February 5, 2016
A Huge Heartfelt Thanks to.....
.....Alyssa and Ellen for all of their data work with K-2 teachers.
.....Dee and Cheryl K. for organizing a carry-in. There is NOTHING like a Model carry-in!!
....Kevin for covering a colleague's class on one of the delay days this week.
....Cheryl W. for all that she does to handle discipline issues as they arise.
....Tonya H. for so gracefully addressing and monitoring our students with health needs.
....Marcia and her team who help supervise early students each day.
....Michelle W. for organizing our tech PD this week and for all she does to support testing.
...Debbie, Lisa, Laura, and Amanda....ACCESS testing...technology...schedules.....need I say more??
PBL in Action
On Monday night, the team of fifth graders will present their proposal to the Board at 6:00 in the Board room at the Admin building. The presentation will be at the beginning of the meeting.
As I have watched this group of students work through this project, I have noticed several things:
1. The rigor of the thinking and problem solving is grounded in relevance. Students had to authentically collaborate to draw conclusions and solve problems.
2. Student engagement was so high throughout the project. When students are truly engaged in a project, they move way beyond compliance.
3.Standards and formative assessment are embedded into what students are doing.
4. Students were constantly asking each other questions and giving each other feedback. These student actions align directly to the TAP rubric.
College and Career Readiness Resource
Here is a new resource that provides some practical tips and resources for teachers. It is worth a few minutes of time to check it out. Here is more information:
CCR is excited to release its first issue of "Teachers' Toolbox" a content-focused resource for teachers. February 2016 issue is attached or can be found athttp://www.doe.in.gov/teacherstoolbox
Here is a note from the GHS basketball coach, please let me know if you are interested.
It is time for us to start organizing our 5th Grade “May Madness” Basketball League for boys, as well as for girls. I’m copying Coach Krebs as well, since he’ll be organizing it from the girls side. This program will run for three weeks in May only. In the past we ran this program for four weeks but with this year’s calendar we do not want it to carry over into the last week of school. Therefore, we’d like to allow coaches to practice three times per week if they would like, but only practice for two weeks rather than three weeks.
Here is a schedule we are proposing:
· May 2-6, practice 2 or 3 times
· May 9-13, practice 2 or 3 times
· May 17 & 20, boys tournament & consolation games (at GHS), 6:00 & 7:00
· May 16 & 19, girls tournament & consolation games (at GHS), 6:00 & 7:00
The first thing we need to do is get our list of coaches. Please email myself and/or Coach Krebs with the name of a person in your building that would volunteer to coach the team. We really encourage a staff member to get involved as it builds great community for your school. This person helps recruit players and communicate with the students. If you do not have a staff member willing to do it please let us know so we can work on recruiting coaches for your team.
Thank you. I look forward to hearing from each o
Staffing for 2016-2017
From Central Office
Admin Cabinet Newsletter
Week of February 1, 2016
Today’s Focus: Teams
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
– Andrew Carnegie
Reflections to Guide Your Journey
What is your personal and/or professional vision?
How do you communicate this vision effectively to others? How can you improve this?
How does your personal vision align with your team or organization?
These links were put together by my colleagues down in Southern Indiana and your staff may find them very resourceful. All items are from the doe website, however they are in a user-friendly format. They work best in the browser format.
Outreach Coordinator-Region 7
Indiana Department of Education
ISTEP Grade 3-8
ISTEP Grade 10 newsletter
CPR/AED Class Offered
Susan Stiffney will be teaching a CPR/AED class on Feb 17 at Goshen High School from 4 to 5 pm. It costs $20. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be 2 more classes in May.
Through the week......
....Mark and Brenda teaching the chunk and giving each other feedback.
....Kindergarten team analyzing text after cluster.
....Teachers using the strategy in all content areas.
....All teams analyzing student work in cluster.
...Mentors sharing information from field testing.
Keep up the great work!!
CONSTRUCTIVE RESPONSE ASSESSMENT GIVEN THIS WEEK
SUCCESS GROUPS MEET THIS WEEK AS NORMAL
Monday, February 8
Committees @ 7:30
Baby Shower @ 3:00
Board Meeting @ 6:00
Tuesday, February 9
TLT @ 3:00-4:30
PTO Meeting @ 6:00
Thursday, February 11-Friday, February 12
Weather Make-up Days (Off if no make-up days)
Monday, February 15
President's Day-no school
Tuesday, February 16
PLC's at 7:30-All teachers will begin in the library before moving to PLCs
TLT @ 3:00