Weekly Notes

June 1-5, 2015

Focus of the Week: Uniqueness


Open Arms Group (Art Room) @ 9AM

IEP @ 8AM (Anthony, Maurus, Middleton)

Lincoln Meeting @ 10:30 (Compton, Jackson, Maurus)


Detroit Diesel @ 1:30 (Truck visit- 3rd and 5th graders)

CPI Training @ Addams (Kopy, Woodham, DesOrmeau, Skowronski)

Staff Meeting @ 4


4 Square Meeting (When a student is being evaluated for ASD) @ 8AM (Anthony, Frisk, Hrit, Glazebrook, Maurus, Giroux, Vasiloff, Jacobsen, Karr)

RtI Meeting- AM (Anthony, Compton, Frisk, Hrit, Kopy, Maurus

IEP @ 3:15 (Anthony, Bastine, Maurus)


PBIS Mustache Day!

PBIS @ 7:45

Kindergarten Learning Celebration @ 11

CPI Training @ Addams- (Kopy, Woodham, DesOrmeau, Skowronski)

Elementary Interviews (Maurus will be back and forth between buildings)


Field Day!

IEP @ 8:30 (Anthony, DesOrmeau, Kopy, Maurus)

IEP @ 12:00 (Anthony, Bastine, Maurus)

DRA Scores in today!

Upcoming Dates:

Last Day Celebration @ 9:30

Last Day BBQ @ regular lunch time

Last Day Yearbook signing @ 2:30 on blacktop (inside if raining)

PLC Word of the Week: Power Standards

A prioritized set of standards that require more attention or a more heavily represented on end-of-the-year tests, selected by determining which have the most endurance, leverage, and relevance for the next level of instruction.

Field day!

This information was also in an email sent from Brooke:

Lunch and Recess:

3, 4, & 5 lunch 11:35 - noon and recess noon - 12:20

K, 1, 2 lunch 12:05 - 12:25 and recess 12: 25 - 12:45


Middleton, Vasiloff and Giroux, Woodham and Shufeldt stay the same

Skowronski 10:45 - 11:25

Jocis 11:25 - 12:05

Spanish (will be 25 minutes for 3, 4 and 5th grades):

8:45 - 9:15 3rd grades

9:15 - 9:45

9:45 - 10:10 4th grades

10:10 - 10:35

10:35 - 11:00 5th Grades

11:00 - 11;25

1:00 - 1:30 (Woodham)

1:35 - 2:05 (DesOrmeau)

2:10 - 2:40 2nd Grades

2:24 - 3:15

Field Day (exact times will come when I have our volunteers set):

Preps will be in the am for: DesOrmeau, Paulisin, Bastine

preps will be in the afternoon for: Vasiloff, Giroux, Nick, Stauch (will get your double prep at field day, so no art)


Shift Happens! Classroom Changes for Next Year

Next year, we will be seeing some changes with grade level teams:

Kindergarten: Bastine and Paulisin

2nd Grade: Skowronski and Jocis

3rd Grade: Shufeldt and Stauch

Kathy, Dave, and Kay will be absolutely wonderful additions to their new grade levels, bringing a new level of knowledge and learning to their new team. Thank you, Kathy, Dave, and Kay, for being open and eager to being on a new adventure this fall!

Hello, 2015-2016!

It amazes me to think that we only have nine more days with students. I know that at this moment right before the finish line, it is important to celebrate the end of another successful year and to unwind and rejuvinate so that we are ready to begin fresh for the fall. Also, it is important to be thinking forward to next year before we go so that our transition from summer back into school will be as smooth as possible. Here are just a few things to consider as we close out this year:

-The district PD for next year is going to be focused on Project Based Learning. This focus will help us learn how to integrate multiple subjects throughout the day instead of teaching them in isolation. We will be using Math in Focus and Open Court as resources. Be thinking about backwards design as you begin to think of units of study.

Check out this website so that you are ready to roll in the fall: http://bie.org

-Hilty will be back with us in the fall and she will be starting out with a PD on Calendar Math. The district expectation is that grades K-5 will be doing calendar math every day. Classroom teachers should all have calendar math kits. It would be a good idea to take home your kit over the summer so that you can go through it when you get that itch to do some prep work for the fall (some of you may not get the itch until late August, which is absolutely fine :-)

Check out the following site for more information about calendar math:


-Another thing you may want to think about is the idea of workshop in the classroom. Hilty will be helping us out with changing our mindset to allow for more differentiation by using the workshop method. In the last portion of the Weekly Notes, check out the link that will kickstart your preparation for next year.

-We will be focusing on team building again in 2015-2016. It will be a good idea to take home the book The First Six Weeks to read and refresh ideas over the summer.


Last Week's Trends

Out of School Suspensions: 3

In-School Suspensions: 4

Administrative Interventions/Targeted Discussions: 15

Hot Spots: Classrooms

Tier 2 Example: Organizational Tools

Why should I do it:

  • Provides increased order for the student mentally and logistically
  • Improves student awareness of belongings, papers, supplies, etc
  • Increases student success and morale
  • Improves work completion and returning or handing in of work
  • Provides increased structure
  • Helps to develop and establish routines, schedules, etc
  • Increases student responsibility and follow through
  • Holds students more accountable
  • Improves student self-confidence
  • Decreases missing and lost assignments
  • Improves time management
  • Increases attending behaviors

When should I do it:

  • When students exhibit poor organization
  • When students chronically loose, misplace, and fail to turn in work
  • When students have trouble following the school/class procedures, schedules, and/or routines
  • When a students locker/desk is very messy and disorganized
  • When a student looses work, materials, and supplies in their locker/desk
  • When a student hoards work in their locker/desk

How do I do it:

  • There are numerous specific strategies and systems to help and teach students to become more organized, please click on links below to explore and choose some
  • Some basic strategies include keeping a planner or calendar, frequently organizing lockers, desks, and storage areas with the assistance of a teacher or peer
  • Checklists
  • Daily schedules
  • Keeping things in a crate and out of the desk or locker
  • Organizational folders with a “to do” and “done” side
  • Visual schedule
  • Parent assistance with daily helping student to organize and sort work, belongings, and materials
  • Turning in all complete work to one location and/or person
  • Etc.

Resources & Support for technique:
(Items with footnotes link to external websites)

Classroom Management: How Are You Setting Up Your Classroom In the Fall?