Principal Weekly Wrap Up

May 8, 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 May 2016.

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

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?

    Good evening bus riders...

    I just arrived home from walking the Fort Worth Zoo. While at the zoo, I observed my 14 year old son laughing, smiling, jumping around and snapping photos of the animals that made him go Hmmmm. I followed his every step. There were moments when I did not see a 14 year old young man, I saw my baby. I am in awe of the responsibility my husband and I were given nearly 15 years old to care for him, love him and raise him up to be able to take on the world. Many times I do not feel worthy to be his mother, those are the moments when I feel my mistakes are too great to overcome. Then, during those times, my son surprises me with an "it's ok mom" or "life happens" or my favorite "I cannot wait to tell dad!" While sitting here eating my salad smothered in Dorothy Lynch salad dressing, I cannot help but smile. I am the mother of two boys that do not care about my flaws. That unconditional love makes me laugh, smile, jump around and snap photos as well. I want to wish all of you a wonderful week. Are you on the bus? Enjoy your evening, Joy Tremain.

    Current status of campus transformational tasks:

    New Business:

    Certified Staff Eportfolio- I would like all certified staff members to have one for the 2016-17 school year. The digital format will be used with T-TESS to create a scrapbook. Deadline September 1, 2016. Resources are available to assist in creating a digital portfolio.

    Creating A Vision Statement- We will begin this process on May 16th

    How we do business Handbook- Draft shared via email

    Old Business:

    Assessing our Mission Statement- We will reassess in May

    Finishing strong- an email will be sent to grade levels specific to your content/department

    Staff Members with Children- please review document that was emailed to you for feedback.

    Book list for PTA- Please have your wish list ready of titles you wish to purchase. PTA has not given me a vendor yet.

    Assessing of grade level/departments- Anchor charts are hanging in the PLC room (former location of Star Teachers). How are things going to move your team forward? Teams will reassess in May.

    Eportfolios- our goal is to have all students with an electronic portfolio.

    Real World example of Reviewing and Responding to Data: Student Round Table conducted on May 4th

    3rd and 4th grade students provided feedback regarding our school during a round table discussion on May 4th. I was so impressed with their feedback. I will share out the data this week.

    Thank you to the teachers who allowed the students to attend. Your flexibility was appreciated.

    Additional articles...

    Journal Writing- Week 28

    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: What is a small victory for your classroom this year worth reflecting on?

    I will share out my small victory example in next week's smore.

    Gallery Walk: Rock Stars of Peterson (Your students are successful because of what you do)

    May 2-6, 2016

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

    Review Fun Run and RestRoom Expectations This Week

    Reiterate Being Kind, Respectful and Responsible

    Encourage students to share moments of Kindness received or given

    Next Week: Field Day Expectations

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

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

    Please use @OAPetersonElem, this is our new account. The old account is closed.