Beating the Odds

Lakeview Staff Newsletter - April 18

Spring Break Forecast

Punta Cana ... 84

Phoenix ... 88

Orlando ... 82

Nashville ... 78

Castaway Cay ... 80

South Milwaukee ... 59

Better - Thank you

I've mentioned the book Better in the past. It documents how most of the advances in history have come from incremental advances in practice. Waiting for a big advance, a magic pill, or a once-a-century innovator like Steve Jobs just isn't how the world usually works.

This week, our AdvancED visitors saw us getting better. At Lakeview and at SDSM, we see how small, steady improvements over 5 years lead to better practice and better outcomes. That's all we're about in education. Everyone in our building - students and staff - are trying to be a better version of whom they were yesterday. Five years is a lot of "yesterdays" and that adds up in a very good way for Lakeview and SDSM - thank you!

Our AdvancED visit also highlighted for me the impact of common language. Hearing our students use phrases with the reviewers such as "productive struggle," "learning targets," and "Be safe ... Be respectful ... Be engaged" means that those are phrases that are evident across our building. Thank you for making that a reality. It makes me wonder, "What other common language can we use can we start using next year?"

MAP Testing & Class List Development

Here's how we are going to tie two important, upcoming pieces together:

#1 - Please plan to do MAP tests the week of May 6. In fact, please do them early in the week so we can get make-up tests done by May 10. This will help you work on SLO's and ...

#2 - We will compile class lists the week of May 13. It should not be a surprise to anyone at Lakeview that we will use a spreadsheet to compile class lists. The spreadsheet will automatically compile several pieces of data about each new class, including average MAP score of next year's class based on the Spring score (which is why we will do MAP testing before class lists). I am not sharing the spreadsheet yet - just know that there will be a new process.

At our staff meeting on May 8th, I will be talking about my expectations for Educator Effectiveness for the end of the year as well as give people time to understand how to use the spreadsheet. We will also schedule some times to talk between grade levels about class lists.

4-day Rotation Schedule for 2019-20

Our 4-day rotation schedule for specials in 2019-2020 is ready for publishing. A few notes:

• There is common planning time for every grade level, every day, with one exception (5K on Day 4 which has overlapping times)

• Notice that lunch is later than it is currently in order to better align between schools, particularly between Lakeview and Luther since we share specialists.

• 2nd & 3rd are together as well as 4th & 5th are together so these teams can co-plan with your respective special ed teacher. It was not possible to do this with 5K/1st.

• All library blocks are 30 minutes, except for 1st grade which will have 60 minute library blocks next year.

• There are three sections of 3rd grade next year, but they will attend specials as two sections. This means one of the 3rd grade groups will be split in half and each half will go with one of the other sections. Therefore, 3rd grade does not have teacher names on it at this point.

• This will certainly take some adjustment in all of our minds as we get used to day numbers instead of calendar days of the week. It will also take some clear explanation to parents in Fall as well. If you have questions about it now, please let me know.

Here is the link to Lakeview's schedule. If you need a refresher in the "Why's" of this change, please see this document which was sent out in March.

New faces

We already know that Sarah Hartung is joining us as the 4th/5th Special Education teacher next year. During spring break, we will be interviewing for our open 5th grade position. There were 65 applicants.

Finally, Heather Hillstrom will be moving to E.W. Luther next year. I truly appreciate Heather's work here at Lakeview and can't imagine working with another teammate. Heather is truly an expert and Luther is very fortunate! But I am pleased to report that we have hired a new social worker named Brianne Nillissen Mah, coming to us from Kenosha. Brianne brings a wealth of expertise as well that will not just benefit our students and us at Lakeview, but the entire pupil services team across the district.

Looking Ahead

April 19 - April 28

Spring Break

Thursday, May 2

Color Run kickoff assembly 3:15-3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 3

Arbor Day assembly 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7

Social Studies Leadership Team 4-5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8

Lakeview Staff Meeting 7:15-8:15 a.m.

Thursday, May 9

Lakeview's Trauma Sensitive Team Meeting 3:45-4:30 p.m.

SMEA Retirement Dinner

Structural Items

Room map for next year - I solemnly swear I am up to no good

Furniture/Room concerns - As you contemplate room needs for next year, please start adding your thoughts to this document. This could be furniture needs, Smartboard moves, or anything else Jeff and I need to know. It's not a shopping list ... sorry. It's more about "How can we use/reuse/move the things we have in our building now to accommodate everyone's needs for next year." If there are things you think we need to purchase for specific rooms, please talk to me instead of putting it on the list. I'll leave this link in the newsletter for a few weeks.

Forward make-ups - Every 3rd and 4th grade test is now complete. 5th grade has completed their scheduled sessions. We will be hitting 5th grade make-ups hard starting Monday, April 29th. The testing window closes Friday, May 3rd. Thank you ALL for your work with this. I think next year I'd like to try everyone testing the same week if possible. This year was a little crazy with Spring break and the AdvancED review.

Scholastic & NatGeo Periodicals - If you use them, please talk to me or email me to let me know how you use them. Our subscription is up for renewal and I don't want to renew something without knowing precisely how it is used. Please do this by Thursday, May 2nd.

Computer passwords - If you really want a fun Friday night, read the federal FERPA law which governs privacy of student records. Here's the summary - there's a LOT of private info about students accessible on the device you are looking at right now and it needs to be protected. It is imperative that all student info be kept secure. That means making sure you have secure passwords (especially for PowerSchool) and that you do not write your passwords on a sticky note on your laptop.

Family newsletter - Link to this week's family newsletter

Elementary Blackout Dates - Here is a link to the calendar. Please be sure to check this, as it does continue to change to keep pace with requests from all four schools. I know people want to use personal days at this time of year.

Character Dares & Trauma Sensitive Schools

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