Corbat Chronicle

Week of February 15, 2016

504 Symbol in Power School

IMPORTANT: Any student with a 504 plan has a symbol in Power School noting that there is a plan. The symbol looks like a weighted scale as pictured. All plans are located in CA-60 files.
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February 15, 2016

Dear Team,

Thank you for the extra time everyone spent preparing for conferences last week. Attendance seemed to be great despite the slippery road conditions. Special thanks to Kelly Redlich and Kristy Beckwith for organizing another successful book fair, to Kim Hunault and Amy Brimmer for organizing the #RelayForLife Student Craft Bazaar (over $700 was raised for Team Morrish), and to our PTO for providing dinner during conferences.

My Goals

Due to illness and unexpected principal duties, I have fallen short of meeting the 30 Day Happy Administrator Challenge within 30 days. However, I am not a quitter and will finish this challenge. It is a win-win because I get my bucket filled each time I complete a challenge.

I also plan to visit classrooms this week to hand out Treasure Chest certificates.

Finally, I will begin conducting unannounced classroom observations. I would like to have all of these completed by spring break.

Leader of the Month

Thank you for your help creating the video snippets with your students for the December (yes, December) Leaders of the month. Please return the iPad to me ASAP and I will create a school video honoring all of these students.

Please submit your nominations for January Leaders of the Month CLICK HERE. Nominations are due by Wednesday.

504 Plans

I attended PD last week to learn how to use the EdPlan, an online platform, for 504 plans. I have uploaded our current 504 plans and will use this online version for any new plans that are written as well as yearly reviews. Please take note of the icon at the top of this newsletter. This symbol is posted in Power School for any students who have 504 plans.

Yearbook Reminder

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...

Tuesday, February 16

  • K-2 Odyssey of the Mind in the gym
  • 100th Day of School

Wednesday, February 17

  • Early Release Day: Students will be dismissed at 1:30. We will meet in Heather's room from 1:45-4:20. Adam Hartley of GearUp2Lead will lead us through the six stages of heroic leadership and the four components GEAR.
  • Leader of the Month Nominations due (link is above)

Thursday, February 18

  • I will be in Lansing to attend the Michigan Visible Learning Foundation Conference where John Hattie is presenting.
  • Odyssey of the Mind (7 students) in Sarah's room (3:45-5:00)
  • After-school soccer program in the gym (list of student names was given to teachers last week)

Monday & Tuesday only: Tweet out an article from Edutopia, Mind/Shift KQED, ASCD, or another educational institution based on a topic or strategy you are incorporating in your classroom. Tweet it from your classroom account to let parents know what you are working on in your classroom. Mention @MorrishDragons and enter a drawing for some ITunes $$$.

Have a great week!


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- We believe in a culture of learning.
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