Shawnee Trail Elementary, October 12, 2015

SHAWNEE TRAIL MISSION: Why do we exist? What is our fundamental purpose?

  • To create a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment, to inspire ALL students to become passionate, lifelong learners.
  • To make meaningful and enjoyable connections as we educate the whole child academically, emotionally, and socially.

At Shawnee Trail we believe ALL means ALL:

  • ALL students will learn at their highest levels.
  • ALL decisions are based on what is best for students and are aligned with the mission of our school.
  • ALL, students and teachers, learn by doing and building on our own strengths and the strengths of others.

Building On Our Strengths

Action Item:

Shannon's role at Shawnee Trail is to help close the student acheivement gap and accelerate learning for all studnets by building teacher capacity through job-embedded professional learning and implementation of instructional practices. As a teacher learning partner, Shannon's role includes but is not limited to the following:

  • collaborating
  • co-planning
  • completing the coaching cycle (preconference, modeling/co-teaching/observng, post conferencing)
  • supporting the learning walk process
Grade level teams and individual teachers need to continue to reach out to Shannon for support.

Progress Monitoring Meetings

As a Professional Learning Community we work to ensure 1) that students have access to the same knowledge, skills, and dispositions regardless of the teacher to whom they are assigned and 2) to specify certain benchmark dates when teams administer assessments to identify student who may be experiencing difficulty or areas of the curriculum needing attention.

Action Item: Beginning this Friday, October 16th, with 2nd grade PM, teams need to be prepared to sort one CFA, reading or math during their next PM meeting. Between now and winter break teams will need to have created, administered and sorted at least 2 reading comprehension and 1 math CFA.


100% of Staff Are PTA Members!

Please feel free to wear jeans tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 13 as a thank you!!
HUGE thanks to Ms. Webb, Lucy, Lori, and all of the 5th grade teachers for facilitating the Pine Cove trip. Everyone had a wonderful time, parents and students!

Educating the Whole Child

Don't Forget This Month our Character Focus is Self Control

If you have not yet had the opportunity, I encourage you to visit the Character Lab web site. Under the Resources tab you will find information on Character Growth Cards and WOOP, an evidence based process that helps initiate and sustain effort to achieve goals.

Action Item: Students who have demonstrated good self control will be recognized during our GMST assembly on October 30th. Please be sure to give parents the opportunity to attend.

Action Item: Check the Shawnee Trail 2015-2016 Learning and Leading site for class meeting resources. Class meetings should meet the needs of your students and are not required to be focused on monthly character traits. The counselor tab has lots of ideas, videos, lessons, etc.

Self-control is about harnessing your energy toward a particular end goal—it is not the same as obedience or following rules.

Two important types of self-control for students are work self-control and interpersonal self-control. Having work self-control allows you to stick with your long-term goals and stay focused on a task that may be difficult or even boring. (This is the sort of self-control that also helps you stick to an exercise plan or make healthy eating choices in the face of temptation.) Interpersonal self-control allows you to maintain your temper, hold back from interrupting, and respond to others in ways that are socially appropriate.

Someone displaying self-control can delay a short-term temptation to play games on her phone if it interferes with her long-term aspiration to do her homework each night. Someone with high self-control who aims to run a marathon will not press the alarm clock’s snooze button on the morning he scheduled a training run. In this way, self-control is linked to grit, growth mindset, and optimism.

October Reminders:

  • Sign and return PDAS letters to your appraiser
  • Set up a pre conference before your two week window opens
  • Pay your $20 Sunshine Committee dues.

Tuesday, Oct. 13th

  • Boosterthon Pep Rally @ 2:00 in the cafe
  • Boosterthon Teacher Meeting -3:10, Pod 3
  • Choir Practice

Wednesday, Oct. 14

  • First Year Teacher Institute
  • 5th Grade CoGAT
  • Staff Meeting -3:10, Pod 3

Thursday, Oct. 15th

  • Sue McAdams
  • 5TH Grade CoGAT
  • 4th Grade Story Telling Festival
  • LLI Training in Shannon's room after school
  • Title One Information Meeting -Library, 5:30

Friday, Oct. 16

  • GMST
  • 5th Grade CoGAT (make-ups)

Monday, Oct. 19th

  • Sue McAdams
  • Hearing and Vision Screening

Tuesday, Oct. 20th

  • GT Parent Meeting -7:30, Room 605
  • Flu Shot Clinic
  • Choir Practice

Wednesday, Oct. 21st

  • Active Shooter Training -3:10, Pod 3

Thursday, Oct. 22nd

  • Boosterthon Fun Run

Friday, Oct 23rd

  • GMST -Red Ribblon Kick-off
  • PLC Training

Saturday, Oct. 24th

  • Gary Burns Fun Run

October Birthdays

Marla Nolan 10/3

Pamela Tracey 10/3

Shelby Campos 10/20

Sarah Venters 10/31

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the work at hand and the determination that whether we win or lose, we applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." ~Vince Lombardy

Thank you for giving the best of yourselves, your hard work, and dedication -our students will never lose because you are the best of the best! Enjoy a jeans day Thursday, October 16th. (No holes or t-shirts please.)