Middle School Principal Newsletter

February 2020

Therapy dogs aren't just for Elementary students!

Wagging in the new school year — Fenton's therapy dogs

MDE Updates

Upcoming Events

One-Day MDE Student Growth Workshop

When: Feb. 27, 2020
Where: MELG Office Building

Districts often have more questions than answers when it comes to accurately measuring student growth and appropriately attributing that growth to educators.

This one-day workshop is intended for school and district administrators interested in adopting student growth practices that are compliant with legislative requirements described within MCL 380.1249 and MCL 380.1249b. You will be provided with guidance for measuring student growth using LEA selected assessments and state assessments. MDE consultants will shoulder partner to engage you with guidance and support for using MDE developed calculator tools, using observation data and student growth data to determine end-of-year ratings.

What to bring:

  • Access to district assessment data would be helpful to the participant but not required.
  • Laptops with access to the internet would be helpful to the participant but not required.
  • Knowledge of current and/or former educator evaluation and student growth measurement practices.
  • Be prepared to share your perspectives and experiences, as we will provide opportunities for administrators to work together to learn from practices of other administrators in the room as well as from the MDE consultants facilitating the session.

MELG Office Building
(MASB Conference Room)
1001 Centennial Way, Suite 400
Lansing, Michigan

$50 / participant


Statistics in Schools

Statistics in Schools

The US Census Bureau is kicking off 2020 with recruitment for the Statistics in Schools Ambassador Program. Please share the messaging below with teachers in your schools and districts.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for teacher ambassadors to join the Statistics in Schools Ambassador Program. Are you a Pre-K through 12th grade teacher or know someone who is? Email CLMSO.SISambassador@census.gov for more information and how to apply to represent your school and community on a national scale.

Use census resources in the classroom – lesson plans, data, and more available for free at: www.census.gov/schools.

2020 School Wellness Award

2020 School Wellness Award

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announces the launch of the 2020 School Wellness Award. The award encourages Michigan schools to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco/nicotine-free lifestyles for students and staff. The Michigan School Wellness Award recognizes and applauds schools working to create healthier school environments by establishing School Health Teams, completing the Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) assessments and action plan, and implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes. All Michigan K-12 public and non-public schools are eligible to apply. The School Wellness Award will recognize schools committed to increasing student achievement with a healthier school community. Award winning schools will be recognized in May 2020 during a ceremony at the state capitol with local legislators.

The MDHHS, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Action for Healthy Kids invite schools to apply for the award by April 16, 2020. The online application can be found at http://swa.mihealthtools.org, along with additional information about the award and creating healthy school environments. Questions may be directed to Karen Krabill Yoder at MDHHS at yoderk@michigan.gov or 517-335-8908.

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Senate Bill 600

As presented by Vanita Wilson

New Legislative Requirements for Career Exploration

Click HERE for the link to the reference sheet.

Social Studies Revised Standards Update

Michigan Social Studies Standards: A Bird's Eye View Presentation

If you have staff that needs access to my resources stored in Google Drive, have them send me an email (rsovis@geneseisd.org) with the request.


Each week, Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability provides you with time sensitive, important information on student assessments and accountability. Don’t miss critical information -- Please click the following link for the February 13, 2020 edition of Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability.

Dr. Tammy Pawloski Update and Debrief

Strategy #1: Building Relationships

Strategy #2: Reducing Stress

Strategy #3: Increasing Status

Strategy #4: Motivation

Strategy #5: Student Behavior

  • Your district team should be sharing the information with their staff
  • Using the information, teachers to decide what THEY are going to do in their classroom
  • Teachers should be then writing a plan and collecting data

What initiatives are happening? To what extent are teachers creating plans? Impact?


Poverty Matters-A Listing of All Strategies

for a complete list of all of the strategies:


Spelling Bee

Dear Principals, Curriculum directors and Spelling Bee Coordinators,

Below you will find links to the 2020 Genesee County Regional County Bee documents.




Melissa and Linda

Professional Development Opportunities

Achievement & Growth: Assess, evaluate, and improve with PRISM

Brought to you by Eidex

Information and Registration: https://www.eidexinsights.com/prismspringworkshop.html

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All Learning is Social & Emotional


March 10, 2020

9:00 - 3:00 p.m.


$165 per person

Teams of 3+ are $145 per person

Visit michiganascd.org to find the location closest to you!

To be invoiced, or if you have any questions, please contact Sara Bishop via email at sbishop@michiganascd.org.

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