Meadow Brook Staff Newsletter

Week of December 16

Quote of the Week

"In a world of algorithms, hashtags, and followers, know the true importance of human connection."

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Monthly Hattie's Highlight

This month we want to highlight SELF ASSESSMENT this has an effect size of 1.33 (remember the hinge point is 0.4).

Self Assessment is what pushes students to grow their expectations of themselves, stretch to meet them, and grow them again. Research has found that when students have frequent opportunities to self assess, they begin to attribute their learning to internal beliefs. In turn, they develop an awareness that they are in control. They come to understand that effort and subsequent learning that comes from that effort (not luck) is directly connected to their success.

(Hattie actually calls this strategy Self-Reported Grades or Student Expectations, It is re-named “Self Assessment” in the book Bold Schools)


  • The teacher defines for the students what proficiency is and what it looks like

  • Students self assess their work and measure it against teacher explained proficiency

  • The teacher then discusses the result of the student’s work/ assessment and helps students grasp where they are relative to proficiency goals

  • The students are given the opportunity to apply refined understanding to another learning task/assessment to see progress

  • The teacher uses the assessment data to plan his/her next stage of instruction

  • The process exists as a cycle that is repeated with frequency for ultimate benefit to the student

This Week:

DRESS UP DAYS! *see below

  • Monday: (B day) Jessica out--Skate Night
  • Tuesday: (A day) Jessica out
  • Wednesday: (B day) Kona Ice--Staff Celebration @ 3:20
  • Thursday: (A day) 6th grade GRIT Assembly-- Winter Dance
  • Friday: (B day) 5th grade GRIT Assembly

Important Updates


We will be celebrating our final four for Teacher of the Year; Mrs. Hasty, Mrs. Pool, Mrs. S. Thompson, and Mrs. T. Thompson! Listen during the day on Wednesday because we will be announcing our Teacher of the Year!


I am going to start making schedule changes! After Monday you will need to email or tell me about any changes that need to be made.

Q3 CARE changes 19/20

Things to look forward to:

12/18-- Kona Ice

12/18--Staff Meeting @ 3:20 (We will celebrate our teacher of the year nominees.)

12/19 -- 6th grade GRIT Assembly *We are Connected

12/19-- Winter Dance 3:05-4:30

12/20 -- 5th grade GRIT Assembly *We are Connected

12/20-- Freddy's Night in Yukon

12/21-1/5-- NO SCHOOL Winter Break

1/6-- Teacher work day

1/10-- Mindset Matters Adjusted schedule (The Time is Now)

Winter Dance-- Dec. 19 from 3:05-4:30


Winter Dance Help

Please remind students, the can wear whatever they wore to school to the dance. There is no need to change clothes :)


-We will start collecting money on Monday.

-Each Homeroom teacher will have a manila envelope with a list of your students taped to the front. As YOU collect money each morning please HIGHLIGHT the student's name and place the money in the envelope. Return the envelope to the office each day. Janeen and Brooke will put the envelopes back in your box for the next morning.

-We will stop collecting money after LUNCH on THURSDAY.

-Thursday during your homeroom class we will deliver bracelets with the names of students on them. PLEASE MAKE SURE THESE GET PUT ON THEIR WRIST.

-If they do not have a bracelet on their wrist at the end of the day they must go home their normal way.

Please help us let parents know:

-5th grade will be picked up in the CAR RIDER LOOP *west side

-6th grade will be picked up in the BUS LOOP *south side

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"Grinchmas" Skate Night-- Mon. 12.16.19

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Thank you for all your hard work!

At Meadow Brook we have GRIT.