Principal Weekly Notes

Oct. 5 - Oct. 9, 2015

Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. Oct. 5th:

* Duty - 2nd Grade, Peterson

* MAPS Testing

* No Swimming this week. Regular Specials schedule.

* Crazy Sock Day!

* Leadership Team Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.


Tues. Oct. 6th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Ryan

* MAPS Testing

* Cowboy/Safari Day!

* Data/Deep Planning today due to short week.


Wed. Oct. 7th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* MAPS Testing

* Pajama Day!

* Elementary Principal Meeting (8:30-12:30 p.m.)

* UbD Meetings @ Admin, 4-5:30 p.m.


Thurs. Oct. 8th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* MAPS Testing final day! Window closes today!

* 80's Day!

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

* School Culture & Climate Team Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.


Fri. Oct. 9th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Blue and White Day!

* 8:45 a.m. - Fire Drill

* 9:15 a.m. - Obstacle Course Outside

* 11:00 a.m. - Common Lunch outside

* Early Release for Parade - 11:45 a.m. (All staff stays until all students are gone. Front office will let you know via P.A.)

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. Please remember to post your link to your Planbook.com lessons on the Google Doc. If you aren't using Planbook, please share your document for lessons with me each week. This is not an optional activity. Thank you!


2. Please email Monday morning Mr. Geis (Library) know what students needs a make up test for MAPS and which test. He will be pulling students to do this starting today, if possible. MAPS testing closes on Thursday!!!


3. Everyone needs to have their Professional Growth Goal crafted this week. If we can fit in a time to visit about this, let's do so. If not, early next week. The deadline for this is Oct. 15th.


4. Here is the link to give some input on action steps for our School Goal. Please weigh in on what you think and put your initials next to your comments. This needs to be accomplished by Friday, please. SR School Goal 2015-16


5. SR School Teams - I did not share the roles and responsibilities of our 2 School Teams last week because I could not find them. We have finally located these in Google Docs and I will share a hard copy with you on Tuesday. Please read these over and sign up for the team you would like to be a part of by the end of the week. Sign up sheet will also be on my door on Tuesday. Thank you!


6. Wade Gerber is willing to drive his truck and flatbed for our Homecoming float in the parade. We are having our fundraiser top sellers be on the float to represent SR. I need adult volunteers to ride with these students. If you have kids and you volunteer, they also can ride. I need a 1-5 Adult to student ratio. Please email me whether or not you will or won't be a part of this and how many of your own kids will be part of this. I need to know by Tuesday so I can recruit if necessary.

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MCSD 5 Non-Negotiables

1. Unwrapping the Standards - This is a stand alone in the 7 Best Practices because it is so critical. If you don't unpack the standards correctly and focus in on the nouns and verbs, your learning targets will not be focused on the right stuff!

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process (see below)

3. Non Fiction Writing - At the elementary level, we should always have high expectations for students in writing (including grammar, punctuation, etc). Non Fiction Writing means students should be writing more often, not just during writing time. Students should be writing in other subject areas and teachers should still holding students to the high standards of writing. The provisional writing is really for those teachers who teach outside of the "regular" classroom like PE, Music, Art, etc. These teachers should be having students reflect and write in journals about their learning. In this instance, it is really about getting the students to write at least once a week.

4. Assessment Matrices - In Reading, Writing, and Math. Other subject areas are optional this year.

5. Lesson Design - that includes these 4 components (See chart below):

What do we expect our students to learn? (Standards, Goals, Expectations)

How do we best teach? (7 Best Practices, Marzano's 9, Schlechty's 10 Engagement

Strategies, Non-Fiction Writing)

How do we know they learned it? (Formative assessment, Classroom assessment,

Summative assessment)

What if:

- We teach it and they already know it? (Using pre-assessment to determine)

- We teach it but they don't learn it? (Re-teach)


Don't forget that you must use the District Scope and Sequence! Most updated versions are on the district website.

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Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

1. Post it/Publish it - Daily Learning Target - Remember, this is primarily for the teacher. Get zeroed in on what you are going to teach and what you are going to assess.

2. State it and Unwrap it - Do this with the students. They need to understand why they are learning this.

3. Give it Relevancy - Students need to understand why they need to learn this.

4. Bring it back, Bring it back, Bring it back! - Bring students back to the learning target multiple times during the lesson. "Remember what our learning target is...."

5. Assess it - Each day, in some way, assess student learning connected to the learning target.


Learning targets are to be posted for each content area and correlated to the learning occurring at that time. They should be displayed in the following format:


"I can ________ (verb) ___________(content) by ___________________ (assessment or product)."

7 Best Standards Based Practices

1. Unit/Lesson Design

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

3. Unwrapping the standards (nouns/verbs) for both teacher and students

4. Exemplars

5. Classroom Assessment

6. Assessment Matrix

7. Standards based Feedback, Grading, and Reporting

A little something to brighten your day....

"The Funny Teacher" Mr. Mark Schumacher