Middle School SIGNET Welcome Letter

Dear SIGNET Students and Parents,

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and are ready to part of history being created as we take this virtual journey for 1st quarter together. My name is Ms. Weiss, and I am the SIGNET Middle School Resource Teacher this year. I have been teaching SIGNET at Pennington for 17 years and previously taught at Brentsville High School and Tyler Elementary. To learn a little more about my summer, watch this Flipgrid that I created: https://flipgrid.com/s/6bda0d15578b.

We will start the year together next Tuesday. What you need for SIGNET is simple: a folder, a pen, some paper and most importantly an inquisitive mind. The SIGNET program objectives are the following:

  1. To develop 21st Century Skills of critical thinking, creative thinking, conceptual thinking, communication and collaboration.
  2. To allow for self-directed learning where students set goals, accept challenges, persist in their effort, work efficiently, and reflect on their progress or final product.
  3. To provide an environment conducive to interpersonal affective goals which has students showing respect for self and others. This environment will be intellectually a risk-free setting for group and individual work and foster curiosity for a lifelong learner.

This year we will be learning about the civilizations and the cultural universals that can be found in most as well as working on independent centers. To promote risk taking and have students take intellectual risks, SIGNET students do not receive grades, but they are evaluated with a progress report.

At present, SIGNET has been scheduled for twice a week for 1st semester.
All 8th Graders meet on Tuesday and Thursdays. Students in 6th and 7th grade meet on Wednesdays and Fridays.

I can be reached by email at [email protected]. I will be having office hours on Monday from 10:30 to 12:00 on Zoom at  https://pwcs-zm-edu.zoom.us/j/93306070057?pwd=TVh5SFQ3Z3d6U2RtYVdZZDNlZDFOZz09 If your child is not currently in SIGNET, you will need to email me for a password code.

Even though, we are all entering unprecedented educational waters, I know that each of you will navigate them well and grow from this unusual education.

See Everyone either Tuesday or Wednesday,

Ms. Weiss
Pennington SIGNET Middle School Resource Teacher