Sipley School Weekly Howl

Week of Monday, April 21, 2014

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

By Steve Jobs

Quick Review of the District Mission Statement

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 provides a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.

Our Vision Is...

To produce college and career ready student with the skills to be successful in the 21st century.

Remember the 4 C's?

Let's imbed them in our lesson designs and our work with students. As we do this, individual student growth increases along with the joy of teaching and learning.

Passion Period

Remember to take time to teach something specific that you are passionate about (I know, for all of us, we are doing what we are passionate about each day). Remember our passion period.

Review of the Three-Step Process

Let's take a minute to review the three-step process. Why is it needed? It provides students with opportunities to adjust their behavior in accordance with the classroom and school-wide expectations that are set. Here is an example of how it could be used:

  • Step 1 - Verbal reminder. "Student A, you were running in the hallway and one of our school-wide expectations is to be safe. You could have hurt someone had you run into them. You are at step 1. Please adjust your behavior so you don't get to step 2."
  • Step 2 - Visual reminder. "Student A, you yelled across the room disrupting teaching and learning. You were on step 1 earlier. You are now on step 2. Please move your clip. Now remember, you are on step 2. Further misbehavior will move you to step 3, which means that there will be a phone call home to your parents and you will be removed from the class for a period of time. Do you understand?"
  • Step 3 - Removal from class and a phone call home. "Student A, I observed you hitting student B. You were on step 2. You said that you understood that further misbehavior would result in a phone call home and removal from class. Please take your items that you are working on and go to room 123. You will work there until a student comes to get you."

I am away from the office Monday - Wednesday

Rhonda will be available to assist with any disciplinary matters that need immediate assistance beyond which the teacher can provide. If Rhonda needs to, she may get a substitute on one of the days I am out. If administrative support is needed in large events, Rhonda knows who to contact. Please pitch in by providing students with clear expectations, by being visible and active at recess, and by using the three step process in ways that eliminate larger matters.

A Glance at the Week Ahead

As you know, I am nearing the end of my dissertation! My first three chapters are nearly complete, which means I am ready for some field work. I will be in Denver Monday - Wednesday of this week.


Saturday, April 19 - Happy Birthday to Dale Micek!!!

Monday, April 21 - All Staff Monday Meeting. See e-mail for agenda.

Monday, April 21 - Sixth Grade Parent Meeting at JJHS - 6:30.

Wednesday, April 23 - Dave McCall's Birthday!!!

Wednesday, April 23 - 6th Grade Student Visit to JJHS. Sipley should be picked up at 12:40.

Wednesday, April 23 - STP Meeting - 6:45

Thursday, April 24 - I return, however, I am at the PDC attending a Math Curriculum Development Workshop.

Thursday, April 24 - Sipley Principal Coffee

Saturday, April 26 - Young Authors Conference at JJHS, 9:30 - 12:30.