McAuliffe Matters

Week of May 9 - 13, 2016

Dear Teachers & Staff,

As we approach the close of the current school year, we are actively planning and looking ahead to next year and beyond. The Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) Team and Instructional Leadership Team met last week to finalize the 2016-2018 school improvement plan. It is an ambitious plan that will continue to drive the school forward and lead to student success. The Counseling Department met on Friday and started working on the 2016-2017 annual calendar. We will be reaching out soon to get your feedback and input on certain areas. We look forward to sharing more information as it will take the work of all faculty members to lead this work forward.

Please continue to share your photos of students engaged in learning so they can be included in the weekly McAuliffe Matters. I included a few photos from a professional development opportunity I attended last week at Roosevelt University. A former New Jersey Principal, Baruti Kafele, spoke about school leadership practices for transforming the attitudes of at-risk students. He was one of the best speakers I have ever heard - engaging, enthusiastic, thought-provoking, and reflective. I encourage you to take a look at his website and watch some of his inspirational messages posted on YouTube:

Teachers, here are a few reminders for this week:

1) Final Flex Day: Tuesday, May 10 @ 3:00 - 5:00 pm

2) REACH Performance Task Window Open: Please administer this week;

3) Roster Verification: Begin to review rosters, collaborate, and submit - Educators have until May 27th to review and submit their classroom and Performance Task rosters.

4) Components 4b-4e Professional Responsibilities

Educators on an annual plan and year 2 of a biennial plan will receive 4b-4e ratings for 2015-16. May 27th is the last day to enter 4b- 4e evidence.

The Weekly Attendance Report and IEP Weekly Calendar is shared at the end of the newsletter and connected directly to Google Drive.

Enjoy your week at school!

Principal Baruti Kafele @ Roosevelt University

Minecraft Steve meets 3rd Grade Math & Measurements

5th Grade Geometric Shapes

Chicago Opera Playhouse: Mozart's Magic Flute

Attendance Fest: Grades 3-5

Weekly Attendance Report

Click below to access the report on Google Drive

Weekly IEP Meeting Reminder

Weekly IEP Meeting Reminder