The Week Ahead Memo

State Road Elementary School

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Events This Week!

March is Reading Month - Committee Meeting

There is a short March is Reading Month (MIRM) Committee Meeting this morning beginning at 8:00am in the Conference Room! All are invited to attend! :-)

Grades DUE in PowerTeacher

Please have all grades entered into PowerTeacher by 9am (Tuesday, Jan. 20). Once you have checked to make sure your Report Cards are correct, please email Chris or Tricia to print. Thanks!!!

Report Cards

Please send Report Cards home with students this Thursday, Jan. 22.

LEO's Coney Island Family Night!

Please help promote our next LEO's Family Night for State Road! It is this Thursday night from 5-8pm at the Leo's Coney Island on Silver Lake Rd. Thank you to our Second Grade Teachers for hosting on this night! Please plan to join them for dinner or dessert! :-)

Assemblies on Character Education!!!

Thank you to some of our 5th grade students for bringing this Character Education assembly to State Road this Friday, Jan. 23 in our Cafetorium!

K-2 @ 1:30pm

3-5 @ 2:30pm


I will be out of the building:

Wednesday morning before school for a Fenton Ed Foundation Meeting

Thursday morning before school for a Fenton STEM Committee Meeting

Grade Fixes for the Year!

As a reminder, our “Grade Fixes” that we agreed to pilot for this school year are:

▫ Fix 1: Don’t include student behaviors in grades; include only achievement

▫ Fix 5: Don’t consider attendance in grade determination; report absences separately

▫ Fix 6: Don’t include group scores in grades; use only individual achievement evidence

"Grading" SI Action Team Requests:

  • As a staff, we are going to focus on one fix per month
  • For this month, please read Fix #6: Don’t include group scores in grades; use only individual achievement evidence. Please read pp. 52-56 and provide your feedback to either Gabe or Callie. It is actually very easy reading and we do value your comments as we used them to lead our discussion.

    We will compile and share this feedback at our January team meeting and with the rest of the staff.

Observation / Evaluation Process Update

Round 2 of Observations will begin this week! The ‘Noticings’ and ‘Wonderings’ sections will focus on the Dimension of Student Engagement (SE).

    • Observations - We will again conduct a minimum of 3 observations for the year (district continuity).
    • Observations Time - These will be 15-30 min of lesson scripting and another 15 minutes of coding.
    • I should be able to access or view your daily lesson plans with assigned standards.
    • A difference from last year is that all observations will be unannounced (law compliance and district continuity).
    • We will have a Dimension focus during observations (up to two dimensions). The dimension focus areas will be the areas that Noticing’s, Wonderings, and Analysis will be derived.
    • Evaluation learning series - We will offer several voluntary learning opportunities for staff to participate in. These opportunities are geared to develop deeper understanding of the framework, rubrics, vocabulary and other processes of 5D+ for those interested. Materials will be made available to all.

Culture of Learning

I came across this picture over the weekend and thought it was pretty good! There are a lot of things in life that matter to us, and a lot of things that we may want to control... So how do we choose what to focus our time, talents, and energy on? Focus on the few things that we can both control and that matter to us!
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Quote that a student gave me last week...

"Don't tell me that the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon!"

What's Happening Next Week?

  • 15 minute Staff Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 8:15am in the Media Center
  • Dr. J's next Input for Improvement community meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 28 beginning at 7pm at AGS Middle School.
  • PTO's "Just Dance Luau" is next Friday night, Jan. 30 from 6:30-8:00pm in the Cafetorium!


  • Our next Staff Meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 10
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11 is Count Day!
  • Our next Hungry Howie's Fundraiser Night is Thursday, Feb. 12

Kid's Hope USA

Staff, I have been working with a local church to bring "Kid's Hope USA" to State Road! This is an adult mentorship program where trained adults would work with select students one hour per week in a supportive, caring role. This program will take some time to get the Kid's Hope Coordinator and mentors trained and certified. It's my 'hope' to have this great program start in the fall!