The Week Ahead Memo

State Road Elementary School

Monday, March 09, 2015

Events This Week!

March is Reading Month!!!

Please continue to review the emails and March is Reading Month itinerary for all the great things that we have planned for the month! Thank you all for your help!

Staff Meeting

We have a Staff Meeting tomorrow morning beginning at 7:35am in the Media Center. Snacks will be ready by 7:30am. The agenda will be emailed out soon.

New Kindergarten Parent Night

The district is having a New Kindergarten Parent Night tomorrow evening (Tuesday, March 10) beginning at 6pm at the Fenton High School Auditorium! Please help spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors!

New Kindergarten Family Building Tours

I will be giving 3 Building Tours to new kindergarten families this Wednesday at 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 6:30pm. We will try not to disturb any classrooms during our tours.

Guest Reader - John Gleason

State Rep. John Gleason will be a GUEST READER at State Road this Wednesday from 9-11am. We will have a sign-up sheet in the work room for him to visit (approx. 4) classrooms that morning. The teacher will select the book for him to read.

Hungry Howie's Night

Our next Hungry Howie's Fundraiser Night is this Thursday, March 12. Please help promote this with your students and families! The classroom with the most participation will win a pizza party!!!

Staff Luncheon

Our STAFF LUNCHEON is this Thursday in the Staff Lounge! Don't forget your food item and enjoy your time together with friends!!!


I will be out of the building:

on Monday afternoon for Ad Council

on Friday morning for a CPI Refresher Training

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 3 of Observations have started! Our 'Noticings’ and ‘Wonderings’ sections will focus on the Dimension of (A) Assessment for Student Learning.

    • 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.

Culture of Learning

5 week series: 5 Things to do Instead of Complain by Jon Gordon

#1: Practice Gratitude. Research shows that when we count three blessings a day, we get a measurable boost in happiness that uplifts and energizes us. it's also physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time. Two thoughts cannot occupy our mind at the same time. If you are focusing on gratitude, you can't be negative. You can also energize and engage your coworkers by letting them know you are grateful for them and their work!

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What's Happening Next Week?

  • Kindergarten Registration Day is Thursday, March 19 from 7:30am - 7:30pm at the Board Office
  • The Fenton Ed Foundation Poker Tournament has been postponed until April
  • Our next Popcorn Day is Friday, March 20
  • 5th Grade IB Exhibition is Tuesday, March 24 from 4:30-6:00pm
  • The next Input for Improvement Meeting will be Tuesday, March 24 from 7-8pm right here at State Road


  • Intervention Meetings will be Thursday, March 26 during your planning time
  • Our next Leo's Family Night is Thursday, March 26. Kindergarten will be our hosts!
  • Friday, March 27 is the end of quarter 3!
  • P/T Conferences begin Monday, March 30 (see schedule below)
  • Spring Break is April 3-10.

Spring Parent / Teacher Conferences

Monday, March 30, 4:30-7:30pm

Wednesday, April 1, 4:30-7:30pm

Thursday, April 2, 12:00-3:00pm (Half Day for Students; dismissal at 11:55am)

  • The above nine (9) hours must be made available on your conference sign-up schedule (additional time may be added before/after school, etc.)
  • Please include me on your letter or email/link to parents!
  • I will have a parent letter re: conferences ready to send home sometime tomorrow.

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!