SOMS Essential Questions of the Month

A message from Dr Tesik, SOMS Principal:


Dear SOMS Families,


Let’s Just Talk…

In an effort to foster greater family engagement we are encouraging our families to connect with the work we are doing here at SOMS with our students focused on a monthly Essential Question.Wiggins and McTighe (2005) define Essential Questions as “questions that are not answerable with finality in a brief sentence… Their aim is to stimulate thought, to provoke inquiry, and to spark more questions— including thoughtful student questions — not just pat answers.”  So we are asking that each family find a moment to just talk about our Essential Question of the month. This is not a homework assignment but a way to share your thoughts with your child on the same question we are discussing here at school.

We have a strong partnership with our SOMS PTA. If there are any parts of the conversation you wish to share, please feel free to add it to the SOMS PTA website or Facebook page:

Every month we will share a new question! We will present the new question at our monthly PTA Meeting.


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Work Cited: Wiggins, Grant, and Jay McTighe. Understanding by Design Expanded 2nd Edition. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2005


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