Principal's Corner #27
March 4, 2019
I'd like to meet with each team during their specials time on Monday, March 11th to discuss possible staffing plans. I do not have SpEd staffing at this time, so I will schedule a seperate conversation with our SpEd team. Interventionists, please feel free to join any grade level time.
In the meantime, if you have any questions/concerns, please come see me.
I would like to thank our SpEd Team for all of their hard work to make SpEd Collaboration meaningful for everyone. The collaboration between General Education Teachers and Special Education Teachers is valued and a priority. Thank you all for participating.
Cherry Creek Reads: Read Together, Wonder Together
Cherry Creek Reads: Read Together, Wonder Together
CCSD will also celebrate Cherry Creek Reads: Read Together, Wonder Together in all schools the week of March 11-15.
Why: To create a focus on Cherry Creek Reads to provide opportunities inclusive of our community of readers.
What: Encourage reading!
How: Through an initiative to encourage within students the capacity to reason, to form decisions based on intelligent analysis, to communicate, and to live compassionately with one another through reading.
- "One Book" to support annual theme: 2019 Theme is "Read Together, Wonder Together"
- 2019 book is Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander (Books have been ordered, and I will get them to you ASAP)
- During the week of March 11-15, every K-12 classroom will commit to 66 minutes of reading (66 represents the number of schools in CCSD)
- Complete the "Currently Reading, Just Finished Reading" template that will be provided to you, and place it outside of your classroom/office door no later than Monday, March 11th.
For 3rd-5th Grade Teachers: RE Sleep Survey needs to be administered by March 8th.
Yearbook Photos Needed
Do you have photos that would be great for the yearbook? If so, please share them with Caren Berger through Indiana,10 one of the ways below.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Google drive: email@example.com
- Tree Ring: She can add you into the program quickly.
If you have any questions, let me know. Thank you!
No Staff or Committee Meetings on Wednesday!
Upcoming Testing Windows
CMAS: March 25-April 19
CCSD Common 5th Grade Assessment: March March 4-15
Other Important Dates
- Monday, March 4-Friday, March 8: Conference Week
- Monday, March 4: Office open until 8:00pm
- Monday, March 4: Katie out in the AM
- Tuesday, March 5: Office open until 8:00pm
- Wednesday, March 6: Dr. Siegfried Visits COT 8:30-10:00
- Thrusday, March 7: Office open until 8:00pm
- Friday, March 8: Comp day if you put choose to do evening conferences.
- Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8: Non-Contact Day
- Monday, March 11: Class Picture Day
- Monday, March 11: Battle of the Books Finals, Cottonwood, 4-5:30PM
- Tuesday, March 12: Katie and Ashley out in the AM
- Wednesday, March 13: Katie out in the AM
- Wednesday, March 13: School Accountability Meeting, 6-7pm Innovation Space
- Thursday, March 14: Ashley out all day
- Thursday, March 14: 3rd Grade Program, 6:30PM
- Friday, March 15: Katie and Ashley out all day
- Monday, March 18-Friday, March 22: SPRING BREAK
- March 27: 1st-5th Grade Supply Lists due to Katie
- MARCH 29: SOCK HOP
Use the form below to sign up for a PST Pre-Referral Meeting
Thank you for all the work you have put into report cards and conference schedules. Next week will be busy, but I hope your conversations with families are valuable and productive. I came across this article about conferences and thought I would share.
During the Conference
- Create a welcoming environment. Make your classroom inviting by displaying students' work, and making space for the conference with an adult-sized table and chairs. If parents need to bring their child or other siblings, have an area set aside with puzzles, games, worksheets, or computers to limit distractions. Also consider offering healthy snacks or beverages to families. Remember to have paper and pens available so parents can take notes. You also might want to have a box of tissues available for when you have to deliver bad news.
- Open with positives. When you start the conversation, remind parents that the goal of this meeting is to share information about students' academic progress and growth and how their child interacts in the school environment. All parents are proud of their kids and want to hear about their child's strengths as well as challenges, so be sure to discuss both — but start with the positives.
- Discuss progress and growth. Inform parents about their child's ability levels or grade levels in different content areas, using demonstrative work examples or testing results. Many parents want to know how their children compare to their peers, but remind them that you're discussing their child's individual instructional levels, not their standing in class. You should, however, inform them about grade-level expectations and how the student is doing in that context.
- It's all too easy to let discussions veer off-task during conferences, so try to limit all talk to learning and how to support the student's instruction.
- Avoid teacher-talk. K-12 education is loaded with jargon and acronyms, but a parent-teacher conference is not the place to use them. Be sure to explain any terms, curriculum titles, or even words on progress reports that aren't commonly used outside the school setting.
- Ask questions and listen. Ask parents or guardians for their input about students' strengths, needs, and learning styles, as well as their hopes and dreams for their children. Don't forget to ask these simple but important questions: "Does your child like school?" and "Why?" or "Why not?" That single line of questioning can give you a lot of information that can be helpful in the classroom.
- Make a plan. Provide suggestions for activities and strategies to support learning at home. Spend the last few minutes of the meeting on your specific goals for the student. Note the kinds of strategies you'll use, the length of time you'll use them, and when you'll communicate to parents next.
- Be honest and have a thick skin. It's your responsibility to give parents or guardians an accurate assessment of students' academic progress. Sometimes this means delivering bad news. Sugar-coating the facts defeats the purpose of the conference.
- In addition, you may see some of your students differently than their parents do, and some parents may take your evaluation of their child in a negative or defensive way. While you should be open to constructive criticism, remember that you're in charge of the conference, and if the discussion becomes too heated to be effective, or goes awry in other ways, you should conclude the meeting and ask to reconvene at another time. If you have reason to expect such negative interactions before the next conference, ask an administrator to attend.
After the Conference
- Follow up. A little thank-you can go a long way. Many parents have to take time off work or hire babysitters to attend conferences, so consider taking the time to thank parents in a letter or email. You can also have students write thank-you notes to their parents or guardians for attending and supporting their learning. In the notes, remind parents to contact you if they have any further questions or concerns.
- Be sure to contact parents who did not attend and offer alternative ways to communicate about their child's progress.
- Communicate regularly. Let parents know what's going on with their child in an ongoing fashion. Keep families informed about class projects, homework and other assignments, students' accomplishments, and any problems or concerns that may arise.
- Enhance your instruction. Now that you know a little more about your students, use that information to make instructional decisions that will help your students achieve and grow in the classroom.