Sloan Creek Intermediate School

The Leopard- December 17th

Are you ready to TACKLE the CHALLENGE?

3 Focuses for High Reliability

Bright Spots

Erin McClintick: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot She tackles each challenge with a smile--even when it comes to "decorating" her team for holiday contests!weekend! It was spectacular!

Jan McGill: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot Flexiblility....Tackling the Challenge........ and everything else. She is a ROCK star trying to hold SCIS together while she is training at LHS and still training Shelley here at SCIS!!!!!! Oh and let's not forget about her home life of tending to a farm. This lady is the definition of a miracle worker :)

Angie Rexford: Student Engagement Bright Spot because they have worked tirelessly to integrate a unit of study between Social Studies and Language Arts to help students increase their understanding of historical events.

Joe Nidever: Grow Each Child Bright Spot Always looking at how to take each student to the next level in their thinking and learning process. Challenging his partner teachers to do the same.

Peter Preheim: Grow Each Child Bright Spot It is a treat to watch as he stands by his door, shakes each child's hand and asks how they are. They enter that room knowing that he cares about them individually.

Jen Still: Student Engagement Bright Spot She used an awesome Survivor Activity for students to demonstrate real life application of decimals and fractions. Every student was engrossed in planning how to survive in the woods for 3 days. It was awesome to watch.


Look at these amazing Leopard Leaders! (From Last Week- Pardon My Oversight)

Fine Arts Department: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot Fine arts tackled the festival last weekend! It was spectacular! Your hard work allowed your students to impress everyone!

Lara Underwood: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot for being so visible in the hallways and at lunch and recess this year. Thank you for your positive attitude, encouraging words, and flexibility.We appreciate you!

Marci Peschke/Janet Tillman: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot for being super flexible and speedy and tackling the challenge of getting me all the books I needed in 20 minutes!

Stephanie Chaney: Tackle the Challenge Bright Spot for tackling the challenge of being team leader, it is hard to manage students, teachers and keep a positive attitude.

Cyndi Anderson and Erin McClintick Students Engagement Bright Spot because they have worked tirelessly to integrate a unit of study between Social Studies and Language Arts to help students increase their understanding of historical events.

Jennifer Waters: Grow Each Child Bright Spot she works so hard to grow every child in math. She engages students with her energetic personality and creative math games. Way to go on your dedication to every student each and every day!

Eva Logan: Flexibility Bright Spot because she took Caroline Garcia's class that another teacher was covering & merged them with hers so they could all go to work together. She wasn't asked to do this. The teacher stepping in REALLY appreciated her!

Cyndi Anderson :Cognitive Demand Bright Spot for spending hours planning engaging lessons and assessments with two different teams. Then after the hours of team planning, she goes and adapts the plans to make the activities and assignments more cognitively demanding for gifted learners.

If you know a staff member who should be considered for a Bright Spot in Technology Integration, Flexibility, Student Engagement, Tackling the Challenge or Cognitive Demand, Communication, Formative Assessment, or Grow Each Child send Ms. Peschke their name, the category, and why you are nominating them.

We are open to your feedback for improvment

In an effort to gauge how our leadership team is doing in supporting you, each 9 weeks our leadership team asks for direct and honest feedback to continually improve the our campus. This direct and honest feedback is key in allowing us to do our best work in supporting your leadership.

Click here to give us feedback on how our leadership teams are doing

Reminder Regarding Expectations Re-Set


Just a reminder for your planning that the first week after we return is critical for resetting and re-establishing classroom norms and expectations.

Our expectation is that each staff member spend some intentional time with each class revisiting your co-created norms and goals. Some questions you might post for discussion and implementation as you tweak your classroom goals and norms:

1. In your opinion, do our co-created class norms meet our needs?

2. How might we improve our class norms/expectations to make the spring semester even better?

3. What behaviors do you see as a class that you would like for others to extinguish?

4. What goals should our class set for the remainder of the year?

5. What goals do you have for the Spring?

Please let Lara or I know when each of you are having this "reset" conversation of our so we can support you.

Remember that we want to use our 7 habits as the foundation for this reflect on their thinking and behavior. Allyson also has TONS of great resources for you as you prepare for the first week back.

Nuts and Bolts

It's time again to nominate your 1 boy and 1 girl for the Leopard Leadership Award held on January 15th at 7:45 a.m.

***Please select your 1 boy and 1 girl by Friday, December 18th. ***






(see SCIS master academic calendar)


Monday, January 4

Grading period begins

ISTATION MOY Reading Assessment open thru 1/29. All ELAR Teachers

T Reagan B-Day (Sunday, January 3rd)

Tuesday, January 5

Wednesday, January 6


Staff Meeting - Committee

Thursday, January 7

Report Cards Home

Friday, January 8

Principal Coffee 7:45- 8:30 in Cafeteria

6th Math short Assessment

N Wojcik B-Day

D.Griffin B-Day (Saturday)


Monday, january 11

PTA Board Mtg 9:30 in Library

Tuesday, January 12

5th math unit 6

Wednesday, January 13

PTA Council 10:30-4

Staff Meeting-PD 3:15-5:00 Topic: How can we create a system where 100% of our kids get what they need 100% of the time in the areas of PST, 504, and Sped?

Thursday, January 14

5th Science Test Earth Sci

Friday, January 15

**Alternate Schedule**

Leadership Awards 7:45 am

Attendance Awards 8:15

School Wide Spelling Bee 1:15 pm

Kathleen Bankes B-Day (Saturday)

Three day weekend!

** = Action Items **

SCIS Master Academic Calendar

Click here to check to see when summative assessments are being planned. Please only 1 summative assessment per grade level per day. All summative assessments should be on this calendar and your personal google calendar on your website please

Lesson Planning

Share your team created lesson plans here each Friday

Digital Suggestion Box

Click here to give us anonymous feedback on areas that we can improve in and places that we are already meeting your expectations.

Sub Coverage

See current totals for who is covering classes