Monday Musings

Weekly Update for Douglas Staff - February 1, 2016

Thanks for all of the hard work and conversations you are having around student data (academic and behavioral) during this time of year. It has been great celebrating student progress with you and working with teams as you plan together for next steps.

Upcoming Dates...

Feedback from staff members on the placement of staff meetings and late event nights led to some updated changes. Please note below...I don't anticipate any more "moves". - Emily


Douglas Team Data Meetings -If you have yet to do this...Please set these up with your team and let Emily know when you will be having them. Emily will forward this info to the reading staff and Kathy Kennon. Some teams are having 2 meetings - breaking apart the overall data dig and next steps (Interventions).


Tuesday, Feb. 2nd - Staff Meeting Cancelled - Teams will be meeting around data in the next few weeks...No full staff meeting tonight!


Monday, Feb. 8th - Districtwide PD Day (Location TBD)

See the email from Jenny Borst on 1/29 for more details. We are looking forward to a day of digging in together.


Tuesday, Feb. 9th - Conference Scheduling Meeting (Media Center) - 3:15-4:00


Thursday, Feb. 11th - Douglas Science Fair! If you are interested in judging or helping out, please let Emily know!


Monday, Feb. 15th - Midyear SLO Reviews (Due) - Please click "Save and Notify"


Tuesday, Feb. 16th - Douglas Staff Meeting (Full Staff)

- Focus: Unpacking Essential Standards to Learning Targets

- The PLC Planning Team felt that working through this process and the tools used to unpack would be beneficial to our Douglas teams as we move forward unpacking at the district level.


Monday, Feb. 22nd - PLC Planning Team Meeting (Media Center)


Tuesday, Feb. 23rd - No Staff Meeting


NO March 1st Staff Meeting - Moved to 3/8


Thursday, March 3rd - Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7:35)


Friday, March 4th - Districtwide PD Day


Tuesday, March 8th - Staff Meeting (Moved from 3/1)


Thursday, March 10th - Author Visit - Jacqueline West (Grades 2-5)

- Jacqueline will present three times (2/3, 4, 5) and have a book-signing

- Preorders due this Friday (2/5)

- Sara is coordinating an art-integrated writing project with grades 3-5!

- Sabina has ordered and received several books. Contact Sabina to be put on the "list"!


MOVED - Tuesday, March 15th (to 3/29) - No Staff Meeting Tonight


Thursday, March 17th - Spring Arts Festival: "Pizza with Picasso" (New Event Name)


Spring Break - Early Release - 3/18, Off 3/21-3/25


Tuesday, 3/29 - Staff Meeting (All Staff)

Spring Conference Letters are in your mailboxes. Please send those home on Monday with the students you would like to schedule conferences with! The return date is Feb. 8th.

Read Across America - Planning Meeting (2/2) Cancelled...If you have ideas beyond "Read Across Douglas" - please contact Amy M. or Emily!

Hour of Code

Lately I have been seeing more and more about Hour of Code! I'm intrigued! If you would like to explore this further or do some brainstorming about incorporating this into your classroom, let me know! Check out this link for more info.

Emily's Schedule for the Week (2/1-2/5)

Announcements - Daily @ 8:05


Informal Observations throughout the week. I will be starting to schedule formal observations for teachers in their summative year within the next year. Please watch your email!


Monday - 2/1

Observations throughout day...

9:30-10:30 Office Meetings

3:30 Collaborative Time Meeting (ESC)


Tuesday - 2/2

8:45-11:15 Cabinet (ESC)

11:15-12:30 Elementary Principals Meeting (ESC)

1:30 Para Meeting (Conference Room)

3:15 Team Meetings


Wednesday - 2/3

7:30 SIT Scheduling Meeting - Gatzow, Zimmermann, Amy, Amy, Kathy

Observations throughout day

9:30 Para Meeting (Conference Room)

2:00 Forward Exam Meeting - Sabina


Thursday, 2/4

9:00 Elementary Principals - Douglas

Observations throughout day

3:15 Parent Meeting (3L)


Friday, 2/5

8:15 Team Leader Meeting - Data

Observations throughout day