Week at a Glance

September 19-23

FYE (For Your Entertainment):


Last weekend I was able to see my nephew play baseball after all--finally! I was so glad!


It was his first game of this season, and he ended up having a double-header. My mother, sister and I were sitting behind home plate so we could get a good view of the game. When Zach went up to bat for the first time, he looked at my sister, wiggled his behind, and winked at her. Oh, Zach! You just embarrassed your mother! All those around who saw were just rolling with laughter. No walk up song needed for him!


Then later in the game he was playing the catcher position. This is definitely not his favorite position, but at his age, they rotate the kids through all the positions so they get experience. Anyway, he has his gear on, gets to home plate, and promptly tells the pitcher (the coach) not to throw any fast balls because he only likes slow ones. Oh my goodness. People are rolling with laughter once again!


I was very proud of him when he caught a fly ball. He has been working hard on his catching skills. It was funny to see the expression on his face . . . like . . . I can't believe I caught the ball! His coach was proud of him too and Zach ended up getting the game ball. He was excited about that for sure!


Zach is quite the character, and there's never a dull moment around him! Glad he got to entertain the crowd too. :-)

Monday

  • Week 7 of instructional timeline
  • 7:30 a.m.--ISTEP test security training and KTT info from Samantha
  • 10:30 a.m.--gr. 3 data meeting
  • 11:20 a.m.--gr. 6 data meeting
  • 1:35 p.m.--gr. 1 data meeting
  • 2:40 p.m.--Music Makers in room 307
  • 3:15 p.m.--TOR meeting at ENHS
  • 3:30 p.m.--case conference--Lucinda, Mary R., Mary W., Heather H., & Karen

Tuesday

  • Lockdown drill today
  • 7:30 a.m.--certified staff meeting in MP room
  • 2:00 p.m.--meeting--Karen & Jaime
  • 2:40-3:30 p.m.--Spell Bowl practice
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m.--archery practice

Wednesday

  • Fundraiser orders due
  • Send home p/t conference confirmation forms
  • 3:30 p.m.--Gr. 6 weekly notes due
  • 6:00 p.m.--school board meeting at Rome City

Thursday

  • 7:30 a.m.--PBIS leadership team meeting in conference room
  • 3:30 p.m.--standards-based grading PD at ENHS; room 612
  • 8:30 a.m.--Student of the Week nominations due
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m.--archery practice

Friday

  • 6th grade to BizTown all day
  • 7:30 a.m.--collaboration--Jackie, Mary R., Stephanie, Karen, Chris, et. al.
  • 8:30 a.m.--progress report grades due

QUICK NOTES

  • PROGRESS REPORTS, NWEA, & MCLASS: Please plan to distribute and discuss NWEA and mClass reports with parents during p/t conferences. Let's distribute progress reports at that time too. NWEA and mClass reports will be printed by office staff for you.
  • PD SESSION THURSDAY: This week's PD session will be on the next component of standards-based grading. We'll meet in the same place, room 612 at ENHS.
  • FUNDRAISER ORDERS: Please remind students that fundraiser orders are due on Wednesday. If they forget to bring it in on Wednesday, we will also accept them on Thursday and Friday. After that, we really can't since Lindsay has a timeline by which she needs to send in the orders to the fundraising company.
  • P/T CONFERENCES: Please send home the p/t conference confirmation forms this Wednesday. It might be a good idea to post a reminder about conferences on Canvas/SeeSaw on Monday, September 26. Also, PAC will be providing a snack of some sort the night of conferences. I believe they are going to deliver it to each classroom, but I am not sure of their final plans yet.
  • PBIS: The PBIS leadership team will be meeting this Thursday to discuss the progress with the minor incident form. I know Caitlin sent out some additional information after our staff meeting, but if you still have questions, please let one of the team members know so that we can discuss your questions at the meeting and get clarifications sent out. We're here to help! :-)

MOCK ELECTION INFO

A while back I had sent out an email asking about conducting a mock election with our students this November. I had positive responses and have signed us up to participate in the State mock election. Below are links to information about the mock election as well as lesson plans that you can use. We will hold our schoolwide mock election on November 8 which is Election Day. We haven't done a schoolwide election in several years and I think the kiddos will really enjoy it!


Please mark your calendars now! We will need to provide direct instruction about the election process prior to November 8. I will form a planning committee soon to work out the logistics of the mock election. Please let me know if you are interested in helping plan the event.


In the meantime, please take a look at the information below:


Indiana Kids Election Program and Curriculum

Students throughout Indiana will get a chance to make their choices for president, governor, and senator through a mock election this November. The students will vote November 8th, the same day adults go to the polls for the general election. Organizers say the Indiana Kids' Election is based on the premise that voting is occasionally done by inspiration, but more often by habit. The program seeks to emulate the election process. Students participate in voting milestones such as registering to vote on or before October 11th. Under Indiana law (IC 20-30-5-4), schools must give instruction on the election process two weeks preceding a general election. The Indiana Department of Education, the State Bar Association, and the Indiana Secretary of State are all sponsoring this Bicentennial Legacy Project. Visit www.inkidselection.com to sign up today! (I have already signed us up for this.)

Teacher FAQ: http://inkidselection.com/teachers/teacher-faq/


Elementary School Election Curriculum Guide - http://inkidselection.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Elementary-School-Curriculum-Guide2016.pdf


Middle School Election Curriculum Guide - http://inkidselection.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Middle-School-Curriculum-Guide2016.pdf