Shepard Staff Updates

August 24, 2018

Happy Friday Y'all!

Thanks for another great week! It was so exciting to attend planning sessions this week and see all of the awesome work you all are doing. I LOVE going in and out of classrooms - the love of learning in every, single classroom is evident!

Kristin and I have been furiously working on beginning of the year paperwork, but we are so eager to be able to start scheduling more time to be in classrooms starting next week!

To Do (New):

1. Thank you to everyone who has room numbers posted in their exterior windows. I am attaching the sample they showed us at our principal meeting. Let me know if you need help making a sign for your window!

2. Consider joining PTA!

To Do (Rolled over from last week):

1. The information about T-TESS goal setting was sent out in an email, but I am also posting it here - Goals are due by September 7th.

2. All classroom and pod doors may be left open during arrival and dismissal, but should be locked and propped slightly ajar with a magnet during the school day.

Upcoming Dates

August 29 - Staff Meeting Plus Vertical Teams (3:05-4:00)

August 31 - First Friday Morning Assembly!

September 3 - School Holiday - Rest and Recharge!

September 5 - UBD Phase 2 Planning (3:05-5:30)

September 7 - T-TESS Goal Setting due

September 10 - T-TESS Goal Conference window opens

September 12 - Team Leader Meeting (3:05-4:00)

September 13 - Sock Hop (6:00)

September 20 - SEL Parent Education Session (6:00) FYI - We had to change the date due to a scheduling conflict!

September 21 - Last day for T-TESS Goal Conference

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Spotlight on Professional Learning

Edutopia is a great resource for articles about current teaching research and best practices. The articles are usually fairly short and have real-world tips to use immediately. This week's Spotlight on Professional Learning is focused on teaching students self-regulation skills:
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T-TESS Goal Setting

Information to access your goal setting:

1. Access it here:

2. Make sure to update your profile even if everything is staying the same

3. Teachers will need to upload their TPG/SLO in Strive using these specific instructions: Click Sheet for Entering Goals

4. BOOKMARK this professional learning page as it contains important T-TESS resources for principals and teachers:

Key Upcoming Dates:

TTESS Orientation Refresher: Completed on campus by August 10, 2018 – DONE! WOOHOO!

Goal Setting:

Teachers submit completed TPG/SLO in Strive by Friday, September 7, 2018

Administrators complete goal-setting meetings and approval of goals in Strive by Friday, September 21, 2018

Observation Window: August 27, 2018 – April 18, 2019