Staff Weekly Update

September 25, 2015

We are working hard to make our families feel welcome at Apollo. Below are two upcoming outreach efforts we are putting into place in the coming weeks to do just that. Help us spread the word!


  • Coffee with the Principals - There will be four of these events throughout the school year that will give parents a chance to come into Apollo during the school day and spend some time with us. Please use the flyer to help spread the word.
  • Family Fridays - We are now, excitedly, inviting parents to eat lunch with their student(s) every Friday. This is a great way for parents to see their students during the school day and get a taste of the great environment we have at Apollo. We only ask that adults bring their own lunches!


Thank you for all that you do!

Aaron & Lewis

Benchmark Assessments Feedback

Instructional Staff: Your input is needed regarding the grade level benchmark assessments that have been created. Before viewing the assessments, please read this document. It gives you important information related to the process. Dr. Cobb shared the Benchmark Assessments (Google) Folder with you in an email on 9.9.15.


Submit your feedback no later than September 30th (that's next Wednesday). Thank you in advance for taking the time to give quality input!

The front office staff would like to...

remind all teachers that unless a student has a dismissal note placed in your Office Communication Folder, please send that student home per the normal dismissal routine. We always need a note or phone call from a parent to change a student's dismissal destination. Your office staff appreciates your help with this!

Lunch & Recess Duty

For staff members that elect to participate in lunch and recess duty, please make sure you arriving on time for your duty. It begins promptly at 11:15 a.m.


For teachers picking up their students after lunch, please make sure you arrive at 12:15 p.m. so that our lunch and recess monitors can get back to serving Apollo students right after lunch and recess end.


Thank you, everyone, for your adherence to these times!

Universal Goals

Grade Level Instructional Teams: As universal data (i.e. MAP, ISEL, etc.) becomes available, please make sure to add the development of your Universal Goals to your Tier Meeting Agendas. If you need a refresher on what is to be discussed at Universal Meetings, you can find the information here, which is from the RtI section of the D63 Intranet.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 28th

  • Wellness Team Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • Office Team Meeting @ 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 29th

  • Vision & Hearing Screenings Begin
  • Pro-ACT Refresher @ 7:50 a.m. (Kreps facilitates)
  • 6th Grade Tier Meeting @ 10:25 a.m.
  • K. Team meeting @ 1:20 p.m.
  • 2nd Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m

Wednesday, September 30th

  • Wellness Screenings
  • 5th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • 3rd Grade Tier Meeting @ 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 1st

  • PFA Tier Meeting & 7:50 a.m.
  • SPED Resource Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • 1st Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.

Friday, October 2nd

  • Finish Line Friday
  • Core Team Meeting @ 2:15 p.m.

Brain Rule #4: We don't pay attention to boring things.

Excerpt from Brain Rules by John Medina:

  • People don’t pay attention to boring things. What we pay attention to is profoundly influenced by memory. Our previous experience predicts where we should pay attention. Culture matters too. Whether in school or in business, these differences can greatly affect how an audience perceives a given presentation.
  • We pay attention to things like emotions and threats. So adding emotional hooks into classroom instruction has a positive effect on getting students to pay attention. Emotional arousal helps the brain learn. Audiences check out after 10 minutes, but you can keep grabbing them back by telling narratives, creating events rich in emotion and providing brain breaks.
  • The brain is also not capable of multi-tasking. We can talk and breathe, but when it comes to higher level tasks, we just can’t do it. The brain’s attentional “spotlight” can focus on only one thing at a time: no multitasking. Workplaces and schools actually encourage this type of multi-tasking. Walk into any office and you’ll see people sending e-mail, answering their phones, texting, and on Twitter—all at the same time. Research shows your error rate goes up 50% and it takes you twice as long to do things.
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