A Cordelia Hills Staff Update, 9/14/2018

Glows and Grows

I was able to visit a ton of classes this week! I did the walk-thru form for some and Glows/Grows for the others. First, I was seeing a ton of high quality instruction. Truly engaging, rigorous, innovative instruction in science, writing, reading, and math! Bravo =)

Please know that I try to leave a reflective question after each walk-thru and I really am doing that to ignite a conversation. I encourage you to respond and to start that conversation with me!

PBIS Teams--We need you!

Thank you to Karen and Courtney for reaching out about joining our site PBIS teams. I still need more staff. There are no off-site trainings but there is an opportunity for during the school day meetings to do some of the PBIS work. Please message me right away or stop by if you are interested or have more questions!


Students seem REALLY excited about shaving my head/throwing pies/dropping water balloons. Currently, we are above 97% so the top class is in line to vote on what they get to do to me in early October! Eeek!

Remember, celebrate top attendance days this month. Some teachers are using chalk to celebrate on their doors while others put out signs if everyone is at school. You can use this sign if you would like! Thanks for your support of positive attendance habits at CH!

Universal Design for Learning

I had the chance to attend a UDL training earlier this week. The amount of resources and knowledge is great AND wide. One article stuck out for me. It is on the human brain, learning, and variability. I think it is worth a read. It has stuck in my mind as I contemplate how we all PLAN for our classes, students, and lessons. Check it out here: UDL and the Learning Brain

Student Recognition

Just a reminder about Student of the Month. You will enter your names here: Student of the Month Spreadsheet.


1. Enter up to two names/month on or before the due date listed on the spreadsheet.

2. We will give you two certificates to fill out. They will have the student photo. You will fill it out and give it to them.

3. I will fill out a postcard to mail home to the parent/family announcing the award.

4. They will have pizza lunch (if they wish) served by me (all dates are listed on the calendar already). I will remind students and staff the week and day before pizza.

5. If I am really on my game, I will announce names over the course of the week on morning announcements...

6. Please really make it clear to the student what they are receiving it for.

Fun Run

Our third annual Cordelia Hills Fun Run is coming up next month. Two important dates:

Pep Rally: October 9th (8:35 Tk-3, 9:35 4-5, 2:00 p.m. for PM TK-K)

Coyote Fun Run: October 17th (10:00 a.m. for grades TK-k, 11:00 a.m. for grades 4/5, and 12:30 p.m. for grades 1st-3rd)

Student will run on the field during the fun on the same basic course as last time. This year will not include color but will include other fun activities. More information is forthcoming from PTA and the school!

Book Fair--LIBRARY

The Book Fair is set up and is open for teachers to preview today. It will be open each day next week from 7:45-8:10 and again for one hour after the release of school (2:30-3:30 and 1:35-2:35)! Thanks for your support of the fair!


I will list SOME calendar events below but you should have access to MY calendar and the SCHOOL calendar on google. If you don't, let me know and we will get you added.


9/17-10/5: MAP Administration for Elementary Sites

9/17-9/21: **Book Fair, CH Library**

9/24: Student Greeting in the AM

9/26: TK-2, Charleston Wrapping

9/27: Picture Day

9/17-9/21: **Book Fair, CH Library**

9/21: End of Progress Report Period

9/28: Progress Reports Due to ADMIN

9/28: Increibles Movie Night in the MPR

10/5: Superintendent Visit

10/9: SChool Wide Pep Rally for Color Run (staggered assemblies)

10/17: School Wide Color Run (staggered runs)

10/26: Trunk or Treat, 6-8 pm, Blacktop

Reminder, Schedules/Calendars

Just a reminder:

Team Drive for all Schedules and Calendars includes Bell Schedule, District Calendar, Release Schedule, Release Make-Up Schedule, and Duty Schedule. Please refer to this for all the info. If you see a mistake or need assistance, please let me know right away.