Principal Weekly Wrap Up

March 21, 2016

OAP Mission Statement:

To provide a collaborative learning community that prepares students for the future.

My Goals:

To have a safe place for all of us to be able to speak on tough topics and be aware of our own biases with clarity and deep compassion for students, parents, our community and each other.


To get us focused and to bring clarity to our systems by creating our "This is how we do business at Peterson handbook" by June 2016.

Campus Instructional Focus (A.K.A. POP):

After an analysis of campus data, we found that faculty and staff need to effectively use PLCs so that students will have clarity as to what they need to know and what they must be able to do with their learning in order to achieve personal growth in all content areas.


Theory of Action:


  • Provide the foundational purpose of the why behind PLCs.

    • Teachers will use PLCs as the primary strategy for improving the instructional culture of Peterson Elementary through:


      • Looking at student and teacher work;

      • Designing quality common formative assessments (CFAs)

      • Reviewing and responding to data.


  • Guiding Questions: What does an authentic and collaborative PLC look like? How does data, student work, and student feedback validate the effectiveness of PLCs? What professional development is needed to ensure that all staff members understand what learning targets, authentic learnings tasks, and collaborative PLCs look like?

    Current status of campus transformational tasks:

    New Business:

    Rezoning- Public Forum Meetings are scheduled for March 29 and March 31 for Peterson. Additional dates located on two weeks at a glance


    Staff meeting topics for March 24- See note on the two weeks at a glance


    Campus PD for March 25th- See note on the two weeks at a glance


    PBS Alignment- Recess Expectations along with study hall (if grade levels are utilizing) are due to Mrs. Tremain via google doc by March 25th


    Vertical Alignment- Feedback regarding the document due to April 4th to Mrs. Tremain via google doc


    Master Schedule- feedback due to Mrs. Tremain via google doc by March 21st


    How we do business Handbook-Outline of the table of contents for the book will be shared soon.


    Old Business:

    Eportfolios- our goal is to have all students with an electronic portfolio. Primary grades, Seesaw is acceptable, as students get older, their Seesaw can be linked to eportfolios. I am working on a personal an eportfolio and a digital data wall.


    Building Wide Staff Expectations- document was emailed earlier this year. Document will be reviewed for feedback with all staff. Document will be added to How we do business at Peterson book.


    How we do business Handbook- a goal to accomplish by the end of the school year. The book will be handed out on June 3rd during our last staff meeting/luncheon. Feedback from the entire faculty/staff regarding the content of the book is needed to ensure what we put together is our book.

    Real World example of Reviewing and Responding to Data: Returns after Spring Break

    I am looking forward to sharing with you examples from your colleagues on campus

    Article/Blog/Resources Worth Reviewing: Take risks in reinventing the classroom

    Journal Writing- Week 22

    Deliberate Optimism: Can we model what we are asking of our students? Reflective thinking and capturing our thoughts on paper.


    Please join me this week in reflecting on the following question and/or task: How are you preparing your mindset to give 110% for the next 11 weeks?

    Gallery Walk: Rock Stars of Peterson returns after Spring Break

    Review All Building Wide Expectations This Week

    If you have observed someone on campus exhibiting our mission statement and would like for them to receive Rock Star status, please email me

    See email from the counselor dated March 4th for the March newsletter

    Stay in the know by reading the NISD news feed each week.

    New Twitter Account: Please tag photos @OAPetersonElem. We will continue to use #oapelem

    How can you use twitter in your classroom to communicate the great instruction going on in your classroom?