Friday Focus

West Elementary School

Friday, September 25th

Our Mission

Our mission as a school community is to ensure high levels of learning and character development for all students by providing a safe, nurturing, student centered environment.

Family Photos

Shout OUTS!

  • A big shout out to all who helped at the carnival Friday night! It was a great time for all! Thanks to Lisa Maloney for all the preparation that went into planning such a great event for our families.

Literacy Units of Study Presentations

You are invited!

Grades K-1, Thursday, October 15

2-3, Monday, October 19

4-5, Monday, November 2

Location: Dix Education Center, 4:15-5:15

The purpose of this session is to look at the revision work completed over the summer to enhance the reading and writing Units of Study. We will highlight the revisions that were made for each grade level and showcase the available resources for Unit 1. We will also walk you through the digital organization of the documents on Google Drive and explain the plans for posting the remaining Units of Study. This Drive folder is a place to collaborate with your grade level team across the district by providing an easy way to share resources with each other for reading, writing, math, science, social studies, classroom management, and more. Time will be provided for you to talk as a grade level team about how your grade level would like to use your Drive folder for ongoing collaboration. Please join us to learn more about the collaborative grade level Drive folder and all the available resources for supporting literacy instruction in your classroom.

Team Meetings with Brandi

I have scheduled team meetings with each grade level once monthly from 7:45-8:15 a.m. We will begin discussing your team action plan and data cycles for this year. Please check the west building calendar and friday focus calendar for your team meeting dates. You should also have received an email invitation. THERE WILL BE NO MEETINGS IN OCTOBER BECAUSE OF EARLY RELEASE AND THE PD DAY.

Leadership Opportunity!

If you would like to plan a mini-session for our rotations during our 1st early release on October 21st, please sign up in the workroom! Looking for great ideas worth sharing! Thanks for those that have signed up to lead!

Website Updates!

Please make sure you are keeping your website up-to-date!

Meeting Reminders

9/28- AL TST meeting-3:50 p.m.- Riegel, Fatherley, Chamberlain

9/29-Joshua Team Meeting- Ambrose, Stow, Rother, Nolke. 7:45 a.m.- conference room.

9/29-JL TST meeting- 8:35 a.m.-Mueller, Fatherley, Chamberlain

9/29- KH TST meeting- 10:15 a.m.- Kremmel, Fatherley, Chamberlain

9/29- IB TST meeting- 3:45 p.m.- Eiken, Fatherley, Chamberlain

Happy October Birthdays!

10/13- Rod Nolke

10/23- Lou Anne Cross


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Upcoming Dates

September 2015

Wednesday, September 30th- Instructional Leadership Team, 3:50 p.m.


Monday, October 5th– Friday, October 9th- Fire Prevention Week.

Monday, October 5th- PTA, 6:00 p.m..

Wednesday, October 7th- School Culture Team, 3:50.

Thursday, October 8th – Fall Picture Day.

Friday, October 9th- No School. Professional Development Day.

Friday, October 16th- Tornado Drill.

Monday, October 19th- End of First Quarter.

Monday, October 20th - Friday, October 24th- Character Counts Week.

Wednesday, October 21st- 2 hour early release for students.

Thursday, October 22nd- Parent Teacher Conferences. Grade Cards go home.

Friday, October 23rd- Safety Kids Assembly, 9:30-10:00 a.m. Grades K-5.

Monday, October 26th- Parent Teacher Conferences. Grade Cards go home.

Monday, October 26th- Friday, October 30th - Red Ribbon Week.

Wednesday, October 28th- West Staff Meeting, 3:50 p.m.

Thursday, October 29th - Fall Parties, 2:45-3:30 p.m.

Friday, October 30th - No School- Staff Compensation day.

Four Essential Questions

  1. What do we want Students to learn?

  2. How will we know they have learned?

  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn?

  4. How will we respond when they already know?

October Character Trait: Responsibility

Conscious Discipline Minute

Button Pushing - Conscious Discipline Skills
Academic Success for All Students: A Multi-Tiered Approach