Staff Weekly Update

September 11, 2015

"A relationship without trust is like a car without gas. You can stay in it as long as you want, but it still won't go anywhere." -Author Unknown

The quote above is inspiring on two levels: it describes the journey we are on together as a staff this year and it is also our purpose for working with our students. It is sometimes hard to remember this in the rush of all we do on a daily basis, but don't forget to stop and focus on relationships - with your fellow staff members and with the wonderful children we serve.

Thank you for all that you do!

Aaron & Lewis

Apollo Cohorts

Our Apollo AAC, Brandy, is seeking your input on Apollo-specific instructional cohorts for staff members this school year. Please fill out this survey so that Brandy can best meet the needs of the staff.

Artsonia Information

Here are some easy guides that you can refer back to after Monica Larson's presentation:

Look up Apollo’s Gallery:


2. Click in the search box

3. Type “Apollo Elementary School” (Elementary School) must be typed

Become a Fan of your student:

4. Go through steps 1-3 above.

5. Click on "view entire roster"

6. Find student name and click on it

7. On the right side click STUDENT# Fan Club

*Parents will approve of you and then you will be notified when they have new images up. You may also leave comments, too.

Don't forget to read...

the latest edition of the Staff Connection. It details important reminders from our Central Office to you as well as providing important updates for our district as a whole. Enjoy!

Apollo Behavior Supports

If you need support or assistance in implementing the PBIS System, here are the coaches to contact here at Apollo:

Tier One/PBIS Coaches:
  • Cherish Dickert
  • Brandy Lokshin

Tier Two Coaches:

  • Liz Clancy
  • Laurie Sharp

Our new psychologists, Sarah McCracken and Katie Swanson, are always available to provide guidance and support as well.

Using Common Core Standards

Instructional Teams: We hope that you take some time to look through Using Common Core Standards to Enhance Classroom Instruction & Assessment, which was handed out during Tier Meetings this week. This resource provides educators with an understanding of what the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are with steps to integrate them into classroom practice. Perhaps most importantly, Robert Marzano and his colleagues supply readers with hundreds of ready-to-use proficiency scales (matching D63's report card scales) created from the CCSS to help teachers assess students' progress.

MAP Testing Make-ups

3rd - 6th Grade Teachers: For this round of testing, please make sure to correlate amongst your team members a way to proctor MAP testing make-ups for students who missed some or all of the MAP tests. If you are unable to schedule this with your fellow team members, let Aaron/Lewis know and we will work to support you in this process. Thanks in advance for your flexibility!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 14th

  • NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, September 15th

  • PBIS Team Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 6th Grade Tier Meeting @ 10:25 a.m.
  • K. Team meeting @ 1:20 p.m.
  • 2nd Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m

Wednesday, September 16th

  • Lunch/Recess Monitor Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • Bus Evacuation Drills
  • Admin. Meeting - Aaron/Lewis OUT in the morning
  • 5th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • 3rd Grade Tier Meeting @ 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 17th

  • PFA Tier Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • 1st Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.

Friday, September 18th

  • Core Team Meeting @ 2:15 p.m.

Why Use Brain Breaks in the Classroom?

From the book Brain Rules by John Medina:

Brain Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.

The human brain evolved under conditions of almost constant motion. From this, one might predict that the optimal environment for processing information would include motion. That is exactly what one finds. Indeed, the best business meeting would have everyone walking at about 1.8 miles per hour.

Exercise improves cognition for two reasons:

  • Exercise increases oxygen flow into the brain, which reduces brain-bound free radicals. One of the most interesting findings of the past few decades is that an increase in oxygen is always accompanied by an uptick in mental sharpness.
  • Exercise acts directly on the molecular machinery of the brain itself. It increases neurons’ creation, survival, and resistance to damage and stress.
Exercise - Brain Rule #1