Principal's Corner

Principal Dan Novic

Greetings, and welcome to 2019!

In just our second year as a middle school, we have quickly adjusted to a new culture and model of teaching and learning at Sedgwick.  We are fortunate to be at the center of a caring and compassionate community that has provided input on our middle school model and been patient through all the changes.  Ultimately, we share the same goal: to help our kids reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally.  To do so, we are compelled by our Guiding Principles to infuse work, fun, service, safety, and pride into our “home away from home” on a daily basis.

We are energized by the work of our grade level and content area teams.  Our Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are engaging in demanding work that aims to answer four questions:What do we want our students to learn?

  1. How will we know when they have learned it?
  2. What will we do when they don’t learn it?
  3. How will we respond when they learn it?
  4.  How will we respond when they learn it?

As our teams develop common assessments, aligned unit plans, and clear curriculum maps, they examine data to identify learning gaps, by student and by standard, and target those gaps through preteaching and reteaching during Intervention classes.  We are looking forward to this spring’s state standardized testing season to see the fruits of our labor.  Although standardized tests are not the only way we identify students in need of Intervention, nor are they the only means we use for measuring growth, they are our students’ ultimate measure of grade level proficiency, and, ultimately, their ticket out of Intervention classes.

Next year, we are looking forward to moving away from a traditional norm-referenced grading system to a standards-based system that will provide students and parents more specific information about our students’ level of mastery of essential standards by course.  It will also allow teachers to report on our students’ work habits as a separate grade from academic performance.  More information on standards-based grading will be provided as we approach the end of this school year.

If you have visited our school or you follow us on social media, you have seen our other four guiding principles in action.  Just prior to Winter Break, our staff served our students “Holiday Hotcakes”, and we celebrated the season of giving with our annual Holiday Extravaganza assembly that featured student talent acts, staff vs. students spirit week competitions, Winter 1 sports recognitions, distribution of holiday wishes, and, of course, the man in the big red suit who came bearing candy canes and a sleigh full of gifts for our Life Skills students.  Speaking of Holiday Wishes, our students, staff, and families granted over 350 wishes this season!  Now that’s service AND fun!

In closing this New Year’s greeting, we want to thank you for entrusting your most important asset to our staff, that is your children.  Sedgwick has always been a safe school with a great deal of pride, and it’s our paramount duty and objective to keep our kids physically and emotionally safe every day, looking forward to coming to their second home.  And we are delighted when we see current and former students (and staff!) demonstrating their General pride as in the photos you see below, taken during a recent South Kitsap High School “Be True to Your Junior High” Winter Pep Assembly.