Week of September 30th-October 4th, 2019
Focus Areas 2019-2020
One of the common themes was that at times people felt uninformed. Some of this is on purpose as some information is purposely with-held because it may not pertain to you or your grade level, or I deemed it to be something I didn't want to put on your plates as they are already full. Please remember just because you want to know something, doesn't necessarily mean you need to know it. I have been trying to communicate things in a more efficient and timely manner and will continue to try and get better. On the flip side we need to make sure we are communicating with parents the good and the bad. Just like in the work place, the better the communication with parents the better the relationship and the easier it is to ask them for help later on down the road.
We will begin focusing on expectations for vision and direction. The corporation is working on Portrait of a Graduate and that starts with us. This will help create a vision and direction for us to focus on for our students. Academically, we will begin to focus on areas of instruction starting with one area we have already talked about, following curriculum with fidelity. All of our curriculum is field tested and researched based. It has been put in an order for a reason based on research. We need to make sure we are following the curriculum ,such as Fundations, with fidelity and in the order it asks us too. Cutting pieces out or skipping around is causing gaps in areas for students. We need to continue to follow the curriculum and allow the process to happen.
The third area was frustration with new things with-out follow up and follow through. I couldn't agree more! We need to look at things we have been doing and talk as a whole if they are worth doing still or if we can take things off our plate as new initiatives are added. As students needs change, initiatives will change and evolve. The only way to get better is to change and evolve with them. We as educators should embrace learning and continue to learn along with our students. When we become disgruntled at change or upset that we have to have training to grow our craft, we need to ask ourselves if this is the career path we want to continue on. We are working on providing PD opportunities in several areas, as well as starting to begin the discussion of how do we use the experts we have in our building to train our own people. If you feel you have expertise in areas to offer others please let me know.
Upcoming Morning Meetings:
10/4: Pie Sales KickOff
10/21-10/25: Fall Break
10/27-10/29: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
12/10: 2nd Grade Music Program
12/23-1/3: Christmas Break (No School)
4/6-4/10: Spring Break (No School)
6/5: Graduation (It's what we all work for)
*Please send me any dates that need to be added here!