Gray Wolf Gazette

January 13 - 20

Pioneer Trail Mission

Creating a community of learners where students' are actively engaged to reach their full potential and display positive character.


Character Trait: Hardworking and Motivation


LAST WEEK WAS OUTSTANDING! ON FRIDAY WE HAD MORE POSITIVE REFERRALS TO THE OFFICE THAN DISCIPLINE REFERRALS! FIRST TIME THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED! DO IT AGAIN!

Next Week's PBS Word: Friendship

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Nuts and Bolts

SRI/FRA needs to be given to all students sometime between January 5 and January 22. All 1st grade students will now take the SRI (no matter their previous FRA score).


Remember the deadline for teachers who have recently completed their graduate degree or added additional hours to submit notice to HR for advancement on the salary schedule is February 1. The salary increase will be reflected in your February paycheck.


The PD office has scheduled two additional Schoolnet training sessions on how to access district curriculum and generate data reports from SchoolNet. The dates of the training are January 21 and January 27. The sessions will be located at the Dix Education Center from 4-5pm. If you are interested in one of the sessions, please be sure to register through the District Catalog in MyLearingPlan and turn in a pink sheet for your sub.



Please close the K-1 pod doors after the AM walkers go out. We have kindergarten and first grade students wandering down to the pod before 8AM.


Infinite Campus grade books must be updated by the end of each Tuesday with the previous weeks grades.


Bulletin Boards need to be updated by the end of the month.


Student Led Conferences are February 4 and 8. Begin thinking about what you want your students to share at conferences. Students sharing their personal data and using technology are "must dos." Turn your conference plan into Dr. Wilson or Mrs. Milhollin. Remember, even though they are called "Student-Led", parents will still expect to make contact with you so be sure you are part of every student's presentation. There are some great ideas on You-Tube, just search "student-led conferences".

Teamwork Tuesday Items to discuss

  • Notes and discussion from Building Leadership Meeting 1.11.16
  • Math Facts Program for the 16-17 school year:


Common Core Says: General achievement in math is improved by ready knowledge of math facts to the extent that one measures students' ability to do computation. The Common Core includes fact knowledge in these two standards:

CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.B.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.C.7 Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.

  • What daily practice program do we want to use in order to assure students master basic math facts and are able to track their data to mastery. This needs to be a K-5 program. Please give suggestions to your BLT rep.

*Required Training Videos* Get'er Done!

This is a reminder that staff members are required to annually watch training videos. All training videos must be watched and completion forms submitted by February 1, 2016. These training videos are required by state law and/or district policy, and you must annually provide confirmation that you have completed each of the training modules.



Staff members in certified positions are required to watch:


  • Confidentiality of Student Information
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Identifying Signs of Sexual Abuse in School Children
  • Standard Precautions for Avoiding Infections
  • Student Discipline

Staff members in non-certified positions are required to watch:


  • Confidentiality of Student Information
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Identifying Signs of Sexual Abuse in School Children
  • Standard Precautions for Avoiding Infections


You may watch the videos at your convenience by logging in to your SchoolWires account. (If you experience trouble logging in to SchoolWires please contact Jan Lange at 659-3121). Once you have signed in, you can view the videos by selecting the "District Departments" drop-down menu, then selecting "Human Resources", and then finally the "Staff Training Videos" on the left side of the page. Once you have finished watching all required videos, you will log in to TalentEd Records and submit the completion form that is in your "Needs Attention" task list.


As a reminder, TalentEd Records functions best in Google Chrome. Your user name is your firstname.lastname and your password is what you use to log in to your computer each day.

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 13

Case out ALL

Service Plan (M. Carel/Non-public), 7:30

TST Swires/B.Bax, 10:30

Early Release Day - School Dismisses at 1:05

PD in Library at 1:35, PBIS, Rigor/Relevance

Teacher Eval. Review: White, 3:00


Thursday, January 14

Angle, Carel, Dampf, Long, Harrison, Cross, Juneau out ALL

RED (Ludy/Welch), 8:50

IEP (Merk/Higgenbotham), 1:30

Service Plan (Jacobs/St. Martins), 3:30


Friday, January 15

Angle and Milhollin out ALL

Teacher Eval. Reivew: McCullom, 8:00

TST (Carr/Warner), 12:30

Parent Meeting, Meyers/Dr. Wilson, 12:30

End of Shakespeare's Pizza Fundraiser - All Orders/Money Due

2nd Quarter Reading Counts Pizza Party, 2:00


Monday, January 18

No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Tuesday, January 19

Dr. Wilson out ALL - ICLE Training

Teamwork Tuesday: Literacy Meetings K-5


Wednesday, January 20

IEP (Bopp/Fine), 7:30

Teacher Eval. Review: Berhorst, 8:00

Teacher Eval. Review: Churchill, 8:50

Adding Rigor to Elementary Math Lessons

Adding the next level of difficulty to your math instruction should be standard practice... don't stop with the grade-level standard! Push your students toward the next higher grade level if you want to see them really engage in mathematics AND excel on standardized testing.
Adding Rigor to Elementary Math Lessons