Making a Difference Today for a Better Tomorrow

Week Of December 18, 2017


Better your Best

As 2017 comes to an end and we look upon 2018, I ask that you BETTER your BEST for our students and colleagues. What do you do to better yourself? What do you do to improve your lessons? What do you do to better your relationships at work? What do you do to engage your students?

We can all do better. The most dangerous beliefs we can have is that we are so good, we can not possibly do better.

How do we get better? By challenging our own perspectives. We can do this through observation, perspective taking, evaluation, learning, and critical conversations. Being told that you need to improve is difficult to hear, but it helps us Better our Best.

How are you going to Better Your Best? I challenge you to find a way to BETTER your BEST in 2018!

#Keep Your Day and stay #CSESTRONG

Winter FAST Testing Schedule

Title Schedule Update

We are quickly coming into the next round of FAST assessments/title qualifications and services. Here is an updated timeline for you to follow:

Dec. 22nd: Last day of Title Services for Round 1

Jan. 3rd: Title 6 week check/Title data analysis of Round One

Week of Jan. 22nd: Resume Title services

A reminder that the testing window will open as soon as we return from break. During this time, Title staff will assist with testing.

CSE Student Wellness Results

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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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Dec. 19 - Deb Hansen

Dec. 20 - Todd Wachendorf

Dec. 22 - Cheryl Astrup

Dec. 30 - Rachel McDougall

1/2 - June 3 - Mary Molitor

1/2 - June 15 - Bethany Walker

1/2 - June 29 - Sandy Asfeld

Academy Day 2018! Register Today

Don’t forget to register for Academy Day! Sessions are filling up fast! If you are having trouble registering email me or give me a call, Kayla Youngblom at youngblomk@rocori.k12.mn.us or 320-685-4904. This was set to everyone regardless of whether you are already registered. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

To Register Click HERE!

Quarks American Bento will be offering a healthy fast on campus option for lunch again this year. If you are interested in eating Quarks for lunch click HERE.

Weekly Schedule

Monday 12/18

  • DAY 2
  • 7:30 - SAT
  • NO Faith Formation - Grades 1/2 (classes resume Jan. 22)

Tuesday 12/19

  • DAY 3
  • 7:30 - Staffing Day
  • NO Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5 (classes resume Jan. 23)
  • "K" Gingerbread Day
  • 3:00-4:45 -- Grade 5 after school movie w/teacher

Wednesday 12/20

  • DAY 4
  • No meetings

Thursday 12/21

  • DAY 1
  • 8:45-10:45 -- Grade K/1/2 Holiday Movie @ Auditorium
  • 12:30-2:30 -- Grade 3/4/5 Holiday Movie @ Auditorium

Friday 12/22

  • DAY 2
  • 7:15 - "Staff Breakfast/Gift Card Exchange" - Media Center
  • "K" - Grinch Day
  • "1" - Polar Express Day
  • 1:30-2:45 -- Grade 5 "Cookie Bake-off" - cafeteria
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December 19 – “K” Gingerbread Day

December 21 – Holiday Movie for students @ RSH Auditorium (Schedule TBD)

December 22 - "Staff Holiday Breakfast" - Media Center

December 22 – Grade “K” Grinch Day

December 22 - Grade "1" Polar Express Day

December 22 - Grade "5" Cookie Bake-off

December 25/26/27/28/29 - NO SCHOOL


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

School News/ Annoucements

  • Lunch count and attendance should be done by 9:00 a.m.

  • Complete your Collaboration Notes on OneNoteClass for Review by Dec 4th

  • If you have any items for the January calendar please get them to Loraine!

  • Need CPI Refresher and Training DATES? Click HERE

  • Do not prop doors open! This is both a fire hazard and a critter hazard!

Teacher Evaluation

Student Learning Goal (SLG)

Due by Oct 18th to Mr. Skanson

Document Link HERE

Send to skansone@rocori.k12.mn.us

Professional Growth Plan (PGP)

Due by Oct 18th

Document Link HERE

Send to Brad Bauer (bauerb@rocori.k12.mn.us)

Formal Observation Form

Summative Observation Form

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!

Congrats to Mrs. Kramm for a great holiday K/1 program!

Thank you to the CSE fun Committee for organizing the Conference Pot Luck!

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 blabnced 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.

Lots of support available for new math curriculum. Check the on-line resources. Links were emailed out. A building focus is math talk. If you need help in getting math talk going in your room, contact your grade level math rep or Mike and Mary.

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

Contributed to Academy Day planning. Many great options! Make sure you register, sessions are filling up already.


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.

Book posters are being made to hang around the building to build excitement about books. Also working on a conferring practice profile as part of our Literacy Staff Engagement!


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.

We have completed the forms we created that will enable staff to electronically submit requests for building improvements and safety concerns. Eric will be including them in his Staff Updates. Feel free to look them over and offer suggestions for improvement or to make a formal request. We'd like to get as much staff input as possible in order to reach our goal of, "Creating and maintaining 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.

New Family Groups format is allowing for more scheduling flexibility with teachers while still focusing on the core value of building community across grade levels. Patience is key as these family groups will remain the same over the course of the next couple years, and this is where the strength in relationships will be developed.

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.

Get your student name to Kramer for Balloon Stomping. Keep passing out badges!

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

Learning as We Go

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By Allison Behne

December 15, 2017
Issue #492

A DirecTV commercial shows a man on his computer. As he works, you hear, “Stop! You have reached the end of the Internet. You have seen all there is to see. Please go back now.” This commercial makes me consider the unattainability of that task. The amount of information on the Internet makes it impossible to surf every page and reach “the end.” In fact, there are more than 1 billion websites, and that number only continues to grow. There is always something new to see or read on the World Wide Web—much like there is always more to learn about teaching.

No two students are alike, and therefore, we’ll never have a single program or practice that always works. We are not able to finish reading a text and say, “We have reached the end of all there is to know about teaching” because that is simply not possible. There is always something new to learn that will help us better meet the needs of our students. Because of this, we cannot afford to “stop” and become complacent. Instead, we must actively pursue new knowledge that will strengthen our practice. We can do this in many ways:

  • Collaborate with colleagues and inquire about what they are doing.
  • Read the latest literature and research to uncover new thinking.
  • Read the “best” literature. Although it is important to stay up to date with the latest, we must also remember that many great books are not new.
  • Ask questions and seek answers that aid in our instructional decision making.
  • Challenge practices that are not producing the results our students deserve.
  • Attend conferences to reenergize, meet new colleagues, and gain new information.

True growth happens when we step outside our comfort zones and are brave enough to make changes we know we should. It also happens when we seek personal growth and deeper learning in well-known areas. As we open our minds to learn from other teachers, from our students, from our students’ parents, and from the community at large, we grow in our practice. It is advantageous that we will never reach “the end,” because that means that under our instruction, our students won’t either.

Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight


Jan Clements

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?

This is my fifth year at CSE.


Media Specialist

What I love most about my job at CSE

I love seeing every student at CSE. I also love sharing my favorite books with the students and I love when they share their favorite books with me.

Favorite Food

Cold Spring Bakery Frosted Bread

Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

My favorite children's book is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. It is my favorite because when Mrs. Zumwalde and I read it to the students they always ask to hear it again.


I enjoy, reading, quilting, dancing and gardening.

Interesting FACTS about ME

An interesting fact about me is that in my family four of the five people have birthdays on the same day of the week every year