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April 11th - April 15th

Looking Ahead

Hello Krew,

We have a busy week ahead as PARCC testing begins tomorrow for grades 3-5 and we continue with our planning for leadership day. Thank you all for everything that you do to make our school incredible for our students.

Habit 6 - Synergize

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To put it simply, synergy means "two heads are better than one." Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. But it doesn't just happen on its own. It's a process, and through that process, people bring all their personal experience and expertise to the table. Together, they can produce far better results that they could individually. Synergy lets us discover jointly things we are much less likely to discover by ourselves. It is the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. One plus one equals three, or six, or sixty--you name it.

When people begin to interact together genuinely, and they're open to each other's influence, they begin to gain new insight. The capability of inventing new approaches is increased exponentially because of differences.

Valuing differences is what really drives synergy. Do you truly value the mental, emotional, and psychological differences among people? Or do you wish everyone would just agree with you so you could all get along? Many people mistake uniformity for unity; sameness for oneness. One word--boring! Differences should be seen as strengths, not weaknesses.

One of my favorite all time movies is Apollo 13. I love it because it shows all the behind the scenes everyday heroes that work together to do something impossible. One of my favorite scenes is the one below where a group of engineers have to work together to literally make a square peg fit in a round hole to save the astronauts.

Apollo 13 (7/11) Movie CLIP - Square Peg in a Round Hole (1995) HD
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PARCC Testing This Week and Next in Grades 3-5

All staff should be aware of PARCC testing happening this week and part of next week in grades 3-5. Many thanks to those switching schedules around so that all of our students can test in the morning. Here are important links for the schedule. Teachers administering the assessment please pick up tickets in Anthony's office in the morning.

PARCC Schedule

PARCC Specials Schedule

Half Day Inservice - This Friday

This Friday we are thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Timothy Shanahan to DPS109. The inservice will begin in the Caruso auditorium at 12:45pm. Dr. Shanahan is a national expert on literacy and the Common Core. He is past president of the International Reading Association. In 2006, he received a presidential appointment to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy.

Leadership Day is Next Week

Wow. Everyone should be proud by the outstanding commitment being put in by everyone to get ready for Leadership Day. It is awesome to see so many people play a role.

Please click here to read all the ins and outs for our upcoming Leadership Day The agenda and plans for the entire day are outlined in the document at the link.

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Student Growth Folder

This is our shared student growth folder. Most recently updated with Q2 DCA results.

Important Dates

04/11 - BOE Meeting

04/11 - 04/22 - PARCC Testing Window

04/15 - Half Day Inservice

04/21 - Leadership Day/Showcase Night

04/25 - 1st Grade Music and Art Show


Just in case you missed it, the new trailer for the next Star Wars movie is out!!! Awesome!!! This is a throwback story that tells of how the rebels stole the plans to the original Death Star (the one destroyed in the original movie)... In full disclosure if the Kipling Krew lived in the Star Wars Universe I would volunteer us for this mission.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Official Teaser Trailer