Mr. Posick's Weekly Email

November 14, 2014

Student voice in our Wednesday assembly

I can honestly say Wednesday was one of my proudest days as a principal in Merton. I challenged the students, and myself, to take a risk and try something new. As you know, the second Wednesday of every month I meet with all the students in the gym for 30 minutes, by myself. This Wednesday was a little different as I wanted to get more student voice into our time together. The students had two tasks. The first was to design an ideal learning space, either at school or at home. The second was to provide answers to three questions- What should we keep doing in our school? What should we stop doing in our school? What should we start doing in our school? This weekend I plan on pouring over their ideas and responses. I'll share these in a blog post before Winter Break. In the meantime, here is my post about Wednesday's activities.

Pictures from Wednesday's student voice assembly

National Children's Grief Awareness Day

National Children's Grief Awareness Day will be observed on Thursday, November 20th. This is an appropriate day as it is one week before the winter holiday season when times can be particularly difficult for children who have lost a loved one. I will be wearing a blue t-shirt that day in observance of this national awareness day. That evening, national speaker and expert Linda Goldman will have a presentation from 6:30-8:30 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital which is free to the public. If you'd like more information, please contact me.

Interest in twitter?

As many of you know, the Intermediate School has a twitter account that I use to share out pictures and events of our school day. I'd like to invite you to "Twitter 101" on Tuesday, November 18th. We'll meet in the library at 6:30 for a tutorial on signing up and using Twitter. There will even be some students and staff their to help me out. After the tutorial, we will have a chat from 7:00 to 7:30 around the topic of "Sharing our school story". Please contact me if you have any questions.

Do you know about the Skyward app?

As I was speaking to families during conferences over the last couple of weeks, I was able to introduce many of them to the Skyward app which is available in both iOS and Android formats. The app is easy to install and easy to use. If you would like to learn more about this great tool, please feel free to stop in and see me and I'll help you get it set up. You are able to see grades, assignments, and many other great features without having to sit at your computer. I use it every day to check assignments and upcoming tests for my daughter. It's a great tool!