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September 27, 2019
Words of Inspiration
A Special Applause to...
PD on the Fly...
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!
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!
Information for the Staff
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 ELECTIONS
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.
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).
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.
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 RoomTuesday, 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
Ann Uhlman - September 27
Erin DiMuzio - October 1
Beth Mitchell - October 12