Issue 19 - January 11, 2016
Love Each Other, Learn Together, Lead the Way
According to Elaine McEwan, relational trust is the fourth trait for highly effective schools. Our relational trust is becoming very strong. It was more than obvious last week that we are a family that is growing and building positive relationships throughout our school and community. Many of our ELL families are living in constant fear because they are undocumented citizens. We had a trying week as a staff, just trying to comfort many of our students because some had been awaken by the police in the early morning, many of them didn't know if they were going to go home to empty houses, and a few were scared police would try to come to school to get them. The respect, integrity and personal regard that each and everyone of you displayed last week warmed my heart. Thank you team.
A true story:
A little one had a rough day on Friday, when I touched base with him he broke down on me. We talked about his fears for going home, then he asked me if me or Mrs. Campanell would ride the bus out on Friday with him ( to which I did). I challenge you this week to focus on Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to Be Understood. It would have been very easy to focus on the B(behavior) and C(consequence), but I am glad I took time to listen for the A (antecedent). As he exited the bus he thank me and gave me a hug.
We'll continue to love each other, learn together, and lead the way.
Ice, Ice Baby...
Please see the email I sent earlier about of parking lots. Wear appropriate shoes for what looks to be slippery conditions on campus in the morning!
If for some reason SCPS would have to operate on a delayed schedule, staff should come to work at "normal" time or when it is safe to travel. Safety first! Please make sure that you are in contact with the office if you will be late so that we make sure your class is covered.
- Elementary District Science Team meets Monday at Central Office from 3-4. Make sure your grade level is represented.
- Pawsfessional Learning
- SBDM @ 4
- I Teams
- Make Up Fire Drill
- College Day
- Pride Assembly after Fire Drill
PLEASE BE ON TIME ... THE KIDS DON"T WAIT FOR US...IJS
Front Hallway Mrs. Hymer
Bus (AM & PM) Mrs. Campanell, Mr. Anderson
Breakfast Ms. Spry, Ms. Tipton
Gym (AM) Ms. Bland, Mrs. Vermillion
Car Rider (AM) Mrs. Acklin, Mrs. Duvall, Mrs. Hodges & 3-4 from Mrs. Glass's Class (again)
Car Rider (PM) Mrs. Acklin, Mrs. Suddick, Mrs. Warren, Mrs. Hampe, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Zaring
Emily ' s Enthusiastic Information
In the book Visible Learning by John Hattie, he talks about teacher-student relationships. In this book he states, “The teachers saw the major influence on achievement as a function of the child’s attitudes and dispositions, their home or the working conditions of the school-it is the students who are not learning who are somehow deficient. Building relations with students implies agency, efficacy, respect by the teacher for what the child brings to the class (from home, culture, peers) and allowing the experiences of the child to be recognized in the classroom. Further, developing relationships requires skill by the teacher-such as the skills of listening, empathy, caring and having positive regard for others.”
As you can guess, there is a very high effect size on teacher-student relationships. This week, I’ve been able to view those teacher-student relationships and how you love on our students. I wanted to commend you for that effort, because we are doing amazing work here at PSE. I see it, live it and hear it every day when I’m in your classrooms. Keep up the great work. You rock. #releasethepanther #teampse
Last Tuesday, Team PSE began a closer look and review of our literacy plan. We looked specifically at DRA, Running Records, PAST, and High Frequency Words as methods of tracking the development of our students as readers from K-5. Your conversations, wonderings, noticings, and thinking were enlightening and critical as we looked at how our students develop as readers and how we track their progress from year to year. From the day a student first enters PSE until they walk out the door as 5th graders, it is the responsibility of every one of us to send them out as proficient readers. Clear expectations and procedures will guide our work.
I have posted your posters in room 503 for any additional comments that you may want to add to them. Make sure that your teammates who were in running records training and special education teachers with whom you work get an opportunity to look at your thinking and add their questions and comments.
This Tuesday you will work in your groups again to finalize Team PSE’s recommendation for procedures and norms for these tools to monitor student progress as they move through PSE. Remember that our goal is to develop a plan to monitor the development of our readers so that you can plan instruction to meet the specific needs of every single student.
It’s a brand new week, in a brand new year. This week reflect on this quote: “We can’t always ‘fix’ a problem. We also can’t make our child’s feelings go away. What can we do? We can show that we care. We can show that we understand and accept the child’s feelings, even if we disagree with the child. We show acceptance by our tone of voice and by the words we use. We communicate respect… When we listen, we give the child room to think” (Dinkmeyer, Sr., et.al 1997). It important to remember, we are not magicians. Be good listeners, help students learn to problem solve, remember there are might be things going on in our students lives that we don’t know about and that are affecting their ability to learn and focus in the classroom. Be their shield. Listen for feelings. Follow these three steps: Listen, hear the feeling, and then use reflective listening.
Jackies' Friendly FRC Facts
Thank you all for taking the time to complete the teacher survey I sent out last week. The results will assist the FRC with planning out the program plan for the remainder of this school year and the next.
There will also be a parent survey by email, and going home with the students whose parents don't have access to email. Please encourage them to return those!
Administration Off Campus
Artavia- Wednesday, Admin Team
Maggie -Fri. - Coaches Mt @1
Please continue to keep Mr. Carter and his family lifted in prayer. Little Brooks (one of the twins) had surgery this last week.