Corbat Chronicle

Week of October 11

October 11, 2015

Dear Team:

Thank you for the thoughtful discussions at our fall data meetings. I appreciated the problem solving and 'outside the box' thinking to create some math intervention groups as well. Our tier 2 and 3 MTSS groups will begin meeting on Tuesday. If you have specific concerns about any students that should be discussed at a Student Assistance Team Meeting, please complete this form: CLICK HERE FOR SAT FORM

October "Student of the Month" nominations are still needed from a few teachers. Please submit your nominations on THIS LINK. Office staff will take pictures of these students this week. The pictures will be displayed in one of the main showcases outside of the office rather than in the plastic display outside of classrooms. Please feel free to use that plastic to display other information for your classroom. I will be around this week to videotape each teacher with his/her two students to share a few words about why the students were nominated. These clips will be used to make an October Student of the Month video and shared with families on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Teachers: Thank you for submitting your SMART goals on Teachscape. I will review them this week. Please send me an outlook calendar invitation for the date and time you would like to schedule your first observation. I will then set up a pre-observation conference with you.

Our next Early Release day is Thursday, October 22nd. We will be together in our building. Please take THIS SHORT SURVEY to indicate how we can best spend our time together.

Recently, I saw this quote on social media: The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways. This has stayed with me and caused me to reflect on some of our students. Behavior is a communication. Understanding the message in a child’s behavior is incredibly helpful for changing those behaviors. To put it another way, something is behind or underneath unwanted behavior; triggering or motivating or strengthening it. Those hidden drivers are usually unmet needs of some variety. Please take a few minutes to read this article and reflect on actions we can take:

Extreme student behavior: 7 traps to avoid when NOTHING seems to work

The week ahead...(I will visit one to two grade levels each day to pull Treasure Chest slips)

  • Monday: 3:45 GEARup2LEAD follow-up meeting (Rebecca, Andrew and Jennifer). Our #COLchat topic is Paradigm Shifts. We will be asking questions from our #COLchat Reflections book. Join us at 9PM!
  • Tuesday: 5th grade Math Teacher Lab at Syring from 1:00-3:45
  • Wednesday: Staff meeting 7:45-8:30 in Kristie's room. CLICK HERE for the agenda.
  • Thursday: I will be at the administration building all morning for a district leadership meeting.

Announcements and reminders:

  • A quick note on P.D. forms: Please be sure to fill out the amount of the workshop. If it is free, enter $0. Also, please call switchboard the day prior to being absent for a workshop to ensure a substitute has been arranged for you.
  • Please add your name and the activity you are planning for your classroom on this link: We will serve lunch as normal and begin the festival in the afternoon at 1:00.
  • WANTED: Ideas for Fall/Halloween Leadership Activities. Please add ideas on the Google link above.
  • WANTED: More K-1 books for our book bin outside of the gym.

Have a great week!


Please read the article below for a great tip on teaching place value

check out the mstep calendar for this spring

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