Staff Memo

August 28, 2015

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What is it we are working so hard to accomplish here at CRES?

I've been puzzling and percolating over what big idea can help us focus our work this year. I know we are going to use the process of reading to help us learn common language around workshop. But what does that process really help us do?

I think we are here to create dispositions of inquiry and transfer in our students. I think this is the big idea. I might frame it in a question that sounds like this: What do we need to do to create dispositions of inquiry and transfer in our students?

To me this means that in everything we do, we are working to create these dispositions. Do our kids know how to ask questions that drive them to deeper learning? Do they know how to find the answers to these deep questions using the 4 C's of communication, collaboration, critical thinking/problem solving, and creativity/innovation? Do they have the necessary tools to use the processes of reading and writing to help them find and communicate answers?

Does inquiry and transfer happen throughout the entire day and not just for this hour or two week period?

A Story

I knew a dear teacher some years ago when we were first learning about workshop. I was trained as a Literacy Coach at The Ohio State University under the umbrella term of "Literacy Collaborative" or "LC." I was an LC LC I guess.

I was talking to this dear teacher one day, and she said to me rather proudly, "I do LC from 10:30-11:00 everyday."

I don't want us to "do" Inquiry or PBL from 10:30-11:00 everyday. I want our teaching to support the creating of dispositions of inquiry and transfer all day long. This means it has to be a thread that runs through all content areas and all processes the kids are involved in. It is included when problem-solving behavior issues, conflict, or following or not following rules. It is part of student learning, whether the topic is social studies, science, or math.


When I think about the HSE21 presentation that Jan, Stephanie, and Phil did on Aug. 11, I see those kids in the video at High Tech High. They had dispositions that asked questions, deep questions. They used the 4 C's to dig through researach to answer their questions, and they shared what they learned with an audience. They were able to transfer their research and learning to new situations. This has to be what we want for our Roadrunners.

Everything we are doing should support our kids and help create these dispositions of inquiry and transfer. I want all of us to begin to think more deeply about this and have critical conversations around this topic.

Next week I'll write more on this topic, but let's start the conversation here.

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Share Your Kids' Questions

If your students are asking some deep questions worth sharing, please send them my way and I'll include them next week.

Roadrunner Rally

Our PTO does two big fundraisers each year. Our fall fundraiser is called the Roadrunner Rally. This year Gwen Keller-Lusk is heading up the Rally planning. I met with the Exec Bd last Friday and learned that Gwen's purpose for the Rally is to muster for a common purpose, come together to renew an effort, and join together for a common cause. It's about team buliding and community. It's about coming together as Roadrunners to support our school and all the amazing things that happen here each and every day.

This year, the PTO is setting a dollar goal for the whole school. If the kids reach their goal, the whol school gets a special recess by great level. Kids will also be recognized with prizes for amounts of money they raise.

The Rally games are all cooperative games that require teamwork. All are adaptable should we have rain that day.

This is a big event. Plan to wear your CRES grade-level t-shirt that day.

Below you will see a schedule for the marketing roll-out. Please do all you can to support our PTO in this big effort. Let's give our Roadrunners some great memories.

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Meet Janelle - SLP

Hi everyone!

My name is Jenelle Bruggner. I am the new Speech Language Pathologist Assistant this year for HSE schools. I will be working at Cumberland Road Elementary Friday afternoons. I grew up in Fishers so I went to a few of the other schools that I will also be working at. I graduated from Fishers High School in 2011 and then moved on to study Speech Pathology at Indiana University. I graduated from IU this past May. In addition to working at HSE schools this year, I will also be working towards getting into a graduate program for speech pathology so I can get my masters degree. Here are a few fun facts about me: I have a twin brother, my favorite food is watermelon, and I love to cook!

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Upcoming PD Revisions/Reminders

  • Sept. 4 @ 7:35 - Staff Meeting - Library - Finish "Three in a Bag" and do Compass Activity

Please note the change in dates below:

  • Nov. 13 - No Staff Meeting
  • Nov. 20 - STAFF MEETING - Referendum Update with Dr. Bourff and Mr. Reutter
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Looking Ahead

Monday, Aug. 31 Day 2

  • Pledge/MOS - Stage
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4

Tuesday, Sept. 1 Day 3

  • 3:10 Collab Team K
  • 7:00 PTO Open Forum in Art Room

Wednesday, Sept. 2 Day 4

  • 7:30-9:30 Elementary Principals' Meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1

Thursday, Sept. 3 Day 1

  • 8:00 Office Meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2

Friday, Sept. 4 Day 2

  • $1 Hat Day
  • 7:35 Staff Meeting/PD - Three in a Bag
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3

Monday, Sept. 7 - No school - Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept. 8 Day 3

  • Pledge/MOS - Murch
  • 7:30 Tech Integration Specialist PD - Officde 365 Basics
  • 8:00 Office Meeting
  • 8:40 Bus Evac
  • 3:10 Collab - Team 4- PD/Collab Room 128

Wednesday, Sept. 9 Day 4

  • 8:15 Lockdown Review for those interested - Collab room
  • 3:10 Collab - Team K

Thursday, Sept. 10 Day 1

  • Lockdown Drill sometime today
  • 7:35 CIT - Collab room
  • 2:25 Share the Load - Anthony P
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1 - PD/Collab room
  • 4:10 Collab - EC - Collab room 128

Friday, Sept. 11 Day 2

  • Mid-term
  • 8:15 Share the Load - Talon H
  • 12:01 Students dismissed
  • 1:00-4:00 PD in Library - bring your own chair if you'd like