Staff Weekly Update

For the Week of March 9th, 2015

It's Starting To Feel Like Spring . . .

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This warmer weather sure does put a little more pep in my step, and I hope it does for you, too! I've been in denial that March is finally here, but now that the mild temperatures have finally arrived, this reality is slowing sinking in for me! Have a fantastic week, Stonegate Family, and thank you for taking the time to read this Staff Weekly Update!


Connie & Martha

From Te@chThought: The Real Problem with Multiple Choice Questions

What a great article!!! Here are some highlights below to process. Please click here to read it in it's entirety - it's actually quite short!

  • MC questions "force" a right answer . . . they don't honor & value uncertainty.
  • There is nothing wrong with be uncertain!
  • In the world of 21st Century learning, we are always connecting with others.
  • Connecting with others, allows us to connect with other ideas.
  • Yet, MC questions are right or wrong - they are binary.
  • This binary condition ignores the fluid nature of information.

Hmmm . . . don't agree with this article? Do you believe is a right and wrong? To some degree this is correct, but we must be stewards of global thinking - not absolute thinking! Check out this 3 min. Ted Talk to understand how there IS "flip side" to much of what we learn!

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

249 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking

Bloom’s Taxonomy’s verbs–also known as power verbs or thinking verbs–are extraordinarily powerful instructional planning tools.

For example, if a standard asks students to infer and demonstrate an author’s position using evidence from the text, there’s a lot built into that kind of task. First a student has to be able to define what an “author’s position” is and what “evidence from the text” means (Knowledge-level). They’ll then need to be able to summarize that same text (Understanding-level), interpret and infer any arguments or positions (Analysis-level), evaluate inherent claims (Evaluation-level), and then write (Creation-level) a response that demonstrates their thinking.

Though the chart below reads left to right, it’s ideal to imagine it as a kind of incline, with Knowledge at the bottom, and Create at the top. It also works ideally as an assessment design tool. If students can consistently work with the topic in the columns to the right–designing, recommending, differentiating, comparing and contrasting, and so on, then they likely have a firm grasp on the material.

Click here to read the rest of this great (and short!) article from Te@chThought.

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Calendar Items & Reminders

Mon. 3/9

  • 2nd Grade Balloon Launch! Two of our second graders will be accompanying Ryan LaPlante for this event!
  • 9:15 - 10:00 - Crisis Team Debrief meeting - conf. room
  • 12:30 - 2:30 - Literacy Coach's meeting - PVE

Tues. 3/10

  • 8:00 - Staff Meeting! Thank you, Melinda Strawmyer, for hosting this meeting! Connie will email out more details on Sunday!
  • 9:30 - 10:30 - Leadership Team 1 Meeting - Farley @ ESC
  • 2:15 - 3:00 - Peanut Allergy Meeting - Largent, Cox, Fitzpatrick, Twitty - Conf. Room

Wed. 3/11

  • 8:10 - 9:40 - Initial Case Conference - conf. room
  • 6:00 - 7:30 - Family Science Night

Thurs. 3/12

  • *ALL DAY* - Jim McMillan @ SGE!!! Connie will email out with more details on Sunday!
  • 8:00 - RtI for 2nd/3rd
  • 3:45 - 4:45 - PTO Meeting

Fri. 3/13

  • Jeans & Pay Day!
  • End of 3rd Quarter! (3/19 @ 8am - Teacher deadline to post grades & 3/20 - Grades available for parents to view on Misi-PEP
  • 1:30 - 2:15 - Connie in meeting - Connie's office

Sat. 3/14

  • 7-11PM - SGE/PTO Silent Auction Event!
  • It's still not too late to purchase tickets! Click here.
  • It will take place in The Cardinal Room, at the Golf Club of Indiana
  • Address: Golf Club of Indiana, 6905 South 525 East, Lebanon, IN 46052

Here are our beautiful birthday friends for the month of March!

March 17th - Vicki Watson

Monthly Lifelines

September - Respect

October - Flexibility

November - Gratitude (I am grateful for ALL of you!)

December - Generosity

January - Responsibility

February - Friendship

March - Perseverance

April - Self-Control

May - Integrity

Car Wash Hires Employees with Autism...Amazing and Beautiful Story!

Giving Hope: Florida Man Starts Car Wash Business And Hires Kids With Autism Like His Son!