ENSC Family Notes

January 4, 2016

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Welcome back to school after our two week winter break. I hope you and your children enjoyed the break and were able to find time to relax.


Just a few quick reminders or notes:


1. We will be using eLearning when weather prevents us from bringing students into school buildings. An exception to this would be Monday, Jan. 4. When the call is made to cancel school, teachers will post student assignments to Google Docs (Grades K-4) or Canvas (Grades 5-12) by 9 a.m. that day. Please refer to earlier Family Notes for additional directions or contact your child's teachers.

2. Plans for the 2016-2017 school year begin now. If you have any suggestions for principals or central office to consider, please contact us and share your ideas.

3. Whenever you have a question or concern, please contact your child's teacher ASAP. Your child's success is important and a partnership between the school and home is critical to that success. You can call the school or email the teacher. If you do not have that information, telephone numbers and email addresses can be found on school websites. Go to www.eastnoble.net to find the school you need.

4. Representatives from AdvancED will be visiting our district in March to evaluate our district for accreditation purposes. If you have an interest in participating in the accreditation process, please contact your child's building principal.

5. If you have a child who is in grades 8-11, in the next few weeks, these students will begin selecting courses and planning their schedules for the next school year. It is important for you to be involved in this process. Check in with your child toward the end of January for information.


Welcome to 2016. I am happy you are a part of East Noble School Corporation!

ENMS Update

People have been asking about the progress on the middle school. The architects continue to work on the plans and make revisions. They will be meeting with teachers during January to listen to their input and needs. The owners of the land along with the district attorney, Kendallville engineers, IDEM, and other professionals continue to complete tests and evaluate the soil to determine the best location of the building on the land. This will take several months to complete. Stay tuned....ground breaking should occur sometime late summer or early fall.

Perspective from a Student

The below link will take you to a sophomore's perspective on blended learning along with a few messages to teachers. While this is a secondary student, there are several comments that apply to elementary also. This is worth taking a few minutes to read through. I have shared this with our teachers as a reminder of what students want and need to be successful.


While ENSC students each have a technology device, we do not believe it should drive instruction 100 percent. We want a blended learning environment where students are interacting with their peers and teachers in an educational setting that is enhanced by the power of technology.


https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-09-25-a-cat-is-not-a-dog-and-other-advice-for-blended-learning-teachers

Death by PowerPoint

You have all heard the phase "Death by PowerPoint." It is often used to describe a PowerPoint presentation that is filled with text and bullet points accompanied by a presenter who reads the content to his/her audience. We know this isn't the best way to deliver information, but it is "oh so easy" and such a great way to place notes in front of you as you talk with your audience.


When your child shares their need to create some sort of presentation to show mastery of a topic or concept, have then consider a new method called Pecha Kucha. This presentation style has students create 20 slides, timed at 20 seconds each, with images only. This style forces students to know what they are presenting and discussing!


http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/01/22/pechakucha-powerpoint-359/

New ESSA

We are all too familiar with No Child Left Behind and the impossible task of getting 100 percent of students proficient. It has taken years for the Federal Government to overturn NCLB and approve realistic, but challenging new goals through the Every Student Succeeds Act. The overarching goal of this legislation is to return education control to the states! We will still have school grades and student testing; however, the testing may be less and different. Indiana will begin developing a new accountability system in the near future!


Below is a link to a one page, ESSA Primer.

Upcoming Board Meetings

January - 13 - Central Office

January 27 - Central Office

February 17 - Alternative Learning Center

March 9 - East Noble High School

March 23 - North Side Elementary

Enjoy your Week!