 2020 – 2021 school year! I hope your summer has been restful and safe. Although we will begin the year 100% distance learning, we are excited to provide your child with a high-quality education. We are committed to doing whatever we can to ensure that learning continues and that we stay connected to our families as we all try to navigate through these unprecedented times.
Parents, your role in ensuring that your child is successful is critical. We must all work together to ensure 100% participation from your child(ren). Palm Lane will provide your child with the technology they need to be successful. Each day that your child logs into his/her virtual classroom, we will take attendance. All students are required to complete all assignments on time. Please communicate with your child’s teacher any difficulties you encounter that may hinder your child’s ability to attend virtual classes or complete assignments on time. Students will receive grades based on the work that they complete and the amount of participation in virtual classes.
I am looking forward to continuing to serve your child’s principal this school year. I welcome your feedback and I am truly thankful to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, students, and staff care for one another, values collaboration, and builds positive relationships that promote social and academic growth. Should you need to speak with me, I can be reached via email at email@example.com or you may call our main office at (657)223-0123 during our normal office hours. Beginning Monday, August 17, 2020, our office hours will be Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. I look forward to working TOGETHER to make this year another year to remember!
Dr. Angela L. Miller
Palm Lane Charter School empowers students through a well-rounded education focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Using STEAM as a theme, we incorporate inquiry-based instruction along with state of the art technological advances molding productive citizens and proficient learners ready to address 21st century challenges.
iSTEAM is a daily instructional block dedicated to hands-on, STEAM-focused learning where students, starting in transitional kindergarten, engage in meaningful study and the hands-on application of STEAM concepts on a daily basis.
All instructional materials will be aligned to the California State Adopted Standards and there will be an active incorporation of technology tools in the classroom.
Daily time is set aside to build a positive school climate through the lessons taught through the Medal of Honor Character Program provided by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. In addition, we focus on a restorative justice approach, providing an effective alternative to punitive responses to wrongdoing. Inspired by indigenous traditions, it brings together persons harmed with persons responsible for harm in a safe and respectful space, promoting dialogue, accountability, and a stronger sense of community. As part of the daily schedule, Academic Reflection allows students to revisit their student portfolios, prepare for student-lead conferences, and set aside time for them to access their academic grades by using the Student Information System platform. This time allows students to reflect, set attainable goals and discuss data with their teacher, as well as, their family thus bridging the communication between home and school life for each child and family.
Growth & Learning
Students are flexibly grouped and provided targeted instruction. Our students come with different academic levels and the Academic Support period allows teachers to differentiate and support students in order to meet their academic needs, while allowing students to use data and reflection to guide their progress. Our data driven decision-making culture and is applied in multiple school areas/disciplines: assessment, differentiation, teaching strategies, professional development. This analysis of data enhances communication with all stakeholders by sharing with families their child’s progress, as well as, provide a student-centered goal setting and reflection practices that nurture self-direction and inform students of their choices.