..pause for a moment


Let's be like the Beatles ....

“My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum parts. And that’s how I see business. Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people.”

–Steve Jobs, Apple Computer

This is true for school too, and the Penn TOTAL is definitely greater than the sum of our parts. Way to "come together"

(If you're old or a Beatles fan, you'll get that reference to a really catchy, but weird song.)


- the incredible teamwork and professional sharing continues!

- perseverance: refusing to give up. Thanks for persevering in the midst of HARD THINGS.

- I've seen some creative morning meetings.

- bask in the appreciation of parents seeing how hard you work.

INFO for Teachers

Meeting Schedules - if/when we move to in person (whether hybrid or 100%) many things about our schedule will need to change, but for next week, 9/21 - 25

PLCs: our focus will be on assessments and the accelerated learning templates

K ,1, 2: Monday, 2:00 - 2:45

3, 4, 5: Thursday, 2 - 2:45

6th: Tuesday 2 - 2:45

Also, PBIS team on Monday at 2:45 use the PENN PD ZOOM LINK

WEDNESDAY PD at 2:15. Specials teachers meet with your curriculum directors. Penn teachers use the PENN PD ZOOM LINK. We will focus on assessments,

FRIDAY: please assume that we may need to meet to go over preparations for kids returning on 9/28. Plan on 1:00.

Accelerated Learning Templates

I printed off one copy of each Accelerated Learning Template. I am leaving that 1 copy of each grade level for ELA and Math on the counter in the workroom. If you'd like a paper copy, please run that 1 copy through the printer. There are MANY pages to each document, so I decided not to just run copies for everyone and possibly waste a lot of paper. Feel free to make a copy though. I get it. I seem to need to hold something for my reading comprehension skills to work. I'm just not making 20+ copies. :)

INFO for Everyone

I believe we will hear something on Friday from Superintendent Degner about the possibility of returning to the hybrid model on 9/28. Amy, Marge, Wes and I are working on many details related to this. Hybrid teachers and paras, your schedule will change. I'm working on it and hope to have it in your hand on Monday.

IF you need to be absent, and I hope you don't anytime soon, please talk to me so we can determine if a substitute is necessary.

Giving Away Some "LEFT OVER PURPLE"

We have a few "left overs" .... not food, but Penn tshirts. The tshirts are staff shirts from previous years. I have laid them out in the the little room in the front hall (used to be the game room or Jaime's office). Feel free to check them out and choose a shirt. They are free. Let's start with limiting to 1 per person to give fair opportunity to everyone.



1. Make sure you've done all the FAST certifications.


1. Clock in and out

EVERYONE: don't forget all those trainings. Time is becoming even more tight.

Links you'll need

District - all COVID info:

Return to Learn Guide:

Penn 20-21 Helpful Links - this page will eventually hold all the links you might need regularly, but it is a work in progress.

Building Access. - fill this out whenever you're in the building

Staff (everyone) shared drive:

Teacher Shared drive:

Looking Ahead

Remember, early out/PD will now be on Wednesdays at 1:55pm.

  • Sept 22: another Materials Distribution (8am-6pm)
  • Sept 24: Dine Out or Take Out for Education, all day
  • Oct 6: PTO at 7pm via zoom


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Please direct any equity-related questions to the Director of Equity and Employee Relations Jeremy Tabor,, (319) 688-1000.