CES Weekly Buzz March 14, 2016
From the Desk of Mrs. Proskey
The VARSITY SHOP IS NOW ONLINE!!!!!
Dates & Meetings to Remember...
- 3/14- Pi Day - Visit 6th Grade for Pie :) (See Todd's email for his Math rotation times)
- 3/14- IREAD3 Test
- 3/14- Cyber Monday @ 3:15 in DLL
- 3/15- Student Council Meets in the Pit @ 7:45am
- 3/15- M.M. (ACR) 10:30- K. Young, Proskey, Hermanson
- 3/15- 6th Grade Girls Bball game @ 5:00pm (Kindergarten to cover)
- 3/16- ISTEP+ 3rd grade PILOT Test
- 3/16- B.M. (IF) 1:40- Schwenk, Cowen, Shafer
- 3/16- M.Q. (ACR) 3:10- Proskey, K. Young, Bonine
- 3/16- Report Cards will be sent home
- 3/16- 6th Grade Girls Bball game @ 5:30pm (Kindergarten to cover)
- 3/17- Yearbook orders DUE $14.00 each
- 3/17- Shakespeare Play @ 1:00 pm in the gym
- 3/17- Mandatory Staff Meeting @ 3:25 in the H.S. Auditorium
- 3/17- Shakespeare Play @ 6:30pm
- 3/17- Young Author's Conference @ Triton
- 3/18- CES "This Round of Testing & The Shakespeare Play is OVER" Carry In !!!!
This Week's Menu (Mar.14-Mar.18)
- Breakfast-Breakfast Pizza/ Cereal with Cracker
- Lunch- Chicken Smackers w/ Mashed Potatoes/ Potato Bar
- Breakfast- Fruit Frudel/ Cereal with Muffin
- Lunch- Ravioli w/ Broccoli / Salad Bar
- Breakfast- Mini Pancake with Sausage Bites/ Cereal with Cracker
- Lunch- Baked Chicken w/Mashed Potatoes/ Potato Bar
- Breakfast- Egg, Sausage, cheese on English Muffin/ Cereal with Cracker
- Lunch- Sub Sandwich with Chips/ Salad Bar
- Breakfast- Sausage Bagel/ Cereal with Cracker
- Lunch- Big Daddy Cheese Pizza w/ Green Beans/ Turkey and Cheese Sandwich
This Week's Sporting Events
- 3/15- 5:00 6th Grade Girls BBall Game @ Home VS. Bremen
- 3/15- 5:00 Varsity Track and Field @ CMA
- 3/16- 5:30 6th Grade Girls BBall Game @ Home VS. OD
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.
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, 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.
Dianne, Stephanie and Tracy
Blessings in a Backpack Coordinators
Current Educational Articles
Ritz: Missed opportunities for our schools
Three months ago, I unveiled a legislative agenda that focused on the needs of children, educators, families and communities. This agenda focused on holding schools harmless for the ISTEP, common sense testing reform and working to stop the teacher shortage that is being felt throughout Indiana.
Importantly, the legislature took bipartisan action to ensure that our students, teachers, schools and communities would not be penalized for the drop in ISTEP scores as we transitioned to more rigorous standards and assessments. At least once, the legislature put politics aside, agreed with my approach to hold schools harmless and did the right thing for our students, schools and communities.
However, bipartisan common sense did not last long in the Statehouse.
Once again, in this session, supporters of public schools had to spend their time fighting against political action that expands access to vouchers and action that would further demean the teaching profession.
The legislature failed to take action to address Indiana’s teacher shortage in a comprehensive or substantial way. Last fall, I created a blue ribbon commission to address the teacher shortage. This bi-partisan commission spent months developing data-driven, research-based, systematic solutions to address Indiana’s teacher shortage. These recommendations by the education profession were ignored.
As a result, this legislative session was little more than a missed opportunity for Indiana. Our teachers will not see local control for better compensation. They will not see high-stakes removed from state testing. They will not see additional support for mentoring and professional development. Finally, they will not see a systematic approach to recruiting a diverse work force.
Great teaching and great learning go hand in hand, and we must do more to ensure that Indiana continues to have high-quality teachers in our classrooms. I will implement the strategies developed by the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators that do not require legislative action. In addition, during the legislative session next year, I will bring back those items that require legislative action or funding.
The inaction of others in the Statehouse will not keep me from fighting to support our students, educators, families and communities. Indiana deserves nothing less.
Finally, Gov. Mike Pence and others continue to put politics over education when it comes to testing our children. I have said for years that we need to get rid of ISTEP. After years spent calling for an end to high-stakes, expensive, pass/fail assessments, our legislative leaders finally seem to understand this need.
However, the group that is charged with replacing ISTEP appears to be drawn up around a political agenda, rather than an education one. For reasons that have not been explained, and despite my personal written request to the governor and General Assembly leadership to serve as a co-chairwoman on the most important committee that will affect our students, families, educators and communities, the chairman of the panel to study alternatives to ISTEP will be a political appointee of the most political person in the state: Gov. Mike Pence.
Our governor still does not understand that Hoosiers want an education agenda for their children, not a political one.
Moving forward, I will continue to build an education system throughout our state of equity and high quality, focused on student-centered accountability. I will continue to stand for a strong education agenda for our children.
Ritz is Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction.