Monroe Staff Weekly Update

Integrity * Inclusiveness * Collaboration * Optimism

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April 27, 2018


Debra Wells - April 11

Alan Haberman - April 13

Sandy DeFord - April 22

Amber Roxborough - April 28

Week At A Glance

Monday, April 30
  • EOY Math Benchmark Window Opens
  • Culture, Climate and Community Leadership Team Meeting, 3:25 pm

Tuesday, May 1

  • Bethesda Review
  • Battle of the Books - 4th Gr. Indian Ed.
  • Arts Integration Leadership Team Meeting, 3:25 pm
  • Manyawi! Informance, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, May 2

  • 1st Grade Field Trip - OKC Zoo
  • Instructional Leadership Team Meeting, 3:25 pm

Thursday, May 3

  • Author Visit - David Titus
  • Spring Individual Pictures
  • 6th Grade Math Field Trip - Devon Tower
  • Botball Celebration, 3:10
  • Yoga Club, Group 1, 3:10 pm
  • Torrie's Baby Shower, 3:30 pm
  • 6th Grade Orientation @ Alcott, 6:30 pm

Friday, May 4

  • Volunteer Appreciation @ GMM, 8 am
  • Super Kids Day
  • Hat Day

News & Reminders

Staff News

  • Katrina Wilson has decided to pursue some new adventures next year and will not be returning. I know we all will miss her and wish Katrina the best!

Staff Meeting

  • I have added a staff meeting on Wednesday, May 9. We will be discussing end of year procedures, etc.


  • During GMM today I heard lots of chatter among students. There were also times when we were celebrating students (certificates, etc.) where it seemed very few students were clapping or paying attention. Please review expectations for GMM/Assemblies with your students. We all know we have to constantly reinforce our expectations in a positive way. Based on today, it seems our kiddos need some reminders!
  • I also want to send a friendly reminder to staff...we must be models of what we want to see our students doing. As I was looking around at GMM today I noticed very few teachers clapping when we celebrated students. This made me sad. I also saw very few smiles! I know everyone is tired on Fridays, but GMM is such a fun time and the whole purpose is to celebrate and build our school community. And if you're not feeling the smile on Friday mornings...fake it 'til you make it! I'm hoping we can refocus on GMM in a positive way these last 4 weeks! :)

Food In Refrigerator

  • Friends, please be respectful of your colleagues and refrain from eating food that belongs to others.

EOY Math Benchmark Procedures

  • Testing Windows: BOY -- September 1-30, 2017

    MOY -- January 1-31, 2018

    EOY -- April 30 - May 31, 2018

    Optional Window -- March 1-31, 2018

    Who tests? Students in 1st through 5th grade.

    Testing Options There are two options for testing - online using Mastery Connect or paper/pencil using a bubble sheet. More specific guidelines for accessing and/or printing tests and bubble sheets can be found in the Procedures document attached to this email.


    For 1st grade. It is recommended that the test is given to students in small groups, as it should be read to them. Students may use number grids and slates/scratch paper.

    For 2nd grade. The test may be read to students at the teacher’s discretion. This may change from the first testing window to the second, or from the second window to the third. In the second grade, we want to know what mathematics they understand - so their ability to complete the test should not be solely reliant on their ability to read. Students may use number grids and slates/scratch paper.

    For 3rd grade and up. Students may only be read the test or be provided a calculator as an approved accommodation on their IEP. Students may use slates/scratch paper.

    For 4th grade. Please note that a change was made to question 9 so that answering the problem would not rely on text in color. If you printed tests in the BOY window, you will need to print them again.

    For students completing the 6th grade math test. Students may use a four-function calculator as well as slates/scratch paper. In addition, they may have access to the formula sheet found here.

    Attached for more specific information are:

    • ​​​​​​​​Benchmark Procedures which provides detailed instructions regarding accessing and delivering the test with Mastery Connect.
    • Mastery Connect Account Information for general Mastery Connect information.
    • Resource Teacher guidance for setting up your Mastery Connect account.
    • Special Case Assessment guidance for students who need to be tested on a grade level different than the one they are currently enrolled in (e.g., a fourth grader taking fifth grade math).

    If you would like to work on a district action team to re-align and make needed changes to our benchmark exams and/or contribute to district item banks in MasteryConnect, please fill out this Google Form to be considered!

Requires Action

Peer Observations

  • Due before the last day of school.

Final Evaluations

  • I am working on getting final evaluations scheduled with certified staff. Please make sure you update your growth plan with end of year comments for each action step before we meet. Also remember to change your action steps to show "finished." That way we can print and sign when we do your final evaluation. Thank you!

Lori's Schedule April 30 - May 1

Monday - Monroe all day

Tuesday - Monroe all day

Wednesday - Monroe all day

Thursday - Out a.m.

Friday - Monroe all day

Monroe Elementary Mission

The mission of Monroe Elementary is to provide a positive learning community that achieves academic excellence through creativity, independent thinking and teamwork. We are committed to meeting the physical, social and emotional needs of our school community where every member is valued.

NPS Mission & Values

MISSION: To prepare and inspire all students to achieve their full potential.


  • Integrity - Integrity is the cornerstone of everything we do.
  • Inclusiveness - We positively affirm the unique identity of every individual.
  • Collaboration - We collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to maximize our shared knowledge and resources to bring greater value to our students, staff and stakeholders.
  • Optimism - We aspire to maintain a positive attitude and expect the best possible outcome in every situation.
Monroe Staff Website

Check here for links to important documents, staff calendar, etc.