Haas Elementary Staff Bulletin

March 2015 Vol. 3

Late Start Wednesday

This week I will be introducing the Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS) which is used to identify students with behavioral needs for purposes of developing appropriate supports so that they can be academically successful. Once we are familiar with the tool, it will take as little as 10 minutes to screen an entire class. We will use the this data along with other data (office discipline referrals, attendance, grades...) to provide Tier 2 (small group) or Tier 3 (individual) interventions to students for the remainder of the year. We will begin a full cycle of screenings using this tool in the fall.

I will also check in with grade levels regarding progress toward the Focus for Instruction goals written last month.

Additional assistance with Illuminate was planned and discussed, but is pending at this time. If the time that we would spend with a presenter would not be of immediate benefit to us, we will wait for a more opportune time to revisit Illuminate.

A final agenda will be released on Monday, or early Tuesday.

What a Week of Activity!

There were so many events last week, and each one went very well: Consumers Energy met with 4th and 6th grade students to talk about energy and energy conservation; we had many wonderful guest readers sharing with our classrooms; and the Science Fair/Ice Cream social was very well attended with many positive comments about the quality of the science and lighthouse projects.

Thank you to everyone who worked to coordinate each of these events for our students and parents!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Wednesday, March 18th:

  • Kindergarten Registration, 8am-4pm
  • Late Start Wednesday

Thursday, March 19th:

  • Kindergarten Registration, 1-7 pm
  • Family Reading Night, 6-7 pm

Wednesday, March 25th:

  • Child Study Meetings in the Title I room
  • "Struggling Readers" Book Study - Chapter 3 @ 3:30 in the PLC

"Always treat students as if their parents were in the classroom"

The title is a quote that I came across on my twitter feed this week, and it is quite timely. One of our parents commented on Friday that nearly every time he is in the hallway he hears school employees talking about kids in a negative way. He wondered, "When I am not standing right there, are they talking about one of my kids?"

There are times that we need to have professional discussions about concerns - both academic and behavioral concerns - related to students. There are times that we need to have conversations with parents about our concerns for their children; and catching them in the hallway or the office is a perfect opportunity. Just remember: those conversations should never take place in the hearing of other students or other adults. Even if parents are willing to discuss issues out in the open, guide them into an area or a room where you can speak privately.