January 13-17

Week at a Glance


  • Teach week 18 of pacing guide (catch up from last week)
  • Sign up for staff party by 8:30 a.m. tomorrow
  • 7:30 a.m.--vertical collaboration time--preK/K/1, 2/3, 4/5/6
  • 8:30 a.m.--report card grades due
  • 9:30 a.m.--spelling bee preliminaries--grades 5 & 6 only--cafeteria


  • Lockdown drill today
  • Report cards issued
  • 8:00-10:00 a.m.--princ. meeting at Homestead High School
  • 8:30 a.m.--staff dinner reservation and money due to Lindsay
  • 2:45 p.m.--8 Steps committee meeting
  • 2:45-3:30 p.m.--student council meeting
  • 6:00-7:30 p.m.--girls' basketball practice


  • Hungry Howie's pizza night
  • Tutorials due--Bullying & Sexual Harassment--Email certificate to Karen by 3:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 a.m.--programming committee meeting--Katy, Faith, Colby, Sheri & Karen
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m.--Book Buddies
  • 6:00-7:30 p.m.--girls' basketball


  • Junior Achievement Jeans Day fundraiser (See last week's WAAG.)
  • 7:30 a.m.--RTI meetings
  • 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.--Keys to Comprehension training--Raihanne, Tara, & Karen
  • 2:45 p.m.--RTI meetings


  • Gr. 4 weekly notes postponed to next Friday (Grades 2 & 3 will be submitted this week.)
  • Alternate specials schedule--See below.
  • 9:15 a.m.--Spelling Bee finals--preK-6 attends
  • 6:30 p.m.--staff holiday party at St. James Restaurant in Avilla


  • PE-- 2-hour delay schedule
  • Library--4-H goes at 8:45 a.m.
  • Art--8:30-9:15 1-M; 9:50-10:30 1-D; 10:30-11:00 FLS


  • PAC INFORMATION: PAC members have decided to postpone the Ladies Night Out event scheduled for this week. It will be held in either April or May instead. They are still planning the dance for parents and their children on February 21. Their April 9 PAC meeting has been moved to April 16, and lastly, their luncheons for staff for January and February have been moved to January 21 and February 18.
  • TRAINING CERTIFICATES: Reminder, there are two online training sessions that ALL staff members need to complete by Wednesday, and I need verification from each staff member. Once you finish both training sessions, please email me the PDF of the training certificate. If you work in more than one building, please submit the certificate to each of your principals.
  • COPY MACHINE AND PAPER ORDER: The copy machine is supposed to be delivered late Monday afternoon. It is currently in South Bend and Monday is the earliest they can get it back to us. The technician will also have to come out to set it up for us, but he should be able to do that Monday afternoon as well. Some paper has been ordered for all staff to use at this time and that should be delivered on Monday. Your personal orders should be on it's way soon.
  • AWARDS PROGRAM: Our quarterly awards program will be held Thursday, January 23. Josh will be conducting the program since I have Keys to Comprehension training that day.
  • MIDYEAR GOAL MEETINGS: It is time to meet to get an update on your personal goals and action plan. I will start meeting with grades 3-6 next week. Please update the goal forms using your latest testing data. I will meet with preK-2 the following week or as soon as mCLASS testing is done.
  • DATA MEETINGS: According to our 8 Steps schedule, we are due for data meetings this Thursday and Friday. Not having school for a week has thrown off the schedule, but what I would like to do is go ahead and hold data meetings next Monday and Tuesday in order to keep the rest of the schedule intact. I realize you won't have three full weeks of data, but we can still discuss how your students are doing at this point. Plan on assessing your students by the end of the week and getting data to me by Friday afternoon if possible.
  • SPELLING BEE: This Friday we will have our school spelling for the top 10-12 students who advance from the spelling bee preliminaries. The spelling bee will start at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, and I would like all classes to be seated in the gym by that time. I have adjusted specials times, and that schedule is listed above. Let's see who our spelling bee champ will be this year! :-)

Gr. 5 Math Problem

Review the problem below. How is this problem more rigorous than how we traditionally assess students' knowledge of finding the area of an shape?