Lance's Ledger

January 11 - 15 at Central Elementary

Super U Challenges Students to Be Leaders

Presenter Chris Linn visited Central last week to share a concept essential to making an influence on the world. Looking to the Super U in each and every one of us, Chris delivered a message through challenge activities that involved teamwork and fun. The Super U Challenge Assembly was made possible through the planning of the School Improvement Assembly Sub-Committee and the generous support of the Central PTO.

Principal Pays Up

A bet is a bet and I paid up this past Friday. Thanks for helping me make it around to all your rooms so all students could have an opportunity to see the results of their teamwork during the Cool to Care food drive. Kids and parents too seemed to appreciate the fact that we can do silly things to motivate kids and to let them see us as people too.

This Week at Central

Monday, January 11

  • Meet with Bldg. reps (7:30 AM)
  • DRA Assessment for all students in Grades 1-4 with subs begins (subs Tuesday - Thursday only)
  • STAR Math Assessment
  • Board of Education Meeting/ Board Appreciation Month (7 PM @ DHS AMR)
  • Financial Aid Planning Night for Parents @ DHS

Tuesday, January 12

  • DRA Assessment

Wednesday, January 13

  • Behavior Meeting (Jones, Demo, Long. Hale, Halabicky, Harper) @ 7:30 AM in Alumni Room
  • Early Release Day (students dismissed at 1:28 PM); Specials rearranged or cancelled according to previous schedule emailed; all recess/lunch periods moved ahead by 10 minutes to facilitate early release.
  • PD from 1:50 - 4:50 PM (Writing with Dr. Danielle DeFauw in library)
  • Parapros lunch from 1:20 - 1:50; Literacy Library work from 1:50-4:50 PM

Thursday, January 14

  • Building jeans day for Marley J's "Make A Wish" project ($5 donation...Jacquie P. to provide details for directing donation on-line)
  • Lance at Administration Meeting (9:30 - Noon)
  • Lance at Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon (12:15 - 1:15 PM)
  • PTO Book Distribution Day
  • Grade 4 to Whiting (9-11)
  • DRA Assesment

Friday, January 15

  • T.E.A.M. Grades 2 & 4
  • DIBELS Assessment ends
  • Lance out of office in PM

Looking Ahead

January 2016

  • Jan. 18...No School for students and staff/Office closed
  • Jan. 19...PTO Meeting (6 PM); DRA ASssessment
  • Jan. 20...CST Meetings in AM; CAP PLC (2-3:20 PM); DRA Assessment
  • Jan. 21...Principals' Mtg. (9:30 AM); DRA Assessment ends
  • Jan. 22...T.E.A.M. Grade 2; STAR Math Assessment ends;Data Entry due for DRA; CAP nominations from parents due to Special Services Office
  • Jan. 25...ACC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)
  • Jan. 26...Data Day Grade 3 (8:40 - 11:40 AM); Grade 1 (12:20 - 3:20 PM)
  • Jan. 27...Staff Meeting (Agenda: TBD); Data Day Grade 4 (8:40 - 11:40 AM); Grade 2 (12:20 - 3:20 PM)
  • Jan. 28...End of 1st Semester; CAP nominations due to Special Services Office from teachers if teacher plans to work from home tomorrow.
  • Jan. 29...No School for students; Teacher Work Day (Teachers may work from home); CAP nominations from teachers due to Specials Services Office

February 2016

  • Feb 1...All Grades due by 4 PM/Specials report grades this marking period; Hearing & Vision Screening Feb. 1 - 5 in Alumni Room; DPA CMC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)
  • Feb. 2...Report Cards Printed; CST Meetings
  • Feb. 3...Troubadors Assemblies
  • Feb. 4...Principals' Mtg. (9:30 AM); Report cards go home with students; Pancake Dinner Night
  • Feb. 5...T.E.A.M. Grade 2
  • Feb. 8...Mrs. Stuart, Mr. Kennedy to Sloan
  • Feb. 10...Staff Meeting 7:35 - 8:15 AM (Agenda: School Improvement Work)
  • Feb. 12...Mrs. Fritz, Mrs. White, Ms. Holder to Sloan
  • Feb. 15...President's Day (No School for students/staff)
  • Feb. 16...P.T.O. Meeting (6 PM in Library)
  • Feb. 19...T.E.A.M. Grade 2
  • Feb. 23...PLC Grades 1-4
  • Feb. 24...Staff Meeting (Agenda: School Improvement Work) 7:35 - 8:15 AM; CAP PLC
  • Feb. 25...Principals' Mtg. (9:30 - Noon); Grade 4 Music Concert - 7 PM @ DHS
  • Feb. 29...ACC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)

Possible Teaching Resources

The following link from Zaner- Bloser offers a few lesson plans for teaching writing. I pass the link along to you for your perusal.


  • January 22 is the deadline for CAP nominations from parents and January 29 is the due date for nominations from staff. This includes nominations of cluster students currently in the CAP classroom.
  • Greeting students at their classroom door is not only an expectation. Research shows greeting students on a consistent basis is highly effective in starting their day (and your day too!) off on a good note. A friendly and encouraging greeting allows teachers to provide a personal, no strings attached, welcome and helps students feel welcome and wanted. Be sure to be at your door between 8:25 - 8:35 AM and don't be afraid to have conversations with past students as well.
  • School improvement chairs have asked and I have agreed that the use of our February staff meetings for school improvement work is needed and necessary. That means that it is more important than ever that staff read their email and keep in the know through items and events published in The Ledger. Be informed and be in the know!
  • Reinforcing Cardinal Code through the re-teaching of lessons as outlined in our school-wide behavior notebook is vital to improving our school behavior climate. Thank you for your ongoing efforts.

Kudos to CAP Team

Congratulations to Andrea, Ben, Kristen and Deb for their work with Mrs. Halabicky during the CAP Informational meeting. This meeting, held on January 6, was designed to provide information for parents considering the CAP program for their children. Mrs. Halabicky aptly pointed out that parents were able to get information straight from the people who are most involved with our CAP students. The teams enthusiasm, dedication and commitment was evident.

At the building level our CAP team has been diligently using their PLC time to look at ways to vertically align program goals. Like all teachers they are accountable for ensuring their students show year for year (or better) growth. To do this their eyes are on standards and they most often use learning strategies that involve project-based or integrated subject approaches. Without this approach some of our most talented students might become bored, complacent and accept mediocrity as a goal instead of constantly pushing toward higher achievement. We can support their efforts and, most importantly, the needs of our students by doing our best to recommend screening for students in all rooms who demonstrate advanced thinking processes.

Congratulations and thanks to our CAP team for doing their part to support learning for a special population which reflects on our overall achievement as a building.

Thought for the Week

Abraham Lincoln once said, " Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults." Believe in the power you have to influence the future. There is a teacher in every one of you!