In the LOOP vol. 9
KEEP CALM AND READ THE LOOP
GUEST SHOUT OUTS
Officially, we can WELCOME KIM RUNYAN to GUEST as our new PLAYGROUND PARA. Kim decided to make some schedule changes so she can join our Guest family! We are happy and lucky to have her working with our children and staff! Welcome!
Thank you MARY BEAL & LIZ PACE! Please continue to implement new ideas in the cafeteria. Your continued support is appreciated.
SUE ROBERTS - Always willing to step in and give a helping hand. You seem to be in the right place at the right time helping students and staff when needed. WOW! Thanks for being a Wildcat Champ!
BIG SHOUT OUT to the entire GUEST STAFF! Parent-Teacher conferences were a true success- We have many students that require a lot of special attention and patience... Continue to be positive and start with your students' strengths.
Please be sure to thank a colleague when you notice them going above and beyond! We all like to be validated.
Thank you ROB OSBORNE, ADINA KANNER, & DEB GANTZ - the students loved having you out at 5th grade camp. Thanks for taking the time to visit and help out.
Go MARY MANNING - thanks for coming in early when we didn't have an art substitute to support our students and staff
SHERRY IKEGAMI - the students love the NED Yo-yos... thanks for helping with the sales!
HEATHER PENGELLY - Great choices for the Wildcats R Us! The school stores is a huge success! Thanks so much
Who would you like to recognize? Send me your Shout-outs to share!
CONGRATULATIONS TO MRS. MURRAY
A Teacher takes a hand,
Opens a Mind,
Touches a Heart...
Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Murray as the 2015-2016 TEACHER OF THE YEAR
This is an opportunity to say thank you to all educators for the positive impact they have on all students and colleagues. You are all very special!
November of 2015
16th - 20th National Diversity Week - we will be discussing plans at a later date
16th Art Adventures 5th grade - invitation only 9:30 - 10:30 in Art Room
17th Michelle out from 12:45 - 1:15 to meet local Rotary Club
17th Geisler Solo & Ensemble Recital
17th Parenting Series CD @ Geisler 6:30 -8:30pm
18th Leadership Meeting - Michelle @ ESC 7:30 - 10:30 AM
18th Kindergarten Field Trip 9:15 - 11:45 AM
18th Geisler 7/8 Band Concert w/WLCMB
19th Michelle & Juliet out for Reading Recovery Conference
20th 5th grade instrument demonstration 9:15-9:45 in cafeteria
20th Staff Volleyball Game against Glengary 6:00pm
21st Parenting Fair
23rd Art Adventures 5th grade - invitation only 9:30 - 10:30 in Art Room
23rd PTSA Meeting @ Guest 7:00 - 8:00 PM
24th PD Formative Assessment 4:15 - 6:30 in Media Center
26th Thanksgiving Break - No School for Students of Staff
27th Thanksgiving Break - No School for Students of Staff
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSALS
Please adhere to the following:
- Be on time
- Greet students at your door (CD ritual should be in place)
- Do not send any groups of students until you hear the announcement
- Be at the front of the line when walking students to the bus
SARA BRUCKMAN - MELANIE MCFADDEN - KARRIE MARTIN
Sara, Melanie, and Karrie were nominated and chosen out of 150 educators to take part in the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) conference in Lansing on Dec. 7th.
The goal of ECET2MI is to celebrate effective teachers and to build a strong network of teacher leaders working together to elevate your practice and profession. The agenda will feature inspiring stories of teaching, workshops focused on teacher leadership development, and collaboration time to support great teaching practices.
We are fortunate that Sara, Melanie, & Karrie will be sharing their learning with the Guest staff. Let's all thank them for seeking leadership opportunities that undoubtedly will help us all get better at our craft and increase student achievement.
MESSAGES FROM MICHELLE
- Chromebook Carts - We have an additional cart that is being kept in a 3rd grade classroom. If you have a special project, please discuss with staff grades 3-5 if you need to use Chromebooks.
- Formative Assessment/Advisory Council - I would like to wait until after conferences to meet to prepare the agenda for our November PD... look for an email soon with some dates
- Please NO Candy - Please refrain from giving students candy as prizes. A treat for everyone once in a while is totally fine, but should be eaten in the classroom; not outside.
- Phone usage - At your discretion, students can use the classroom phone instead of coming to the office; it's a waste of time having them walk to the office. Let me know if you have any questions
- Due Dates - All Website profiles and links were due Oct. 30th
- Exit Slip Due - https://docs.google.com/a/teachers.wlcsd.org/forms/d/1vEHrj76k26xMrbbSz0r-NxfZIrnC5b4_OICHfPRyowQ/viewform?entry.1456110659&entry.1745698293&entry.570223257&entry.298086776
- Furniture - NO furniture in front of interactive white boards
- Conferences - Ensure all families are registered for conferences - see me if you are having any problems scheduling. LET ME KNOW if you want me to attend any conferences.
- Daily Expectations - be on time to pick students up from lunch, recess & FAPES. Even one minute late is disruptive. Depending on your grade level; you walk should be walking students out to recess, or you meet them at the recess doors. Grades 3, 4, & 5 should arrive 2-3 minutes early in the cafeteria to assist with students. Grades K, 1 & 2 should be assisting their students in the lunch line. If you are running late, ask a colleague to help out and call the office. I totally understand things happen and willing to help out.
- BLOCK Time Change - 30 minutes inside & 30 minutes outside - please plan with your grade level teams and confirm with playground para-professionals
- Clothing Sale every other year - I will store items for you
- RED WINGS game on January 17th - Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is a PTA community event - FLYER is going out this week.
TEACHER EVALUATION UPDATES
HOW WE DO BUSINESS AT GUEST - Innovation & development; progressive, enlightened, best practices, dynamic, pushing, bold, enterprising, ambitious, pioneering, modern, positive, reforming, radical
What are you passionate about? What commitments have you made? What do you look forward to every morning? What do you need to change?
FOXBRIGHT STEPS 1 & 2 ARE DUE
Send me the link(s) to your updated blog, website, Twitter handle, Weebly; whatever it is you are using... You may have more than one means of communication. I will have link(s) connected to your name on the staff directory on the new website.
STEP TWO: Due end of October:
Complete your profile. This GOOGLE Doc is helpful and then I will connect them to your name on the staff page.
SHARE WITH FAMILIES
- Parenting Fair Information in Vol. 7
- Conscious Discipline Parent Series
- PTSA Reflection Contest - LINK Please help advertise
- PTA and School Website is packed with information to stay connected. New links for our website: http://wlcsd.org/schools/elementary/mary-helen-guest/
& shorter link: http://wlcsd.org/guest
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING & RESOURCES - Article regarding PLC's
Article from Dufours
Rick DuFour and Douglas Reeves on Real PLC’s
In this Education Week article, author/consultants Rick DuFour and Douglas Reeves wrestle with two seemingly contradictory findings in a recent Gates-funded Boston Research Group study, “Teachers Know Best: Teachers’ Views on Professional Development”:
- Front-line educators prefer PD that helps them plan and improve their instruction, is teacher-driven, includes hands-on strategies relevant to their classrooms, is sustained over time, and recognizes they are professionals with valuable insights.
- Teachers also said the least beneficial kind of PD was “professional learning communities”, which they described as “just another meeting,” a place to “share their frustrations,” or “a social hour.”
If the latter description is what PLC’s really are for teachers, say DuFour and Reeves, “we absolutely agree that their time is being wasted. But we want to stress as emphatically as possible that the conditions they describe are not related to the authentic PLC process in any way.”
So what is the real thing? “A professional learning community is not simply a meeting,” say the authors. “It is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recursive cycles of collective inquiry and action research in order to achieve better results for the students they serve.” A true PLC has the following elements:
- Educators work in collaborative teams rather than in isolation, taking collective responsibility for student learning.
- Collaborative teams implement a guaranteed and viable curriculum, well-planned unit by well-planned unit.
- Collaborative teams establish the criteria they will use in assessing student work.
- They apply those criteria consistently and monitor student learning through an ongoing assessment process that includes frequent, team-developed common interim assessments.
- Educators use the results of these common assessments to help one another improve their individual practice and build the team’s capacity to achieve its goals.
- Teams also identify individual students, by name and by need, for intervention and enrichment.
- The school provides a systematic process for intervention and enrichment based on the needs of individual students.
“A process like this does not emerge by accident,” say DuFour and Reeves. “It requires leaders at the district and school level to provide purpose and support for work to be done by collaborative teams and to maintain the groups’ focus on specific goals and initiatives. Too often we see school and district leaders fail at these responsibilities, which results in confusion and frustration on the part of teachers.”
An authentic PLC process benefits all teachers and students, but most of all it benefits the 150,000 first-year teachers who enter our schools each year, often schools with the neediest students. “These teachers are much more likely to experience success and remain in the profession,” say DuFour and Reeves, “when they have the ongoing guidance, mentoring, and support that the PLC process provides.”
“Professional Learning Communities Still Work (If Done Right)” by Rick DuFour and Douglas Reeves in Education Week, October 2, 2015, http://bit.ly/1OT6dZR