March 21, 2016

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KUDOS TO............................

Thanks to Moshe, Renee, Kristy, Katie, and Kari for all of their efforts to help IREAD testing run smoothly. All of you are awesome!

Thanks to the entire staff for a great storm drill this morning. All of the students moved quickly and quietly to their designated areas. Thanks for taking the time to teach the procedures.

Congratulations to Trina

Trina and her husband have accepted positions for the 2016-2017 school year at Rosslyn School in Nairobi, Kenya. We wish her and her husband well on their new path and hope that she will take good memories with her of her year at Waterford. Blessings to you and your family as you embark on a new journey in life!


Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, Tonda Carrick's position will no longer be funded. Over the next few months, she will be working with the office staff to distribute her duties as we work through this transition. We appreciate your service to Waterford and Goshen Community Schools. She will be missed!


Kyle Green and students will be featured in an upcoming commercial for the Good of Goshen. They will be filming on Wednesday, March 23rd at Waterford. This is an exciting opportunity to highlight Waterford, our students, and staff. I appreciate Kyle's willingness to "step up" and be a "shining star" for Waterford and Goshen Community Schools! KUDOS!


As the Leadership Team moves forward towards next school year, one team member has indicated that she would like to have more time to concentrate on learning the TAP Rubric and new grade level curriculum. Therefore, Jamie Olcese will be stepping down from the Mentor role next year to focus her energies into these areas. As a result, we are looking for a new Mentor for the Leadership Team. If you are interested in being a part of this AMAZING team, please let me know by April 15th.


Please be thinking of nominating a student from your classroom for the Turnaround Award given by central office each year. We need at least two or more nominations! These students will be recognized at the board meeting on May 9th. So, we will need nominations to the office by April 1st. Please turn any nominees names into Katrina before Spring Break.


Since I was at the TAP Conference this week, the TLT worked on Field Testing with Julea in my absence. During the week of March 21st, we will be working on our new TLT Goal and building leadership skills within the mentors on our team. Below is our new goal.

New TLT Goal:

In order to be viewed as leaders, Mentor teachers will take a more active role in cluster by creating and implementing “norms” for the Mentor Role during cluster. This will be measured by mentor leadership roles in cluster weekly agendas, cluster weekly PowerPoint presentations, and cluster notes.


March 21: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m.; Cluster 3:10-4:10 p.m.; Happy Day Club, Robotics; Running Records PD 8:15-11:15 a.m. for K-2 Teachers; PTO Meeting 6:00

March 22: Co-Teaching PD; Camp Amigo Meeting for 5th Grade at 5:30 p.m.

March 23: Book Club 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Katrina's House

March 24: Last Day for Reading Camp; TLT from 3:10-4:20 p.m.


March 28: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m.; Cluster 3:10-4:10 p.m.; Happy Day Club, Robotics; School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.

March 29: New Teacher Breakfast 6:30-7:30 a.m., JoAnna's; PTO Hacienda Night

March 30:

Solar Panels Coming to Waterford (Per Goshen News Article)

Solar panel projects

Solscient Energy co-founder Granger Souder spoke to Goshen school board members Monday to share preliminary plans for solar panels to be installed on portions of the roofs at Waterford Elementary School and Goshen High School.

The two Goshen school buildings were selected by NIPSCO from a pool of more than 70 applicants for the project.

The solar energy firm, based in Ohio, will lease roof space from the school corporation for $4,000 per roof for 15 years and will provide a one-time payment of $7,000 per roof once construction has been completed.

Souder estimated that over the next 15 years, the school corporation will earn approximately $134,000 as a result of the partnership.

The equipment will be owned and operated by Solscient Energy and there will be no maintenance for Goshen Community Schools, Souder said.

Installation of the panels will take place this summer and is expected to take approximately three weeks.

Work at Waterford Elementary will begin May 31 and conclude June 17 and the Goshen High School project will begin June 6 and is expected to be completed by June 23.

GCS News & Notes

During the 2014-15 school year, the evaluation committee (comprised of teachers and administrators) met to begin digesting the requirements and developing our district evaluation plan. Annually our plan must be submitted to the IDOE for monitoring and compliance. Following are the pieces of the legislative requirements which had to be addressed:

Objective measures of student achievement and growth must significantly inform the evaluation. These measures must include:

Ø Student assessment results from statewide assessments for certificated employees whose responsibilities include instruction in subjects measured in statewide assessments.

Ø Methods for assessing student growth for certificated employees who do not teach in areas measured by statewide assessments; and Ø Student assessment results from locally developed assessments and other test measures for certificated employees whose responsibilities may or may not include instruction in subjects and areas measured by statewide assessments.

For the 2015-16 school year, the committee determined that we would use the TAP metrics that have been applied for the performance based compensation (PBC) and apply these same metrics as we factor student achievement measures into the overall effectiveness ratings for teachers. As you know, these metrics are only based on ISTEP and school letter grades. Thus, the first bullet point above is now included in our plan. However, we must address the other components for the 2016-17 school year. Failure to do so could result in the loss of significant revenue for the district that could be applied to performance pay in the future (through the Teacher Performance Grant).

In order to address the last two assessment measures listed above, we are considering two possibilities: (1) extending/expanding the use of NWEA as a growth measure for some grade levels; and (2) joining a Consortium of schools that have joined together to develop assessments for non-tested grades and subject areas. In the coming months, members of the evaluation committee will be learning more about both of these options and assisting administration in forming a compliant evaluation plan for GCS.