EAGLE MOUNTAIN NEWS & NOTES #30

April 4, 2016

EAGLE MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY

I have a lot to say. I hope you're listening.
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REAL QUICK:

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:


http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/time_and_learning/2016/03/does_more_time_on_the_playground_equal_success_in_the_classroom.html

http://www.districtadministration.com/article/texas-schools-test-brain-benefits-recess


Here is the link to the digital edition, where you can see it in the same layout as the print magazine:


http://www.nxtbook.com/pmg/DA/DA_0316/index.php


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.

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Dr Rick Rigsby - Frisco ISD Clips

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!

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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!

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WORDS OF THE WEEK

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VOCAB IS IN THIS SMORE

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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,

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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.

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NOTEABLE QUOTABLES:

“When looking at school improvement, it is the change in adult behavior that is the leading indicator.”

-Sean Cain & Mike Laird

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SHOUT OUTS!

· 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.

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