Staff Memo

Sept. 25, 2015

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HSE21-- Less of This. . . More of That

What are we shooting for? What is our goal? HSE21 is our target. It's what we're shooting for. We aren't playing basketball blindfolded and hoping to make a basket. Our team is working together, practicing together, collaborating together. Our eyes are open and we're shooting for that basket. We might not make it every time, but as we continue to work at it, to "practice" and get better, we have a better and better chance of doing more of the "more" and less of the "less."


Teacher directed? Less of. Student centered? More of.


Traditional teaching? Less of. Inquiry/PBL/Genius Hour/Passion Projects? More of.


Worksheets and lectures? Less of. Great questions and discovering answers? More of.


Teacher directed, traditional teaching, worksheets, and lectures are not bad in and of themselves. There are very appropriate times for each. But our goal is to do less of those and more of the HSE21 components of inquiry/deeper learning using collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.


Our job is to create dispositions in our learners, dispostions of:

  • inquisitiveness
  • problem-solving
  • resilience
  • enthusiasm for learning
  • creativity
  • and more


We can do that through HSE21 and all that it means. We are on our way, folks. I see more of the more and less of the less every day. I am proud of the work we've done and are doing. Let us tally forth with our dispostions of resilience, inquisitiveness, and enthusiasm for learning. We are on the way.


(In case you missed the newsletter from our Admin Teaching and Learning Team that talks about the "more of/less of," take a look below.)

BE CREATIVE, BE INNOVATIVE, TAKE RISKs, FAIL, SHARE WHAT DIDN'T WORK, ADAPT AND TRY AGAIN!
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Upcoming PD Reminders and Revisions

  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 @ 7:30 - Living in the Cloud - lab - Please sign up via an email from Susan Drumm and Kelly Moore
  • Friday, Oct. 2 @ 1:00-4:00 -Read Alouds, Inquiry and Questioing - Art Room


Please note the change in dates below:

  • Nov. 13 - No Staff Meeting
  • Nov. 20 - STAFF MEETING -Dr. Bourff plans to share his observations over the past eight plus months. His observations have translated into three distinct suggestions for a referendum.

    Dr. Bourff would like for the staff/community to tell him if he has an accurate account OR are there other needs to be considered.

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Looking Ahead

Monday, Sept. 28 Day 4

  • Pledge/MOS - Dankoski
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2
  • 7:00 Board meeting


Tuesday, Sept. 29 Day 1

  • 8:00 Office meeting
  • 2:00 Assembly - Blue from the Colts
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3
  • 4:00 Yoga with Corey


Wednesday, Sept. 30 Day 2

  • 3:10 Collab Team 4
  • 6:00-7:30 ENL Family Night - FHS Cafe


Thursday, Oct. 1 Day 3

  • ROADRUNNER RALLY
  • 7:30 Living in the Cloud - CRE Lab - for those who signed up
  • 9:00 All School Photo in our CRES t-shirts - gym
  • 2:00 Share the Load - AP - Swenson
  • 3:10 Collab Team K


Friday, Oct. 2 - No Specials

  • $1 Hat Day
  • 12:01 Students are dismissed
  • 1:00-4:00 PD with K Warm-up


Monday, Oct. 5 Day 4

  • Pledge/MOS - Koewers
  • Chaucie's Place - K, 2, and 4
  • 8:00 Share the Load - TH - Dankowski
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1
  • 4:00-4:45 Flu Shots


Tuesday, Oct. 6, Day 1

  • 8:00 Office meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2
  • 4:00 Yoga with Corey
  • 7:00 PTO Open Forum with Dr. Bourff and Mike Reutter - cafe


Wednesday, Oct. 7 Day 2

  • 7:30-9:30 El. principals' meeting
  • 8:15 STL - JG - Dankowski
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3


Thursday, Oct. 8 Day 3

  • 7:35 CIT - Collab room
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4
  • 4:10 Collab Team EC


Friday, Oct. 9 Day 4

  • First Q ends
  • 7:35 Staff PD -
  • 3:10 Collab Team K