Shawnee Trail Elementary, February 1, 2016

SHAWNEE TRAIL MISSION: Why do we exist? What is our fundamental purpose?

  • To create a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment, to inspire ALL students to become passionate, lifelong learners.
  • To make meaningful and enjoyable connections as we educate the whole child academically, emotionally, and socially.

At Shawnee Trail we believe ALL Means ALL:

  • ALL students will learn at their highest levels.
  • ALL decisions are based on what is best for students and are aligned with the mission of our school.
  • ALL, students and teachers, learn by doing and building on our own strengths and the strengths of others.

Collective Commitments:

Cultivate a collaborative culture of continuous improvement:

  • Read all resources before collaborative learning meetings.
  • Be prepared to share, listen and participate in all group discussions.

Foster a save supportive and trusting environment:

  • Start on time.
  • Be engaged 100% of the time. (Leave unnecessary distractions behind and focus wholly on the tasks at hand.)
  • Collaborate and contribute equally and meaningfully

Practice all of these collective commitments by asking, “How did we do? Are we holding ourselves accountable for the team’s norms?”

  • Be willing to apologize or confront with passion and purpose when a team member fails to honor the commitments.

Celebrate success large and small.


Shawnee Trail is the BEST!

  • SHOUT-OUT to Gale for EVERYTHING she does to support our students and teachers! We could not do it without her!! Happy Counselor's week!
  • Shout-out to the Olweus team for planning and executing a great anti-bullying kick-off
  • Shout-out to PTA for decorating our cafe and stage! They always make our school look so nice!
  • Shout-out to everyone who has welcomed peers into classrooms to observe instruction during learning walks -Kozlowski, Riley, Webb, Christian, and Breckenridge! Roosa and Kozlowski are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 1. I've heard so many great things! The ILT is working on a way to provide teachers who are being observed with more immediate feedback.
  • Shout-out to the kinder team for creating a SMORE focused on students discourse!
  • Shout-out to Jason Henry and other helpers for helping our students sign the birthday banner at GMST!
  • Shout-out to 5th grade teachers for owning the progress monitoring form, they've revised it to better meet their needs.
  • Shout-out to Heather and Gale for all of their collaboration in investigating reports of bullying!
  • Shout-out to Mrs. Breckenridges' class for writing great persuasive letters to the principal! -I was almost convinced on a few! :-)
  • Lindsie Petty is sending a shout-out to Shaheen for always helping with our technology "emergencies" and printing out what we need in color and delivering them to us with a smile.

Professional Learning

"I'm Not a Math Person"

In a recent blog post, Noah Heller, lecturer and master teacher in residence for the Harvard Teacher Fellows program, says that student beliefs about math "I am a math person." or "I'm not a math person" stems from the belief that math intelligence is a fixed trait. People who believe they are not a "math person" do not understand that math ability is something that grows and develops with effort and an opportunity to learn.

Mathematical abilities can be nurtured and enhanced. Parents and educators can take steps to help students develop a growth mindset. Heller recommends the following:

  1. Create opportunities for cooperative learning.
  2. Give students the chance to productively struggle.
  3. Encourage participation even the student doesn't have the right answer yet.
  4. Re-envision math as a language.

Here the link to the full article:

Meaningful Discussion/Academic Discourse

SMART GOAL: Increase student’s advanced academic performance by 5% on campus based CFAs by improving meaningful peer conversations (academic discourse).

STRATEGY: Teacher will teach mini lessons, demonstrate, and provide practice using sentence stems and conversations structures. (Seravallo, Lone STAAR Problem Solving, Kagan Structures and Exemplars)

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: Administrative walk-throughs and campus CFAs will be used to measure progress.

Staff Meetings 3:20-4:20

February 3rd

Topic will be academic discourse. We need one team to volunteer to share or teach one of the Saravalo lesson on academic discourse. The presentation/lesson should last no longer than 20 minutes or less. If I don't hear from anyone by the end of the day Monday, we will draw names from a hat.

February 17th

Focus will be on students written response to math problem solving and mathematical thinking.


  • Sign your team up to present Academic Discourse at a staff meeting. The presentations only have to be 20 minutes, a mini lesson. :-)

Feb. 5th -GO RED Day!

Let’s unite to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are at risk. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

February Character Trait Focus is OPTIMISM

Optimism is being hopeful about future outcomes combined with the agency to shape that future.

Being optimistic doesn't mean you don't get upset when bad things happen—it's normal to get upset! But the optimist recognizes that most bad things are temporary and looks for opportunities to change circumstances for the better through new efforts or strategies.

This isn’t your traditional “glass half full” optimism (which some might call blind positivity) because optimistic people seek to directly connect their own power and actions to the future they want. For example, after getting a bad grade on an exam, an optimistic student believes that studying harder or differently will earn her a better grade on the next one. Another critical part of optimism is not “catastrophizing” a situation. For example, when a friend doesn't want to play that day, the optimistic kid imagines that his friend is having a bad day, not that no one wants to be his friend.

Observing Optimism

Demonstrating optimism could involve:

  • Believing that effort will improve your future
  • When bad things happen, thinking about what you could do to avoid similar bad outcomes in the future
  • Staying motivated, even when things don’t go well

February Reminders:

Feb. 1

  • New Raters Begin Online TELPAS Training
  • Email Pam about which staff meeting your team wants to present.
  • SST -4th Grade @ 3:15, Rm. 310

Feb. 2

  • SST -5th Grade @ 3:15, Rm. 310
  • Choir Practice 2:50-3:30

Feb. 3

  • Clark and Wester Counselors @ 2:00
  • Staff Meeting -Professional Personnel @ 3:20, Pod 3

Feb. 4

  • Oh, This is Learning! -2nd and 4th Grades in Cafe
  • SST -3rd Grade @ 3:15, Rm. 310
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Spring Kick-Off @ 6:45

Feb. 5

  • Wear red to support the American Heart Association
  • Jump Rope for the Heart -Rep. will visit during GMST
  • 1st Grade Field Trip

Feb. 6

  • Super Saturday PD

February Birthdays

Tricia Beck 2/6

Jodi Timbs 2/8

Amy Christian 2/14

Lindsie Petty 2/15

Tara Webb 2/20

Cristi Closs 2/25