CES Weekly Buzz February 29, 2016

From the Desk of Mrs. Proskey

Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!


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Dates & Meetings to Remember...

  • Jeans Week (If you paid $5 to Teri)
  • 2/29- Seed Fundraiser Due
  • 2/29- A.B. (I.F) Proskey, Schwenk, Young, Risner
  • 3/1- TALK Team 7:30am
  • 3/1- ISTEP+ TESTING BEGINS (3/1-3/11)
  • 3/2- STAT Team Meeting 7:30am
  • 3/2- Staff Meeting 3:15 in the DLL
  • 3/2- 6th Grade Basketball Pictures @ 3:10 in Gym
  • 3/2- "Books for Babies" Book Drive begins (3/2-3/21)
  • 3/2- PTO Meeting in the CES LIbrary @ 6:00pm
  • 3/3- 6th Grade BBall game @ 5:00pm (Kindergarten to cover)
  • 3/4- 12:30 L.M. (R.R) Proskey, Schwenk, Young, Thompson, Berndt
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This Week's Menu (Feb.29- Mar 4)

  • Breakfast-Mini Waffles/ Cereal with Cracker
  • Lunch- Chicken Nuggets with Mashed Potatoes/ Z-Rib Sandwich
  • Breakfast- Eggstravaganza w/toast/ Cereal with Cracker
  • Lunch- Quesadilla W/ Broccoli / Chicken Salad Sandwich with String Cheese
  • Breakfast- Breakfast Pizza/ Cereal with Cracker
  • Lunch- Popcorn Chicken and Mashed Potatoes/ Sloppy Joe Sandwich
  • Breakfast- Breakfast Cavalier Bowl/ Cereal with Cracker
  • Lunch- French Toast with Sausage Links/ Salad Bar
      • Breakfast- Mini Pancakes/ Cereal with Cracker
      • Lunch- Pizza with Green Beans/ Fish Sandwich

      This Week's Sporting Events

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      ISTEP+ Schedule for March

        • Please make sure that your children are in attendance during testing dates.
        • Get a good night's sleep
        • Eat a healthy breakfast
        • Remember... Do your best....It's just another test! :)
        • 3rd Grade students will have to take a PILOT ISTEP+ Test on 3/16 that isn't listed.
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        Senate Passes Bill Removing ISTEP 2017-2018 School Year

        By Zach Osowski, zach.osowski@courierpress.com

        INDIANAPOLIS -- After a controversial 2015 test and votes of no confidence from parents, teachers, school administrators and lawmakers, the ISTEP is on its way out of Indiana.

        The Indiana Senate passed House Bill 1395 on Tuesday, doing away with ISTEP after the 2017 test and setting up a panel to find a new statewide assessment for the 2017-18 school year.

        The bill passed 38-10 after receiving strong support in the Indiana House. The Democrats who voted against the bill are for the elimination of ISTEP, but have a quarrel with who will lead the new committee.

        Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, said she was voting against the bill because the chair of the committee will be an appointee of Gov. Mike Pence. She said committee members should vote on who the chair or co-chairs of the committee would be, advocating for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz to have a leadership position.

        "For us to have our state superintendent of instruction, where the buck basically stops, not have an opportunity to chair, that's my objection to this," Rogers said. "We certainly know there needs to be changes to the ISTEP."

        Indiana's contract with Pearson, who will administer the 2016 and 2017 tests, runs out after the 2017 test. The 22-member panel will choose a new test by the end of this year. The bill stipulates the new test can be an assessment currently used by Indiana schools or something new. The goals of the new test will be reduced testing time, reduced cost and increased transparency.

        Pence, Ritz, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate Leader David Long will all have a say in who sits on the committee. They will appoint teachers, principals, superintendents and testing experts.

        HB 1395 also mandates that ISTEP results get to teachers and schools no later than July 1 in the same year the test is administered. The 2015 ISTEP results weren't finalized until January 2016.

        Legislative leaders in both parties have been outspoken about the failings of ISTEP. Lawmakers hurriedly pushed through two bills protecting teachers and schools from poor scores resulting from the 2015 test.

        "ISTEP is a broken brand," Bosma said. "We need to move on."

        The bill was altered slightly from the version the House passed and those changes will need to be approved by author Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis, before the bill goes to Pence's desk.

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        Senators Reject Making Superintendent Ritz Ro-chair of ISTEP Panel

        Senators rejected an amendment to HB 1395 that would have made the Superintendent of Public Instruction a co-chair of a soon-to-be created panel studying ISTEP.

        We recently alerted members that, among other things, HB 1395 would create a new panel tasked with evaluating and replacing ISTEP.

        With the amendment unsuccessful, the panel would be chaired by a hand-picked appointee of Gov. Pence. The panel chair isn’t even required to have a background in public education.

        We maintain that no ISTEP panel has legitimacy in the eyes of educators and parents without the State Superintendent of Public Instruction appointed at least as co-chair. The fact that Superintendent Ritz has been excluded is another example of the legislative and gubernatorial power-grabs she has faced since her election.

        HB 1395 is eligible for a final vote as early as Tuesday.

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        This Month's CES Girl's Basketball Practice/Game Schedule

        6th Grade Girls Basketball INFO:

        If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Coach Chris Stevens at 574-216-5007.


        • (3/14) 3:15-4:45 6th Girls BBall
        • (3/1) & (3/8) 3:15-4:45 6th Girls BBall
        • (3/2) 3:15-5:00 6th Girls BBall
        • (3/10) 5:00-7:30 6th Girls BBall
        • (3/4 & 3/11) 2:45-4:15 6th Girls BBall

        Game Schedule

        • 3/3- 5:00 @ Home VS. North Liberty
        • 3/7- 5:00 @ Rochester
        • 3/9- 4:30 @ Home VS. Argos
        • 3/12- 9:00 @ Tippy Valley (Tourney)
        • 3/15- 5:00 @ Home VS. Bremen
        • 3/16- 5:30 @ Home VS. OD

        Recycling Club

        Recycling Club will be collecting plastic bags through April 21st and will meet in Mrs. Cultice's classroom after school until 4:00 on the dates below.
        • March 10th & 22nd
        • April 12th & 21st
        • April 28th -- Final Party

        6th Grade Future City Competition

        Future City Engages Kids in Engineering and so Much More....

        The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity software: research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges.

        The teams will meet on Tuesdays from 3:05 to 4:15 in the Science Lab with Mr. Daugherty.

        Dates of the Meetings will be 3/1, 3/8, 3/15 & 3/22.

        Shakespeare Play Practice

        If you have any questions about "The Taming of the Shrew" or play practice please contact Mr. Shafer at 574-842-3389.
        • Practice- March 3rd
        • Practice- March 10th
        • Performance- March 17th @ 6:30pm
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        Blessings in a Backpack Needs Packing Volunteers!!!

        If you would like to help volunteer packing Blessings Backpacks, please see times and dates below.... (it usually takes about an hour)

        Please mark or update your calendars to reflect the following times and change of time:

        Sunday, February 28 set up @ 12:30 p.m.

        Monday, February 29 packing @ 4:30 p.m.

        Sunday, April 3 set up @ 12:30 p.m.

        Wednesday, April 6 packing @ 4:30 p.m.

        Wednesday, May 11 set up @ 4:30

        Thursday, May 12 packing @ 4:30 pm

        All set up and packing is done at Culver Bible Church, 718 S. Main Street in Culver.

        THANK YOU!!

        Dianne, Stephanie and Tracy
        Blessings in a Backpack Coordinators

        Growth Mindset Teacher Resources

        A Pep Talk from Kid President to You
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        Be careful... 2 cuss words in the video below. For Teachers ONLY!!

        Mindset the new Psychology of success - Great Video to Motivate YOU

        How can you change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset?

        Mindset is a key lever in the school turnaround process. Our beliefs influence our behaviors. This article provides four steps for moving from a fixed to a growth mindset.

        Step1. Learn to hear your fixed mindset “voice.”

        As you approach a challenge, that voice might say to you “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the talent.” “What if you fail—you’ll be a failure” “People will laugh at you for thinking you had talent.” “If you don’t try, you can protect yourself and keep your dignity.”

        As you hit a setback, the voice might say, “This would have been a snap if you really had talent.” “You see, I told you it was a risk. Now you’ve gone and shown the world how limited you are.” “ It’s not too late to back out, make excuses, and try to regain your dignity.”

        As you face criticism, you might hear yourself say, “It’s not my fault. It was something or someone else’s fault.” You might feel yourself getting angry at the person who is giving you feedback. “Who do they think they are? I’ll put them in their place.” The other person might be giving you specific, constructive feedback, but you might be hearing them say “I’m really disappointed in you. I thought you were capable but now I see you’re not.”

        Step 2. Recognize that you have a choice.

        How you interpret challenges, setbacks, and criticism is your choice. You can interpret them in a fixed mindset as signs that your fixed talents or abilities are lacking. Or you can interpret them in a growth mindset as signs that you need to ramp up your strategies and effort, stretch yourself, and expand your abilities. It’s up to you.

        So as you face challenges, setbacks, and criticism, listen to the fixed mindset voice and...

        Step 3. Talk back to it with a growth mindset voice.

        As you approach a challenge:

        THE FIXED-MINDSET says “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the talent.”

        THE GROWTH-MINDSET answers, “I’m not sure I can do it now, but I think I can learn to with time and effort.”

        FIXED MINDSET: “What if you fail—you’ll be a failure”

        GROWTH MINDSET: “Most successful people had failures along the way.”

        FIXED MINDSET: “If you don’t try, you can protect yourself and keep your dignity.”

        GROWTH MINDSET: “If I don’t try, I automatically fail. Where’s the dignity in that?”

        As you hit a setback:

        FIXED MINDSET: “This would have been a snap if you really had talent.”

        GROWTH MINDSET: “That is so wrong. Basketball wasn’t easy for Michael Jordan and science wasn’t easy for Thomas Edison. They had a passion and put in tons of effort.

        As you face criticism:

        FIXED MINDSET: “It’s not my fault. It was something or someone else’s fault.”

        GROWTH MINDSET: “If I don’t take responsibility, I can’t fix it. Let me listen—however painful it is– and learn whatever I can.”


        Step 4. Take the growth mindset action.

        Over time, which voice you heed becomes pretty much your choice. Whether you

        • take on the challenge wholeheartedly,
        • learn from your setbacks and try again
        • hear the criticism and act on it is now in your hands.

        Practice hearing both voices, and practice acting on the growth mindset. See how you can make it work for you.

        Taken from: http://mindsetonline.com/changeyourmindset/firststeps/index.html

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        Our Schools Should Teach Kids to Fail | Keith Peters | TEDxWestBrowardHigh