November 2021 Head of School Newsletter

Dear Kreiva Families,


I have enjoyed speaking with many of you over the last few months. Home-school connection is an important component of your students' education. To this end, a monthly Head of School newsletter will be published going forward including key updates on school initiatives, important dates, school/team/student recognitions, and more. The newsletter will be published on the first of each month. In this edition, an overview of some key initiatives at Kreiva this year has been included.

As a 4 years “young” school, the infrastructure and systems that define Kreiva Academy have been a work in progress. We have learned so much during these first few years of what it takes and means to be a school community and be a rigorous competency, and project-based school. New charter schools typically hit a stride after the 5 year mark; while we are making amazing progress, the pandemic has certainly thrown us a few curve balls. Entering into the role of Head of School at Kreiva Academy in July, a first priority was understanding the systems of the school and hearing from folks about historic practices, experiences within the systems, and go forward needs. During the first few months of back to school, we have identified facets of systems that are running well as well as those that are needing remediation and enhancement. Additionally, new systems have needed to be established as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the evolution and growth of Kreiva Academy.

Below you will find a brief overview of some of the initiatives new to Kreiva this year. We are always looking for feedback on additional resources that students and families feel would benefit the Kreiva community. Please feel free to reach out to share ideas and thoughts via email at jsiegfried@kreiva.org and I will be sure to get in touch with you!


Upcoming Key Dates:

November 11th No School, Veterans Day

November 24th-26th No School, Thanksgiving Break

December 2nd 6pm-8pm Kreiva Exhibition Night, More details soon!

December 3rd 1pm Early Dismissal

December 22nd-31st Holiday Break

Your partner in education,

Jenn

Adoption of the ALMA SIS System

Kreiva made the decision to adopt the new ALMA SIS system this year in order to have a student information system that more effectively met the needs of students and families, administration, and the teaching staff. Kreiva began its implementation process of ALMA in July. Implementation of a new SIS system typically takes about a year. Information was sent out at the beginning of the year for students and families to initially log in and students have begun using Alma to access grades and course information. Comfort and ease of use with the new system will take time and additional student and family information opportunities to learn about the ALMA system will be announced in the coming weeks. If you are having access issues with ALMA please email mgarber@kreiva.org.

Update of the Kreiva Student Handbook and Community Norms, Expectations, and Agreements

This section has been updated with discipline and behavior guidance aligned to rules from the New Hampshire Department of Education.The updated Community Norms, Expectations, and Agreements section of the Kreiva Handbook will be emailed to all families next week and all students and parent/guardians will be provided with a form to sign acknowledging receipt and agreement. If you have questions about the Norms and Expectations, please reach out to knormandin@kreiva.org. Norms and expectations support learning to happen effectively at Kreiva. Students will have an assembly in the coming weeks with the Kreiva Deans to go over the Community Norms, Expectations, and Agreements.


New Kreiva Connection Education Series for Parents

Join in one of our sessions to learn more about Kreiva. We are seeking additional topics that would be helpful. Please email jsiegfried@kreiva.org if you have suggestions for helpful topics. The sessions will be a 30 minute presentation followed by a Q and A. A separate email will be sent to sign-up.

Initial topics:

  • Webinar: Tuesday, December 14th 6:30pm-7:30pm Topic:The Kreiva Program of Studies. Learn about courses and competencies at Kreiva. This session will also provide an overview of the Kreiva transcript and pathways to graduation.

Additional upcoming topics-

  • Understanding the ALMA system

  • College and career readiness tools

  • Formation of a Kreiva PTO and Volunteering Opportunities: How to Help/Ways to Get Involved at Kreiva

  • What does competency based learning and project approach mean? How are they different from traditional education?

  • Promoting wellness and learning

Implementation of Team Based Grade-Band Model

During the first 3 years of Kreiva, several different models for grouping students were piloted. The model being piloted this year enables teachers to focus more intentionally on a smaller span of grades for humanities, science, and math classes. This helps teachers to be more intentional in their instruction while working as a trans-disciplinary team. The team model supports teachers and students to make connections between the different courses and to the real world.


New Partnerships

Three important additions to programming and resources have been being worked on throughout the Fall to kick off during Trimester two.

  • UNH STEM: The UNH stem program will be coming to Kreiva to work with Grades 10-12 on Tuesdays during Trimester 2 for 10 weeks to facilitate their SeaPerch Program. SeaPerch is an exciting program where students learn about engineering and robotics to design and build an underwater remote operated vehicle and the have the opportunity to test their vehicles at a local pool and then take part in a school competition and then state competition at UNH in Durham while also getting a tour of the UNH campus and facilities. Programs for grades 6-7 and 8-9 in partnership with UNH Stem are planned for the 2022-2023 school year. To learn more about SeaPerch, click HERE.

  • NAMI NH: Kreiva has established a partnership with NAMI NH that will kick off in January of 2022. NAMI NH will training the Kreiva staff on suicide prevention and trauma informed education. After staff are trained, a group of students will have the opportunity to be trained by NAMI staff to be NAMI Connect facilitators. The NAMI Connect program trains students to facilitate suicide prevention and awareness seminars for groups of students at Kreiva and at other schools in the Manchester area. To learn more about NAMI CONNECT, click HERE.

  • Naviance Naviance is a nationally recognized support system for career and college pathways. Naviance has resources for students, parents, and staff to help students prepare for their lives after high school. Student and family training on the Naviance system will begin in late 2021/early 2022. For more information on the Naviance system, click HERE.

  • Barr Foundation/Springpoint The Barr Foundation has generously supported Kreiva Academy for the last 4 years. Grant monies from the Barr Foundation support both our programs and staffing. Barr provides access to professional resources that foster the growth of Kreiva Academy staff. Kreiva administrative staff are taking part in professional coaching services from the Springpoint organization courtesy of the generosity of the Barr Foundation. Early in the Spring, Springpoint will come to Kreiva for an observation visit to provide feedback and guidance towards Kreiva initiatives and goals. Visit Springpoint and the Barr Foundation to learn more about the amazing work they do to support school innovation.

Kreiva Food Pantry

Thanks to our partnerships with the NH Food Bank and Chobani Yogurt, and a generous grant from FEEDNH, Kreiva is providing meals daily to any students who are hungry at breakfast or lunch time as well as weekend food bags to any families who would find this helpful. For more information about the daytime or weekend food programs, please contact lcohen@kreiva.org.



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