Tomahawk Essentials

April 4, 2016

Get the 411...Information at a Glance

Week at a Glimpse


10:30 Third Grade PLC


Bus Evacuation Drill

8:30 Specials PLC

11:40 5th Grade PLC

12:45 2nd Grade PLC

2:15 First Grade PLC



4:00 Staff Meeting


8:00-1:00 New principal school visit @ Indian Creek (Christy out of the building)

2:00 Classified Staff Meeting ( Counselor's Room)


9:00 Alternate Classified Staff Meeting (Large Conference Room)

9:30 Office Staff Meeting

1:15 PLC

State Assessments

We will plan to resume state assessments on Tuesday. I will send an updated schedule. If the site comes up on Monday my plan is to pull students who may need to catch up with their class. Support staff can also pull students who need to finish testing.

This Week's PLC~ Data

Several grade levels have expressed an interest in doing Data Walks during this PLC. Here is the link to our school Walk-Through form:

Once you open the document on your iPad you can just add it to your home screen, so it is easy to access. I will plan to walk with you.

If you are not planning to do a Data Walk please use this time to look at classroom assessment data and make adjustments to both your reading and math groups.

Attention K, 1st, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Teachers:

Scoring the MDPT on the Assessment Scoring Day – April 15

  • On the district-wide assessment scoring day all elementary teachers (except those in grade 2), all social studies teachers, all science teachers, and all middle-school ELA teachers will score the MDPT.
  • These teachers need to have an account at the Educator Portal (CETE). The Assessment department has created accounts for most teachers. The department is still working adding kindergarten teachers, first grade teachers, elementary resource teachers, and ELL teachers, Title I teachers. In the next couple of weeks, those teachers will be sent an email about activating their account.
  • Details on how to score the MDPT have not been released by KSDE. We will forward them to schools when we receive them.

IOS 9.3

Technology strongly recommends you DO NOT install IOS 9.3 to IPads yet. We know of several glitches especially to IPad 2’s and IPad Airs (all elementary IPads). There is no reason to update IPads with this version at this time. Our recommendation is to hold off on this update. All student IPads will be updated over the summer. You can update your staff IPad after the release is more stable in a couple of months.

June 2016 Bond Election

The Olathe Board of Education has voted to move forward with a $156 million bond election. Registered voters who live within the Olathe School District boundaries will be able to vote in a June mail-in election that would help the district address its growth, safety and security, technology, and aging facility needs.Projects within this bond proposal would touch every school in the district and will not increase the mill (tax) rate currently levied to pay off bonds.

Major projects of the bond election include land and construction for an additional middle school and additions and renovations to a few schools to accommodate a growing population; additional safety and security enhancements; additional student technology devices and updated infrastructure, audio visual equipment and telecommunications; and aging facility projects including replacements of asphalt, flooring, roofing, HVAC, gym and auditorium repairs and more. It will be a mail-in election due June 7.

Additional information can be found by going to

Bond 2016 Talking Points

  • The Olathe Board of Education voted to move forward with a $156 million bond election.
  • Registered voters within the district boundaries will receive a ballot in the mail around May 17. Ballots are due back in the election office by June 7.
  • Projects within this bond proposal would touch every school in the district and will not increase the mill (tax) rate currently levied to pay off bonds.
  • The bond election addresses the district’s growth, safety and security, technology, and aging facility needs.
  • Growth projects include an additional middle school and renovations to a few schools to accommodate a growing population.
  • Technology projects include student devices and updated infrastructure, updated audio visual and telecommunication equipment.
  • Safety and Security projects include upgrades to the district keyless entry system, and door access controls at the high schools. Safety projects include resilient gym flooring at each elementary school.
  • Aging Facility projects include masonry, replacing aged windows, doors and HVAC systems, flooring, roofing and improving specialized instructional space.
  • The district continues to experience enrollment growth and with that growth comes the need to provide adequate learning spaces for our students.
  • Even during a tough budget time, our needs continue and these bond dollars will help us address those needs. We owe it to our students to continue to provide the best learning environments possible.

Let it G.L.O.W. ~ Generate Loads of Wonder

Weekly Wonders

Monday: What makes glitter sparkle?

Tuesday: Why do some people chase storms?

Wednesday: Is the grass always greener on the other side?

Thursday: Are Corals animals, plants, or rocks?

Friday: What are we going to do in Library next week?

Kagan Korner

The Kagan Structure for March is Team Stand and Share

Directions for Team Stand and Share can be found in the link above. Please incorporate this structure in your lesson plans for April.

The GLOW Report

Please complete this form to recognize a staff member(s) at Tomahawk that has gone above and beyond to help you, a staff member, or TH family out this week.