Lance's Ledger

December 7 - 11 at Central Elementary

Moving to Learn

Visits to classrooms last week presented some learning activities that got students out of their seats and into gaming situations. One thing was for sure...students enjoyed these activities and paid attention to the task at hand. They knew their parts, displayed sportsmanship, and eagerly participated.

This Week at Central

Monday, December 7

  • DECA Group picks up posters and post-surveys
  • ACC from 4:15 - 6:15 PM
  • Board of Education Meeting (7 PM)
  • Cool to Care food items (need 390 to goal!)

Tuesday, December 8

  • Book Fair
  • Mrs. Romzek, Mrs. Martin to Sloan (9-12)
  • Grade 2 Music Concert 7 PM @ DHS
  • Cool to Care Food Drive Ends

Wednesday, December 9

  • Staff Meeting (Agenda: ACC Update; Behavior/Climate Goal Update & Progress; Safety and Health Issues Update; A Chat with Amy Highlen)
  • Book Fair
  • Ms. McDaniel, Mrs. Kirchner to Sloan (9-12)
  • Cool to Care Pick-Up approximately 10:05 AM at Main Entrance

Thursday, December 10

  • Administration Meeting (9:30 AM)
  • Movie Night Grades 3 & 4 (5:30-8 PM)

Friday, December 11

  • T.E.A.M.
  • Jeans Day for Outreach East Cool to Care Campaign ($5 donation)
  • Grades 2 & 4 Movie Night Grades 1 & 2 (5:30 - 8 PM)

Looking Ahead

December 2015

  • Dec. 15...PLC Grades 1-4
  • Dec. 16...Staff Meeting (Agenda: Winter Break shutdown; DRA Assessment window, additional items TBD); Brainstormers Takeoff Assembly (9 & 10 AM)
  • Dec 17...Principals' Meeting (8:30 - 10:30 AM); CST Meetings
  • Dec. 18...T.E.A.M. Grades 2 & 4; DECA Poster Contest Awards Grades 3 & 4 (pending)
  • Dec. 21...GSRP Student Christmas Parties AM & PM
  • Dec. 22...Central Student Christmas Parties (AM or PM)
  • Dec 23 - Jan. 3...Winter/Christmas Break

January 2016

  • Jan. 4...DIBELS Window begins; Jeans Day for Community Foundation's Davison Fund ($5 donation)
  • Jan. 6...Staff Meeting; Super U Assembly; CAP Information parent meeting @ Hahn Media Center (6:30 PM)
  • Jan. 7...Principals' Meeting (9:30 AM)
  • Jan. 8...T.E.A.M. Grades 2 & 4
  • Jan. 11...DRA Assessment for all students in Grades 1-4 with subs begins (subs Tuesday - Thursday only); STAR Math Assessment; DPA CMC - (4:15 - 6:15 PM); Financial Aid Planning Night for Parents @ DHS
  • Jan. 12...DRA Assessment
  • Jan. 13...Early Release Day
  • Jan. 14...Admin. Mtg. ; PTO Book Distribution; Grade 4 to Whiting (9-11); DRA Assesment
  • Jan. 15...T.E.A.M. Grades 2 & 4; DIBELS Assessment ends
  • Jan. 18...No School for students and staff
  • Jan. 19...PTO Meeting (6 PM); DRA ASssessment
  • Jan. 20...CST Meetings in AM; CAP PLC (2-3:20 PM); DRA Assessment
  • Jan. 21...Principals' Mtg. (9:30 AM); DRA Assessment ends
  • Jan. 22...T.E.A.M. Grade 2; STAR Math Assessment ends; Data Entry due for DRA
  • Jan. 25...ACC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)
  • Jan. 26...Data Day Grade 3 (8:40 - 11:40 AM); Grade 1 (12:20 - 3:20 PM)
  • Jan. 27...Staff Meeting (Agenda: TBD); Data Day Grade 4 (8:40 - 11:40 AM); Grade 2 (12:20 - 3:20 PM)
  • Jan. 28...End of 1st Semester
  • Jan. 29...No School for students; Teacher Work Day (Teachers may work from home)

February 2016

  • Feb 1...All Grades due by 4 PM; DPA CMC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)
  • Feb. 2...Report Cards Printed; CST Meetings
  • Feb. 3...Troubadors Assemblies
  • Feb. 4...Principals' Mtg. (9:30 AM); Report cards go home with students; Pancake Dinner Night
  • Feb. 5...T.E.A.M. Grade 2
  • Feb. 8...Mrs. Stuart, Mr. Kennedy to Sloan
  • Feb. 12...Mrs. Fritz, Mrs. White, Ms. Holder to Sloan
  • Feb. 15...President's Day (No School for students/staff)
  • Feb. 16...P.T.O. Meeting (6 PM in Library)
  • Feb. 19...T.E.A.M. Grade 2
  • Feb. 23...PLC Grades 1-4
  • Feb. 24...Staff Meeting (Agenda TBD) 7:35 - 8:15 AM; CAP PLC
  • Feb. 25...Principals' Mtg. (9:30 - Noon); Grade 4 Music Concert - 7 PM @ DHS
  • Feb. 29...ACC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)

The Power of a Teacher

What impact do we have as educators? Do we make a difference? Some days we probably ask these questions. During the past couple of weeks we have had times that have caused us reason to stop and think. What can we do when it seems that kids come to school with so much baggage? Do we do just enough to get through the day? Do we seek to establish and build a connection when the connection seems so hard to make?

The following video is a story of how the connections made by teachers led to success stories for two individuals. It is a story of how the power of teachers changed the future of an individual who, in turn, carried on that change to impact yet another life. It is the "starfish story" of how making a difference to one has an ongoing effect and touches numerous lives we may never even know.

The video is a bit lengthy.. the first thirteen and a half minutes set the story of the principal individual while the last five minutes tell how the speaker was empowered to make a difference and his family went on to change yet another life. His ending statement says it all. Please take some time to view it this week. I hope it helps you reflect on the fact that each of you are powerful and have influence beyond what you realize. You have the power to make a difference and to change lives for the positive.

Looking forward to the movie nights this week. Have a great week and thanks for all you do to put kids first!