Welcome Back BSE Staff!


BSE Staff,

The time has come officially welcome all of you back for the 2016-2017 school year. I truly hope your summer was filled with rest, relaxation, and fun filled days. I am thrilled to introduce the new BSE crew below and can say today that we are fully staffed! There will be a few more introductions to come, but on paper, we are going to be ready to open for business on the 10th!

This year we implement the 1:1 process at K-4 and there is a great deal of buzz among the staff on this topic. Almost all of you who I have had the pleasure of seeing at school mentioned some form of creative idea for the kick off. I LOVE the creative energy that you share, but hold the line on that topic as we will get some clear directions for a unified implementation from district. In fact they are working on some final items today. Remember that in HSE you, the teachers, have great freedom in the use and implementation of technology. You will design learning and application use etc. based on the needs of your students and their desires in the exploration they engage in. Keep your opening of school focused on the child, their discovery of information, and the environment that you will build with them. Again, I'll send that information when I receive it.

A special thanks to Stevens, Nornberg, Symons, Schermerhorn, Rich, Jenn Robinson, and Patrick for attending the very wonderful HSE Launching Inquiry training a few weeks back. Sadie and Erin were even selected for a new teacher's perspective of inquiry on WishTV a day ago. Great job! Many of you attended the iPad Palooza (see pic below) and have mentioned of your enjoyment around a variety of learning sessions. Thank you for taking your time in the summer to show the community that you too are life long learners and serious about being ready to AMPLIFY your instruction.

Many of us had the opportunity to watch Katie Muhtaris (Launching Inquiry) and Kristin Ziemke (iPad Palooza), the authors of AMPLIFY. Although I have not talked all of you just yet, the word from most so far is that they LOVED their presentation. I am certain that AMPLIFY is the one book we must all commit to reading and we must continue to review our notes, seek videos etc. with these authors/practitioners, as they send a message that is easy to understand and will inspire us to remember that teaching is what matters, not the technology. The tech is simply the tool that inspires endless opportunity to amplify our instruction.

A few notes that struck me while Katie talked...."We must use technology effectively, not just more. Value added is our quest, kids creating not just using!" Tech = Create * Specific Audience = Purpose. Are YOU the Chief Learner in the classroom? Do you believe YOU can?

Our need to commit to hearing the students' voice in our classrooms is greater than ever before. We have an opportunity to engage our students in a manner that is truly unique that could be tremendous for all learners. We must continue to take big risks as in the failure there is great learning for all of us to grow from. Let's make this a year to remember at BSE!

Please check out the many details of this update and send any questions to Fatima and I as you see any need to do so. We will make sure you are dialed and ready to be successful!

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First day for Teachers and IAs

Monday, Aug. 8th, 8am

13000 Promise Road

Fishers, IN

Breakfast begins at 6:45 AM. Program in gym. Be early for parking! Report to schools after to prepare for Ice Cream Social at 5:30!

Important Dates - Sent to your calendar already, just select ok

Ice Cream Social - 8/8/16 - 5:30 PM-7PM (All classrooms open)

Staff Meeting - 8/9/16 - Library 10AM - Noon (LUNCH PROVIDED BY PTO)

Back to School Night - 8/23/16 - 1st and 2nd grade

Back to School Night - 8/25/16 - 3rd and 4th grade

1st BSE Fun Run Fundraiser Event August 10-19th!

  • Details are being worked out by our talented PTO.
  • A huge thank you to Ally and Karen for all of the summer hours already spent.
  • Staff should have their tee shirts very soon! If you forgot to order, you will receive a size L.
  • See more specific details here for Fun Run.
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Brooks School Elementary Library Back to School August 2016

Brooks School Elementary Portal via Intranet

Click here to access calendars for sign ups regarding the following:

  • Computer Lab
  • Library
  • Spheros
  • Collaboratory Makerspace
  • Conference Room

Do we need to add anything else?

#KidsDeserveIt - Will BSE Push Boundaries and Challenge Conventional Thinking?

Author's Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome will assist us with finding that spark in pushing our boundaries with our instructional practices, all in the name of the students we serve at BSE. I'll share bits and pieces of this book throughout the year and engage each of you via your classroom or professional Twitter accounts to share our collaboration.

We begin with Chapters 1 &3 GO BIG, BE CREATIVE!.....INNOVATE! BE DIFFERENT!

People and organizations don't instigate great change or significantly impact others' lives by choosing the familiar path. In fact, with HSE21 we have made a commitment to our HSE community that we will be completely off and beyond the familiar path. Our kids deserve teachers who will step out into the unexplored and unexpected. Our schools, our communities and our kids deserve and expect it!

Tweet #1 Assignment:

What is the biggest fear holding you back from innovating?

How will you encourage your students to innovate and be different? Your Peers? Your leaders? How will you encourage student voice?

#BSEbears #KidsDeserveIT

Reading Nonfiction - Beers and Probst

ALL elementary and intermediate school administration, coaches, and specialists will have the opportunity to engage in learning with both Beers and Probst on August 8th, 2016. I am thrilled to have read and engage with the authors knowing that a large group of our own BSE Bears have already read and studied this text. With the direction of Dr. Loane and Megan Thompson we will utilize this resource throughout the year to grow our reading and project collaborations.

Welcome to our new BSE staff!

Brooks School Chant!

How will you get your students' attention quickly and creatively? We are going to try the BSE Chant in the Cafe starting on Day 1 and the words "CURIOUS, CREATIVE, CONNECTED, and COURAGEOUS will be on display for them to see around the building.