Staff Memo

February 21, 2014

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Increasing Reading Achievement

What does effective reading instruction look like? The article below suggests that the six elements of effective reading instruction don't require much time or money -- just educators' decisions to put them in place.


Please take three minutes to read the article. We can use it as a springboard for conversations during collaboration. As we look at our data, we're brainstorming ways to support our struggling readers. This article might be impetus for some new ideas.

Growth Mindset

If you haven't used this commercial from the Olympics to continue to teach GRowth Mindset, please use it soon. Have the students construct why this video shows a growth mindset. Then celebrate growth mindsets in your classroom.
P&G Thank You, Mom | Pick Them Back Up | Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Collaboration Agendas

Is it data collab? Regular collab? PD? It has been incredibly difficult to keep track. Do you send an agenda? Not send an agenda?


To keep everyone in the loop, I am asking that starting next week, each team is responsible to send an agenda for collaboration no matter what kind of collaboration we are having. It is important that your entire team know what is going on each time we collaborate.

A suggestion might be to spend the last few minutes of collab crafting your agenda for the following week.


Some teams create and send agendas quite regularly. For that I am thankful. I use that info to help me think about what teams need and to help plan direction. Thank you for being professionals and making collaboration a priority. It has been fabulous to watch how you've grown as teams.

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Looking Ahead

Monday, Feb. 24 Day 3

  • Pledge - Knouse
  • 8:00 Safety Committee mtg - Lisa's office
  • 3:10 Data Collab - Team 2
  • 4:00 Math Workshop Study Group with Katherine


Tuesday, Feb. 25 Day 4

  • 7:30 Learning Leadership Team
  • 3:00 Extreme Weather Fire Drill
  • 3:10 Data Collab - Team 3
  • 4:00 Math Workshop Study Group with Katherine


Wednesday, Feb. 26 Day 1

  • Resource Teacher PD @ CRE with Laura R. and Casey A.
  • 8:00 Office meeting
  • 3:10 Data Collab - Team 4
  • 6:30-7:30 Family Engineering Night in the gym and cafe


Thursday, Feb. 27 Day 2

  • 7:45 RtI meeting
  • 3:10 Collab - Team K
  • 5:00 Math Bowl @ FCI


Friday, Feb. 28 Day 3

  • NCAA March Madness Sportswear Day
  • 10:00-11:00 Math/ELA Focus Group - Lisa gone to CO
  • 3:10 Collab - Team 1


Monday, March 3 Day 4

  • Pledge - Morgan-Crouse
  • 9:00-12:00 HSE Safe Schools Symposium at CO - Lisa gone
  • 3:10 Collab - Team 2


Tuesday, March 4 Day 1

  • 8:00 ISTEP meeting - PD room
  • 3:10 Collab - Team 3
  • 7:00 PTO Open Forum in the Art Room


Wednesday, March 5 Day 2

  • 3:10 Collab - Team 4


Thursday, March 6 Day 3

  • 8:00 Office meeting
  • 3:10 PD - Team K


Friday, March 7

  • Retro Day - Celebrate the Sock Hop by wearing clothes from the 50-80's
  • 3:10 PD - Team 1
  • 6:00-8:00 Student Council Sock Hop