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Blog: What are you most proud of?

Earlier this week I was tasked with scoring principal of the year applications for the state. The process included reading 18-22 pages of information on schools, their principal, and recent successes. As I reviewed each application one question, that was asked of each applicant, continued to stick out to me "What are you most proud of?" It's a simple question, but one that I think we would all struggle to come up with an answer for. The lack of an answer is not because we don't have anything to celebrate, rather it comes out of our natural instinct to not "brag."

"We often compare the highlight reels of others to our behind the scenes"

I kept reading and started to feel a little down. We do that we when read others in some way it makes us feel a little smaller because we are comparing their highlights to our hard, and sometimes fruitless, work that goes on behind the scenes. After getting over my little pity party I decided it was important for me to define what I am most proud of in my professional life. I don't want to do this alone so I am inviting you along as well. Head over to Canvas and click on the September Discussion Thread linked on the front page. Post your answer, reply to your colleagues (you can only see responses after you respond), or simply like their post.

Let's take some time to reflect on all the great things you are doing in your classroom. Use this as a way to re-energize yourself! We all know that this is one of those "in between breaks" times of the year where things get stressful. Let's bust through that wall!

ISTEP Scores: How did we do against the state average?

Now that the state has released scores, we have an opportunity to see how our data measures up against the state average. It is not the end all be all, but it does give us an idea how we fared.
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ELA Pass Rate Ranking:

6th - 74/215

7th - 116/379

8th - 72/386

Math Pass Rate Ranking:

6th - 76/215

7th - 51/379

8th - 41/386

****This is a rough estimate. I eliminated all schools with elementary grades, hence the lesser number of 6th grade scores and the greater number of 7th and 8th scores. Again, gives you a general idea of how we did.


I had a blast watching the beginning of the tennis match on Tuesday. Below are a couple of the photos I took. The first photo has to be one of my favorites, and the most "middle school" photo I have taken.

The rest of the photos can be found on the East Facebook page.

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Homework Document

Thanks for filling this out each week. If you have missed some days, please go back and add in information. Believe it or not, this is the most common thing for a parent to email me empty slot on the homework sheet.


Here is the link to next week:

Counselors Corner

Kyle McClarnon

All 6th Grade

7th Grade Last Name A-M

Sarah Ready

All 8th Grade

7th Grade Last Name N-Z

College Go! Week

College Go! Week is an annual statewide campaign designed to promote a pro-college atmosphere. During the week of September 25-29, special college spirit days are planned (9/25 College Hat Day, 9/27 College Sweatshirt Day), and staff is encouraged to attend. Don't forget your jeans!

There will be a door decorating contest open to all staff members. Decorate your door with the spirit of your Alma Mater, and be entered for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks or Subway gift card-winners choice! Doors must be decorated by Friday, 9/29.

Counselor Sign Up Process

Counselor Request Forms are now 100% electronic. Students can sign up to speak with a counselor from any device that has internet access. Chromebooks are set up in the office for students to make a request. Teachers: you can save this link on your computer or ipad, and students can sign up directly from your room! As always, if a student is in crisis they will be seen by a counselor immediately.

Child Abuse & Duty to Report

An individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect shall make a report to DCS or local law enforcement immediately. This applies to every staff member in the building. Please review the Child Abuse & Duty to Report information by clicking here.

High Ability Identification Process

The high ability identification process is outlined here. This process applies to current 6th and 7th grade students; with placement decisions for the 18-19 school year. Recommendations can be made from now until January 12th. If you have questions, please see Kyle or Sarah.

Tech Monday

Monday, Sep. 11th, 2:30pm

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN

Department Leader Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 14th, 2:30pm

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN