A Note from the Principal's Desk

Week of March 9, 2015

Week at a Glance

3/9/15


1) Grade Level Meetings

2) Literacy Planning for Enrichment


Project SOAR begins 3/2/15 - 4/3/15 (after school 4:15 -5:15 and Saturdays 8-12) Math (Monday-Friday and Saturday/Math - Saturday only)


3/10/15

Social Studies & Science PLC

1) Data Teams Process

2) Identify students who score at mastery, near mastery, and remediation.

3) Lesson Planning- Modify/ Adjust Curriculum/Instructional Strategies, and Create Assessments for students needing enrichment, extension and remediation.


3/11/15 Instructional Meeting

Grade Level Assemblies in the Commons Area

6th Grade 8:45-9:15

7th Grade 9:45 - 10:15

8th Grade 10:45 - 11:15


3/12/15

Math & ELA PLC

1) Data Teams Process

2) Identify students who score at mastery, near mastery, and remediation.

3) Lesson Planning- Modify/ Adjust Curriculum/Instructional Strategies, and Create Assessments for students needing enrichment, extension and remediation.


Track Meet at GHS


3/13/15

RTI - Progress Monitoring

Hat Day for Relay for Life $1

School Improvement Planning

Part of the leadership team met this past Wednesday to look at the Annual Review and Needs Assessment and to start the School Improvement Planning process. Department Chairs will be asking for your input at the department meetings.


We will be working also, on revising our PLC form and Norms.

What are PLCs?

Working together collaboratively, the people in a PLC begin to focus on the three critical questions:

1) What is it we want all students to learn?

2) How will we know when each student has acquired the essential knowledge and skills?

3) What happens in our school when a student does not learn?


DuFour, R., Eaker, R. (2005). Whatever it takes: How professional learning communities respond when kids don’t learn. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

p. 21


✦Collaboration ✦Access To Interventions ✦On-Going ✦Focused On Planning ✦Support Differentiation ✦Encompasses All Staff ✦What’s Best For Kids ✦Based On Formal and Informal Data ✦Team Oriented ✦Smart Goals ✦4 Critical Questions ✦Staff Learning Together ✦What People Are Talking About ✦Groups Working Together (Specialist, etc.) ✦A Focus On Learning ✦Data Drives Instructional Decisions ✦Intentional, Focused Meetings ✦Careful & Collaborative Plans ✦“Us” We Are Already a Community ✦Sharing Ideas Toward Some Common Goals ✦Based On Information From Assessments ✦Problem Solving ✦Valuing Each Person’s Contribution ✦United Purpose: Mission - Goals ✦More Group Decisions ✦Respect/Listen To differing Ideas

What PLCs are Not?

✦A Waste Of Time ✦A Book Club ✦A One Person Show ✦A Jury In Decision Making ✦A Social Club ✦A Gripe Session ✦Working Behind Closed Doors ✦Individual Planning Time ✦Prep. Time ✦Solitary ✦Unfocused ✦A Gab Session ✦All about Me As A Teacher ✦All “Operational” Work ✦All Kids Do The Same Thing All The Time ✦A Put Downs/Criticism ✦Teaching In Isolation ✦A One-Shot Deal ✦Following the “Manual” ✦Only For At-Risk Kids ✦Only Test Driven (High Stakes)