EAGLE MOUNTAIN NEWS & NOTES #30
April 4, 2016
THANK YOU all so very very much for a smooth week of testing last week! You did a terrific job of actively monitoring & are to be commended for the way you handled all testing. KUDOS to Kelli for the extra time & attention she put into organizing the testing – she went above & beyond as she always does - Thank you Kelli!
We had an unpleasant & unusual stomach bug hit about 14 of our teachers last week. Beth & Toni sanitized & disinfected the entire building over the weekend. We hope everyone is feeling much better now!
I wanted to let you know that the T-TESS training I attended week before last was very interesting & beneficial. The new teacher appraisal system is about growth for everyone. It’s based on a growth model with improving instruction & communication as the main goals. I am anxious to get to share more details with you, but here are a few of the major changes:
· Both a Pre-Conference & a Post Conference are required. (This is something you’re already used to, so will not be a big change for you!)
· Your observation & self-assessment will count for 80% of the evaluation while your student growth results will count for 20%.
· There are four domains: 1) Planning, 2) Instruction, 3) Learning Environment, &
4) Professional Practices & Responsibilities
· There are five Performance levels or Dimensions & those are: 1) Distinguished,
2) Accomplished, 3) Proficient, 4) Developing, & 5) Improvement Needed
· Principals will train their teachers in the fall.
I’ve included a little more Love & Logic information for you as I think it’s powerful stuff that truly works & helps us connect with kids.
We’re back in the news again for our work with the Liink project! I’ve included a link to an article that was in Education Week last week & one that was in the “District Administration” magazine where we were featured in their March issue…both features are well written, & I thought you would enjoy reading them:
Here is the link to the digital edition, where you can see it in the same layout as the print magazine:
Finally, I hope you enjoyed hearing Rick Rigsby last week as much as I did. I personally think he’s one of the best speakers we’ve had all year! KEEP STANDING…MAKE AN IMPACT…not an IMPRESSION…powerful stuff! You’ll see that I included a few of his AMEN statements in our Bulletin. I really do appreciate the positive feedback regarding his visit.
RICK RIGSBY’s AMEN STATEMENTS:
· Make an IMPACT…not just an impression.
· Everybody communicates but only a few people connect.
· Some people think capacity is contingent upon how much you make. Capacity is based on your priorities.
· We live in a society where less & less is being demanded more & more.
· If you want to make an IMPACT, you’ve got to work for it.
· It’s better to aim high & miss, than to aim low & hit.
· VISION is the ability to see the invisible.
· Students will emulate your behavior whether you like it or not.
· How do you grow your influence? When you don’t judge.
· It’s better to be an hour early than a minute late.
· Leadership is influencing others, nothing more, nothing less.
· When common people do common things in uncommon ways, the world stops.
· Take young people where they will not go on their own.
· EGO is the anesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity.
· Everything you do needs a signature of excellence.
· Just KEEP STANDING!
· Make an IMPACT!
Important Information this week!
· Our last round of CLUBS resumes again on Friday. Many thanks to Angela Cathey for helping kids get signed up.
· Our Team leaders will meet this Wednesday. If you have anything you’d like added to the agenda I need it by tomorrow please.
· Second grade begins their “Wreaths across America” project. See Pam or Candice for details.
· Here are some important upcoming dates that you need to have:
· Thursday, April 14….Teacher Self Report Sections II and III due; End of Teacher Observation window
· Friday, April 29…Summative Annual Report to Teacher
· Friday, May 6…Begin Summative Conference window
· Friday, May 13…End of Summative Conference window (FINAL Date)
· I should have your April calendar to you this afternoon.
· Hang in there – there are only 42 more school days left!
WORDS OF THE WEEK
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VOCAB IS IN THIS SMORE
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday – PTA Board meeting – 8:45, PLC’s meet, Bryan & Kelli to meet with PTA reps, Bryan teaches in 4th grade, Teacher of the Year Committee meets after school to finish reviewing nominations
Tuesday – UIL competition after school at Comanche Springs - 4:45, Interviews for open positions for next year will take place after school this afternoon
Wednesday – Brief Faculty meeting – First Financial needs to meet with us for about 20 minutes – the Team Leader meeting will follow – 3PM (First Financial) 3:30 – Team Leader meeting - I need everyone in the faculty meeting please.
Thursday – Fire Drill – Time TBA, Eagles of Character Celebration – 1:15
Friday – Beckett Willis serves as Principal for the day, Vocabulary Store Open, Clubs – Eagle Mountain University – 1:45, Watch-Dog Movie Night – 7PM,
FINAL QUOTES FROM LOVE & LOGIC:
The Importance of Relationship
· The closer we feel to another person, the more devastated we feel when we do something they disapprove of.
· When relationships are damaged, even the very best techniques fail.
· Loving relationships give consequences their power.
· At least once a day notice something special about your students.
· Remove any hint of sarcasm.
· Love them even when they’re behaving not so lovable.
· Neutralize arguing.
· Every time we tell a stubborn person what to do, they don’t comply, & we find ourselves at a loss for what to do, they learn that our words are meaningless.
· Never tell a stubborn child (or spouse) what to do. Describe what you’re willing to do or allow instead.
· Kids who never have the freedom to make poor choices never develop the skills to make good ones.
“When looking at school improvement, it is the change in adult behavior that is the leading indicator.”
-Sean Cain & Mike Laird
· THANK YOU to the entire staff for their help with STAAR testing last week! Ya’ll did a magnificent job!
· I appreciate the Teacher of the Year Committee meeting for several HOURS to score Teacher of the Year nominations. Thanks for giving of your time!
· We appreciate the fifth grade team for hosting the Faculty luncheon on Thursday!
· Thumbs up to Beth Welch who does an incredible job of analyzing her benchmark data! Beth knows her data - & uses it to drive instruction!
· Beth Carpenter & Toni both deserve a standing ovation for going above & beyond again in sanitizing the building AGAIN over the weekend to ensure that it is squeaky clean.