The Week Ahead Memo

State Road Elementary School

Monday, April 27, 2015

Events This Week!

M-STEP Testing Tuesday - Thursday this week!

Please help remind your students that they need to be respectful and quiet in the hallways at all times. Testing will take place in the classrooms and the computer lab. The computer lab schedule has been revised to show the M-STEP testing schedule.

Input for Improvement Meeting

Dr. J's next Input for Improvement Meeting is Tuesday, April 28 from 7-8pm at the FHS Lecture Room.

Leo's Family Night this Thursday!

This Thursday, April 30 is our next LEO's Family Night for State Road at the Leo's Coney Island on Silver Lake Road for 5-8pm! Please help remind your students and families! Thank you to First Grade for Hosting this month!

PTO Reciept Reimbursements Due

This Friday, May 1 is the deadline to submit receipts for reimbursement from our PTO.


I will be out of the building:

on Monday afternoon for Admin Curriculum Meetings

Grade Fixes for the Year!

As a reminder, our “Grade Fixes” that we agreed to pilot for this school year are:

▫ Fix 1: Don’t include student behaviors in grades; include only achievement

▫ Fix 5: Don’t consider attendance in grade determination; report absences separately

▫ Fix 6: Don’t include group scores in grades; use only individual achievement evidence

"Grading" SI Action Team Requests:

  • As a staff, we are going to focus on one fix per month
  • For this month, please read Fix #6: Don’t include group scores in grades; use only individual achievement evidence. Please read pp. 52-56 and provide your feedback to either Gabe or Callie. It is actually very easy reading and we do value your comments as we used them to lead our discussion.

    We will compile and share this feedback at our January team meeting and with the rest of the staff.

Observation / Evaluation Process Update

Round 3 of Observations will be completed this week! Our 'Noticings’ and ‘Wonderings’ sections will focus on the Dimension of (A) Assessment for Student Learning. I would like to begin holding Summative Evaluation Meetings next week!

    • Observations - We will again conduct a minimum of 3 observations for the year (district continuity).
    • Observations Time - These will be 15-30 min of lesson scripting and another 15 minutes of coding.
    • I should be able to access or view your daily lesson plans with assigned standards.
    • A difference from last year is that all observations will be unannounced (law compliance and district continuity).
    • We will have a Dimension focus during observations (up to two dimensions). The dimension focus areas will be the areas that Noticing’s, Wonderings, and Analysis will be derived.

Culture of Learning

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What's Happening Next Week?

  • Staff Appreciation Week is May 4-8!!!
  • The Annual District Art Show is Thursday, May 7 from 6-8pm at AGS Middle School!
  • State Road Garage Sale is Saturday, May 9 from 9am-2pm!


  • Our next Staff Meeting is on Tuesday, May 12 beginning at 7:35am in the Media Center!
  • Thursday, May 14 is the Safety Patrol Tiger's Game!
  • Our next Hungry Howie's Fundraiser Night is Thursday, May 14!
  • Popcorn Day is Friday, May 15!
  • The Fenton Tiger 5k Run/WALK and Tiger Trot is Saturday, May 16!

Kid's Hope USA

Staff, I have been working with a local church to bring "Kid's Hope USA" to State Road! This is an adult mentorship program where trained adults would work with select students one hour per week in a supportive, caring role. This program will take some time to get the Kid's Hope Coordinator and mentors trained and certified. It's my 'hope' to have this great program start in the fall!