Sipley School Weekly Howl

Week of Monday, January 19, 2015

“Forget the New Year’s resolution,” says Tara Parker-Pope. “This year, try creating a personal mission statement instead.” Why? Because resolutions are one-shot, low-accountability acts of self-improvement (exercise more, eat better, spend more time with family) versus looking more deeply at life purpose. “A resolution is a well-intended action plan,” says Jack Groppel of the Human Performance Institute, “but because a person hasn’t really connected to the ‘why’ behind it, the old way of life, the chaos, comes back into play and they can’t really sustain it. A mission statement becomes the North Star for people. It becomes how you make decisions, how you lead, and how you create boundaries.” Articulating a personal mission statement should start with these questions: How do I want to be remembered? How do I want people to describe me? What are my deepest values? What makes my life really worth living?

“In With the New Mission Statement” by Tara Parker-Pope in The New York Times, January 6, 2015,


Great job with the testing this week. We completed nearly all the ACCESS testing. We have a little to complete in the way of make-ups. We have completed all the AIMSweb testing using a new format. Thanks for everyone's flexibility. Nearly all the STAR testing is complete. I will work with Danielle, Ryan, and Maureen to develop DEB groupings, which will begin on 2/2. My goal is to share the DEB groupings at the end of next Friday, which will be presented for review.

BIG Kudos to Maureen, Ryan, Inez, Miguel, and Danielle. They worked very hard to enter the PARCC Accommodations for our students. I appreciate their time on this task!

STAR/AIMSweb Make-ups

Please make sure that all students have taken all STAR tests and AIMSweb assessment(s). We need everyone to assist in making sure that everyone is assessed.


Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Ups

Parents will be signing up for Parent-Teacher Conferences. The information went home on Friday. If you need any assistance with this feature, please ask Mr. Ceresa.

I Have a Defiant Student. What Can I Do?

The cardinal rule to keep in mind in managing conflicts with students is to stay outwardly calm and to maintain a professional perspective. Take a look at the link below for some strategies. If you have a student who is defiant, please send them to the office after you have exhausted strategies to get them to do the work other students are doing. I can assist and/or I can enlist the support of other staff members. Let's make sure that all children meet our expectations. Please do not let a child "off the hook."

Illinois 5 Essentials

Our 6th grade students have taken the Illinois 5 Essentials Survey. Thank you, 6th Grade! Parents have begun taking it. We will ask parents to take it when they are here for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Certified staff may take it, but please wait. You will be given time at a faculty meeting to take it.

Here is a Glance at the Week Ahead

Monday - No School in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday - I have an admin meeting in the morning

Tuesday - No Cook Night - McDonald's

Wednesday - 6th Grade PLC - 8:25 - 9:15 (PLC's will focus on partnerships and feedback - see your agenda)

Wednesday - 1st Grade PLC - 9:20 - 10:10

Wednesday - Kindergarten PLC - 10:10 - 11:00 (I will miss this PLC)

Wednesday - 3rd Grade PLC - 1:15 - 2:05

Wednesday - 4th Grade PLC - 2:05 - 2:55

Wednesday - STP Meeting - 6:45

Thursday - Happy Birthday, Mr. Spear!!!!

Thursday - 5th Grade PLC - 8:25 - 9:15

Friday - 2nd Grade PLC - 10:15 - 11:05

Friday - End of Quarter 2

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