Sailing Through the Week

Staff Bulletin for the Week of October 17, 2016

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Important Dates

Tuesday, October 18

  • Picture Retake Day
  • Math Benchmark Assessment, White First Grade, 9:00 in Computer Lab
  • Math Benchmark Assessment, Talaski First Grade, 1:15 in Media Center
  • Math Benchmark Assessment, Gunderson 1/2, 1:15 in Computer Lab
  • ELA Release Time: Greib (a.m.) and Moses (p.m.)

Wednesday, October 19

  • Popcorn Day
  • Bright Side Smiles Day
  • Math Benchmark Assessment, Moses Second Grade, 9:00 in Computer Lab
  • Math Benchmark Assessment, Greib Second Grade, 1:15 in Computer Lab
  • ELA Release Time: Weatherly (a.m.) and Tyler (p.m.)

Thursday, October 20

  • Happy Birthday to Carol Werden!
  • ELA Release Time: Carnahan, Dunn, and Tyler,

Friday, October 21

  • Half Day Students, Dismissal at 12:04 p.m.
  • PD at MCMS beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Half Day Professional Development

Please meet at Marine City Middle School at 1:00 p.m.

  • Classroom teachers in cafeteria
  • Itinerants in Room 513
  • Special Ed in Rooms 106 and 108

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Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 24

  • Laura Chambless "Talk Moves" Coaching

Tuesday, October 25

  • Grades 2/3 CSI Training, 9:10-9:45 in Media Center
  • Grades K/1 CSI Training, 9:50-10:25 in Media Center
  • Grades 4/5 CSI Training, 10:30-11:15 in Media Center
  • ELA Release Time: Talaski, White, and Gunderson

Wednesday, October 26

  • Popcorn Day
  • Rachel to Elementary Principals Meeting, RESA, 7:30-9:30
  • ELA Release Time: Penzien, Robbins, Westerhof

Thursday, October 27

  • ELA Release Time: Charron (a.m.), Drumb (a.m.), Dunn (p.m.), and Schulte (p.m.)

Friday, October 28

  • Laura Chambless "Talk Moves" Coaching
  • ELA Release Time: Penzien (a.m.), Robbins (a.m.), Westerhof (p.m.), and Carnahan (p.m.)

Monday, October 31

  • MCHS Marching Band Concert, 10:00 a.m.
  • Halloween Parade, 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 1

  • ELA Release Time: Jones, Rymar, Trout

5D+ Observation and Feedback Cycle

Thank you for completing and submitting your growth plans. I was impressed by your thoughtful reflections and purposeful actions connected to your areas of focus. This week, I will begin classroom observations. My goal is to get into three classroom per day on Monday through Thursday between 9:30 and 11:30.

Here is an overview of the observation/feedback process:


  • Arrive unannounced: I will come in unannounced and perform a 15-minute observation at your desk so I can see your lesson plan.
  • Script the lesson: The purpose is to create a data log/running record or what the teacher said and did, what the students said/did, classroom layout/posting on the wall, etc...all connected to the instructional core.
  • Code the scripting: The purpose is to identify and label evidence of practice for each rubric indicator. All dimensions will be coded.
  • Create "Notice and Wonderings" based around the teacher's Areas of Focus: The purpose is to initiate conversation around the Areas of Focus in order to collect additional evidence needed for formative feedback.
  • I will complete the scripting, coding, and notice/wonderings before leaving the classroom.
  • The teacher will receive an email.


  • Respond to "Notice and Wonderings" within 2 work days.
Analyze the scripting, coding, and Notice/Wonderings from the observation.
  1. Click on the "Responses" tab, click on the Notice/Wonderings statement on the left side, and then add responses on the right side. To save, either click "Save" or "Enter". Do this for each Notice/Wondering.
  2. Each time a teacher enters a response (clicks "Save" or "Enter"), the administrator will get an email.


  • Formative Feedback within 2 work days after receiving the response from a teacher.: The purpose is to recognize/affirm practices in place based on what the teacher "Can do" from across the rubric and provide short-term coaching points based on what the teacher is on the "Verge of" being able to do specifically to the teacher's Areas of Focus.
  • Once formative feedback is entered in PIVOT, an email will be sent to the teacher, and this finalizes the observation.
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Book Study

At our School Improvement Meeting last week, we discussed starting a book study with Mathematical Mindsets. Following are the main ideas of the book:

~ Too often, students fear math and have a distorted view of it. This results in a nationwide dislike of math and a widespread underachievement in it as well.

~ To counter these damaging views, this book shows teachers how to encourage students to develop a more positive mathematical mindset: math is reachable, enjoyable, and is about thinking and sense making.

We’ve heard a lot about the harmful effects of what Carol Dweck calls a fixed mindset. This is particularly detrimental in math. Brain research shows that with the right teaching and messages, all students can be successful in math. However, to change our students’ math mindsets is not as simple as changing the words we use. We need to change the messages we send through our questions, the math tasks we assign, the way we group students, the feedback we give, how we address mistakes, and more. Boaler provides a bold vision of what mathematics education should be. She not only describes her philosophy, but she provides concrete guidance for transforming computation into rich mathematical tasks, making math more equitable, helping students develop a growth mindset, and approaching assessment in a more productive way.

Please let me know if you would be interested in joining this book club.

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