Principal Weekly Wrap Up

January 1, 2016: Happy New Year

OAP Mission Statement:

To provide a collaborative learning community that prepares students for the future.

My Goals:

To have a safe place for all of us to be able to speak on tough topics and be aware of our own biases with clarity and deep compassion for students, parents, our community and each other.

To get us focused and to bring clarity to our systems by creating our "This is how we do business at Peterson handbook" by June 2015.

Campus Instructional Focus (A.K.A. POP):

After an analysis of campus data, we found that faculty and staff need to effectively use PLCs so that students will have clarity as to what they need to know and what they must be able to do with their learning in order to achieve personal growth in all content areas.

Theory of Action:

  • Provide the foundational purpose of the why behind PLCs.

    • Teachers will use PLCs as the primary strategy for improving the instructional culture of Peterson Elementary through:

      • Looking at student and teacher work;

      • Designing quality common formative assessments (CFAs)

      • Reviewing and responding to data.

Guiding Questions: What does an authentic and collaborative PLC look like? How does data, student work, and student feedback validate the effectiveness of PLCs? What professional development is needed to ensure that all staff members understand what learning targets, authentic learnings tasks, and collaborative PLCs look like?

Current status of campus transformational tasks:

January 4th PD will be on campus. Focus for the agenda will be our Campus Improvement Plan and our Campus Instructional Focus (reviewing and responding to data). I am looking forward to our morning together, I believe it is going to be engaging and impactful to our bus ride for the remainder of the year.

January 4, 2016 Agenda

8:15 a.m.- Breakfast treats and social time

8:30 a.m.-Campus PD begins in the library

Materials needed:

Journal for reflection

Laptop or IPAD (you will need to be able to access information)


I will need one person to monitor our time and one person to monitor our pacing with topics. Each of you will be encouraged to take your own notes. Information from our meeting will be posted afterwards for future reference.


Limit side conversations

Stay focused w/a purpose

Start/End on Time

Take care of yourself and your space

Value and Respect each others voice and opinion

Monitor your airtime


Actively participate

Be mindful of your technology

Lunch on your own, I encourage you to spend time with each other as colleagues. The expectation is to return to campus after lunch and work collaboratively as a PLC and plan as a content/grade level.

I am planning for our campus PD to end by 11:30 a.m. to allow time for a rush free lunch and adequate travel time for those having to leave to report to other locations. Adhering to our norms will be the key.

Additional Information for teachers meeting off campus between 12:30-3:30 p.m.:

GATES meet in CDC-A at Admin

SPED meet in Board Room at Admin

Counselors meet in PDC-B at Admin

Art meet at Granger in Art Room

Music meet at Hatfield in Music Room

Review ALL Building Wide Expectations This Week

Article Worth Reviewing:

We will discuss the article below on January 4th.

Journal Writing- Week 13

Deliberate Optimism: Can we model what we are asking of our students? Reflective thinking and capturing our thoughts on paper.

Please join me this week in reflecting on the following question and/or task: What method do you currently use to review and respond to data?

Stride Academy: How is this intervention embedded into your classroom? How do you review and respond to the data?

Ruck for Kids: 1001 items collected!!!!!!

The Human Sundae will take place at the pep rally (assembly) in January. Jennifer Kerry will provide additional information as we get close to the date.

If you have observed someone on campus exhibiting our mission statement and would like for them to receive Rock Star status, please email me

Gallery Walk

Returns on January 8, 2016