Week of May 11th...

LA Staff News

Weekly Calendar

Monday: Staff Zoom--9 AM

Monday/Tuesday: Staff access to LA (guidelines below). Do whatever you would do before you left on the last day of school (organize, put things away, and prepare the building for cleaning).

If I didn't see you last week, I left your staff appreciation bag on the security desk!

Wednesday: Senior grades due at 11:00. PLEASE go through each senior to make sure no grades are missing.

Need help getting these four students to take the senior exit survey:





Please continue to check in on students and staff regularly!

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Staff Access to LA This Week

The schedule below outlines when secondary staff will be able to enter their classrooms. If this time does not work for you, please contact your building principal. As you can see, there are make up times available. SPED staff have also been afforded more time because of the additional responsibilities they have for filing paperwork. Please understand that we are trying to keep the teachers in the building at one time to a minimum.

We want everyone to badge in when they come to the building. That way, if someone were to get COVID who was also in the building, we can track who was in the building at that same time.

In addition, we want to keep the process/guidelines the same for all secondary buildings so we can share our district guidelines with the CC Health Department and the City of Kansas City if they should question our procedures and how many people were in the building at one time.

A few guidelines for this work time:

  • We are asking each teacher to bring and wear their own mask for this initial work time. The district has ordered masks for all staff, but those are not in yet and will be saved for the fall. Below is a video of how to make your own mask.
  • All staff should adhere to social distancing guidelines which means to put a 6-foot bubble around yourself at all times.
  • Teachers should come alone. Please do not bring your children to the school with you. As we know childcare is an issue during this time, please contact your principal about alternate times if the assigned time does not allow you to come alone.

Monday, May 11th from 7:30-11:30

Teachers with last name from A-D

Monday, May 11th from 12:00-4:00

Teachers with last name E-K

Tuesday, May 12th from 7:30-11:30

Teachers with last name L-Q

Tuesday, May 12th from 12:00-4:00

Teachers with last name R-Z

Wednesday, May 13th/14th

Teacher make up day

Friday, May 15th

Additional time for SPED teachers if needed

Professional Development

As previously discussed, we need to make sure you all have logged 15 hours of PD in MLP. I have to submit our Dyslexia PD from the week prior to spring break which will take care of two hours.

However, looking ahead there are a few things on my mind. They include topics like:

-Understanding the teenage brain and the effects of trauma/poverty/stress/addiction on it

We always want to have a basic knowledge and "stay fresh" in this area as we consider the science when designing things for our school and interacting with at-risk kids.

-Social-Emotional Learning

We all wholeheartedly agreed a year ago that this was a missing component that was greatly needed for our kids. However, we didn't have the time or knowledge to create something for LA. I think by using the lessons we did this year, we all have a better understanding. After talking to many of you and thinking about next year, I'd like to challenge us to figure out HOW can SEL be an organic part of EVERY DAY--not this separate thing we touch on for 15 minutes once a week. (Don't get me wrong, it was the easiest way to dip our toes in the water.) But first, what components give our students the most bang for the buck?

-Restorative Practices

There are some components of restorative practices that are innate in the way we do things at LA. However, when it truly comes to discipline--especially for those mid and top tier offenses, we truly revert to traditional practices. How can we take a step forward in our PRACTICE/APPLICATION of RP for next year? We don't have to tackle it all, but WHAT components would we like to layer in, and what components would we like to study for future implementation?

-Executive Functioning Skills

How can we purposely layer in organic structures that help students build their EF skills? Truly, by design our school does this, but what can we do as adults to intentionally enhance a student's cognition of these skills in a way that wires their brain to apply them in other settings?

I'm in several groups and get info from a variety of sources. I've tried to put this info in one place for you. Please, take some time to peruse in an area of interest to you! AND, PLEASE share any insights (just informally--however you wish to do so) as you learn or are reminded of previous learning you found valuable. I've gathered some of the free PD out there right now, and you can access it here! And, please, I'd love to hear any takeaways!