Lance's Ledger

March 21 - 25 at Central Elementary

Students Share Science Fair Projects

Mrs. Kirchner's and Mrs. Stuart's Grade 3- 4 CAP students conducted their annual fair last Thursday and Friday. Anyone visiting the science displays found students deeply and enthusiastically engaged in discussing scientific observations and discoveries. Several students spent the weekend at Kettering University competing in the Flint Area Science Fair. Fourth grader Andy Shorkey earned three awards for his project on Age and Its Effect on Hand-Eye Coordination. His awards included:
  • Overall sixth place in his division which came with $25 and a trophy
  • McLaren's Achievement in Medicine and Health Sciences Award
  • St. Mary's of Michigan Excellence in Medical Science Award

Andy shared that his research showed people in the 20-39 year old age group had the best coordination while people who were 60 plus years of age had less coordination. Congratulations to Andy and all our budding scientists and researchers!


Our mini-QAR is Monday at 4:15 PM in the library. You should be proud of the work you all have done in preparing to report out on our accomplishments, challenges we embrace, and plans we have to move on to greater achievements. As part of the process of continuous improvement the mini-QAR acts as an activity which helps us review our progress, benefit from external input, and ultimately adjust our efforts toward even higher student and organizational achievement. None of this is possible without TEAMWORK where the talents of our diverse group comes together to serve as the foundation for furthering student achievement. Hold your head high and believe in the power of the TEAM. Together Everyone Achieves More!

Staff Team Completes CPI Training

Several Central Elementary staff members completed their CPI (which includes non-violent physical Intervention response) training last Monday. With the training Central now has multiple staff members on each floor available to assist other staff members when there may a situation requiring deescalation of major student behaviors. While physical intervention may be appropriate as a last resort to prevent injury to other students or staff, much of the training focused on recognizing triggers to major behavior incidents and dealing with them through non-physical deescalation techniques. A portion of this training may of interest to the entire staff and I would be willing to see if our trainers (Sue Darby and Melissa Biazza) would be willing to present on some deescalation techniques during a future staff meeting or PD.

Our newly trained team will be meeting in the near future to organize response protocols and communicate a plan to all staff. CPI certified staff in our building include: Melissa Jones, Erin O'Connor, Becky Romzek, Kris White, Tim Rutkowski, Chelsea Long, Brenda Smith, Jodi McDaniel, Sue Darby, Tracy Hackman, and Lance Harper.

State Superintendent to Visit Central

In last week's Ledger I shared State Superintendent Brian Whiston would be visiting Central during his time in Davison on Tuesday, March 29. Plans for his visit are confirmed and his itinerary follows.

  • He will arrive at Central between 10:15 -10:20 and visit the GSRP wing first;
  • Tour our newly renovated building
  • Visit the CAP program (Ben Montgomery's second grade)
  • At 10:45 AM he will proceed to the Alumni Room for a brief press conference with local media
  • Superintendent Whiston will depart Central at 11 AM for a meeting with board members, administrators and local community leaders.

I welcoming Superintendent Whiston to Central I ask teachers to help with a few cosmetic issues which include:

1.) Ensure all student lockers are closed;

2.) Remove sticky tack and tape from walls (above lockers, etc.) where posters, and signs are no longer displayed. It is perfectly okay to keep the tents and displays up at the ends of the hallways, in the commons and throughout the building. Appropriate student work is a nice touch!

3.) Be sure students place paper towels in waste receptacles restrooms;

4.) Avoid using the printer in the Alumni Room from 10:00 - Noon (local media will be in the Alumni Room prior to the press conference.

Superintendent Whiston's visit is a fantastic opportunity for our District, our school, and our staff and students. Thank you for helping showcase the pride we hold for our achievements and facilities.

P.S. Perhaps we can have a couple of students present Superintendent Whiston with special greetings from the student body as a whole! Let's talk more about this as our week begins!

K-4 New Math Adoption

The K-4 Math committee has made the recommendation to move forward with the adoption of Everyday Math for the upcoming school year. ACC approved the report as written. That said, Davison will be moving from Envisions to Everyday Math this fall. In order to prepare staff for this change, all grade levels will be having a half day inservice in June to begin training with the new materials. Then on August 17th all K-4 teachers will receive an additional 6 hours of professional development with the Everyday Math program. This will give all staff 9 hours of PD on the new math program prior to the start of the new school year.

Since we will use floating subs for the half day inservice, I will complete sub requests for the inservice in June. For floating subs we use a different form than the normal prearranged form. The dates for the June PLCs is as follows:

  • June 7th—1st and 2nd grade
  • June 8th—3rd and 4th grade
  • June 9th—Kdg.

Exact times for the inservices have not been set yet but will be disseminated prior to the inservice dates.

Student Data and Growth

Over the past few weeks I have met with all teachers regarding student growth goals. First, let me say, I found our conversations to be uplifting, thought-provoking and representative of professional commitment and caring. We are all in this together and we need teamwork and renewed effort to reach our goals which in many cases are stretching us to better than we sometimes think we can be. That extra push is what elevates us to the next level and, after dialogue with teachers, I believe we can reach a new level toward the goal of ensuring that ALL students LEARN.

As I said earlier, we are all in this together. In that spirit I would like to share with you the data we have by grade level by district building and the expectations my evaluator has of me as to where Central needs to be by the end of the school year.

STAR Math Grade 2

  • Grade 1 district growth is 65%
  • Grade 1 Central Growth is 67%
  • My Goal is 70%
  • District students at benchmark is 54%
  • Central students at benchmark is 50%
  • My Goal is 60%

STAR Math Grade 3

  • Grade 3 district growth is 56%
  • Grade 3 Central growth is 61%
  • My goal is 65%
  • District students at benchmark is 64%
  • Central students at benchmark is 61%
  • My goal is 65%

STAR Math Grade 4

  • Grade 4 district growth is 57%
  • Grade 4 Central growth is 59%
  • My goal is 65%
  • District students at benchmark is 61%
  • Central students at benchmark is 55%
  • My goal is 65%

DRA2 Benchmarks

  • Grade 1 district = 84%
  • Grade 1 Central = 85%
  • My Grade 1 Goal = 90%

  • Grade 2 district = 81%
  • Grade 2 Central = 81%
  • My Grade 2 Goal = 86%

  • Grade 3 district = 73%
  • Grade 3 Central = 71%
  • My Grade 3 Goal = 76%

  • Grade 4 district = 81%
  • Grade 4 Central = 76%
  • My Grade 4 Goal = 82%

DIBELS % @ Composite Core

  • Grade 1 district = 73%
  • Grade 1 Central = 75%
  • My Grade 1 Goal = 80%

  • Grade 2 district = 79%
  • Grade 2 Central = 84%
  • My Grade 2 Goal = 90%

  • Grade 3 district = 68%
  • Grade 3 Central = 66%
  • My Grade 3 Goal = 75%

  • Grade 4 district = 66%
  • Grade 4 Central = 69%
  • My Grade 4 Goal = 75%

In most instances reaching or exceeding goals is a matter of moving 5-6 students per teacher from levels below benchmark to the benchmark levels. Doing so automatically moves the growth lines as well. We often see the "light bulb" go on with several students toward the end of this marking period. Indeed, a couple of you have already shared data that shows substantial improvement since we reviewed your data. The key has been in allowing the data to drive your instruction so you know which students need to show growth. In many instances it was not your lowest group but some of the brightest students who might not be challenged. Noted is the fact that teachers identified the need for training in differentiation of instruction in our school improvement needs assessment. That honesty and awareness is indicative of true professionals who want to do their very best to promote student learning. Kudos to you!

Keep up the effort. I am looking forward to seeing your new data during data days on the 29th and 30th of this month. That will be our time to reorganize and rededicate efforts toward moving our kiddos up the ladder of success and closing the learning gaps between low and non- SES student achievement.

This Week at Central

Monday, March 21

  • Mini-QAR
  • Progress Monitoring Week
  • Week 3 reading logs due
  • Week 4 reading logs go home
  • Grade 2 ForMar visits

Tuesday, March 22

  • District Grade Level PLC: Grade 2 (8:00 Am - 3:00 PM @ Williams Center), Lance will be at this event all day
  • Tornado Drill (Kris White will coordinate)
  • Grade 4 ForMar Visits
  • PTO Meeting @ 6 PM

Wednesday, March 23

  • PD 7:15 - 8:15 on Google Email- all staff with email attends
  • CAP PLC from 2-3:20 PM
  • Week 3 Reading totals in Google Docs
  • Grade 3 ForMar visits

Thursday, March 24

  • District Grade Level PLC: Grade 3 (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Williams Center)
  • Grade 4 students to DHS Auditorium for music introduction (9-10:30 AM)
  • Grade 1 ForMar visits
  • Admin. Academy Intern shadows Lance in PM
  • Students invited to bring stuffed animal to school as a reading buddy
  • Lance at Thomson Mini-QAR after school (4 PM)

Friday, March 25

  • Good Friday (holiday), No School for students & staff (building closed)

Sunday, March 27

  • Have a Blessed and Happy Easter

Looking Ahead

March 2016

  • March 28...Brainstormers Assembly Part 2 in AM: Student Writings Come Alive!; IEP Meetings in AM; Lance out of office PM
  • March 29...Data Day Grades 1 & 3; Grade 4 Concert rescheduled for 7 PM @ DHS; State Supt. Whiston visits Central for tour and press conference
  • March 30...Data Day Grades 2 & 4
  • March 31...Building Rep. Meeting 7:30 - 8:10; Principals' Mtg. (8:00 - 10:00 AM); End of 3rd MP; Fire Drill ; Early Release Day (students dismissed at 1:28 PM) - Agenda for PD is School Improvement (1:45 - 4:45 PM)

April 2016

  • April 1...AM PD (3 hours; pending time 8-11 AM) /PM is Teacher Records Day-may work from home
  • April 4-8...Spring Break
  • April 11...Classes Resume; Report Grades & comments in Synergy by 4 PM
  • April 12...Report Cards printed and to teachers; PLC
  • April 13...Staff Meeting
  • April 14...Lance @ admin. mtg (9:30 - Noon); Parent/Teacher Conference 4:30 -7:30 PM for Central (Open conferences/No appointment needed)
  • April 15...Team Leader Mtg. (7:40 - 8:10 AM)
  • April 18...ACC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)
  • April 19...PTO Meeting 6 PM
  • April 20...District Grade Level PLC: K (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ William's Center); Fire Drill
  • April 21...Lance @ prin. mtg. (9:30 - Noon); Lockdown Drill
  • April 25 - May 6...M-STEP Testing for Grade 3
  • April 26...PLC (except Grade 3)
  • April 27...District Grade Level PLC: Grade 1 (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Williams Center); Staff Meeting; CAP PLC (2:00 - 3:20 PM)
  • CST Meetings
  • April 29...Parent Requests for Teachers Ends; Bldg. Rep. Mtg. (7:30 - 8:10 AM)

May 2016

  • May 2-6...M-STEP Testing for Grade 3
  • May 2...DPA CMC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)
  • May 4...Staff meeting
  • May 5...Lance @ prin. mtg. (9:30 - Noon)
  • May 6...Team Leader Mtg.; Fire Drill
  • May 9 - 25...M-STEP Testing for Grade 4
  • May 10...PLC (Except Grade 4)
  • May 11...Early Release Day
  • May 12...Lance@ admin. Mtg. (9:30 - Noon)
  • May 13...DIBELS Testing Ends
  • May 17...PTO Meeting
  • May 18...Staff Meeting
  • May 19...Lance @ prin. mtg. (9:30 - Noon)
  • May 24... PLC
  • May 25...CAP PLC (2-3:20 PM)
  • May 26...Bldg. Rep. mtg. 7:30-8:10; CST Metings
  • May 27...Lance out of building for PM
  • May 30...Memorial Day/ No School for Students or Staff

June 2016

  • June 1...Staff Meeting
  • June 2...Tornado Drill; Team Leader Meting
  • June 3...PTO Color Walk
  • June 6...DHS Graduation
  • June 7...Inservice on Everyday Math - Grade 1 AM/Grade 2 PM
  • June 8...Inservice on Everyday Math - Grade 3 AM/ Grade 4 PM
  • June 10...Lance out of building for PM
  • June 13...DPA CMC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)
  • June 15...Staff Meeting
  • June 16...1/2 student day
  • June 17...Student 1/2 day / Last student day* (*teachers may check out if finished on June 17 by 4:30 PM)
  • June 20...1/2 teacher day/Last Teacher Day
  • June 24...Building closes to public for summer

Thought for the Week

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Stay the course. Teach behavior so children learn. The times that seem most challenging are the times you make the most difference. You point out the path of excellence on which children will travel.