Making a Difference Today for a Better Tomorrow

Week Of January 22, 2018


High Level Reading Instruction

This month has marked the third time I have had the chance to come visit your classrooms and learn more about our journey with CAFE and conferring. It is amazing to see the high level implementation that is happening around the building in meeting students needs, conferring around strategies and the use of the conferring folders.

I love having these conversations about reading successes as CSE. The literacy culture at CSE has changed dramatically in the past 4 years and I am really excited to see where the next 4 years will take us. How do you get better? Focus on these three areas to be a High Quality Literacy instructor.

1. Standards- Know your standards well. Focus on the 1 up and 1 down to better differentiate to your students needs.

2. Content- How much do you know about literacy? What are the fundamental pillars? What is the progression of skills needed to be successful for our students?

3. Strategies- What strategy will show engagement and differentiate the learners in your classroom?

Finally.. Go Vikes! STILL Praying for a Sweet, Decisive Win this Weekend!


Have a great week!


#Keep Your Day and stay #CSESTRONG

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Weekly Schedule

Monday - Jan. 22

  • DAY 3
  • 7:30 - SAT
  • Faith Formation - Grades 1/2

Tuesday - Jan. 23

  • DAY 4
  • 7:30 - Staffing Day
  • 7:35 - Health & Safety
  • Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5
  • 12:20 - Stearns Electric - Gr. 3 Baumann/Freeman
  • 1:20 - Stearns Electric - Gr. 3 Johnson/Kramer

Wednesday - Jan. 24

  • DAY 1
  • 7:30 - Bldg. Collaboration

Thursday - Jan. 25

  • DAY 2
  • 7:30 - PLC
  • 3:00 - Digital Leadership

Friday - Jan. 26

  • DAY 3
  • 11:55 - 3 Hr. Early Dismissal

Class of the Week!

3rd Grade Freeman

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This week we relaunched the CSE Class of the week with some new twists! Have a class that you have observed meeting and exceeding our Spartan Pledge? You can nominate them here! https://rocori.wufoo.com/forms/csestrong-class-of-the-week-nomination-form/

CSE RPS 2018

Sweet Sixteen!

The first six to reach the Sweet Sixteen!

Linz, Piene, Konop, Kramer, McCarney, Bergeson



This Monday, we begin the annual RPS tournament. This is an internal 80 person single elimination tournament for fun and bragging rights. Follow your Favorite CSE staff Member's progress here! Remember to report your results to the CSE office!

4th Annual CSE RPS 2018 http://challonge.com/CSERPS2018

Pillars of Literacy

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CSE Vision 2017

This is a preview of some of the background work done by our building leadership team. More work and revisions will come from whole staff during upcoming staff meetings. The process followed the organization work in the book "Traction" by Gino Wickman. We have work to share with you about our forecasted future including a 10 year, 3 year, 1 year and 90 day goals. Thank you to the CSE BLT for their inclusive work.. they represented you well!
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Loraine Ashfeld - Jan. 2

Aaron Schneider - Jan. 13

Kaylin Diaz - Jan. 14

Irene Klein - Jan. 19

Sharon Posch - Jan. 22

Joyce Baumann - Jan. 23

Nancy Schroeder - Jan. 24

Tom Petroski - Jan. 28

Kim Tadych - Jan. 31

1/2 - Michelle Neu - July 2

1/2 - Cherie Eickhoff - July 10

1/2 - Leslie Buttweiler - July 10

1/2 - Jason Teig - July 11

1/2 - Arin Spindler - July 14

1/2 - Keisha Kramm - July 15

1/2 - Belinda Walsh - July 21

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January 1/2 - NO SCHOOL

January 3 - Classes resume!

January 15 - No Students - District Academy Day

January 26 - 3 Hr. Early Dismissal

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Social Media @ ROCORI

Please consider sending in your information and a few pictures for the Staff Spotlight on the district Facebook page. Here are the steps:

1. Fill out the short survey from this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2HB359

2. Send 1-4 pictures of yourself to socialmedia@rocori.k12.mn.us

2017-2018 WBWF Goals


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the READING will increase from 54.6% in 2017 to 65% in 2018.


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the MATH MCA will increase from 60.4% in 2017 to 68% in 2018.

What are potential FOCUS areas of Improvements for SLG/PGP?

Time on Text

Close Reading

Oral Vocabulary Usage/Development


Student Targets

Standard Alignment and Deconstruction

If you are ON CYCLE... you can schedule your PRE/ Observation/ and Post with Loraine

CSE Health and Safety Electronic Forms

Building Safety Request

See something that doesn't seem safe? Fill out the form and submit!

Building Improvement Request

Have some ideas on how to improve our school for staff, students and parents? Fill out the form and make a request!

Congrats, Kudos, and Thank You!

The CSE Fun Committee for Organizing and Promoting the Annual RPS Tourney!

The BLT for a fun and Engaging Work Day around Committee Work and Goals.

The District Staff Development team for the Upcoming Academy Day!

Committee Updates:

Click HERE to access the CSE committee memberships

Why do we have Committee Structure at CSE?

1. To improve decision making process/feedback between staff/administration

2. To Empower Staff to See the Problem/Own the Problem #TOP20

3. Amplify All Voices at CSE

4. Assist in the overall communication and governance at CSE

RtI (Response to Intervention)

Click HERE to access the District RtI Notes

Committee Chair: Jim Meyer

Find and Utilize a variety of DATA sources to assess the degree of success in offering a balanced elementary program including intellectual, social and emotional.

CI (Curriculum and Instruction)

Click HERE to access the District CI Notes

Committee Chair: Joyce Baumann BaumannJ@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3145

Implement strategies to promote oral language development through multiple disciplines.

SD (Staff Development)

Click HERE to access the District SD Notes

Chair: Leslie Buttweiler

Provide opportunities for CSE staff to learn, grow and connect to meet building goals


Chair- Sharon Posch- poschs@rocori.k12.mn.us -Ext 3142

Why: To create a culture of literacy with students, staff, and families

Increase awareness and usage of authentic literature that supports cultural competency and character education goals.


Chair- Rachel McDougall Ext 3129

Provide opportunities for staff to foster human connections; promote positive interactions and a welcoming daily climate.

Health, Safety, Building Improvement

Chair- Tom Petroski PetroskiT@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3116

Create and maintain a physical plant feeling that is safe, warm and inviting for staff, students and parents.

Family Groups

Chair- Brian Kothrade KothradeB@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3111

Connect students in meaningful ways to foster cultural responsiveness and high character interactions.

Spartan Pride

Chair- Dustin Kramer KramerD@rocori.k12.mn.us Ext 3136

Create Student Voice and Presence in Promoting Good Behavior in the developmental role of S/E learning.

Digital Leadership

Chair Greg Spanier SpanierG@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3119

Use digital leadership opportunities to tell a positive story about CSE, Foster Choice in Individual PLN and add student voice through technology

Daily 5 Tip of the Week.. from the DAILY CAFE

Lessons from a Hairdresser

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By Lori Sabo

January 19, 2018
Issue #497

After going to the same hairstylist for years, I was ready for a change. Does this bring anxiety to you like it does to me? Why is it we feel a marriage-like commitment that requires creative breakup strategies with our hairstylists? To find a new one, I began asking anyone and everyone with a cute haircut where they got their hair done. My friend Michelle glowed when she talked about Dee Dee, to whom she has been going for years, so I decided to give Dee Dee a try.

As I sat in the adjustable chair with a black cape on, Dee Dee asked me to describe the last haircut I remembered loving. I didn’t have an answer. “Well,” she said, “that is going to be my job, then: to help match you with a haircut you’ll love, that fits your personality and lifestyle.” I ended up loving Dee Dee and my new haircut.

As they often do, my thoughts drifted to school. Imagine saying to a student, “Tell me about the last book you loved.” What if they say, “I can’t remember”? We must be able to respond with “Well, then, it’s my job to introduce you to books you will love.” These not-yet book lovers should leave the conversation with a sense of hope, knowing that we care about them and their interests and abilities.

How can we be ready?

We must be voracious consumers of texts, immersing ourselves in books for the ages, levels, and interests of the students we teach. If we read with our students in mind, we will be ready to recommend books that will launch them into a lifelong love of reading.

If you don’t know where to start, here are some resources:

  • The children’s librarian at the public library is always happy to share what’s hot and new.
  • Your local bookstore can inform you of current trends among the ages of students you teach.
  • Follow voracious readers on Goodreads such as
  • Check out our Page-Turners feature.
  • Consider looking through your own classroom book tubs to get reacquainted with what you already have.

Regardless of how we do it, we need to do it. It’s the surest way we know of to guarantee that the children in our care will become lovers of reading and lifelong learners.

asted time. Reclaim it!

Staff Spotlight

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?




What I love most about my job at CSE

Seeing the joy in children's eyes when I am able to help them, and when they figure out something they thought they couldn't. Just being with the children brings me joy.

Favorite Food


Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

"Why am I here?" by Matthew Kelly


Gardening, canning, sewing, cooking, and having fun with our grandchildren.

Interesting FACTS about ME

I love life! My faith is very important to me.