Staff Weekly Update

For the Week of January 19th, 2015

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One Second Every Day

This past Friday evening, Kendrick and I decided to rent a movie. We normally never rent movies. We can rarely ever agree on one and I always fall asleep. We got it started and I fell asleep. About an hour into it, I woke up, annoyingly hit the pause button, and asked him to give me a summary of what I missed. We had rented Chef. It's about a chef that quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck so he can start to cook more creatively. Having had a 60 minute cat nap, I had enough stamina to stay awake for the last part of the movie. It was a good film, but one part of it (thankfully I was awake for this part) really resonated with me . . . the young son. He spent his summer with his father (the chef) on the food truck. At the end of the summer he sent his father a video. It was a one-second-a-day video. He had filmed one second everyday of their summer together and compiled it to a 60 second video. IT. WAS. AWESOME. Come to find out, there is a wonderful Ted Talk about this idea: Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day. I embedded his 8-minute Ted talk at the end of this newsletter. This got me thinking, how cool would it be to start capturing your own one-second moments personally or in the classroom? "There are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in your life — how are you going to remember them all?" - Director Cesar Kuriyama

The Question Game: A Playful Way to Teach Critical Thinking

As discussed during this past Tuesday's staff meeting! Link from TeachThought Post - click here.

Great ideas in this 5 minute video clip on how to manage transitions coupled with content integration!

Ms. Noonan: Managing Transitions

K-2 Resources from IDOE! IT'S GOOD STUFF!

Seriously. It's good. Here is what this link will take you to:
  • Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 Electronic Resources for English/Language Arts IAS 2014
  • They are Word documents that have electronic web resources aligned to 2014 Indiana Academic E/LA Standards. Grades 3, 4 and 5 will be coming in the near future.
  • Click here for KDG
  • Click here for Grade 1
  • Click here for Grade 2

Welcome, Hannah Faith!

Congratulations to the Smith family on beautiful, lucky #7! Terri Clayton has created a Sign-up Genius link for evening meals! Please click here if you'd like to sign up.

Calendar Items & Reminders

Mon. 1/19

  • Enjoy this day off in honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Tues. 1/20

  • 8:00 - Meeting - Grade Level/Teams
  • 8:00 - 9:30 - ACR - Largent, Cox, Watson, Brizzolara - conference room
  • 9:30 - Meeting - Elementary Principals - Largent - BME (*Martha will stay at SGE to assist with NWEA). Thank you, Martha!
  • 4:00 - ACR - Largent, Watson, McDaniel - conference room


Wed. 1/21

  • 8:30 - Meeting - Largent, Farley, Torrence, Proctor - conference room
  • 4:00 - Meeting - ZCS Autism Collaboration - ESC Board Room


Thurs. 1/22

  • 8:00 - RtI for 3rd/4th grades - conference room


Fri. 1/23

  • 8:00 - ACR - Largent, Cox, Andries, Munz, Fure, Pittman - conference room
  • 11:30 - 1:30 - 1st-4th grade lunch groups - Cox Cafe
  • 12:30 - Lunch Meeting - Largent & Ruckman girls - conference room

ZTEP: Mid-Year Conferences and Script *Change*

Teachers, as you are all aware, we would like to hold mid-year conferences in these next few weeks. Soon you will be getting an email from Martha or me with details. The meeting should take no more than 30 minutes!


There will be 3 areas of focus for our meeting, or the "big rocks" as Jenny Froehle mentioned in a previous email, and two more additional items:


  • #1 - Quality assessments of our students (formative and summative)
  • #2 - Instructional best practices from our rubric
  • #3 - Use of digital tools to engage learners
  • Our two more additional items . . . Any questions you may have for Connie/Martha and the Canvas audit from Patti Bostwick


Also, I want to ensure you all know about the SCRIPT *CHANGE*! What does this mean? After observations are done, you are always sent the script of what the evaluator has transcribed into SFS. Hopefully, you all read this script! :)


This semester, when your script gets sent to you, you will notice a slightly different form. A few additional fields have been added underneath the script box so the observer can take notes on assessment related items to your lesson observed. This helps the observer and the teacher to keep "assessment" on the forefront - whether it be in your lesson or during our discussion!

Here are our beautiful birthday friends from the end of December and for all of January!

December 21 - Angela Bourff

January 18 - Nancy Fitzpatrick

January 23 - Katie Coyner

Monthly Lifelines

September - Respect

October - Flexibility

November - Gratitude (I am grateful for ALL of you!)

December - Generosity

January - Responsibility

February - Friendship

March - Perseverance

April - Self-Control

May - Integrity

Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day