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Zitzman 411: March 12th -16th

What's Happening This Week:

Monday- C Day. Dr. Sladek @ CE! Bus Evacuation Drill @ 9:00pm. PT Conferences (PTO will provide Bread Company sandwich dinner in lounge! Thank you Paula!)

Tuesday- D Day. Dr. Sladek @ CE! 5th Grade Band Recruitmen at 9:30AM. Good News Club & Girls on the Run 3:40PM. RTI Guy Webinar @7:00pm. [http://www.classroommentalhealth.com/webinar.html "Helping Students with Anxiety in your Classroom"]

Wednesday- A Day. 5th Grade Band Presentation @ PHS 9:30-10:15. Dr. Sladek @ ZE! PT Conferences (Admin will provide D'Angelos pasta and salad dinner in lounge! Thank you Paula!)

Thursday- D Day. Dr. Sladek @ ZE! Monthly Lighthouse Mtg @ 7:45AM. Students take MRA assessment for LIM. Spirit Squad & Girls on the Run 3:40PM.

Friday- NO SCHOOL [Conference Break]

Staff LIM Survey Link:


Student LIM Survey Link:



I feel we need to take advantage of having the parents in the building. It is my favorite time to provide resources and positive action/support to them.

Here are some quick things I found to give you some ideas!

Reading- This is more of a K-2 packet but you get the idea: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Parents-Guide-to-Reading-3253525

Math- They have one for every grade: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HomeConnection-Kindergarten-Guided-Math-3167960

Easy Parent Feedback- https://www.instagram.com/p/BDB0FG2uOYi/?scrlybrkr=f87631

PBL Ideas for this short week:

Of course everything revolves around March Madness this time of year.!

4th & 5th grade:

This is a hot topic that is fueled by fans paying a few dollars to fill out their bracket sheets. Students are going to take a look at sports betting and consider the impact of legalizing sports gambling. It just so happens that people bet more money during March Madness than during the Super Bowl! Is this a harmless way of making the games more exciting, or is it asking for trouble? Here's a link to this exercise: http://pblproject.com/page.aspx?pageid=PBL-ww-Sports-Gambling

K-5: A great lesson for ALL!

This exercise takes an interesting angle for this time of year. Of course, everyone loves it when the last shot goes in and the fans go wild. On the flip side of the coin, there's always the losing team who worked so hard and came up just short. So, this exercise asks students to think about dealing with their own losses, letdowns, and setbacks. It's important to keep them in perspective (and perhaps they can even be a good thing). Here's the link: http://pblproject.com/page.aspx?pageid=PBL-ww-Disappointment

"Interdependence is a far more mature, more advanced concept. If I am physically interdependent, I am self-reliant and capable, but I also realize that you and I working together can accomplish far more than, even at my best, I could accomplish alone. If I am emotionally interdependent, I derive a great sense of worth within myself, but I also recognize the need for love, for giving, and for receiving love from others. If I am intellectually interdependent I realize that I need the best thinking of other people to join with my own."

-Paradigms & Principles of Effectiveness

Last Chance!!!!

Scott Kovis is available to visit your classroom to teach a lesson on how to use technology in the classroom. He has visited many classrooms in the district to teach students how to create graphs to embed into their writing or projects.

Ask Mr. Kovis about See Saw, Video Book Trailers, to assist with lessons on inferencing or critical thinking. and more. Each teacher that is observed working with Mr. Kovis on a lesson for students will earn a week of jeans pass. The activity or lesson must then be observed by a principal.

Missouri Model District

We may get a a chance to showcase the great things going on at Zitzman. The DESE MMD Leaders may pay us a visit on Monday. They will be looking for our top teaching and learning strategies: Assessment Capable Learning, Feedback, and Metacognition
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