Corbat Chronicle

Week of January 10, 2016

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January 10, 2016

Dear Friends,

As you know, I visit Twitter daily. It has been a major source of professional learning for me. During #COLchat last week John Bernia (@MrBernia), a principal from Sterling Heights, tweeted about posting his short-term and long-term goals on his office door for all to see. Doing this strengthened transparency and accountability. I am going to experiment with this idea using this newsletter. The picture above is one of my long-term goals. I learned about the 30 Day Challenge from my Twitter friend, Amber Teamann (@8Amber8), a principal in Texas. Her blog post about this challenge can be accessed by CLICKING HERE. I wonder how our culture can be impacted if I reach this goal. I wonder how our culture can be impacted if there was a similar challenge for every teammate. My short-term goals for the week include:

  • Visit at least 3 classrooms daily
  • Read aloud to students in 2 classrooms this week

I will keep you updated on my progress toward these goals in future newsletters.


This week we will begin DIBELS testing. The testing schedule can be accessed on this link. Winter data meetings will take place January 27th and 28th. The data meeting schedule is HERE. Please complete STAR and DRA2 testing by January 26th. We should be ready to start new MTSS groups the first week of February. Please let me know what questions you have.

Please be sure to enforce zero voice level with your students in the halls.

Odyssey of the Mind Update

Our K-2 Odyssey of the Mind group will continue to meet after school on Tuesdays in the gym. Additionally, seven students were selected to represent Morrish at the regional competition on February 27th at New Lothrop High School. These seven students will meet on Thursdays, in addition to Tuesdays, in Sarah's room.

PALS Update

Thank you for nominating students for our Morrish PALs (Peer Assisted Leadership) mentor program. Permission slips will go home with nominated students on Monday (Sharon or I will hand deliver to each child). Permission slips are due back on the 14th. Please put returned permission slips in Sharon’s mailbox. Our next steps include: an orientation meeting with HS students 3:00 on the 19th and our start date of Feb. 2.

Laptop Signup

Click HERE to sign up for the laptop carts. The calendar now includes February.

The week ahead...

Monday, January 11

  • Bright Smiles visits. They will set up in the hallway area between the library and Sheila's classroom.
  • Join #COLchat at 9PM ET with all new topics this year!

Tuesday, January 12

  • PTO Meeting 4:15
  • K-2 Odyssey of the Mind in the gym (3:45-5:00)

Wednesday, January 13

  • I am taking a medical day for my UM Ann Arbor appt. (annual liver check)
  • Board of Education Meeting 7:00 HS Band Room

Thursday, January 14

  • I will be at the administration building in the afternoon for a leadership meeting.
  • Odyssey of the Mind (7 students) in Sarah's room (3:45-5:00)

Friday, January 15

  • I will be at GISD to attend a meeting for administrators on the new science standards (this meeting was rescheduled from last week).

Coming Soon...

Have a great week!


Swartz Creek Community Schools

MISSION: Swartz Creek Community Schools inspires our learners to embrace challenges, set goals, grow their talents, and realize their dreams for success in a global society.

VISION: Swartz Creek Community Schools provides a world class education through innovative experiences while developing the unique talents of our learners.

- We believe in a culture of learning.
- We believe that student learning should be the primary goal for all decisions made affecting the school district.
- We believe the climate and culture of the school is engaging, nurturing, challenging, and inspires students to express their personal ideas.
- We believe curriculum is integrated, differentiated, meaningful, and pertinent to life.
- We believe in culturally relevant education that provides the knowledge and skills to meet the global challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
- We believe in continuous improvement informed by critical evaluation and reflection.
- We believe expanding technologies enrich how teachers teach and students learn.
- We believe in building relationships and sharing resources with our community, parents, and staff members.