Food for Thought

Principal's Weekly Communication -Week of February 29

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Our PBIS Team has completed the following tasks set forth from the beginning of the year checklist shared with staff:

  • Develop a purpose statement
  • Establish a monthly PBIS Leadership team and meet schedule for the school year
  • Define Staff vs Administrator managed behaviors (Define them)
  • Develop behavior Matrix

We are currently working on:

  • Developing PBIS Flowchart
  • Developing plans and procedures for encouraging and discouraging behaviors.

Updates from our District PBIS Team: The District team organized for reps at each building to attend a Universal Tier 1 training. Marny and Guy will be attending for our building. The team is also working on a district wide implementation plan for the 2016-2017 school year.

School Improvement Planning Through Rising Star

Our focus of differentiation will be on three tiers of an assignments during Core Instruction. We are using one task to tier for this school year and utilizing March and April staff meetings to share out and reflect on the tier activity. Collaborating with our colleagues will help us all have a big picture of what is going on across the building and give each other ideas to implement in the classroom.

Educator Quality: ID13 Instructional teams meet for blocks of time sufficient to develop and refine units of instruction and review student learning data.

Teaching and Learning: IIB04 Teachers differentiate instruction based on assessment results to provide support for some students and enhance learning opportunities for others.

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How Do I Fit It All In During Literacy Time?

sample literacy plan

Many of you have said you were not sure how to fit everything into Literacy? I encourage all of you to review this plan and reflect on your current literacy plan to see how this aligns to what you are doing. Jenni A. is willing to collaborate with you to help support you through this to make it a reality if you are identifying this as a need.

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Poetry and Writing

Are you looking for a way to create more interest in poetry and give an authentic purpose for writing? Then please consider having students enter the Poetry Writing Contest sponsored by the Crystal Lake Library. Students in 3rd grade and up can enter up to two poems, any style or subject. They are due March 20. Please see these links for more info.

Brochure about the contest, which includes rules and event dates:

Entry form:

One way to give students this opportunity is to add poetry writing as a choice during Daily 5 or stations. You may want to put some mentor poetry texts in a bin along with examples of various types of poetry (clink link for 25 types of poetry- this will be housed in literacy resources in the Husmann Central Folder). Sharing the above brochure about the contest to motivate students will hopefully turn them on to the poetry genre!

Progress Reports

  • March 4 - End of term
  • March 9- 9:00 AM Progress Reports Due for Administrator Review-Please plan ahead, no exceptions.
  • March 11 - Last day for any corrections
  • March 16 - Progress reports available on ParentVue
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  • I would like to send a "You Rock" to Karen Belke because I feel like she is "the rock" of many students' and staff members' lives at Husmann. Karen continuously demonstrates her ability to be both effective and understanding to the needs of students and staff alike. I wish I could give a "You Rock" to Karen everyday, and in my heart, I do. You're the best Karen and I think I speak on the behalf of everyone when I say "we love you"!!! :-)
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