Principal Weekly Wrap Up
September 7, 2015
Good evening bus riders. Some of you may or may not be aware, I am a twitter fan. I check it regularly for my own professional development, to view your classroom/campus/district experiences and to post campus happenings. Recently I came across the above photo challenging viewers to reframe our thoughts regarding campus culture. My interpretation is: Instead of wanting the best school for our students, focus on creating an environment where our students are encouraged to do their best.
I was convicted by this quote. You've heard me say many times I want us to be the Nordstrom's of the district. There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for our students, however, reframing my statement to include how that will look, feel and sound is an essential step. Our campus improvement plan is a perfect example of collective thoughts focusing on our Mission Statement (to provide a collaborative learning community that prepares students for the future) which is designed to help us reach our Nordstrom goal.
I want us to have an environment where our students can feel safe, enjoy their learning and be willing to accept challenges trusting our professional judgment. I want us to feel safe, enjoy our campus and be willing to accept challenges as well by trusting each other along the way. Remember, reframing our thoughts after experiencing a trial or triumph shows growth. Rock on Peterson and Enjoy the remainder of your day, Your bus driver, Jofee' "Joy" Tremain. :)
Friendly Reminder-PDAS Orientation Meeeting (POC: Tremain)
September 1, 2015- 3:15 p.m. in the library- already completed
September 9, 2015- 3:15 p.m. in the library- last one offered
You do not have to RSVP, just show up in the library for the orientation. You must attend the entire orientation. This is a required meeting for all faculty members who will be evaluated with the PDAS evaluation form. Please make sure you sign the sign-in sheet. The orientation usually takes 30 minutes.
September 15, 2015- Curriculum Night and Watch DOG Kick-off
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (Watch DOG Kick-off) POC: Jessica Wade
5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. - Session 1 all grade levels/Specials/Interventionists/PreK/EE
6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.- Session 2 all grade levels/Specials/Interventionists/PreK/EE
Celebration happened in my office on Friday. This young lady wanted to share her work. Hats off to her team on campus working closely with her. A great way to end the week.
Our NISD students
Eaton Sapphires meeting and greeting students on Friday during drop off.
Post It Alert
How do you use post-its in your class? Ms. Bushko and her students use post-its to share their thoughts regarding habits good writers.
Purpose of Practice
We shared our perspectives of the Problem of practice during our staff meeting on 9/3/15. Our Campus Improvement Plan should be the messiest document on our campus. It will be, beginning with our POP.
Team discussed the campus calendar and ways to utilize PLC time.
The book fair is in town. Thank you Ms. Milton for bringing the love of reading to Peterson.
Purpose of Practice
Articles Worth Reviewing
Spotted in “Rules for Engagement: Mindset Kit Aims to Put Research on Growth Mindset, Engagement to Work” by Evie Blad in Education Week, August 20, 2015
Question stems at different Bloom’s levels – TeachThought has created this site
www.teachthought.com/learning/25-question-stems-framed-around-blooms-taxonomy to provide teachers ideas on effective questions in different subject areas.
“Doubletake: Online Only” in Educational Leadership, September 2015 (Vol. 73, #1, p. 8)
Two Weeks at a Glance
This week: 8/31-9/4/15 (NEF Appeal)
BOY DRA Window Opens
Mon. Sept. 7th- No School
Tues. Sept. 8th- Mrs. Tremain will be attending the Superintendent's Roundtable w/PTA at District office 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Mentee/Mentor Meeting at 3:15 p.m. (POC: La Fara); PTA Executive Board Meeting (Admin and Teacher Rep attends) 6:00 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 9th- PLC's tomorrow; PDAS Orientation at 3:20 p.m. in the library
Thurs. Sept. 10th- Mrs. Tremain will be off campus attending DLT at the district office; Staff Meeting at 3:15 p.m. meet in designated location by team for Extended PLC for KDG/5/Specials; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Interventionists (GATES,SPED,STAR, Counselor are planning and/or joining an extended PLC). Agendas/Team Meeting Notes from PLC's during the day and extended should be submitted via google docs.
Fri. Sept. 11th- Grandparent's Breakfast (POC: PTA) 7:20 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Next Week: 9/7-9/11/15 (DRA Open Window Continues)
Mon. Sept. 14th- Are we collaborating with teammates?
Tues. Sept. 15th- Mrs. Tremain will be attending DLT at Eaton all day including Professional Development training; 4th grade ELA/SS PLC at District; 5th grade Science PLC at District; 2nd grade Math PLC at District
Wed. Sept. 16th- PLC's tomorrow; Mrs. Tremain will be attending NISL at District; 3rd grade Science PLC at District; 1st grade ELA/SS PLC at District; KDG Math PLC at District
Thurs. Sept. 17th- Mrs. Tremain will be attending NISL at District; Staff Meeting at 3:15 p.m. meet in designated location by team for Extended PLC for 1st and 4th; KDG, 2nd, 3rd, Interventionists (GATES,SPED,STAR, Counselor are planning and/or joining an extended PLC). Agendas/Team Meeting Notes from PLC's during the day and extended should be submitted via google docs.
Fri. Sept. 18th- What new management or instructional strategy did you try this week? Tweet it out at #oapelem tag @JofeeTremain and tag @PetersonElem
Weekly Reminder: Professional Expectations (District/Campus)
Huge thanks to those of you who contact me prior to making arrangements to be absent. This allows the office and I an opportunity to find the appropriate supervision for students. There are protocols we must follow when coverage is needed for a classroom or for duty. If you are going to be late to work, late from a meeting or late for duty, please contact administration to ensure students are supervised.
Prior to scheduling appointments and/or making personal plans off campus, please check your school calendar to ensure you are not scheduling a personal appointment and/or planning a personal event on the day of a district/campus meeting and/or event needing your attendance. If this cannot be avoided, please contact me.
Take attendance at 9:30 a.m.
Turn in accurate lunch count by 8:30 a.m.
Actively monitoring students at all times.
As always, update your Websites. Create substitute plans. Make sure your sub understands they are following your schedule which includes implementing 504s/IEPs/BIPs and covering your duty. In addition, please make sure your substitute understands how to contact the office in case of an emergency.
Don't forget to contact Nurse Bode if you plan to take a field trip. In addition, do not forget to contact her prior to the field trip to set up the medication bag.
It is important to leave sub plans with instructions that can be implemented with ease.