October 16, 2016
Purple Prize Pumpkin
Because laughter is important, please take a few minutes to watch the video above. I am thinking about putting a purple pumpkin in my office with some SURPRISES inside!
The week ahead...
- #COLchat at 9pm with guest Jeremy Bond. TOPIC: Family Engagement
- Bright Smiles Visit
- Odyssey of the Mind Information Meeting 5:30-6:15
- Early Dismissal 1:30
- Becky and I will attend a District MTSS Meeting in the morning.
- For-Mar on the Road Visit to 1st grade
- Kindergarten Field Trip to Montrose Orchard 10:15-2:00
Please welcome some new Morrish team members:
Kelly Bell- Kelly is a 1:1 aide with a student who has medical needs.
Michael Callahan-Michael is a temporary 1:1 aide with a kindergarten student.
Bonnie Villiard- Bonnie is a temporary 1:1 aide with a 1st grade student.
These individuals are essential support staff for our students and we appreciate their help!
Please remember to sign up for your first observation ON THIS LINK. I will then set up a pre-observation conference with you. You will then complete TWO forms (pre-observation AND the lesson plan form). When you are working in Frontline, SAVE regularly. The program will time you out and any unsaved work will be lost.
The early release PD will be held at Dieck from 2:00-4:17 this Wednesday, October 19. Our areas of focus will be STEM, NGSS, and scientific inquiry.
Our Fall Festival will be Friday, October 28th. Please CLICK HERE to add your classroom activity and for information about the schedule.
New office discipline referral forms will be here this week. They have been revised to align more closely with PBiS and SWIS. Please discard any old forms you may have in your possession when the forms arrive.
Laptop/Chromebook Sign Up Genius
CLICK HERE to sign up to use our laptaps or chromebooks. The link has been updated to include November dates.
Odyssey of the Mind
We will have at least TWO Odyssey of the Mind teams this year. We had one primary team last year. A parent meeting will take place on Tuesday from 5:30-6:15. Any staff who are interested in helping in any way are encouraged to attend.
What is Odyssey of the Mind?
Odyssey of the Mind is an extracurricular team activity which encourages students to be creative, expand their critical thinking skills, work as a team, and feel the pride of accomplishment that comes from hard work and figuring things out on their own. Teams consisting of no more than seven students who work together on an ongoing project, a performance or technical solution to one of several open-ended challenges (called “long-term problems”) created by the international Odyssey of the Mind organization each year. Long-term problems encourage students to think creatively and work collaboratively with their peers. Students also practice thinking on their feet and working together under pressure through fun activities known as “spontaneous problems.” They have an opportunity to show off their skills and hard work at a local competition in the spring. Each team has at least two volunteer coaches who supervise and facilitate the team meetings, but the students are responsible for coming up with all of the ideas, doing all of the work, and creating the final product.
Send me pictures!
- Please send me a picture of yourself from when you were an elementary student OR add one of yourself to THIS LINK (revised to have a place for your name and a place for your picture. Please check the link to make sure that your picture hasn't been accidentally deleted. There are also two pictures added and I am not sure who they are. If you are a classroom teacher and can send me a picture in that grade that you are teaching, that would be even better!
Swartz Creek Community Schools
MISSION: Swartz Creek Community Schools inspires our learners to embrace challenges, set goals, grow their talents, and realize their dreams for success in a global society.
VISION: Swartz Creek Community Schools provides a world class education through innovative experiences while developing the unique talents of our learners.BELIEF STATEMENTS:
- We believe in a culture of learning.
- We believe that student learning should be the primary goal for all decisions made affecting the school district.
- We believe the climate and culture of the school is engaging, nurturing, challenging, and inspires students to express their personal ideas.
- We believe curriculum is integrated, differentiated, meaningful, and pertinent to life.
- We believe in culturally relevant education that provides the knowledge and skills to meet the global challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
- We believe in continuous improvement informed by critical evaluation and reflection.
- We believe expanding technologies enrich how teachers teach and students learn.
- We believe in building relationships and sharing resources with our community, parents, and staff members.