Prestwood Messenger

January 11, 2016


We had a great first two days of BEST training for kids. It was a chance for us to bring everyone at Prestwood onto the same page. I just shared our work with parents in the weekly newsletter home. Hopefully we will get some good support from parents in this important work.

Not surprisingly, many bad behaviors continued after BEST training. No one expected 440 students to magically change from a 90 minute review. The way we can really support kids making good choices is to help them reflect on it consistently. Please plan a few times this week to check in with you class about behaviors in the areas we covered. Ask them where they are being successful and where they need to improve. Ask them what it will take to improve. Most of all, congratulate them for their successes.

I wanted to make sure to thank our BEST team. Thank you teachers Karen, Suzanne, and Signe and parents Kathy Pine and Kourtney Bauer. This committee easily doubled its anticipated time commitment, and they rose to the challenge. I think our work in implementing BEST has been stellar due to the dedication of this team. In addition to being good readers and mathematicians, it is rewarding help kids become good people. Thank you all.

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This Week's Events

Monday, January 11, 2016

8:20 - 9:20 IEP (Estes)

8:35 - 9:50 BEST Day (K & 2)

9:30 - 10:30 IEP (Perkins)

10:45 - 11:45 IEP (Perkins)

12:15 - 1:15 SST (Peterson)

1:30 - 2:30 IEP (Katzel)

3:30 - 5:00 Staff Meeting - Most Likely to Succeed (Sebastiani Theatre)

6:00 - 7:30 PTO Meeting (Library)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Maker Faire Supply Walk Through (Room 62)

9:00 - 10:00 Prestwood School Tour

2:50 - 3:50 (Griffith)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

8:30 - 12:30 Gender Spectrum Training (Jason, Beth, Eileen, Stefanie, and Hannah out)

1:45 - 3:00 GL Collaboration - Walk to Read Data: 2/3 (Room 12) and 4/5 (Room 34)

3:00 - 4:00 Leadership Meeting (Room 26)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

8:30 - 12:00 Admin Council (Jason off site)

12:30 - 4:00 Elementary Principal Meeting (Jason off site)

6:30 - 8:00 GATE Parent Meeting (Altimira Middle School)

Friday, January 15, 2016

9:00 - 11:00 Furniture Meeting at the DO

Read Aloud

Thanks to all of you who have set up times for me to come read last week. I love reading with your kids. If I have not had the chance to read to your kids, email or talk to me about a time that works for you.
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Most Likely To Succeed

Staff Meeting on Monday, January 11th:

Monday is the day! Our staff meeting will take place at Sebastiani Theater to watch the documentary about education called Most Likely to Succeed.

Classified Staff: We would love to have you join us for the movie. While this is on a voluntary basis, please consider joining us if you would like to see a great movie about education and the future. The snack bar will be open! Here is a link to the film trailer: The movie starts promptly at 3:30 and ends at 5:00.


Are you interested in trying out the math version of the STAR assessment? Karen Taggesell has set up a trial with our account for the next 60 days. If you a 2nd-5th grade teacher, give it a try and see what you think. You access it just like you do the STAR reading.

New Preschool

Our new preschool has opened. It is located in Room 42. Please swing by and say hello to the staff there. Kerry Knight is the site supervisor. As time goes on, the preschool will become more integrated into out school. Please help them feel welcome.

Helen Buckley Award

Congratulations to Ethel Tedsen and Mary Mellinger for being recognized as inspirational teachers by the Helen Buckley foundations. I am sure you will agree that they are both well deserving of such an award.

Writing Date Canceled

The third date for writing training on April 19 has been canceled. Please make sure you cancel your sub if you had already arranged one.

On the Horizon

1/11 BEST Training Day (K/1)

1/11 Staff Meeting

1/11 PTO Meeting

1/12 K/1 Walk to Read Begins

1/4-1/22 District STAR/EarlySTAR

1/21-2/5 Math PT Administration Window

1/21 Spelling Bee in Multi

1/25 District Grade Level Meeting

2/1-2/5 Prestwood Maker Week

2/1 PTO Meeting

2/2 School Site Council

2/5 Math Performance Task

2/8 Staff Meeting

2/22 Staff Meeting

2/23 Writing Training #1 (@ Prestwood)

3/7 District Grade Level Meeting

3/8 Writing Training #2 (@ Prestwood)

3/7-3/18 STAR/EarlySTAR

4/4 Staff Meeting

4/11 District Grade Level Meeting

4/25 Staff Meeting

5/9 Staff Meeting

5/9-5/20 STAR/EarlySTAR

5/23 Staff Meeting