Curriculum & Instruction Newsletter

November/December

Phil Jacobs, Instructional Coach

We would like to introduce Phil Jacobs as the newest member of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In his new role, Phil will mentor new teachers, facilitate professional development, research and implement instructional best practices, and provide assistance to teachers. Phil stated "I am enthusiastic about the challenges of being an instructional coach, and look forward to working with my colleagues in a new role." In addition to his new position, Phil will continue to teach an English 9 course at AHS.


Phil is in his 22nd year of teaching, having spent the past 16 years at Adrian High School teaching English and Physical Education. In addition, he has been coaching athletics for 25 years, and was the head football coach at AHS from 2004 - 2014.

Building Technology Leaders

A new initiative to increase instructional technology district wide officially started recently with the hiring of Building Technology Leaders at each school site. Building Technology Leaders will provide teachers the opportunity to learn how to use technology tools to improve instruction in their classroom. They will offer mini professional development sessions before or after school. Furthermore, teachers soon will receive the opportunity to participate in a technology survey that will drive the topics of the future professional development sessions.


Prairie: Brandon Hall

Michener: Tracey DeMeritt

Alexander: Jamie Rorick

Lincoln: Natasha Wetzel

AMS 5/6: Greg Dutton & Anessa Nelson

AMS 7/8: Ashley Rudolph

High School: Stephen Guerra & Kris Cox

District: Kellie DeLosSantos

Instructional Supports

  • Analyze assessments to set goals

  • Plan and teach close reading lessons

  • Co-plan and/or co-teach

  • Launch Daily Five

  • Teach CAFE lessons



November AIM Focus: Leveled questions

December AIM Focus: Walls reflect current instruction


In November, K-2 teachers were trained on Phonics Dance.

Parent Math Night, November 4th

Break-out grade level sessions with APS teachers were offered to give parents an opportunity to learn how to help their children with math and experience first hand how their child is taught math.


Why do we teach math differently?-Dr. Raj Shah video

NWEA Training

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 8am

785 Riverside Avenue

Adrian, MI

Representatives from each building will be attending a 1/2 day session to learn more about the MAP reports.


More details will be sent out in email to participants.

Internationally Minded!

On November 6th, about 55 Alexander 4th grade students had a chance to work with 10 German Exchange students from Adrian High School. These students collaborated together to make the learner profile traits in German. Artwork was designed and will be on display at Alexander Elementary. While working on the activity, students were able to discuss where Burghausen, Germany is located and see how German words look in print. Similar work has taken place at Lincoln Elementary in past years, and the hope is to have next years German students come to another building to do a similar activity. The German students come to AHS every year in the fall for about 10 days. They attend classes with our host students and also attend various academic activities.