Corbat Chronicle

Week of February 7, 2016

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Come connect with passionate educators like Donalynn Miller, Pernille Ripp, Colby Sharp, and more! Earn SCECHs!


Let's continue to reexamine our MTSS practices honestly.

"It's good to take time to reflect, evaluating whether our community is supporting the culture. If not, what needs to be shored up so students can thrive?"

Please take 2 minutes to read the article below.

February 7, 2016

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all who participated in Global School Play Day. This provided a time for students to get away from staring at screens and interacting with peers. So much of a child's day is planned and structured for him/her. It was refreshing to see our students using their imaginations, creating, and PLAYING!

Speaking of playing, how is Minecraft going? We may be starting a 5th grade Minecraft club that will meet during recess. Please let me know what additional support is needed.

This week is the last call on ordering student recognition postcards. I have only heard back from 4th and 5th grades. Please let me know if your grade level would like additional postcards.


Thank you for the input at our staff meeting last week. I sent our questions to an MDE employee and received a prompt reply.

  • Scratch paper is considered a “Universal Support” for the ELA M-STEP. Any scratch paper needs to be handled as secure documents and destroyed at the end of the test session.
  • In 2016, MDE has made improvements to the “sticky note” tool. This tool gives the students online/on-screen note-taking capabilities. It is our hope that most students would opt for the sticky note over scratch paper, depending on their individual needs. (For more information about Universal Supports, please take a moment to review the supports and accommodations companion materials on the M-STEP website.)
  • The test administrators will read the instructions to the students. Just to be clear, the “instructions” are the lead-in pages coming before the first test item. The supports and accommodations material discusses reading other parts of the M-STEP to students.
  • The online sample sets do not calculate feedback data. The sample sets are intended to give the students an opportunity to interact with the M-STEP items and test functionality.


Big thanks to Misty and Sarah who have been working on the yearbook. Please send an email to them with your candid pictures and name the email: “Candids for Class page”. Please refer to the email from Sarah about the layout of the page.

Please send them pictures of our various clubs (e.g. Mimes, Honors Choir, Leadership, etc...) & label those “Candids for Service Clubs”.

The other candid pages will be dedicated to a variety of pictures, we are asking that you select 3-4 pictures that you would like displayed and send those in a separate email titled “Candids for entire school pages.”

All pictures must be sent by February 22.


As we get closer to wrapping up our book study, I would like EVERY staff member to visit a Leader in Me Lighthouse school in the next 6 weeks. If you have NOT been to a school, please select one of the following listed below. Let me know which one you would like to visit. I will send teams of 4-5 people.

The week ahead...

Monday, February 8

  • I will be at Dieck all day for 504 training.
  • Bookfair preview day

Tuesday, February 9

  • 1/2 Day 11:55 Dismissal
  • Craft Bazaar begins
  • NO K-2 Odyssey of the Mind
  • P/T Conferences 1-3:30 & 5-7
  • Lunch provided by PTO

Wednesday, February 10

  • I am attending a kindergarten round-up planning meeting from 12:30-1:30 at the Cage.

Thursday, February 11

  • Odyssey of the Mind (7 students) in Sarah's room (3:45-5:00)
  • P/T conferences 5-8
  • Dinner provided by PTO

Coming soon...

  • Tuesday, February 16th: 100th day of school

Enjoy the 4 day weekend!


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MISSION: Swartz Creek Community Schools inspires our learners to embrace challenges, set goals, grow their talents, and realize their dreams for success in a global society.

VISION: Swartz Creek Community Schools provides a world class education through innovative experiences while developing the unique talents of our learners.

- We believe in a culture of learning.
- We believe that student learning should be the primary goal for all decisions made affecting the school district.
- We believe the climate and culture of the school is engaging, nurturing, challenging, and inspires students to express their personal ideas.
- We believe curriculum is integrated, differentiated, meaningful, and pertinent to life.
- We believe in culturally relevant education that provides the knowledge and skills to meet the global challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
- We believe in continuous improvement informed by critical evaluation and reflection.
- We believe expanding technologies enrich how teachers teach and students learn.
- We believe in building relationships and sharing resources with our community, parents, and staff members.