February 10, 2016

Carol Dweck - A Study on Praise and Mindsets

Check out the following video (it is less than 5 minutes):


College/Career Fair Feb 3

What a great turnout - we had approximately 65 tables set up with local businesses, colleges and universities and CA class tables! Lots of positive comments on our students, including their respectful and polite behavior, their professional dress, and their good questions. We had a lot of student exhibitors that "sold" their class with their fun, interactive exhibits. A few students received on-site admissions and some scholarship $ which was unexpected!

Survey Link for i3/SECEP (STEM Early College Expansion Project)

Please complete the following survey as soon as possible. We get $$ for completion. Please shoot me a quick email when you have it done. Letter from SERVE (the evaluation team) is below:


Dear teacher or staff member,

SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is conducting an evaluation of a project, the STEM Early College Expansion Project (SECEP), that is being led by Columbia University, in partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF) in Connecticut and the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) in Michigan. As part of this study, we are looking at schools that are participating in the program as well as a group of similar schools that are not participating. We want to understand changes that occur in your school as a result of this project.

As part of this evaluation, we are asking staff in your school to complete an annual survey. Your principal has agreed to participate in the study and your school will receive $500 once at least 50% of the staff (teachers, counselors, college liaisons and administrators) have responded to the survey. The survey will take less than 30 minutes to complete and can be done at any time before February 26, 2016. The survey is exactly the same as staff in your school have completed for this evaluation last February. Our analyses will focus on the changes that staff in your school report between the first and subsequent years during the project.

Survey Link for PBIS/Positive Behavior Support Grant

Link will be available and sent out soon. Please complete when you receive it - I have been assured that it is very brief.


We are nearing completion of the 1st round of Unannounced Observations and will be quickly moving into doing the 2nd round of Unannounced. I would like to recommend that you begin collecting and uploading any artifacts and documentation for domain 4 since that will be the final domain that we will review prior to writing the final evaluation. Don't submit until files are ready and expect communication from your administrator/evaluator when they are ready to review this part.

There are number of items required by law that will be included in the evaluations this year including:

  • The teacher’s attendance and disciplinary record
  • Significant, relevant accomplishments and contributions (over and above)
  • Relevant special training (over and above)
More detailed information to come on this portion.

If you have questions or concerns, please talk to your evaluator.

CORE Team and School Improvement

CORE Team met on Tuesday, February 9th, and will continue to meet for the next four Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. to plan our Internal Mini-Visit in preparation for the AdvancEd Accreditation visit which will be next year. Anyone is welcome to join. Meeting location tba!

Internal Mini-Visit involves staff from other C-A building meeting with a HS focus team, touring the building, and visiting classrooms in session. The date for this is March 15th from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. We will be asking for artifacts from various content areas that demonstrate work towards our School Improvement goals.

The Self Assessment needs to be completed each year by building staff, so we will plan to do that at the February 17th PLC meeting.

We are also required to do a Program Evaluation as part of our School Improvement work for the Michigan Department of Education. This year we are evaluating the Vocabulary WoW (Words of the Week) Initiative - fidelity of implementation, student achievement (pre- and post-vocabulary tests), and use of vocabulary across content areas. and will continue to look at reading scores on standardized tests as part of this evaluation. Please follow directions from Jennifer O'Brien regarding the pre-/post- tests - either scan them in yourself (preferable) or get the Illuminate sheets to her for scanning.

Spring Assessments

This spring, we will have a series of state assessments required for our students. Please plan accordingly and make sure that students are in attendance on these dates.

· March15 -March 26: English Language Learner students will take the WIDA test

· April 12-14: 11th grade students will take the SAT, ACT WorkKeys and M-Step Science and Social Studies assessments (or the MI-Access assessment).

· April 12-14 – MI-Access for 11th graders who are not taking the SAT.

· April 12 or 13: 9th and 10th grade students will take the PSAT 9 or PSAT 10

· April 26-28: Makeup test dates for students who have an authorized absence from the April 12-14th dates.