Elementary Principals' Newsletter

October 2015 Newsletter

Teach your Staff How to Resolve Conflicts!

It may not always be their fault, but it becomes their problem (or yours). As conferences approach, these 4 steps are good reminders for staff when resolving conflicts and moving toward solving problems.

1. Let the person vent. Listen. Make eye contact. Listen.

2. Apologize, Apologize, Apologize. Apologize for what happened, how it made them feel, etc..

3. Don't blame others or blame others.

4. Work to resolve the conflict or problem.

Need Help with your Blackboard Log-in? Contact Joy Moll (810) 591-4408

Do Your Teachers Believe?

A first-grade student and his mother walked into the classroom to give his teacher a gift-it was a word-art sign that simply said, "Believe."

"The story behind the gift is even better," the mother shared. "As we were shopping, my son saw the sign and said, 'Mrs. K would really like that.' I asked him, 'why do you think so?'

He replied, 'Because she believes I can do something before I know that I can.'"

What a powerful reminder of the impact a teacher can have on the growth mindset of our students. Do your teachers believe? Do you believe?

New Teacher Network Started!

Invite your New Teachers to next session!

December 9th 4:30-6:30

March 16th 4:30-6:30

Here's the presentation from our October session.

Spring 2016-Testing Schedule Update

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Professional Resources and Support

House Bill 4822

Bullying Info & Facts from the National Bullying Prevention Center

The Teaching Channel has a Bullying Prevention Series, including a 16-minute video for parents.

9 Tips for Talking to the Principal about Bullying

Need support? Our consultants are available to come to your district to provide professional development sessions!

Assessment Links and Updates


MDE Link to all Things M-STEP


Update from Office of Assessment & Accountability

  • October 15 Paper/Pencil Testing Dates, Online Testing Waiver Window
  • October 8 Spring 2015 M-STEP Data File Format
  • August 20: News on 2016 M-STEP & MME, KEA Pre-ID

ALL previous Spotlights can be accessed here.

Learning Opportunities for Administrators & Teachers

Title I Boot Camp for Principals and Administrators. Click on EVENTS. The November 9 session will be at the GISD Erwin L. Davis Education Center.

31a Workshop

2 1/2 days sessions on Monday, October 26th. Come hear about the latest information for allowable expenses under 31a along with the updated criteria.

All Year Long

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