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September 27, 2019

Words of Inspiration

“Not all superheroes have capes, some have Teaching Degrees.”

-Author Unknown

A Special Applause to...

For the second year in a row, we set the record for the largest Walkathon ever! This year we will clear $31,000! Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraiser. The money raised will help support so many amazing programs at Greene that many schools don't have (Mentor Club, Author Visit, Staff Appreciation, etc). On top of all of that, it was a beautiful day and a lot of fun.

PD on the Fly...

This week is another double dose of PD on the Fly (you can thank me later)

The first article is a resource when considering how to group students in a station rotation model. This is one of the most specific articles I have read on this topic in terms of strategies you can take and use in your classroom, a true PD on the Fly. The author, Catlin Tucker, addresses the ideas of restraints due to the amount of time in a class period, large class sizes, and how to conference with students in this model. The article is short and to the point. Enjoy!

Station Rotation Model: Alternative Group Formations

The second article explores a couple topics we have discussed during PBL implementation. The author, John Spencer, begins by talking about the struggles of creating an authentic experience for students in a math classroom. As you often do, he reflected on the failure. He shares, "At first, I blamed my students. I viewed their disengagement as laziness rather than confusion. However, after four days of a failing project, I realized it was a design problem. On a fundamental level, those standards didn’t fit in with a project-based approach." He goes on to state, "PBL is not a license to ditch the standards or take a break from real learning. It’s not the same thing as a pizza party or Field Day. As educators, we need to make sure our projects lead students to a place where they can master the standards." Spencer then goes on to share how he made it work! PBL empowers students in a way I have never seen before. I know you are spending so much time collaborating with each other to make this work for kids. I hope this article makes you think, makes you reflect, and makes you better. Enjoy!

How Do You Teach to the Standards When Doing Project-Based Learning?

Information for the Staff

OTES 2.0

As I shared previously, there will be an OTES meeting to discuss the pilot we are in this year. Danielle Scrase and I are traveling to all seven schools in the district to talk about this pilot and answer questions. We have created a presentation that I wanted to get in your hands before we meet. The Greene School meeting will be on Tuesday, October 8 starting at 7:20 in the Media Center. You can view the presentation by clicking HERE. One of the big topics of discussion is High Quality Student Data. Before we meet, I want to set your mind at ease. You probably already have an assessment that you use that qualifies as HQSD. There is criteria in the presentation for you to look at. The biggest change in the new model is there is less of an emphasis on student results on an assessment and more focus on what you do with the results.

Taking Students Outside

If you are going to take students outside and they are going to be running and/or playing during the school day, you will need to take them to the playground area or walking track. That area is inspected annually and is safe for students.


Student council homeroom representative elections will be held between September 23-October 10th. Feel free to run elections anytime between those dates and in any way that makes sense to you and your team! Once you have completed the attached form, give your homeroom representative the permission slip that will be placed in your mailbox.

2019 Student Council Update: Each homeroom is asked to provide ONE homeroom representative, which will help increase student involvement within student council this year. If this is an issue for your homeroom, feel free to contact Cindy or Jon.

Student Council Rep Roster

Books and Bagels

Books & Bagels will be on Thursday, October 24. It is the sneak preview for staff (with bagels, donuts, coffee, and teacher raffles) for the Greene School book fair.

The Book Fair runs from October 24 (beginning at 3:30) to November 1 (ending at 11:00 am).

Professional Leave

Staff, now that we no longer require paperwork for absences (except for professional meetings out of the district that will have expenses), we would like you to indicate (in the comment section as you create your absence) what you will be doing on the professional leave days. For example: PBL planning, CPR training, etc. and where you will be.

Staff Member of the Month

I know you see the great work your colleagues do every day. Please take a second to recognize them.

Staff Member of the Month

For the Week of September 30, 2019

Monday, September 30 -CPI Training - 7:20 am - Cafeteria

Monday, September 30 - Picture Re-take Day - Cafeteria Stage - 8:00 - 12:00 pm

Monday, September 30 - Friday October 4 - BOX TOPS collection -Collection envelopes are in your mailboxes.

Tuesday, October 1 - BLT Meeting - 7:20 - 8:00 am - Office Conference Room

Tuesday, October 1 - Gifted Training - 7:20 - 8:00 am - Multi Purpose Room

Wednesday, October 2 - Mrs. Sloan's 3rd bell class will be in the Multi Purpose Room

Wednesday, October 2 - Purple team (1/2) to Cincinnati Nature Center - 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, October 2 - School Design Team Meeting - 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Media Center

Thursday, October 3 - White Team FT to Scarlet Oaks - 11:00 - 2:00 pm

Friday, October 4 - FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, October 4 - Staff Breakfast - Group B - 7:20 - Media Center

Friday, October 4 - Turn in your Boxtops collection envelopes to the office!

Monday, October 7 - Flu Shot Clinic - 6:45 - 8:15 am - Staff Lounge

Are you an early planner? Here is the building calendar. You can view events more than a week at a time.

Announce to Students

Monday, September 30 - Friday, October 4 - BOX TOPS collection - Bring in those boxtops!!

Monday, September 30 - "D" Day - Picture Re-Take Day - 8-12:00 - Cafeteria Stage

Monday, September 30 - "D" Day - Greene Machine - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Choir Room 66

Tuesday, October 1 - "A" Day - Greene Lightning Girls Running Club - 3-4 pm - Old Gym

Tuesday, October 1 - "A" Day - Boys' Basketball Club - 3-3:50 pm - New Gym

Tuesday, October 1 - "A" Day - Art Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Ms. Combs' Art Room

Tuesday, October 1 - "A" Day - Chess Club starts - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Media Center

Tuesday, October 1 - "A" Day - Lego League - 3:00 - 6:00 pm - MPR

Wednesday, October 2 - "B" Day - Mrs. Sloan's morning classes will be in the MPR???

Wednesday, October 2 - "B" Day - Boys' Basketball - 3-3:50 - New Gym

Wednesday, October 2 - "B" Day - Lego League - 3:00 - 6:00 pm - MPR

Thursday, October 3 - "C" Day - Greene Machine - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Choir Room 66

Thursday, October 3 - "C" Day - Bowling - 3:00-4:30 pm - Crossgate Lanes

Thursday, October 3 - "C" Day - Boys' Basketball - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - New Gym

Thursday, October 3 - "C" Day - Makerspace - 3:10 - 4:00 pm - Media Center

Friday, October 4 - "D" Day - FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, October 4 - "D" Day - Lego League - 4:30 - 6:30 pm - MPR

Happy Birthday!

Ann Uhlman - September 27

Erin DiMuzio - October 1

Beth Mitchell - October 12