The Sullivan Scoop

October 17-21, 2016

Sullivan Elementary School

Passionate staff providing a positive, engaging environment with high expectations.

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Teachers spend 20% of their day on behavior management. So, in a 7 1/2 hour day you spend 1 1/2 hours on discipline...that's crazy to me! Gain back some of that time by making your lessons do the work. When students enter your class, get them focused by using a bellringer/anticipatory set/opening, etc. so that you don't have to spend so much time telling students to "sit down", "be quiet", "get to work", "pay attention". For more on this, read Chapter 3 of Engaging Students With Poverty in Mind.

On Monday I presented the BOE with our 3 Principal's building goals.

  • Maintain chronic absenteeism below 10%
  • Increase student engagement to 95%
  • Increase student use of technology to 25%


As we come to the end of the 1st 9 weeks are you where you need to be in the curriculum? I expect you to move through the curriculum at a smooth, steady pace. If students don't get the intended curriculum from you when they're supposed to, when will the students ever be exposed to those missing parts?


AIMSWeb + has some very enticing components that AIMSWeb 2.0 lacks. I've asked the leadership team to begin having conversations with their teams about your thoughts on us as a school transitioning to AIMSWeb +. There is nothing set in stone but I don't think any of us are in love with 2.0. The most difficult challenge would be that it's the educational cliche that we don't stick to anything for very long. Below are some links to information regarding AIMSWeb +. Please take some time to peruse these and give some feedback to a leadership team member.

Professional Development

Monday, October 17
  • 4th & 5th grade-CHAMPS, Day 2
  • 3rd grade-Team

Tuesday, October 18

  • PD w/ N. Garcia

Wednesday, October 19

  • 3rd grade-CHAMPS, Day 2
  • 4th & 5th grade-Team/Collaborative Planning

Thursday, October 20

  • Math Intervention Implementation w/ J. Johnson

Friday, October 21

  • Building Inservice, 1-4 PM
  • Click here for the full agenda


Anti-bullying and Red Ribbon Week is October 23-29. For all the details please see the emails from Keri Ochoa and Jen Hittle.

In preparation for Friday's Inservice please download the app "CrisisGo" on your phone or iPad. The picture of the app is below.

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Empowering Culture

Thank you Jessica Humphrey for bringing us Kinsa. If you haven't had a chance to visit with Jess regarding Kinsa please hunt her down. We also have brochures...that explains everything.

I still think Sullivan has the best staff...ever! You are passionate about kids, you are always willing to put in extra time and effort, and you put up with my quirks. I am so thankful for your continued support of me as your Principal. I am always looking for ways I can improve and appreciate your advice. Again, thank you for being the best staff a Principal could ask for!!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 20
  • KMS Vocal Concert @ Sullivan @ 2:50 PM in our cafeteria-our students will be dismissed at approximately 2:30 PM to the cafeteria by grade level

Friday, October 21

  • No School--1/2 Work Day, 1/2 PD Day

In The Spotlight

Anna Green--thank you so much for your exceptional work with literacy interventions and using AIMSWeb data to guide your instruction!!

Katelynn Johnson is an absolute ROCKSTAR with technology in her classroom! Talk to her about using Google Classroom as a way to free up time, organize students, and have less work for the teacher!!

Thank you Jen Hittle and Malarie Crane for supporting our students with the Save Our Grades celebrations!

A Phone Call Home

We have had a great, fruitful week here at Sullivan and I hope your week has been just as good. We love having your child here at school every day, all day. I am pleased to announce that Sullivan has been selected for a program that allows each family to receive a free thermometer. Please see the brochure in your child’s backpack. Download the free Kinsa App and get signed up today! Also, remember that dental screenings are on Tuesday, October 18. Your child has brought home a form this week. Thursday, October 20 is the last day of the 1st 9 Weeks. Also, on Thursday, Kepley Middle School choir students will be doing a small performance for our students at Sullivan at 2:50 PM. There is no school on Friday, October 21. Thank you and have a good night and an even better weekend.

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