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Zitzman 411: Week of Nov. 20th - 24th

A Twitter Find:

"Today, as I was battling compassion fatigue, I was reminded that teachers are fighting exhaustion & vicarious trauma & students & parents are dealing with their own stress & struggle. We are a village. We are a team. Growing humans is hard work. Let's love each other through it."


---How much from all angles is that the truth!?

What's Happening This Week:

Monday - B Day. Jeans Day.

Tuesday - C Day. Jeans Day & school shirts. PLC Meetings. Bus #2 & Bus #4 Bootcamp 1:00-2:00.Thanksgiving Basket Deliveries. Sharpening the Saw- Dinner & Movie Night!

Wednesday - No School.

Thursday - Thanksgiving.

Friday - No School.

PLC Focus or the Week:

RTI Discussions with Mrs. Flexsenhar
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The Whole Child

Leader In Me Reflection

'It is the ability to choose which makes us human." - Madeline L'Engle (American Author);Habit 1: Be Proactive



Habit 1: Become a Transition Person

*When we are effective, we can become a Transition Person. We can replace unhealthy, harmful, abusive, or ineffective patterns of behavior from our past with proactive, helpful, effective behaviors.

Common Practice: Pass negative patterns along


Think About...

  • Who has been a Transition Person for you personally? What influence did this Transition Person have on your life?
  • How have the negative behaviors of others affected you? How might you be passing them along?
Try This...
  • Choose to rewrite your script.
  • Forgive those who passed on negative behaviors to you; don't hold grudges.
  • Identify a situation where you could be a Transition Person.
  • Use the 4 Unique Human Gifts to create your true self.

From the 7 Habits Book

"A tendency that's run through your family [or work group or organization] can stop with you. You're a Transition Person - a link between the past and the future. And your own change can affect many, many lives downstream."

Attendance Reminder:

Most everyone is working towards spelling the word Attendance so they can earn the PERFECT ATTENDANCE lunch.

The next incentive will be you have to spell BOTH words Perfect Attendance (so there will be no celebration once PERFECT is spelled!]



  1. When a class spells “PERFECT ATTENDANCE” - They will receive a VIP Lunch recognition. A few tables will be dedicated to that class with decorations and music or shout out specifically to them. (subject to change based on classroom/grade level/teacher needs/dynamics- see Alternatives to choose from if needed)

  2. When a class spells ‘PERFECT ATTENDANCE’ the second time [both words this time around] - they will receive a 15 minute Princi-PAL Recognition the class will earn a trophy, be awarded with certificates w/ social media recognition and play kickball, or chosen recess game with principals. (subject to change based on classroom/grade level/teacher needs/dynamics- see Alternatives to choose from if needed)

What does a learning innovator look like?

We’ve distilled 10 key actions that help learning innovators achieve breakthrough success. Chances are, you already do some of this. To be even more successful, make all 10 part of your day-to-day routine. Take the lead, be the change, and transform the future of your learning community.

How innovative is your district?

Our quick innovation quiz will help you find out and put you on the right path for continued growth.

Innovators still exploring the possibilities of personalized learning recognize the need for something more in their districts and are starting to look for solutions. Educators and leaders with vision make creative use of time and space to engage students in dynamic student-centered learning environments. Which of these sounds like your district? Maybe your team falls somewhere in between.

DESE Memo Update

Attached is the latest memo from DESE regarding the Spring 2018 MAP Assessment Timing estimates.

Why is this important?

  • To understand the design and timing aspects for each test---this will also help design the local assessment calendars for building testing of each MAP area

  • Note that the Writing Activity is now back in 4th grade ELA

  • All math areas have a performance event

  • The science test this year is a field test

  • The link at the bottom of the memo takes you to the assessment blueprints informing us of the state assessment emphasis based on the curriculum standards/domains

  • The link at the bottom of the memo to the Item Specifications helps with understanding the depth of the assessment items and making connections back to our local curriculum documents and classroom practices (instruction and local assessment alignment)

  • Intermediate vertical teams will be meeting December 4 and 5th to review IBD reports and plan accordingly. The new Missouri Learning Standards will need to be matched to our current assessments.

  • See the memo for details