ENSC Weekly Notes
January 4, 2016
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.
2. Plans for the 2016-2017 school year begin now. If you have ideas for changes or something new you would like to try, please share this with your building principal or department directors.
3. The 2016 legislative session begins this week. Look for Bills related to "decoupling" the 2015 ISTEP results from the teacher evaluation. Since ENSC had already closed out the 2015 teacher evaluations, this will not have a major impact. We are hopeful there will be some sort relief on school grades also. In addition to their focus on 2015 testing, there will also be extensive discussion on the future of testing. There are legislators that are in favor of "dumping" the ISTEP test and replacing it with something "off of the shelf" similar to NWEA. We are too late for 2016, but this could be possible for 2017.
Welcome to 2016. I am happy you are a part of East Noble School Corporation!
Teachers: This Link is Worth Your Time
The entry is 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.
These meetings are open to all staff to attend and not limited to teachers. Below are the dates, locations, and times:
Jan. 6 - Avilla Elementary - 7:30 a.m.
Jan. 6 - South Side Elementary - 2:50 p.m.
Jan. 7 - Rome City Elementary - 7:30 a.m.
Jan. 11 - East Noble High School - 7:00 a.m.
Jan. 13 - Wayne Center Elementary - 7:30 a.m.
Jan. 15 - East Noble Middle School - 7:15 a.m.
Jan. 18 - North Side Elementary - 7:30 a.m.
Death by PowerPoint
Most of you are using PowerPoint or something similar as a way for your students to demonstrate what they have learned about a topic. I am sure you have listened to/watched your students and questioned if they have truly "mastered" the information they are presenting????? More often than not, they have not fully grasped the content or message they are delivering.
Below is a link to a method for students to deliver a presentation that is engaging and demonstrates what they know. Take a look at the description of the Japanese presentation style called Pecha Kucha--20 slides, timed at 20 seconds each, with no text. This style forces students to know what they are presenting and discussing!
Below is a link to a one page, ESSA Primer.
And the Cookies Go To.....
Rome City Elementary – 99 percent
North Side Elementary – 98.1 percent
East Noble High School – 96.9 percent
Avilla Elementary – 96.6 percent
Wayne Center – 94.2 percent
South Side Elementary – 92.2 percent
East Noble Middle School – 91.1 percent