ENSC Weekly Notes

January 4, 2016

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Welcome back to school after our two week winter break. I hope you found time for yourself and were able to relax a bit. It is hard to believe that the year is half over and we are heading toward summer.

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

If you rarely read all of my Weekly Notes or you skim a few and ignore the rest, the below link is the one to read. I give you permission to read this one and skip the rest of the notes. OK, I really think the rest of my notes are valuable and you will find something of interest, but if you have to....

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.


Building Meetings

I have scheduled a meeting at each of the elementary, middle school, and high school buildings during January. For this round of meetings, I do not have any particular agenda or topic to discuss. I would like to give you a chance to ask questions, share comments, and provide input for 2016. Be thinking of questions or thoughts you may have. If you do not want to ask in front of everyone, please share with your building principals and they can pass the topic along to me to discuss or drop me an email.

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

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 your notes in front of you as you talk with your audience.

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!



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.

And the Cookies Go To.....

Rome City Elementary. Your dedication to our district and students is appreciated everyday!

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

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!