Mr. Ebeling's Updates
Spring Break Edition
It's been a while....
Technology to enhance learning, et al.
I have said many times that you leave me both humbled and proud. Thank you for keeping kids and learning as the priority and for being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Enjoy your well deserved "break".
Summer Literacy Assessments
Golden Ticket Class Incentives
Child Study Team
Below you will find the final CST schedule:
3rd grade- April 5th
4th grade- April 12th
Kindergarten- April 19
The following Tuesdays (*tentatively) will be dedicated to class placement conversations.
April 26- Kindergarten to 1st grade
May 3- 1st to 2nd
May 10- 2nd to 3rd
May 17- 3rd to 4th
*We may end up pushing this process back by 1 week??
Substitute Teacher Information
- Kindergarten- we will not know if we need 3 or 4 teachers (this is not unusual for K, they usually base it on what we have the year prior). Early 4k #'s are low, but this changes with open enrollment and alternate building requests. There is a retirement (insert sad face here as well as a happy face for her) in K, so if we are allotted 4 teachers, we will be needing one in K.
- 1st grade: There will only be 3 teachers needed here due to low K numbers so a teacher will need to change grade levels.
- 2nd grade: 4 classrooms
- 3rd grade: 3 classrooms will be needed as of now due to low #'s in 2nd grade (currently 17 or 18 in a room).
- 4th grade: We will need 4 classrooms due to high 3rd grade #'s..
So, tentatively we may go down from 19 sections to 17 (for sure) or 16 (in the case we only get 3 Kindergartens...which I don't think will happen. If we stay at 17 sections, I will have to move 2 teachers for sure (but at least you would be in our building). If we go to 16, I would still have to move two teachers, but a third teacher would get displaced (possibly Forest Glen as of now).
Now that you know this information, I am open to discussions on this topic. I am also really analyzing grade level teams and trying to find the optimal mixture of teachers so other changes may be ahead, but I do not take that lightly. I understand this is not comfortable to think or talk about, but it is always our reality but also an opportunity.
Summer curriculum proposal
See the below email from Andrea...
If you are interested and available for curriculum work in the summer I would like to know about your ideas. I will have to plan carefully (I cannot approve all project ideas), but I can support some curriculum projects this summer. Please fill in your information on the linked "Summer Project Proposals" document: https://docs.google.com/a/staff.hssd.k12.wi.us/forms/d/1fpXYQIU0INqG4juIlNFtDc29axj2G6mq0vMd8dE-rsc/viewform?usp=send_form. I WILL ONLY CONSIDER JUNE PROPOSALS AT THIS TIME. If you submit for a project to occur at another time (July or August), notification of approval will not be communicated until May 27. BE SURE TO LET ME KNOW IF you would like to work in June, July or August, and please be clear about that preference. Please also communicate with your potential team members.
PRIORITY will be given to projects that address advancement and improvement of Personalized Learning approaches and literacy skill development and enrichment.Sum
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Twitter...Let's do this!
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If you would like to participate, but have never used Twitter before, a set of complete and easy-to-follow instructions on setting up an account and getting started are available here. Twitter has it's own lingo and etiquette, but don't let it scare you. This blogpost covers the basics, or check out this post by an educator - 5 Tips for Teachers Getting Started on Twitter.
Please be sure to let me know you are on twitter by shooting out a tweet and tagging @EbelingHssd. This is the best and quickest PD and sharing of great news tool I have come across.