Lance's Ledger

September 8 - 11, 2015 at Central Elementary

A Strong Start

Our beginning of the year PD provided a positive, focused and exhilarating experience thanks to the efforts of many teachers and parapros who came together during the summer to begin the planning for the implementation of our school-wide behavior plan. Special thanks to Maida Demo for spearheading the planning. It was refreshing to see the interaction and discussion of staff members during the training as problem solving and clarification took place. That is exactly the type of "Kids First" focus we need to reach goals and build a first-rate learning environment for kids and for all of us as a team. Including a wider range of staff members in our PD reflected what Superintendent Lieske reminded us of in his opening remarks: "We are all teachers!"

Here's to a successful year focused on our mission statement...

Davison Community Schools: "Where Kids Come First and Futures Begin"

Developing strong Relationships with our students and their families will enable us to deliver an exemplary Curriculum which provides exceptional Opportunities for student learning. Student learning is the key to everything we do!

I look forward to working with all of you throughout the year as we revisit, assess (with data), and reflect on the goals we have set both as individuals and as a team. We have the talents and the ability to travel a journey toward excellence. Pointing our compass toward student ;earning will allow us to focus on what we can do to achieve our mission.

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Busing Plan

Weather permitting, we will have a dismissal plan school-wide practice at 2 PM on Tuesday, September 8. Fourth grade teachers helped map out what the dismissal plan practice would look like and a copy of the plan will be emailed to all teachers in an attachment. The weather people are forecasting rain so we will need to be flexible and will fall back on last year's dismissal plan should we be unable to enact the new plan on the first day.

The new plan provides closer support for students as they learn the ins and out of bus dismissal during the first week. However, close teacher supervision in hallways will still make the old plan work better than last year. Last year's plans will also serve as our "inclement weather dismissal" plan.

Please note: Both the new dismissal plan and the "inclement weather plan" dismiss parent pick-up and walkers first so we can clear the area for buses and reduce traffic congestion which is always a bit more challenging on the first two days of school. Assistance of all staff members during dismissal is appreciated! :)

The Week at Central

  • Tuesday, September 8 - First Day for Students; Cardinal Code Lessons
  • Wednesday, September 9 - Staff Meeting 7:35 - 8:15 AM in Library...Agenda: Dir. of Student Serv. Holly Halabicky on Significant Disproportionality and Discipline Options
  • Thursday, September 10 - How is your CA-60 Review coming along?
  • Friday, September 11 - Fundraiser Kick-off Assemblies in Gym: Grades 1-2 from 10-10:25 AM; Grades 3-4 from 10:30 - 11 AM.

Looking Ahead

  • Sept. 14- DIBELS Assessment Begins (Grades 1-4); STAR Math Assessment Begins (Grades 2-4); DPA CMC @ 4:15 PM
  • Sept. 15- PTO Election Meeting 6 PM
  • Sept. 16 - Lance @ admin. 9:30-Noon); ACC Meeting 4:15 - 6:15 PM
  • Sept. 17 - Lance @ admin/Prin. Mtg. (9:30 - Noon); Watch-Dog Kick-off Pizza Dinner @ 6:30 PM in cafeteria
  • September 18 - Grade Level Team Leaders Meeting (7:40 AM); CA-60 reviews complete
  • Sept. 22 - PLCs Grades 1-4...Student Ranking/ Bottom 30%, etc.
  • Sept. 23- Staff Meeting: Epi-Pen & Asthma Inservice (Playground & Paras attend too)
  • Sept. 24 - PLC CAP Teachers (2-3:30 PM tentative)
  • Sept. 25- DIBELS & STAR Math Assessment ends
  • Sept. 28 - Supt. Task Force Mtg. 6 pm

A Question for the Year

Although the video below was designed for a specific school I think you will find it addresses aspirations and traits universal to the teaching profession. I invite you to take about three minutes of time to view Justin Tarte's compilation of reflections to the question: "Do you have what it takes?"
Teacher motivation - Justin Tarte

The Compass

Like a compass points to true north so must our efforts and attitudes point to student learning. As we begin a new school year let us commit ourselves to honest and professional reflection and accountability toward ensuring that all children learn and achieve. This task will not be for the faint-at-heart. It will require we view the glass of opportunity to be half full! It will mean we look for solutions to challenges as an opportunity to grow our students as well as ourselves. It will require we BELIEVE in our talents and ability to help all children learn. We can do this! We must do this as right now our future and the future of our future...our students... begins!

Wishing you the blessings, wisdom, perseverance and grit that leads to success!