Principal's Corner #5

August 30, 2019

Our staff can really ROAR

  • To Jen, Jackie, Kelli and Brooke for all of your help and support in my return to the classroom. I'm so thankful for such amazing teammates!

From Lisa Incitti

  • To Stacey Shwayder, thank you for brainstorming the Fast Pass with me and designing an amazing card. Great Teamwork!

From Lori Matsumoto

  • To Joan Salinger, thank you Joan for training me and answering so many questions each day with a smile! You're the BEST!

From Melissa Adler

  • To the MTSS Committee, Jessica, Nicole, Kathy, Lisa I, Darren G., Ann, Sarah, Kori, Lois and Sally for their dedication to creating a MTSS process that will help ensure our students continue to grow.

From Katie Johnson

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Literacy from Lois

One quick, helpful IRLA tip this week for grouping students by their power goals:

  • When you are in your classroom in School Pace, find IRLA Tools in the gray area on the left.
  • Click IRLA organizer.
  • Across the top you will see Power Goal. Click on the ^ next to Power Goal.
  • This will organize your students with like Power Goals.

What is CCAC? What is PASS?

Cottonwood Creek Advisory Committee (CCAC)

formally known as Principal Accountability Committee

This committee is intended to provide an opportunity for communication and transparency between administration and our community. Attendance is open to all and we welcome your participation and support. This to be an opportunity to address topics of interest and/or concern. During our first CCAC meeting, we will review our school's test results from the annual state-wide testing (CMAS).

P.A.S.S.(Partnerships for Academically Successful Students)

The District P.A.S.S. is comprised of parents, Cherry Creek teachers and administrators, and community members. P.A.S.S. supports the district's goal of Inclusive Excellence and is a critical component of systemic equity transformation. P.A.S.S. at the district level, is led by the Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence and supported by the P.A.S.S. Steering Committee, and serves the purpose of engaging community members in meaningful and effective partnerships that lead to positive outcomes for all students, but more specifically, students of color. P.A.S.S. is a structure that fosters the intentional building of relationships between the school and the parent communities in an effort to create an inclusive learning environment for all students. P.A.S.S. also gives parents and guardians of students of color voice and direct access to administration. P.A.S.S. at the school level, is led by the administration. This year I will guide our Partnership for Academically Successful Students.

PowerTeacher Pro, is now the default gradebook for all teachers District wide!

The latest version of the PowerSchool gradebook, PowerTeacher Pro, is now the default gradebook for all teachers District wide. All Elementary teachers will be using PowerTeacher Pro (PTP) for entry of the standards grades that appear on Report Cards.

As in the past, Elementary teachers are required to record final standards/report card grades at the end of each Trimester. Kindergarten teachers are also required to enter the LSA score into grading term S0 within the first six weeks of school. The process of entering scores is very similar to the old PowerTeacher Gradebook, there is just a different look and navigation path to where scores are entered. The new gradebook is now opened within the browser by clicking on a link to PowerTeacher Pro, rather than by using the old “Launch” icon.

Instructions for ‘Standards Final Grade Entry’ are attached below.

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SpEd Collaboration Day

Special Education collaboration meetings have been established to encourage and facilitate meaningful conversations that improve student level outcomes and to share a common commitment that students with a disability are college, career, and community ready.

Sped Collaboration Dates- 9/16, 11/18, 1/27, and 4/13 in the Main Office Conference Room

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Tuesday, September 10: Katie out all day - ADCO/Feeder Meeting

Wednesday, September 11: Principal Advisory Committee

Thursday, September 12: Sister Schools, 12:30-3:00, Guiding Coalition Meeting Canceled

Friday, September 13: Katie out all day (after the PTO meeting)

Friday, September 13: NFL Spirit Day

Monday, September 16: Katie out all day - UIP Training

Wednesday, September 18: CCHS Spirit Bus, 1:30, PM Assembly Schedule, Wear your Blue and Red

Wednesday, September 18: Staff Meeting

Thursday, September 19: Safety/PBIS Committee Meeting

Friday, September 20: Katie out all day - EPC

Friday, September 20: Run4Fund$ Prize Day

Friday, September 20: Run4Fund$ Spirit Day

Wednesday, September 25: Inclusive Excellence Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 26: Social Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 26: Cottonwood Creek Advisory Committee Meeting, 6-7pm, Innovation Space

Monday, September 30: Katie Out in the AM, Solution Based Leadership

Cottonwood Creek Elementary School