Friday Focus

6.5.15

I want to start by thanking those of you who have already filled out the end-of-the-year feedback form that I sent out on Monday as a "flipped" faculty meeting along with a video of my big talking face. I have had about half of the faculty respond so far. Here is a link to the form in case you have misplaced it. Please don't forget to participate. This feedback is so valuable to Kyle and I as the year wraps up and we begin to formulate plans for our summer work. I have been reading your comments closely, and I truly appreciate the time and effort that is being put into prioritizing building goals for next school year. I have much to reflect on and have already begun the brainstorming process for addressing various topics. This information will truly help me to address my own professional practice as I move into year two with you. I am also blown away by the successes you are sharing with me! It's so important to remember to celebrate the victories, especially this time of year. You have accomplished much with our students. I hope the exercise of writing your thoughts down have helped to show you that we should always reflect on the positive. Every win, no matter if it's large or small, makes a difference.


Michael Goot, reporter from the Post Star, asked me some questions yesterday morning after the Schools-to-Watch ceremony about why we have been recognized for re-designation. I told him, among other things, that it is your ability as teachers to remain unruffled amidst the ebb and flow of ever-changing educational policy. Your focus on our students is always a priority, and I thank you for that. I see it when I walk around the building, in our daily conversations, and even when considering the challenges that we face. I have been so lucky to work with you as I also continue my own development. I know that in some ways the future feels uncertain as we try to predict which way policy will shift. However, we cannot allow our focus to move away from that which we can control, our own building and our classrooms. I hope you continue to share both your achievements and your challenges with me so that we can continue to grow together.

End of the Year June 2015 Bulletin - Please Read!!!

The June wrap up document has been updated. You will find all of our year end information including important dates regarding final grading procedures by clicking on this link. One change to our end of the year procedure: I know in the past you have been asked to provide a 500 word or less summary on whether or not you accomplished what you set out to according to your course report/syllabus/curriculum plan. This will not be necessary. The feedback document that you have been submitting fills that void.

Calendar

Monday, June 8th
  • K-9 Unit presentation for Grade 6 Green Team, LGI, 8th and 9th period

Tuesday, June 9th

  • 7/8 Band Concert, MS Gym, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, June 10th

  • District Technology Planning Committee Meeting, HS LGI, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • 7/8 Choir/Orchestra Concert, MS Gym, 7:00 PM

Thursday, June 11th

  • Fall Sports Meeting: Grades 6 & 7, MS Gym, Period 9
  • Grade 8 --> 9 X-Country Meeting, MS Gym, 2:05 PM
  • Final OWWMS ITL Meeting, MOC room, 2:30 PM
  • Grade 6 Band/Orchestra/Chorus Concert, MS Gym, 7:00 PM

Friday, June 12th

  • First day of Awards, Blue/Gold 8, LGI, 1:00 PM

Reminder: Monday - Friday, June 15-19, is awards week. All ceremonies begin at 1:00 PM in the LGI.

Links

Some laughs as we wrap up the week

Rick Wormeli shared this with us during his Standards Based Grading presentation several weeks ago. It's a real Canadian sitcom. Hopefully none of you know a Mr. D.....
Mr. D

It's National Donut Day today! Isn't that reason enough to celebrate? - Tim