Mr. Ebeling's Updates
Navigating the Five C's TOGETHER
July 2014 Edition
2013-14, It was a great year!
I look forward to seeing you in August!!!!
Beginning of the year
- 7:30-11:00 Welcome back and brunch at Bay Port. Damian's speech will begin promptly at 8 and will last to approximately 10:00 with brunch followed.
- 11:00-1:45 Work time
- 2:00 Sparknet tour (Click here), Address: 1121 W Main Ave, De Pere, WI 54115 - This is a team building event as well as an opportunity to see a cool working/learning atmosphere and make connections with an app/website building company!
- 3:30 The Abbey- Staff Social, cookies and milk, good times, come if you can, stay as long as you like
- 8:00-9:30 ALICE training at BH- You will be taught about alternatives to just "Locking down". ALICE stands for: Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate ***ALL STAFF need to be at this training. Hourly employees will be paid for their time!
- 9:45-11:15 Staff meeting
- 11:15- 4:30 Lunch from PTO and Work time
- 4:30-6:00 Open House
- Staff work day (morning 3.75hrs on your honor)
August 29th: NO SCHOOL
September 2: BEST DAY OF THE YEAR (1st day of school)
- Teachers greeting students In front of school and by the busses 8:15-8:30
- Assembly 9:30-10:00: We will introduce all staff at this time as well as do the pledge as a school community.
- Teach behavior expectations first days of school- Hallway, bathroom, etc.
- LUNCHROOM---We will be focusing on ensuring our students use better manners and voice levels in the lunchroom. Please plan to take a few minutes to guide them into the lunchroom and talk with them about expectations in line and at tables. This will show that the teachers and supervisors are on the same page.
Data Retreat / School Improvement Planning
- Follow Story Town as a scope and sequence for universal instruction - be a scope and sequence for spelling, vocabulary and skills and strategies.
- ELA block (stations) must include rigorous/relevant and engaging independent work that is related to skills and strategies instructed-- DOK (Depth of Knowledge) activities and outcomes
- Greater universal and intentional use of student data to maximize Intervention/Enrichment (I/E) time and other classroom opportunities with a focus on individual student growth.
Under each of these headings will be actions (ways we will attack the goal). The concern is that our overall reading growth (and by student) is not on the same level as our math and not to the level we are happy with.
We will continue our focus on Technology as not something we do in addition, but as something that enhances what we do. Below you will find the district big ticket items which well continue to infuse into our plan:
District BIG Rocks Conversation
Digital Transformation Phase II
Transforming teaching practices through the use of technology
Personalization of Learning- Differentiation, data, Schoology
Closing the GAPS
Giving students more opportunities to utilize higher order thinking
21st Century Skills Integration
Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, Citizenship, Collaboration
Writers Workshop (2014-2015)
Lucy Calkins (2015-2016)
- Kit included with mentor texts
District Mission and Beliefs
Mission: We will work together with families and community to ensure that our students have the knowledge and skills to succeed in a changing world.
1. Every student has the right to learn.
2. Instruction must be rigorous and relevant.
3. Purposeful assessment drives instruction and affects learning.
4. Learning is a collaborative responsibility.
5. Students bring strengths and experiences to learning.6. Responsive environments engage learners.
"If instruction is guided by highly competent professionals, and students are actively engaged through 21st Century skills and rigorous academic standards, then all students will be college and career ready."
The above District Mission, beliefs, and statement is a guide to the way we should think and work at our school.
The work you did last year (2012-13) talking about Close Reading, and this past year (2013-14) digging deeper into guided reading has put our staff in a great spot to succeed universally. This year (2013-14) a large amount of staff will be trained in Literacy Frameworks which will further increase our capacity and universal understanding as we look to increase our reading scores overall. By digging in deeper and aligning ourselves to Storytown, we will better able to ensure Universal consistency in Reading. We will also work to increase Rigor and Relevance in our literacy stations, while making sure students are able to show that they are getting the most out of each station and that it is aligned to what they need to grow.
Writing workshop is an area that we will begin to study and implement into our classrooms. We will also work to write in ALL areas as this has shown to make big improvements in students reading, etc.
School Beautification Event
Saturday, Aug. 23rd, 9am-12pm
1590 Harbor Lights Rd
CLICK HERE to RSVP and to let us know if you are able to help donate plants or if you are planning to come...It would be great to see you:)
Data, Data, Data
The plan will be that our grade level teams will meet with principal and necessary members from SRT (Sped, S/L, Lit., School Psych, etc.) on a rotational basis. We will look at struggling learners and assess what is being done and what else could be done. We want each teacher to have a greater understanding of the whole child and school history, while being supported by a team in the process.
We will be doing this training on alternatives to the old Lockdown procedures. This new way of thinking will give you a better opportunity to be safe in the event a major situation happens! To learn more, follow this link http://www.alicetraining.com/what-we-do/alice-componets/
The SRT team is: Principal (Tony), School Psych (Renee Vogel), School Counselor (Jen Woulfe), S/L teachers (Sue, Tanya), Social Worker (Maureen), Lit. Specialist (Alison), Sped (Renee, Jessica), Nurse (as needed), SRO (as necessary)
Building Schedule and Class lists
The building schedule will be worked on over the next three weeks. I met earlier in the year with a group to talk about the schedule. They provided a good amount of feedback regarding recess, I/E blocks, support in the classrooms, intervention, etc. I will also be working with Ryan Welnetz since we share two traveling teachers and it is absolutely necessary to get ALL specials scheduled accurately. I should be able to get a pretty good schedule framework before putting it out there for feedback during the first week of August.