Highcroft Herald

April 11, 2016

Quote of the Week

"To be an educator is to be a warrior of hope and kindness." ~ Shanna Peeples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year

The Power of One

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the ASCD conference. I joined a variety of sessions and learned from many wonderful educators like Pedro Noguera, Alan Blankstein, Carol Dweck, and Shannon Thompson, to name a few. Of all the speakers that I was fortunate to hear, none moved me like Manny Scott. Manny Scott is one of the original Freedom Writers whose story was told, in part, in the 2007 hit movie, Freedom Writers. His story of overcoming adversity is heartwrenching, energizing, and inspiring!

Mr. Scott will be joining us in November for our all district professional development day to share his inspiring message of the power that one person can have, so I do not want to spoil it for you. However, I do want to share with you some of the quotes that resonated with me.

“Poverty is not just the lack of money, but poverty is the lack of people to access who can help you make something out of yourself.”

In the context of working with students who challenge us, "Keep showing up and in those moments humble yourself. Become a student of your students. Ask yourself, is there anything in me that is keeping me from seeing who they are?"

"You will never reach anyone if you vilify what is important to them."

"Even on your worst day you can be someone else's hope."

"Sometimes you have to believe in someone else until their own belief in themselves sets in."

BOYB - Brag On Your Buddy

Please send your bragging stories to clucas@pkwy.k12.mo.us

Coaches' Corner

Feedback: What is the Student’s Role?

by Gretchen Morrison

We know that feedback is important, but how can we help ensure that it is being received by our students? Hattie, Fisher, and Frey recommend the following three approaches:

1. Establish Clear Success Criteria

When teachers and students have a clear understanding of what success looks like, and when students can compare their work to clearly defined criterion for success, they are more likely to take steps to achieve their goal.

2. Provide Different Kinds of Feedback

Feedback should answer these three questions for students:

  • Where am I going? (provide success criterion)
  • How am I going? (success in the task, process being used, self-regulatory habits)
  • Where do I need to go next? (next steps toward the goal)

3. Promote Students’ Listening Skills

  • Feedback should occur regularly
  • Teach students to paraphrase the feedback they have received back to you to demonstrate understanding

These three actions can help improve students’ learning by helping ensure they hear and respond to the effective feedback we provide.

(Source: Do They Hear You? By John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey; Educational Leadership, April 2016)

Congratulations, Kate! Here's to a Multitude of Miles Together

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Tech Tips

by Danielle Stilts

Thank you….Mr. Nussbaum for your awesome website of interactive activities for all grades and all subjects!

http://mrnussbaum.com/ is a great site for curriculum-aligned games for students. There are activities for every grade level and every subject. The games are free, but come with ads unless you pay to have them removed. The kids don’t seem to mind the ads for the most part. We just had to have a discussion as a class to avoid clicking on anything that says “advertisement” near it. When you find games that fit your curricular needs, you can either link them to your webpage or assign them to students through Google Classroom.

If you haven’t enjoyed all that Mr. Nussbaum has to offer, you are in for a treat!


Monday, April 11

  • Spirit Day - Go Cards/Go MAP
  • Opening Day Tailgating - 10:45 am - 1:30 pm
  • Woods - Sarah Campbell - PM
  • Cahill - Marcia Kampelman - All Day
  • Cline - Amand Schmidt - All Day
  • Lowry - Kristin Godwin - All Day
  • Maxvill - Gary Singer - All Day
  • Oleshchuk - Dianne Herndon - All Day

Tuesday, April 12

  • MAP Testing - Click Here For Testing Schedule
  • 4th/5th Grade Strings Concert - 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Gym
  • 4th/5th Grade Strings Evening Concert - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Gym
  • Lucas - Assessment and Progress Monitoring Team Meeting - AM
  • Oleshchuk - Dianne Herndon - All Day

Wednesday, April 13

  • MAP Testing
  • McPherson - Principals' Meeting - All Day
  • Oleshchuk - Dianne Herndon - All Day

Thursday, April 14

  • MAP Testing
  • DIA Meeting - CRB - 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  • Holdener/Richardson to Special Olympics - 9:15 am - 1:30 pm
  • Jog Jam - During PE
  • 5th Grade ELA Data Wall - 5th Grade Classroom - 11:15 am - 12:10 pm
  • All Read - 3:25 pm - 3:40 pm
  • Progress Report Q&A - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Lucas - PM
  • Oleshchuk - Dianne Herndon - All Day

Friday, April 15

  • MAP Testing
  • 5th Grade ELA Focus Student - BS - 11:15 am - 12:10 pm
  • Lucas - Assistant Principals' Meeting - AM
  • Oleshchuk - Dianne Herndon - All Day

Saturday, April 16

  • Highcroft Trivia Night -

Upcoming Dates

Mile Run - April 18

Project Parkway - April 18 - North High

Highcroft & Spoede Elementary Choir Concert - April 19

5th Grade Performance - April 21

Walk to School Day - April 22

MAP Testing April 26th - April 29th