Hawk Happenings

Staff and Partner Bulletin February 16, 2016

This Week at REA

The Week in the REA Community .

Monday, February 15, 2016 (A Day)

8:30-9:25- Hunter in Orange Pod First Floor

No School

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 (B Day)

Dr. Harris in Columbus

8:30-9:25—Hunter in Orange Pod Second Floor

8:15 Lead Teacher (Team Leader) meeting Student Led Conferences
1:00 Myers out of building - Superintendent's Office Meeting
4:00 Curriculum Council Meetings
2:30 Meeting to discuss Path C Grant for High School
After School: K-1st Cooking Club

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (A Day)

Dr. Harris in Columbus

7:45: ILT - Please attend

3rd Grade Testing- Announcements will be delayed

8:30-9:25—Hunter in Green Pod Second Floor

Data Meetings will be on schedule

9:30- Walk In Day- See Directions below

2:00 Partner's Meeting

3:00 Principal Meeting for 21st Cent Grant

After School 4-8 Cooking class

Thursday, February 18, 2016 (A DAY)

Dr. Harris in Columbus

8:00 Assessment and Accountability Committee

8:00 PD Committee Meeting

8:30-9:25—Hunter in Blue/Yellow Pod Second Floor

8:30-4:30 Principal Leadership- Myers out of the building

After School 2nd-3rd Cooking

Whiz Kids

Friday, February 19, 2016 (B Day)

Dr. Harris in Columbus

Team Meetings
7:30 Playoff Varsity Basketball vs Purcell Marian at Loveland HS
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Teacher Job Fair Day

Next Week At REA

Next Week:

Monday: 11:00 Scheduling Inclusion Meeting with Ed Center for HS- Select HS Teachers and Interventionists.

Monday: GAIC Meeting 4:00

Tuesday: 7:55 Staff Meeting

Tuesday: 2:00 Reading with Principal

Wednesday: No ILT

Wednesday: Myers in Columbus for Diploma Minded Principal Conference

Wednesday: Data Meetings with EILEEN DIAMOND

Thursday: Principal Leadership Myers out of building

Friday: Myers out of building by 1:30 to meet with Dr. Lofton

CWT- What's what?????

We have to do daily walkthroughs for the state. We will do them regardless of what is happening in your class. At the same time, we also have to do walkthroughs and observations for ETPES. As we come into your classroom, all observers will state which type of observation will happen. We are starting the non-announced observations. If that is happening at an inconvenient time due to testing, or other things going on, you can respectfully decline ONCE. If it happens again, there needs to be a discussion. Please keep this in mind. We want to respect the teacher's needs, but at the same token, get the important work done. Thank you for all that you are doing to help us all be Riders in the Storm.

Interview Team

We are likely to have at least one position for interviewing purposes for the 16-17 school year. We need teachers to sit on an interview team. We will work around schedules, but we are trying to interview all like candidates at one time and make it a one and done and complete the process at one time. Lead Teachers must serve on the team, but we are interested in other teachers joining. The one and done may last as late as 6:00 depending upon how many candidates. If you are interested in being on the team, please contact Mrs. Myers through email. Thanks for your time in helping with this project.

Job Fair - February 20th

Since we have at least one opening, we are seeking some great candidates at the Job Fair. The Job Fair is at Woodward High School on Feburary 20th at 11:00. If you are able to attend, please do so. Please get there by 10:00. Thanks for all that you do.


Walk In Day - February 17- New information

The Superintendent's Office in conjunction with CFT are asking us to have a Walk In day where we all walk into the building together. The plan is as such:

NEW: At 9:20, we will need all primary teachers to gather in the cafeteria. High School will be finishing data meetings. After data meetings, all high school teachers (7-12) will gather in the gym. Starting at about 9:25 if not before, we will be walking all primary and elementary students down the hallway to the green pod down the stairs in the back of the building. We will walk out of that door with an administrator or security in the front o f the line and teachers scattered guiding their classes. We will be holding signs and waving to the community. Please watch for your children.

High School: High School teachers need to scatter themselves between the classes and meet in the gym by about 9:25. As we dismiss the gym, please scatter yourself between students and not in one place. If there is a teacher that cannot walk, please see Mrs. Myers to determine your post for tomorrow.

At about 9:25 we will walk out of the building with as many student groups as possible and walk back in the building by the daycare. If the weather is too nasty, we will go out the front stairs, line up on Kellogg and come in the stairs by the daycare.

Unfortunately, it is a jammed packed morning. We will have ILT, data meetings, and other things happening. Please respect the times of these events. Keep in mind, this is a joint effort to support our school and public education in general. District officials are to be on hand to assist with this event.

We have to do it a bit later due to the fact that we have mandated data meetings that preclude us from doing it earlier. Please understand this issue.

Teacher Recommendation Responses

Teacher Recommendation responses went into the Team Leader's mailboxes last week. Please see your Team Leader for the response. We did not respond to each teacher this year. Hope this works.

Student Led Conferences- New Information Due March 24th

The lead teachers (Team Leaders) met and we made some adjustments to the Student Led Conferences.
1. Lead Teachers will receive information from Amy H-E as a model and from the conference in Las Vegas.
2. We need to practice this concept with our classes. Start now. The team leaders will create a sample schedule. The concern was there was not enough time to lead rich conversations around data with the students. Please look for this information from your team leader or take the initiative to get this done yourself.
3. Forms, forms, problem with forms will be worked out by Team Leaders
4. Administrators will be in pods assisting with managing parents and other concerns in each pod.
5. Google Sheets will be used to calendar the conferences as modeled by Amy Hudson-Estepp's model.
Look for more info from your team leader.

Advisory Signs are in. Once Laminated, please make sure you hang them in your classroom.

State CWT information-

As you have been previously told, we need to get into 50% of the classrooms daily. We are charting our progress.

One Negative Nancy about this process is providing teachers with feedback. We met with as an administrative team and decided that we would put a small sheet on your desk that is a "Why You're Awesome" sheet. It will list positives and challenges. If there are many challenges, someone will speak with you personally. If there are challenges for the entire school, we decided to put some helpful hints in the bulletin as a form of feedback. Keep in mind, we will be discussing our issues as a school in our BLT - or Building Leadership Team- or as we call it an ILT.

Growing and learning to improve our craft

As we are going through our state CWT's, we are seeing nearly 100% of our teachers including agendas as they teach their classes. Kudos....

We are noticing that one challenge that is being missed is measurable goals are being left off. Please remember what that should look like. We created the document below to help you remember. This is a key way that we know the students are clear about what they are learning. Additionally, this was noticed in the instructional rounds. Please remember this is a good practice. We also want to make sure we are engaging the students with this objectives so that they are not appearing to be just posters in your room. Your agenda and measurable goals should change and not be static from day to day and/or week to week.

Please use this document as a guide:


Staff Handbook and Flood Manual

Staff Handbook and Flood Manual. Please read both. Although not voting items, all are encouraged to provide feedback so that we can improve what we re doing.

Staff Handbook Link for Riverview Staff Only: https://drive.google.com/drive/recent

Flood Manual for Riverview Staff Only: https://drive.google.com/drive/recent

Please review and provide your Team Leader with feedback. We will discuss in ILT.

Student Led Conferences

Lead Teachers who serve as team leaders are asked to meet on 2/16 at 8:15 to discuss Student Led Conferences and how they could be improved and what we need to do differently for next time. Please note, we had an increase of parents and we need to move to more of an increase. Great job for the first time. We need to celebrate our success. Each team had about 20% parent participation if not more.

State Feedback from Quarter One and tasks for Quarter Two

As many of you know already, we are a Priority School. We are being asked to do certain functions necessary for this status. So that we can be compliant with the State's requests, we have created a walkthrough document that is similar in nature to the Instructional Rounds document. We will be sharing this in the bulletin and in email and in ILT. Basically, the coaches, Mr. Dearwester, and Dr. Harris have split the staff up and during the next two weeks, we will be in your classrooms to meet this state requirement. The results of our visit will be discussed in ILT where we will complete a BLT form - similar to the TBT form. Please review with your ILT representative.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind

So the district paid a lot of money for MyTomorrow signs. These signs are having challenges staying up on the walls. PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT throw these signs away when you see them on the floor. Additionally, if you see them on the floor, send them to the office or rehang them. PLEASE DO NOT THROW THEM OUT. We have informed the custodial staff as well. Please talk to your classes about this to make sure students also respect the signs.

Staffing for next school year

Honestly, the administration does not want to see anyone leave, but it is understood when people make decisions about their career for family and other reasons. We are already planning staffing for next school year. If you are thinking of making a change, please let the administration know. Our best bet in getting quality staff is to recruit during the Job Fair. Again, it is not our desire to see anyone leave. Please consider what is best first for your family.
All preferential preparation bells will be eliminated next year. The prep bell for common prep will be rotated each year so that everyone will get an opportunity for a different preparation period. Elementary preparation periods will remain the same. This puts us in line with the CBA. Thanks to everyone who problem solved around this issue. Your Riverview Family appreciates your solutions.

ROUNDS: According to a meeting that Terri Wessel and Mrs. Myers went to, any person may apply for positions during any round. Round One begins on February 9th. Please be sure to follow the deadlines. There will be further info available to you through email and through Ms. Wessel, your Building Rep.

Professional Development Opportunities

Upcoming Mayerson Classes from the PD Committee:

Co-teaching Roundtable: Interested in learning about co-teaching. Here are some dates to keep in mind:

2/10/16: Instruction and Strategies

3/9/16: Instruction and Strategies

4/13/16: Data Collection

5/11/16: Becoming a Co-Teaching Model in Your Building