Staff News and Views

Faculty and Staff News November 5, 2017

Happy Monday!

I will not be in on Monday. I have a family obligation. I hope that you have an awesome day.


If you have children whose parents did not attend a conference, please pick up a report card acknowledgement form from the office (on the counter in the office), staple it to the report card and send it home for a signature today and look for it to be returned tomorrow. If it is not, please follow up on it.


There will not be a meeting today. It would be a good day for a departmental meeting if you need one. Next Monday, we will have a short meeting for all, then we will excuse the PK and K4 teachers while we discuss how to interpret the MAP testing and how to use the results in your classroom. This meeting will be longer than an hour so please plan for it.

Grading and lesson plans and homework

Teachers, one issue that was brought to my attention from several sources was the issue of long delays in grading or at least the inputting of grades into RenWeb. I know that we complain that many parents do not look at RenWeb but the reality is that many parents do look at RenWeb. In some cases there was a drastic change in a student's grade at the very end of a grading because several grades were entered late. Please bear in mind that all grades should be entered into the system within 3 days of the assignment unless it is a major project. With a major project, the timeline is one week. Otherwise parents can be lulled into a false sense of security. Additionally, Beverly brought to my attention a suggestion that all teachers take a look at what the parents view is when they log into their account. You need to see what they can see if you are not a parent with your own child to compare to. I think this is important to know as you prepare your lesson plans, your homework and do your grading. Along that note, as I was working with a parent on Friday, I did come across several classes for which there were no lesson plans at all for last week and I found this to be very embarrassing. I do not wish to take the time to check lesson plans on a weekly basis and I have been up until now just spot checking. This is your responsibility. A final concern that was brought to my attention is that sometimes the homework that is in RenWeb is different than what is in the assignment pad or what the students State the homework is. I totally understand the need to change an assignment based on what's going on in the classroom but please take the few minutes to go back and change the assignment. We really do want parents to be in partnership with us and to do that we need to give them access to the most correct information. We are at the beginning of the second grading quarter and I want this to be a strong and fair quarter for all concerned.

Update to the update on hurricane damage

This Week

Monday: Send home report cards with acknowledgement form


Tuesday:


Wednesday:


Thursday:


Friday:

Activities, Extracurriculars, Permission Slips

November Birthdays

3 - Miriam Persad

Looking ahead

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Appreciations and Shout Outs

Holy Cross Vision, Mission Statement, Core Values and Beliefs

Any time we have an idea, concern, solution and/or comment, this is the filter through which we should speak. Let's help each other live up to our vision, mission, and beliefs.


Updated - to be discussed today.


Vision Statement: Holy Cross will serve as an example of exemplary Christian education.


Mission Statement: Holy Cross Lutheran School exists to empower students to reach their full potential, walk in faith and to serve others.


Core Values:

  • Develop a Growth Mindset.

  • Strive for personal growth and excellence.

  • Live a life of faith and service to God and others

  • Every student, Every day. Whatever it takes.


Motto: Learning in HIS love and care


Beliefs:
  • Partnerships between students, parents, community members and staff are foundational to educational success.
  • Positive school culture and a safe environment foster growth.
  • Everyone has inherent value and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Learning is an active process requiring engaging tasks and engaging minds.
  • Relevant and authentic experiences ignite continuous, deeper learning.
  • Meaningful relationships enrich learning.

Focus for 2017-2018 ( Keep reviewing)

In order to help every child their personal best, Holy Cross Students and Staff will focus on developing a growth mindset. What does this mean?


In a fixed mindset, people believe that their basic qualities of intelligence or talent are fixed traits. They believe that talent alone creates success. They are wrong.


In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is necessary for great accomplishments. Instead of thinking, "I can't do that" instead you think, "I can't do that YET".

Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity. I would encourage you to take the time and do your own reading and research. There are marvelous resources available online including TPT and Pinterest and there are great books written just for teachers and for children of all ages about this topic.


This goes very nicely with our theme, which is Building Champions...through Goals, Growth and Grit. In Philippians 4:13, it states, "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength". We need to instill this belief in our students, that with the help of God and their own hard work and determination, they can learn and will learn.