Lance's Ledger

February 1 - 5 at Central Elementary

PPSC Celebration Week

Our second semester begins with a celebration and reboot of Promoting Positive School Climate. Activities for the week include focusing on our Cardinal Code points one point per day. The outline and activities for the week include:

  • Monday...Courteous: Random Acts of Kindness focused on courteous behaviors (opening doors, etc.)
  • Tuesday...Attentive: Cardinal Code Jeopardy game day
  • Wednesday...Respectful: Troubadours Assembly
  • Thursday...Dependable: Classes set behavior goal for second semester and celebrate first semester accomplishments
  • Friday...Supportive of Our School: Design Cardinal Code Posters/Wear Cardinal Shirts or Davison Gear/Jeans Day; PTO makes popcorn as part of celebration

Be sure to reference the memo sent out by Counselor Maida Demo to find links to resources for teachers to access during the week-long celebration. The kick-off of the 2nd Semester provides an opportunity to revitalize our continuing efforts to maintain and further develop a school environment conducive to student learning and achievement. Thank you to all staff for what you do to make thinks happen for kids!

This Week at Central

Monday, February 1

  • PPSC Celebration Theme: Courteous
  • All Grades due by 4 PM/Specials report grades this marking period
  • Hearing & Vision Screening in Alumni Room
  • Office meeting with school nurse (10:30 AM)
  • DPA CMC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)
  • Board of Education Meeting 7 PM (Mrs. Romzek's room leads Pledge and sings under direction of Mrs. Bolton)

Tuesday, February 2

  • PPSC Celebration Theme: Attentive
  • Ground Hog Day!
  • Hearing & Vision Screening in Alumni Room
  • Lance out of office until 10 AM
  • Report Cards Printed
  • CST Meetings

Wednesday, February 3

  • PPSC Celebration Theme: Respectful
  • Troubadors Assemblies
  • Hearing & Vision Screening in Alumni Room

Thursday, February 4

  • PPSC Celebration Theme: Dependable
  • Hearing & Vision Screening in Alumni Room
  • Principals' Mtg. (9:30 AM - Noon); Lance @ Admin. Bldg.
  • Report cards go home with students
  • Pancake Dinner Night (5-8 PM)

Friday, February 5

  • PPSC Celebration Theme: Supportive of Our School
  • Hearing & Vision Screening in Alumni Room
  • T.E.A.M. Grade 2
  • CAP Nominations from Teachers due to Special Services...Teacher Comments on Nominations Appreciated, Used only by Special Services & Important!!!!!

Looking Ahead

February 2016

  • Feb. 8...Mrs. Stuart, Mr. Kennedy to Sloan
  • Feb. 9...Data Day: Grade 3 from 8:35 - 11:35 AM; Grade 1 from 12:20 - 3:20 PM
  • Feb. 10...Staff Meeting 7:35 - 8:15 AM (Agenda: School Improvement Work); Data Day: Grade 4 from 8:35 - 11: 35 AM; Grade 2 from 12:20 - 3:20 PM
  • Feb. 11...Team Leader Meeting (7:40 - 8:10 AM)
  • Feb. 12...Mrs. Fritz, Mrs. White, Ms. Holder to Sloan;Valentine's Parties; Restorative Justice Seminar @ Baker College (Leonna & Maida attend)
  • Feb. 15...President's Day (No School for students/staff)/ Office closed
  • Feb. 16...P.T.O. Meeting (6 PM in Library)
  • Feb. 18...John Hattie Seminar @ MSU (Lance)
  • Feb. 19...T.E.A.M. Grade 2
  • Feb. 23...PLC Grades 1-4
  • Feb. 24...Staff Meeting (Agenda: School Improvement Work) 7:35 - 8:15 AM; CAP PLC from 2:00 - 3:20 PM
  • Feb. 25...Principals' Mtg. (9:30 - Noon); Grade 4 Music Concert - 7 PM @ DHS
  • Feb. 29...ACC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)

CST Meetings and SIDR

Just a friendly reminder that SIDR needs to be updated before coming to a Child Study Meeting. It is understandable if you have questions or need help in completing SIDR operations. If that is the case please be sure to ask for assistance. Thanks so much for respecting the time of your team and for holding professional expectations of yourself.

Taking Responsibility for Your Students

In reviewing behavior data for this school year it becomes evident that something pretty remarkable is happening. Although I think we'd all agree we still can make further improvements there is a marked decrease in the number of repeat offenders being sent to the office. As a matter of fact, most recorded behavior incidents list only one or two incidents for a student. We have only a handful of "high-flyers" this year. This is a direct reflection on the quality of efforts being made by classroom teachers and our challenge coordinator in "teaching" expectations versus punishing behaviors.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate teachers for taking responsibility for their student's behavior as part of the social learning that takes place in school. When students know there are clear expectations in the classroom they respect their teacher as being in command of the classroom and accept their role of functioning as a "member of the classroom community."

The research is abundant on the importance of the teacher as being in charge of his/her classroom. The following link will take you to an article that reinforces the importance of handling most disruptions at the classroom level in order to clearly establish who is in charge. I agree with the content of the article as I, as the principal, find it more effective to support you by respecting your authority in the classroom rather than taking over that authority for you. If you could only see the look on a student's face when I explain that in your classroom you are the boss!

Positive Thought for the Week

"Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding."

-William Arthur Ward