BME Staff Update

January 5th, 2019

Welcome, 2019

Team Meadow -

It's hard to believe we are at the 50 yard line of the school year, and that 2019 is a reality. I hope that you have all found joy, rest, and a little slice of peace these past couple of weeks as you celebrated the holidays with friends and family.

2018 provided us with multiple opportunities for celebration and challenge, and 2019 presents new experiences and adventures. Aren't we thankful to share these adventures together, with our school family? As most of you know, I have worked in a variety of educational environments, and through those experiences, I realize that I can not take our blessing of working together, in this space and in this community, for granted. It truly is a special place because of what you make of it. Thank you for being the professional and generous team that you are.

As we prepare to return on Monday, there's a lot of info in this update:

Welcome: We welcome two new members to our team... (more info below)

  • Alyssa Casselman (3rd grade) - Many of you met Alyssa when she visited the school a few weeks ago in preparation to join the 3rd grade team. Welcome to Team Meadow, Alyssa.
  • Lindsey Trostle, (Media Center) - Lindsey will be visiting the school on Monday with an official start date of Tuesday, January 8. Although sad to see our beloved Jane Leeds depart BME, we are excited for Lindsey to join our team with her host of talents and experiences. Welcome, Lindsey.

Genius Hour Project - I've included the link to see the feature article on Jasmine Pittman's project. I know that many of you have already seen it, but if not, scroll down and take a few minutes to read and celebrate that extraordinary things our kiddos are doing. Thanks to the third grade team for providing our students the opportunity for empowerment to make a difference.

Media Center schedule change & update - Please read the information below regarding the schedule change for the next couple of weeks. (Jan.7th- Jan 18th)

Second Step & Lifelines - We are getting ready to move into Unit 3: Emotion Management. Thank you for your continued attention to increase the infusion of the Lifelines, Life Goals, and SEL language within your classroom community. Being intentional to bring the language to life across the curriculum is necessary for us to increase application of these skills at Boone Meadow. When you live out these skills, you serve as the model of what it looks like and how it is applied. Thank you for being an example of how your words match your actions and expectations within our school community.

Strong in Every Way Trait of Success: Wellness

Lifelines: Resilience, Self-Control, Forgiveness

Here's to 2019!


“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

Neil Gaiman

Media Center Update

Welcome, Lindsey Trostle!

For the next two weeks (minimum), we will adjust our media center schedule to provide Lindsey with the gift of time to grow in understanding our structures and people connected with the media center at Boone Meadow. The media center is a unique setting with multi-facets of systems to support our school community. In addition, the media center also thrives with the support of a volunteer cadre that needs support and relationship building during the transition as well. In effort to seguey smoothly, each class will go to the media center once over the next two weeks. There will need to be a few minor adjustments, but overall, we will have half of classes attend media/library during the week of January 7th, and the other half attend the week of the 14th.

The following classes/grade levels will attend media/library during the week of January 7th:

  • Coats, Sarpa, 3rd grade (except Cassleman's class), and 4th grade

The following classes/grade levels will attend media/library during the week of January 14th:

  • Rennard, Tuttila, Sorrells, Casselman, 1st grade, & 2nd grade

Thank you for giving one of your additional planning/prep periods to assist a new team member get settled and off with a strong foundation. Our teamwork is critical for success.

In addition, read on to learn a little more about Lindsey:

Lindsey comes to us with experiences as a media specialist in both HSE and IPS. In her own words, she shared that “as a school media specialist, I have worked alongside teachers, staff, parents, and young people to develop and explore creative approaches to meet academic standards, professional requirements, and personal interests. Working with such a diverse population has been challenging and enriching. Through utilizing various communication strategies and approaching each individual with intention and openness, I have provided useful information, inspiration, and guidance as needed. With strong leadership and instructional skills, I have collaboratively been able to help clarify objectives, find solutions, and/or support specific needs.”

Lindsey also stated her goals eloquently when she said that she desires “to be constantly challenged professionally and creatively as an individual and team player within many facets of life while remaining passionate in everything I do. To build and foster relationships with others while effectively promoting growth and positive change.”

Welcome, Lindsey.

Again, thanks to all for your understanding, and supporting LIndsey and Jane during this transition. It takes a village.

Alyssa Casselman - 3rd grade

Alyssa garnered great respect from professional colleagues during her combined experiences of teaching Kindergarten and first grade in MSD Decatur Township and Lafayette School Corporation over the past four years. Her supervisors agreed that “she can teach anything, and teach it well.” Throughout the interviews, it became increasingly apparent that Alyssa’s hard work, positive outlook, and eagerness to support students in a relational manner distinguishes her as a fine educator. Her poise and professionalism was evident throughout the vetting process.

Alyssa served on her school leadership teams for three years, and also served on Decatur Township’s Trauma Task Force. Alyssa’s coworkers and supervisors describe her as a “marvel with technology as she integrates technology in student learning experiences.” They also describe her as a natural teacher and leader that is professional, collaborative, reflective, and is a life-long learner.

Big picture
Big picture

Let’s Play! BME Family STEM Night!

January 23, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars to join us on Wednesday night, January 23 for the first ever

BME Cardboard Challenge.

Inspired by the annual Global Cardboard Challenge that takes place in October each year, our January Family STEM Activity is a Cardboard Challenge. Families are encouraged to get inspired and creative together. Turn the leftover cardboard and recyclable materials from the holidays into games and interactive activities. We will display and play the Family STEM projects in the gym on STEM Night. Teachers are also planning other interactive stations for the whole family to enjoy.

Please RSVP via this Registration Link. We want to be able to plan for enough space, materials, and volunteers for the evening. Looking for inspiration? Search for the Cardboard Challenge online or take time to watch one of these videos as a family! Caine’s Arcade (10 min. short film)or Caine’s Arcade News Clip (2 min.).

Calendar Items & Information


7th - welcome Back, All; Students return to school

8th - NWEA Testing begins (please refer to Lauren's emails dated Tuesday, Dec 4); Tom & Lauren out for Elementary Admin meeting

9th - grades (and don't forget meaningful comments) in PowerSchool - due by 8AM on the 10th.

10th - Tom out in PM for School Board Retreat

14th - Staff Meeting

15th - Tom & Lauren out for District Admin mtg

21st - Dr. MLK, jr Day (no school)

23rd - STEM Night - Cardboard Challenge (6:00-7:30)

28th - Tom out in AM (@ PVE); Staff Meeting

29th - Tom and Bob (morning show?) out for meeting at ESC 9-11:00; District Discussion @ 4:00

Personal Business Leave Requests

For Certified Team Members:

To requests "personal business days," please complete the following process.

  1. Go to the following link, and complete the "personal business request" form.
  2. Once the form is completed, please send a brief email to me (Tom) that includes the date(s) of your request(s).
  3. Enter your upcoming absence in AESOP as soon as possible. (It can always be deleted later should plans change.)

Thanks -

Big picture