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Blog: Culture

Why were we successful on ISTEP? I have thought a lot about that over the past week. What was it that pushed us past other schools? It is not like they are not doing the same work, reading the same books, and teaching the same material. We were successful because of the culture our teachers have created.

I have talked about it before, but culture, simply put, is the way we do things around here. It is the feel of the building, the underlying tone, and the implicit messages sent by teachers and students as to what is acceptable and what is not.

We were successful on ISTEP because the culture you created. The culture that says that we will do everything we can for our students. We will push them farther, helping them achieve things they didn't think were possible. A culture that says every student can achieve.

Culture eats structure for breakfast. You can put any system or process in place that you want, but if those in the organization don't believe that your overall goals can be accomplished (it is too much work, the students are unmotivated, or the parents don't care) nothing else matters. You believe and it shows up in our scores. Keep being relentless, keep putting your nose to the grindstone and getting it done. It is not easy, it never will be, but if you believe in what you are doing and pass that on to your colleagues, we can accomplish anything.

1.9 points away from being an A school. We got this!

PRIDE Switch

2,462 A's

1,712 B's

961 C's

352 D's

288 F's

Total # of D/F's earned:

Q1 2012-2013 - 800

Q1 2013-2014 - 802

Q1 2014-2015 - 867

Q1 2015-2016 - 659

Q1 2016-2017 - 639

Q1 2017-2018 - 640 ***As of today

166 student with All A's

563 student with All A's or A's and B's

917 students with all grades higher than a C

161 students with 1 D or F

91 students with 2 D's or F's

87 students with 3 or more D's or F's

We are on pace to continue the downward trend of students earning a D or F. I know our lab teachers are working hard, and I know our acceleration teachers are getting the ISTEP skills nailed down. Our admin and counselors will continue to tackle our students who are struggling across the board. Every student is in a course that is best suited to help them based on their grades TODAY. That is an awesome thing to be able to say.

Two weeks to push until grades are final!!!!

Evaluation Timelines

Thanks to everyone for completing your goals. Below is the updated timeline I received from Central Office on Monday. If you need more time for your goal, let me know and I will send it back your way.
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Students of the Month

Thanks to our Teacher/Student Recognition Committee for reviving our student of the month program! Here are the September honorees.
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Indiana Historical Society Teacher Workshops


The IHS offers several professional development opportunities for educators, both on-site at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center and off-site across the state. These programs are designed to prepare educators to use IHS resources and meet academic standards for multiple disciplines.

For education-related inquiries, please email

See a full list of opportunities below:


We have had a rash of broken keyboards on our Chromebooks. We can look up the last user to login, but that is still proving difficult to track down. Please come up with a process in your classroom of assigning certain Chromebooks to certain students (Chase Huotari always has Chromebook 1 in 1st period e.g.). This will help us track down where issues are coming from.

I appreciate your help.

Homework Document

Thanks for filling this out each week. If you have missed some days, please go back and add in information. Believe it or not, this is the most common thing for a parent to email me empty slot on the homework sheet.


Here is the link to next week:

Support and Prayers

See the email below from Kali Pittman. I thought it was worth sharing....

Hello all. As most of you know, my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer last year. It has been a very difficult journey, but we have stayed positive through prayer and support. On Monday, we received some very disappointing news that insurance will not cover the most recent plans for treatment. I have created a gofundme account for my mom as we try to raise enough money to cover the treatment on our own. I understand that sometimes it is hard to donate, so PLEASE DO NOT FEEL OBLIGATED. I am asking mostly for love, support, and prayers for my mom and her fight. God is good and God is good to my mom I do believe this.

If you are interested in donating or sharing:

Thank you for being so helpful. Lots of you have reached out in so many loving ways and I can't tell you how much I appreciate this. ❤

Kali Pittman

Second Grade Teacher

Adam's Elementary

(317) 860-4259

Counselors Corner

Kyle McClarnon

All 6th Grade

7th Grade Last Name A-M

Sarah Ready

All 8th Grade

7th Grade Last Name N-Z

College Go! Week

College Go! Week is an annual statewide campaign designed to promote a pro-college atmosphere. During the week of September 25-29, special college spirit days are planned (9/25 College Hat Day, 9/27 College Sweatshirt Day), and staff is encouraged to attend. Don't forget your jeans!

There will be a door decorating contest open to all staff members. Decorate your door with the spirit of your Alma Mater, and be entered for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks or Subway gift card-winners choice! Doors must be decorated by Friday, 9/29.

Counselor Sign Up Process

Counselor Request Forms are now 100% electronic. Students can sign up to speak with a counselor from any device that has internet access. Chromebooks are set up in the office for students to make a request. Teachers: you can save this link on your computer or ipad, and students can sign up directly from your room! As always, if a student is in crisis they will be seen by a counselor immediately.

Child Abuse & Duty to Report

An individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect shall make a report to DCS or local law enforcement immediately. This applies to every staff member in the building. Please review the Child Abuse & Duty to Report information by clicking here.

High Ability Identification Process

The high ability identification process is outlined here. This process applies to current 6th and 7th grade students; with placement decisions for the 18-19 school year. Recommendations can be made from now until January 12th. If you have questions, please see Kyle or Sarah.

Indy Eleven Game

As a part of my Genius Hour project, I took part in a photography workshop held at Wednesday night's Indy Eleven game. Here are some of the pictures I took. I had a blast talking to the professional photographers on site and learning everything I could.

Staff Meeting

Monday, Sep. 18th, 2:30pm

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN

An agenda for our meeting can be found HERE

Safe Schools Training Due

Friday, Sep. 29th, 7am

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN

The 2017 Safe Schools training has been submitted and you will begin receiving Safe Schools notifications through your email that you have online training courses to complete. The deadline for completing the courses is September 29, 2017. This is the annual online training for all staff members and should be completed as soon as possible. This year we will be sending out further training throughout the year so that we can cover more subjects. This will occur in November 2017 and February 2018. Please note it is not necessary to contact human resources or send completion certificates once you are finished as the system tracks and records completions.

If there are further questions please contact human resources.