Meadow Brook Staff Newsletter

Week of November 4

Quote of the Week

"When you learn, teach. When you get, give."
-Maya Angelou

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Monthly Hattie's Highlight

Each month we will highlight some of the most effective instructional strategies identified by John Hattie.

The first strategy we would like to highlight is COLLECTIVE TEACHER EFFICACY. This has the LARGEST IMPACT on student achievement!

Collective Efficacy is rooted in Albert Bandura’s concept of self-efficacy. Collective efficacy is a group’s shared belief in the capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to produce given levels of attainment. Bandura found that the positive effects of collective teacher efficacy on student achievement outweighs the negative effects of low socioeconomic status.

When educators share a sense of collective efficacy, school cultures tend to be characterized by beliefs that reflect high expectations for student success. A shared language that represents a focus on student learning as opposed to instructional compliance often emerges. The perceptions that influence the actions of educators include "We are evaluators," "We are change agents," and "We collaborate." Teachers and leaders believe that it is their fundamental task to evaluate the effect of their practice on students' progress and achievement. They also believe that success and failure in student learning is more about what they did or did not do, and they place value in solving problems of practice together (Hattie & Zierer, 2018).

This Week:

  • Monday: (B day) Veterans Day Assemblies @9 and 2-- Board Meeting @ 6
  • Tuesday: (A day)
  • Wednesday: (B day)
  • Thursday: (A day) Mark out all day--Thanksgiving lunch in the cafeteria free of charge!
  • Friday: (B day) HS Theater Performance @ 9:15 5th grade only-- PTSO snack day

Important Updates

Things to look forward to:

11/11-11/22-- STAR Testing Window

11/11-- Veterans Day Assemblies 5th grade @ 9; 6th grade @ 2

11/15-- Mustang HS Theater Performance @ 9:15-10:15--5th grade only

11/18-- Freddy's Night in Yukon

11/19-- MBI Band Concert @ 6pm

11/20-- Kona Ice

11/20--Staff Meeting @ 3:20

11/21-- PTSO Coffee Truck out front for all staff! @ 7:15am

11/21-- 6th Grade GRIT Assembly (Live to Give)

11/22-- 5th Grade GRIT Assembly (Live to Give)

11/25-11/29-- Thanksgiving Break


  • Students should have a quiet testing environment and quiet book to read if they finish earlier than classmates
  • Students do their BEST when they know what they are aiming for! Do they know how they scored on the last STAR test? Do they have a goal?
  • MONITOR progress! Has your team determined adequate progress? Have they reviewed the Mustang Estimated Goals to know where their students are going and what it's going to take to get them there? Here is a link to our estimated goals... Mustang Estimated STAR Goals 2019-20
  • Give students FEEDBACK! Let them know prior to the test that you will let them know how they did as soon as possible! They need to be able to determine if they met their goal!

Tell me something Good!

Great job last Friday during our Mindset Matters time! Thank you for supporting the WHOLE child. You guys do so much more than teach your curriculum. We appreciate ALL you do!

Great Veterans Day Assemblies! Thank you Ms. Crandell, Ms. Wright and Mrs. Edwards!

Our students read wonderful pieces about what Veterans Day means to them. Thank you ELA teachers for giving your students time to put these together!

Please email me "SOMETHING GOOD" so I can add it to our newsletter.

PLC Folder

This is a direct link to the shared PLC folder. Once you open it you may want to star it so it won't get lost in the "Shared with Me" folder.

Thank you for all your hard work!

At Meadow Brook we have GRIT.