The Weekly Howl

Week of February 12th

One Step Away

I've wrote and re-wrote what I wanted to say about the video below about 20 times. I understand first hand that we have some very "difficult, rude, lazy.....etc" kids. I understand that these kids are challenging and drive us to the edge daily, but they deserve our compassion and empathy as much as the best kid in class. I can tell you that, because I was one of these kids growing up. Giving me an F on my homework, standing me on the wall, taking recess away, calling home....etc didn't work. I've heard that, some people think I don't "discipline" and give to many chances (that's a whole other topic). I challenge you to prove to me how doing any of those before mentioned consequences changes those students behaviors. It doesn't, because if it did we wouldn't have to continue to put kids on the wall or take away recess. I didn't care, until a significant adult came into my life. This is why i do things the way I do them, because every kid deserves that significant adult that makes a true connection with them. We talk about knowing our students, but do we really know them? You never know how YOU can change the course of a students life. Please take five minutes to watch this video.

Character Counts Assembly

Our assembly will take place on Wednesday at 1:30 in the gym. Mrs. Folland sent out an email with all the details.

Ideas Needed

With all of the snow cancellations our teaching support staff have hours to make up. I'm kicking around the idea of after school tutoring, but would like your help in designing the structure of this. Please be thinking of some ideas and we can discuss them at our next morning meeting.

The Difference Between Grades and Mastery

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Upcoming Morning Meetings

Tuesday, February 13th @ 7:45: Meet to discuss tutoring ideas, App that may be helpful for manuals (Miss Shrader). Be prepared to discuss in mixed groups how writing is going for you.

Important Dates:

2/19: PD day (more info to come)

2/24: PTO Father/Daughter Dance (we will need set up and tear down help)

2/26-3/9: ISTEP Part 1 Window

3/12-3/16: IREAD Window 3rd Grade

3/19-5/18: NWEA Spring Testing Window

3/29: WLE 3rd/4th Grade Music Program 6:30-7:30

4/16-5/4: ISTEP Part 2 Window

5/3: WLE 1st/2nd Grade Music Program 6:30pm - 7:30pm

5/29: Tincaps Game @ 7:05 info will come after Christmas Break

6/3: Graduation @2:00