Sipley School Weekly Howl

Week of Monday, September 28, 2015

For every one of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn't always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school.

Oprah Winfrey

Well Done, Sipley Staff

I have seen some thought filled self-evaluations where staff members have examined each of the twenty-two evaluation standards. It is quite evident that time was spent well as many of you have remarked about the impact that taking the time to go through the standards, examining the evaluation rubric, and then thinking about the strengths and areas of opportunity had and will have on teaching and learning.

Rising Star Update

Our Rising Star Leadership team is made up of Rhonda, Danielle, Cyndi, Pete, Angela, Claire, and myself. They have been introduced to the previous Rising Star work that has been done. Our previous work focused on looking at data to make decisions about school improvement. This work has resulted in changes at tier I and during DEB, which contributed to significant student growth last year. This new team has BIG shoes to fill!


The team established norms in the last meeting and gained an understanding of continuous school improvement planning versus simply writing a plan. The team is currently examining a host of school indicators and they will choose one indicator that they feel will have the greatest impact on student achievement. On Monday, team members will share their choice with the team and why they chose the indicator. I will lead the team through a collaborative process where they will make a decision on one school indicator that will bring focus to the work we do. Don't worry, this won't result in new learning or change, but strengthen something that we are already doing and that aligns to our Academic Transformation Plan. We will share that information and other follow-up information at a later date.

Student Goals

Classroom teachers were provided student growth charts and ECRA data that revealed the projections of all students. Each student in our school will be aware of their projected score for the area they are tracking. They will chart their growth starting with the Fall benchmarking score, the November mid-pt. benchmark, the Winter benchmark, the March benchmark, and the Spring benchmark. Students will also write goals, giving thought to what they will do to reach their projected scores.


A professional goal of mine is that 95% of all students in K-6 will complete student growth goals based on ECRA projections in reading and/or math.


Therefore, I will be asking teachers to submit student growth goals as I have to use that as evidence of attainment of the goal. I will be asking for all student goal sheets soon, so that I can see the charts containing the Fall benchmark score, the projected score, and goals that students have written. *Remember that new students do not have ECRA projections. For new students, please use the year end projection that STAR provides for the individual student.


If you have any questions about this or if I can assist you in any way, please ask me.

Crisis Intervention

In the past, when a student was in crisis, a teacher would use their call button to call the "Husky Team" to their room when students acted out verbally or physically. The team members were MENTA trained where de-escalation was the first step in resolving a crisis, and if needed, physical management.


We have shifted from MENTA to CPI. Those who have seen measures used via MENTA, please remove past practices from your mind. CPI is different. CPI provides the best Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security for the individuals in our charge, even in violent moments. CPI is a nonviolent physical crisis intervention, used only as a last resort when a person is a danger to self or others.


If there is a situation that you need support, use the call button and ask for the "Husky Team." This will be quickly relayed from the office and the office will do an all call, for example, "The Husky Team is needed in Mr. Serpe's room, room number 112." Only trained CPI staff who are available should calmly make their way to the room location and once at least two members get there, one person will take the lead and direct staff and students on the next steps, which may include leaving the classroom, isolating a student with the trained CPI staff members.


Those trained in CPI are Rhonda, Danielle, Kim O., Maureen, Ryan, Angela, and myself.


If there are any questions, please ask me.

Here is a Glance at the Week Ahead

Monday - 5th Grade PLC - 8:25 - 9:15

Monday - ALL STAFF Monday Meeting - 3:00 - 4:00 - Annual Law Enforcement Table Top Exercise.

Monday - School Board Meeting - 7:30

Tuesday - Admin Meeting - 10:30 - ?

Tuesday - After School Programming Begins

Wednesday - 6th Grade PLC - 8:25 - 9:15

Wednesday - 3rd Grade PLC - 9:20 - 10:10

Wednesday - 4th Grade PLC - 10:15 - 11:05

Wednesday - 1st Grade PLC - 2:05 - 2:55

Wednesday - Kindergarten PLC - 3:00 - 3:30

Thursday - Mary Ann Brinkman's Birthday!!!

Thursday - Fall Picture Day

Thursday - 3rd Grade Field Trip to Napersettlement

Friday - 2nd Grade PLC - 1:15 - 2:05

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