Principal Weekly Wrap Up

February 14, 2016

OAP Mission Statement:

To provide a collaborative learning community that prepares students for the future.

My Goals:

To have a safe place for all of us to be able to speak on tough topics and be aware of our own biases with clarity and deep compassion for students, parents, our community and each other.

To get us focused and to bring clarity to our systems by creating our "This is how we do business at Peterson handbook" by June 2016.

Campus Instructional Focus (A.K.A. POP):

After an analysis of campus data, we found that faculty and staff need to effectively use PLCs so that students will have clarity as to what they need to know and what they must be able to do with their learning in order to achieve personal growth in all content areas.

Theory of Action:

  • Provide the foundational purpose of the why behind PLCs.

    • Teachers will use PLCs as the primary strategy for improving the instructional culture of Peterson Elementary through:

      • Looking at student and teacher work;

      • Designing quality common formative assessments (CFAs)

      • Reviewing and responding to data.

  • Guiding Questions: What does an authentic and collaborative PLC look like? How does data, student work, and student feedback validate the effectiveness of PLCs? What professional development is needed to ensure that all staff members understand what learning targets, authentic learnings tasks, and collaborative PLCs look like?

    Current status of campus transformational tasks:

    On Friday February 12, 2016, PPCD and Prek started moving their furniture into their new classroom. Their students will be allowed to enter the portable during the week of February 15th. Once their move is complete, GATES and STAAR will move into their new locations.

    Eportfolios- our goal is to have all students with an electronic portfolio. Primary grades, Seesaw is acceptable, as students get older, their Seesaw can be linked to eportfolios. Jennifer Kerry (campus CTL) and Kelly Sanders (campus tech) can assist with set-up. I am working on a personal eportfolio and a campus Eportfolio. In addition, I am working on a Digital Data wall. I hope to have both ready to share before May. The digital data wall and campus eportfolio will be shared with the faculty/staff to utilize as a resource once completed.

    Vertical Alignment- I will begin working with team leaders on content specific expectations which will go into our How we do business at Peterson book. The document will be shared with all staff for feedback.

    Building Wide Staff Expectations- document was emailed earlier this year. Document will be reviewed for feedback with all staff. Document will be added to How we do business at Peterson book.

    PBS Alignment- PBS committee will meet on February 24th to begin the process of assessing first semester implementation of our Building Wide Expectations. In addition, the committee will review grade level expectations in comparison to building wide expectations. Information will be added to our How we do business at Peterson Book.

    Follow up from Feb. 4th Vertical PLC: Are all students on track to make a years growth by the end of the school year? A report for grades K-3 will be submitted to district at the end of the year. We are going to look at data for all grade levels include early childhood.

    Rezoning- First meeting schedule for the rezoning committee is scheduled for Tuesday February 16th at 6:00 p.m. Please plan to meet briefly on Thursday February 18th in the library for an update. Questions were asked regarding staffing. I do not have an update at this time.

    How we do business Handbook- a goal to accomplish by the end of the school year. The book will be handed out on June 3rd during our last staff meeting/luncheon. Feedback from the entire faculty/staff regarding the content of the book is needed to ensure what we put together is our book.

    Thank you for the feedback received via our District Survey. Results were received on Feb. 11th

    Thank you faculty/staff for submitting your responses to the district staff survey conducted prior to Christmas Break. We had 46 responses from our campus (3.2% return rate). I am in the process of reviewing the data. I appreciate knowing how to grow as your principal and will seek ways in which I can continue to improve how I lead our campus. Your feedback was not in vain. I believe when feedback is received deeply, change occurs.

    Parent Feedback

    I had three parents share the following:

    "Your campus is welcoming. Your campus helped me through a tough time in my life. The day I found out bad news at the doctor, I arrived onto your campus and everyone was so loving, they had no idea what was going on with me. Their friendly attitude helped me get through a tough day." (The family will be moving at the end of the year)

    "When my child first started, I did not have faith in the public school system, we only knew homeschooling. Your school, the teachers, office and staff changed my mind about the public school system. Our student learned here and had a great time. We are going to miss Peterson." (The family moved because of a job relocation).

    A parent who contacted the board very upset approached me on Friday night. The parent reached out and hugged me and said he was very sorry for his behavior and regretted making a complaint. I told the parent the day he was upset with me I had already forgiven him and used his feedback accordingly. The parent smiled and said thank you.

    Real World example of Reviewing and Responding to Data

    Superintendent Goals:

    90% of all students K-3 will be reading on grade level as measured by the DRA2.

    Early Literacy Data: On level data of LEP and SPED

    KDG Text Level- (LEP-79.17%; SPED- 71.43%)

    1st grade MOY DRA2 Text Level- (LEP-91.67%; SPED-50%)

    2nd grade MOY DRA2 Text Level- (LEP-66.67%; SPED-36.36%)

    3rd grade MOY DRA2 Text Level- (LEP-50%; SPED-27.27%)

    4th grade MOY DRA2 Text Level- (LEP- 25%; SPED-9.09%)

    5th grade MOY DRA2 Text Level- (LEP-57.14%; SPED-46.47%)

    I notice______________________.

    I wonder_____________________.

    Superintendent goals cannot be reached without Peterson doing its job. According to the data, all classes made growth towards the goal. Thank you faculty/staff for your hard work. Thank you to students and parents as well.

    Article/Blog/Resources Worth Reviewing: Doable ideas listed in the article

    Journal Writing- Week 18

    Deliberate Optimism: Can we model what we are asking of our students? Reflective thinking and capturing our thoughts on paper.

    Please join me this week in reflecting on the following question and/or task:

    If you could replay one moment of your life last week, what would you replay and why? Would you change anything? Why or why not?

    Gallery Walk: Rock Stars of Peterson

    Will return next week with photos of the campus.

    STR: Lionel Racing Design-A-Diecast Competition (Feb. 8th-15th)

    The current Turn 3 scoring period goes from Dec. 16 through Thursday, March 10, with results due the 11th.

    Thank you to Mary Mock and Lauryn Ericsson for taking this on for us.

    Review Hallway Expectations This Week

    If you have observed someone on campus exhibiting our mission statement and would like for them to receive Rock Star status, please email me

    Feburary Counselor Newsletter: See email received from Ms. Wade on 2/5/16

    Stay in the know by reading the NISD news feed each week.

    New Twitter Account: Please tag photos @OAPetersonElem. We will continue to use #oapelem

    How can you use twitter in your classroom to communicate the great instruction going on in your classroom?