January 11, 2016


January 11: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m. for 2-5; Cluster 3:10-4:10 for K/1; Happy Day Club 2:50-3:30

January 12: Boy Scouts 3-4 p.m.; PBS 3:15-4:15 p.m.; School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.

January 13: K Guided Reading Modeling from 9-9:45 a.m.; Staff Meeting 3:10-4:10 p.m. on Performance-Based Compensation with Dr. Metcalfe.

January 14: District Council Meeting 9:30-11 - Katrina Out; TLT 3:10 p.m.

January 15:

January 18: No School - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 19: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m. for 2-5; Cluster 3:10-4:10 for K/1; Boy Scouts 3-4 p.m.; Child Study 3-4 p.m.

January 20:

January 21: TLT 3:10 p.m.

January 22: Co-Teaching PD

January 26: WIDA Testing Begins; School Board Meeting

January 11th: Report Cards Go Home. Remember - the report card itself is the same; the insert you put in will be different.

Window D: 1/4-2/12

NWEA Testing Window: 1/11-2/1


Mr. Hawkins needs to streamline the textbook rental process – what is considered “textbook” vs. “consumables”. The state is asking him to tighten the reins! So, we need to have a list of your grade level “consumables” (i.e., journals, notebooks, crayons, etc.) that you order each year. Please get this list to Randy by the end of January in order for him to send it to central office.


The book club will have our first meeting on February 9th from 4:30-6 at the Essen Haus. The following staff have committed to being part of the book club: Katrina, Teresa Mack, Kari, Kristy, Jama, Lindsay, Jan, Allie, Stacie, Julea, Lisa, Joy, Gail, Marcia, Katelyn, and Carmen. " Woo Hoo" that makes 16! We also have 4 individuals reading the book that are not able to be part of the book club: Shannon, Emily, Teresa Vining, and Linda. If you are still interested in joining, please let me know. I will need to make arrangements with the Essen Haus by next Friday, January 15th. Thanks for your interest and participation in the book club!

TLT Update

The TLT made "follow-up" a priority this week. As a reminder, true application of the cluster strategy happens AFTER you leave cluster. In other words, that is where the "rubber meets the road;" in the classroom! As a TLT, we need to support each of you with effective, authentic "follow-ups" that occur weekly in order for you to apply and transfer the new learning.

Below are copies of charts the TLT created on what "follow-ups" looked like previously at Waterford, since I have been here, as well as other buildings. We also listed what it means to ensure application of learning and ensure effective transfer of learning based on the Cluster Rubric and Leadership Handbook pages 96-98. I have also included a Cluster Follow-Up Chart which mentors will be using to assist them in developing cluster "follow-up" based on your area of refinement, cluster learning, and student needs. The chart will be discussed on Monday and a model provided. Additionally, the diagram for Continuum of Learning a New Skill has also been included.

"Follow-up" is the area of TAP that will make a significant difference in teacher instruction and ultimately student achievement and growth! With changes in state laws and the DOE looking more closely at teacher growth from year to year, we need to ensure that we are all helping one another to improve. Having a "laser-like" focus on "follow-up" will ensure that we get to an "A" and move to an "A+." As a TLT we hope this will be a positive move for all and allow us to really focus on individual needs.!

One further note: Ben's schedule will be revised to include additional support for follow-up each week. The schedule will be completed next week and shared.

GCS News & Notes

Today’s Focus: Culture

“The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of the great leader is to help people think more highly of themselves.” -Dan Zadra