Weishaar Weekly


Bright Stars

Chris Cappel-Chris goes above and beyond. He is always willing to help, without asking. Last week he came and put the mail in the staff's mailboxes, he delivered boxes from UPS, and he changed the laminator film (without too much grumbling:)) Every morning he is outside greeting the kids. He also comes and calms down the kiddos when they are in the timeout room. Nominated by Bonnie Woltkamp

Rachel Kemper- Rachel Kemper came to my room twice to help me with math related questions. I was interested in learning more about using the computer to make "tables" with rows and columns. She was very helpful and eager to impart her skills. Nominated by Vergie Opdycke

First Grade Team-A huge shout-out to the first grade team for not only welcoming us, but also going above and beyond making sure we were ready to get started! Could not have done this without Chelsea, Sherri, and Whitney! Thank you for being such a great team! Nominated by Laura Dondzila

Technology Integration

In an effort to continue using new technology that I run across, I've chosen this week to create my newsletter on Smore: https://smore.com/2uwc

I found this site through Lisa Lund's website and found it very easy to use. It would be great for kids to create projects with and is super user friendly. I hope you enjoy!

Polishing Instruction

This week I'm focusing on Student Engagement and Cooperative Learning

FAQ: I was in a group once also. In my group a few members did all the work. Doesn't cooperative learning mean a free ride for some and extra work for others?

  • "No. The design of formal cooperative learning methods ensures that each student must contribute if the group is to reach its goal. In this way, the formal cooperative learning methods differ from informal, collaborative groups which often do not ensure that the contribution of each member is necessary for success. Cooperative learning methods are structured so that no individual can coast on the efforts of his/her teammates. Learning is individually assessed and students are individually accountable for their own learning gains." Spencer Kagan

Structures to try sometime soon

Mix-Pair-Share-the class "mixes" until the teacher calls, "pair." Students find a new partner to discuss the teacher's questions

Jot Thoughts-Students brainstorm in teams. Teammates write an idea on a slip of paper, announce it to the team, and place it on the team table. The team tries to cover the table with ideas

Timed Pair Share-In pairs, students share with a partner for a predetermined time while the partner listens. Then partners switch roles.

No School

Monday, Sep. 2nd 2013 at 8am

8355 Peoria Street

De Soto, KS

Literacy Facilitator Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 3rd 2013 at 8am

35400 West 91st Street

De Soto, KS

Scheduled Days Out of Building-Weishaar/Valdez

Tuesday, Sep. 3rd 2013 at 1-4pm

Olathe, KS

Olathe, KS

Kids Count Conference

Scheduled Day Out of Building-Weishaar

Thursday, Sep. 5th 2013 at 8:30am-3:30pm

35200 West 91st Street

De Soto, KS

Mandt Training

PLC Meetings

Thursday, Sep. 5th 2013 at 9pm

35400 West 91st Street

De Soto, KS

See calendars for times