January 19th 2015
In walking through classrooms this week I had the opportunity to observe a conversation regarding students engagement and excitement or lack of excitment about a recent research project. The students and teacher reflected on why they had not been excited about the project-mainly the lack of choice in subject matter.
When the discussion turned to their next project and the students discovered that they were going to get to choose the subject, the energy level in the room immediately skyrocketed. This conversation reminded me of concepts taught by Robert Marzano in his book " The Highly Engaged Classroom"
The following is short piece from that book. Each of you continue to work so hard to find ways to engage your students; hopefully this will help to serve as a reminder as to why you put in all that work.
To foster student engagement, classroom instruction decisions are based on four emblematic questions.
- How do I feel?
- Am I interested?
- Is this important?
- Can I do this
The first two questions focus on the attention of the student, while the last two questions gauge the engagement of the students’ interest in the topic. The attention questions deal with whether information from the outside world gets into working memory. If the information presented is not considered interesting, the working memory will not process it. Engagement is defined by importance; if the information is not deemed important, the working memory will not maintain it for long. If students do not believe they can perform the tasks, the brain will eventually reject it (pp. 8–19).
Have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the weather!
~Holly & Jeff
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The Week Ahead...
Monday January 19th
No School-MLK Day
Make-up day if necessary
Tuesday January 20th
Faculty meeting 7:45
Holly out AM Pre-Board meeting
Lincoln County R3 Board Appreciation Day
K-2 Library week
3rd and 4th grade late start
2nd grade Dana Melton Model Classrooms Day
Melton Morning Announcements
PAC M. Moore
Wednesday January 21st
2nd Grade late start
Gambill Principal Read-9:00
Thursday January 22nd
Annie available to come to classrooms(see link to sign up)
1st & 5th Grade Late Start
Dana Melton-Model Classrooms-3rd Grade
Read, Right, Run
Friday, January 23rd
100th Day of School
K & 2nd Late Start
Dana Melton-Model Classrooms-4th Grade
Principal Reads-Holder @ 12:30
Monday, January 26th
Annie available to come to classrooms(see link to sign up)
Missouri School Board Appreciation Week
K-2 Guidance Week
Dept. Head meeting 7:45
Danback Morning Announcements
Tuesday, January 27th
Science Fair 6-7 in the gym
Science Fair set up in gym-please find a time to allow your class to view
3rd and 4th grade late start
Model classrooms-5th grade
Early Out- Curriculum day
Thursday, January 29th
1st and 5th grade late start
Read, Right, Run cancelled due to Boone Science Fair Night
Friday, Janaury 30th
K and 2nd Late Start
TJ's Pizza Flyer Sent Home
Model Classrooms- 1st Grade
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LINCOLN DELAYED START SPECIFICS
Office Hours begin at 7:45
Latchkey Breakfast served @ 8:00 a.m.
Staff Arrive @ 10:10 a.m.
Students arrive @ 10:15 a.m. and are offered a "Quick Breakfast" if they'd like in the cafeteria as usual. Muffin, juice & milk.
Instruction begins @ 10:40 a.m. I ask that there is focus on Reading, Writing and Math instruction.
No Late Starts
Students who have specials from 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. will be supervised by the Special Area Teacher (in the gym or their classroom) until 10:45 a.m..
Regular schedule begins at 10:45 a.m. (Specials/SPED) and continues for the remainder of the day.
KDG & 1st Grade will still report to the Gym and be picked up at 10:40 a.m. by their teachers.
You are welcome to make adjustments within your classroom as needed. Please focus on Reading, Writing and Math. Please schedule your own 20 minute INDOOR recess (unless communicated by the office).
No changes to lunch, SPED or Specials Classes
Delayed Start FAQ's for Staff
Q1: When will the delayed start schedule option begin as an alternative to canceling school during inclement weather?
A1: The implementation of a delayed start schedule is now a viable option.
Q2: Will the District have to make up the day if a delayed start schedule is implemented?
A2: No. According to Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, school must
be in session for at least 3.5 hours to qualify as a full day.
Q3: If we have a delayed start on a Wednesday, will we also continue with the regularly scheduled early release?
A3: The District will not implement a delayed start schedule on Wednesdays. Wednesdays will continue to be early release days.
Q4: If a delayed start schedule is implemented, what time will building-level faculty & staff employees report to work?
A4: Lincoln Staff will report at 10:10 a.m. unless approved by administration.
A4 (continued): Pursuant to Reg. 4220: Hours of Work Responsibility
To provide professional access to students and parents/guardians, all certificated employees are required to arrive at the work site 20 or 30 minutes prior to school opening each workday and leave the premises no earlier than 30 or 20 minutes after close unless specific job functions dictate a time variance. The building principal shall designate which option the entire building will follow: either 20 minutes before and 30 minutes after or 30 minutes before and 20 minutes after. A total of 50 minutes is expected each day.
Q5: If a delayed start schedule is implemented, what time will other District personnel report to work?
A5: Every attempt will be made to maintain normal business hours.
Building Office Staff – Pre-arranged staggered start - check with Building Administrator Central Office- Pre-arranged staggered start - check with Administrators
Custodial – Contact Custodial Supervisor
Latchkey Staff -6:00 a.m.
Maintenance – Contact Maintenance Supervisor
Transportation – Contact Director of Transportation
Q6: How will classified staff employees be paid on a delayed start schedule day?
A6: Classified employees will be paid for actual hours worked on delayed start days. Classified (non-exempt) employees will be paid for actual hours worked. The opportunity to make up time missed will be made available during the same week, unless the delayed start schedule is implemented on a Friday.
Q7: If I am a R-III employee, may I decline to work on a delayed start schedule day?
A7: No. We will need a full staff for our students.
Q8: As a R-III employee, may I use a sick day or personal day on a delayed start schedule day?
A8: Sick days are to be used for sick leave and personal days are to be planned ahead
Q9: How will Latchkey employees be paid when a delayed start schedule is implemented?
A9: Latchkey employees will be paid for the number of hours they work, (e.g., 6:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. =4 hours and 15 minutes)
Q10: If I am a substitute working in a certificated teaching position when a delayed start
schedule is implemented, will I be paid for a full day?
A10: Yes. Substitutes working in a certified teaching position when a delayed start schedule is implemented will receive a full day of pay.
Q11: If I am a substitute working in a classified position when a delayed start schedule is implemented, will I be paid for a full day?
A11: No. Substitutes working in a classified position when a delayed start schedule is implemented will be paid for actual hours worked.
Q12: If a delayed start schedule is implemented, may I drop off my child at school at the normal starting time?
A12: If your child is currently enrolled in the R-III early childhood or elementary Latchkey program, youmay drop off your child at Latchkey.
If your child is NOT currently enrolled in the R-III Latchkey program, you may utilize Latchkey services for a fee of $12 per session per student. A Latchkey “Delayed Start” enrollment form is enclosed and must be completed and returned as soon as possible if you plan to utilize District Latchkey services. The enrollment form must be on file before students can utilize Latchkey services when a delayed start schedule is implemented. Parents may not leave the student at Latchkey without having the completed form on file or without rendering payment on the day services are provided.services are provided. If you opt not to not utilize District Latchkey services, you must make other child care arrangements for your child.
Q13: What time will Latchkey services be available when a delayed start schedule is implemented?
A13: Latchkey will be open at their regular time of 6:00 a.m. at elementary campus locations and at 6:30 a.m. at the Early Childhood Education Center. Morning Latchkey services will not be available at Troy Middle School.
Q14: When will Latchkey distribute information regarding enrollment and participation options for those families who wish to utilize Latchkey services exclusively when a delayed start schedule is implemented?
A14: Latchkey information is enclosed.
Q15: How will the implementation of a delayed start schedule affect the transportation schedules ofR-III bus riders?
A15: The R-III Department of Transportation will run each morning bus route two (2) hours later than the regularly scheduled pick up times. The afternoon drop off time for bus riders will not be affected and will remain the same unless an early release is necessary due to inclement weather. Contact the R-III Department of Transportation at R3DOT@troy.k12.mo.us or 636.462.4864
for more information.
Q16: Will the R-III Department of Transportation run “Snow Routes” when delayed start schedule is implemented?
A16: The R-III Transportation Department does not run “snow routes,” but we do have “roads of concern.” Driving “roads of concern” is not necessarily tied to a delayed start schedule, but will depend upon weather and road conditions. Families who reside on “roads of concern” are given alternate transportation schedules in advance, and our “roads of concern” are listed on the District’s web page at http://www.troy.k12.mo.us/Page/4583. Contact the R-III Department of
Transportation at R3DOT@troy.k12.mo.us or 636.462.4864 for more information.
Q17: Will the R-III Transportation Department run shuttle routes between schools and to off-campus locations when a delayed start schedule is implemented? If so, what will be the schedule for shuttles?
A17: The plan is to run every route as currently defined with a two-hour delay. Exceptions will be routes that take place during first or second block and Pike Lincoln Technical Center. There will be no transportation to/from Pike Lincoln Technical Center when a delayed start schedule
is implemented. Contact the R-III Department of Transportation at R3DOT@troy.k12.mo.us or
636.462.4864 for more information.