Bulldog Bulletin

January 9, 2016

New Tech Updates

This week, the fifth grade team, Ellen, and I attended a school visit to Washington Primary and Riverside Intermediate (5-6). It was a great day!!

We are at that point in the planning process that we begin to shift from the why to the what and how-the logistics. As we prepare for next year and beyond, we do not want to create a division in our school by focusing on PBL only with grades K, 1, and 5. We want to bring all grades along as we learn and make plans.

Professional Development

1. Leadership Residency-At this point, Lisa Yoder and I will be attending this PD in Fort Wayne February 21-25. This PD will focus on helping us provide the instructional leadership and support as we move toward full implementation.

2. Teacher Residency-Dates are to be determined. We are looking for dates during the week of March 21 or 28. This will be a 2.5 day PD, most likely in Plymouth. First year implementation classroom teachers will attend this PD. The structure is immersion in PBL classrooms as well as PD sessions.

3. Technology/PBL Summit-in the spring, dates TBD. This is a one day PD that is free. We will be sending TLT members who are not classroom teachers in implementing grade levels as well as some teachers in grades 2, 3, and 4.

4. NTEC-July 11-15 in Orlando. This is a national conference with multiple tracks-leadership, teachers, coaches. This was an awesome experience last year-we were exhausted but learned so much.

In addition to the New Tech PD, we will be using the first Monday of every month to develop skills and competencies that will be needed for 1:1 implementation. Michelle Whitehead is working on a menu of offerings for the PD so that you can make choices that will meet you where you are and help you move forward. You will be the driver of your learning and will get to make the choices that will best meet your individual needs.

For more information, visit the New Tech site.


TAP Updates......Here comes the strategy!!!

This week will mark the rollout of our close reading strategy!! Every member of TLT has been working hard throughout field test lessons, pre and post assessments, data analysis, and the development of critical attributes. The road to rollout is long and winding. Many tweaks are necessary to get it to the point where we can say with assurance that we saw results.

One thing that will really help us as we start the strategy will be that our mentors will have taught the lessons and gathered student work in every grade level. This will make your work in develop so much more relevant and meaningful.

You will also notice that the lessons are truly not TAP lessons that you will work into your plans once during the week. You will be able to integrate your learning into all content areas quite naturally. In Lisa Younghans' this week, she had taught the chunk during her reading block but was using several days later it as her students were interacting with Social Studies text.

Your TLT is really looking forward to partnering with you to impact our students!!

An EPIC Opportunity for Books

Here's a great opportunity for our students to experience over 10,000 books at their fingertips. INCLUDING many books that are current popular reads, read aloud in actual Model classrooms, and high quality!

A new program called Epic has now offered educators and librarians FREE use of their app and pc version for schools. The books are extremely high quality, some are even read to the students using online readers. You can keep track of pages read, and students can record their favorite books. Students receive a special code to sign in and the teacher can assign up to 36 students to their account. Here is the site so that you can check it out and see for yourself the amazing quality of books. https://www.getepic.com/educators

From Central Office

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”

– Steve Jobs

What are you most excited about in life?

How does your team or organization help you realize your own personal vision?

What are two steps you can take today to fuel your team’s vision?

The employment acknowledgement letters will be sent to buildings as soon as we are able to pull them from the system. We had hoped to get these out to schools the first week back after break, but we are experiencing a delay, and will send them as soon as possible. The wage increases will be realized on the 1/29 paychecks.

Tentative Strategic Planning Presentations – During the last week in January, Dr. Woodworth will be coming out to four (4) building locations to share information, with anyone who wishes to attend, about strategic planning. Watch for more information to be forthcoming, once the dates are finalized.

January 27 @ 7:30 a.m. @ GHS

January 27 @ 3:15 p.m. @ Parkside

January 28 @ 7:30 a.m. @ GMS

January 28 @ 3:15 p.m. @ Admin. Center in the Board Room

Kudos to....

  • Julie Kilmer and Jenna Zehr for organizing the fundraiser for Kaci! They were hoping to raise $500 to support her needs. Last count the total raised was about $1300!!! Way to go! Thanks to all for supporting-I have my purple hair!
  • Michelle Whitehead for creating the testing schedule for NWEA!
  • Debbie Ortega, Lisa Liras, Laura Carter, and Amanda Herrera for creating the ACCESS testing schedule.
  • Fourth grade team for quickly organizing students to go to FOX 28 and to Amy and Sarah for taking care of the copying and logisitics!

This Week at Model

Monday, January 11 Committee Meetings

NWEA Window Opens

New Eval WIndow Opens

Board Meeting 6:00 at Central

Math Night 6:30-7:30

Tuesday, January 12 22 4th Graders to FOX 28 to record MLK Promotional

TLT 3-4:30

Wednesday, January 13 Cluster (2-5) 3:00-4:00 (Wolfe's room)

ORFF After School

Thursday, January 14 Cluster (K-1) 3:00-4:00 (Art Room)