To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Issue 9: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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We are ALL teachers.

Our mission statement begins: "Prairie Point students, teachers, and parents are a community of learners..."

One consideration made when our school mission statement was being revised was the best word to use that defines the staff of Prairie Point Elementary School. The conversation revolved specifically around using "teachers" versus "staff." Because our mission statement is designed to include all members of the Prairie Point Community in defining our shared purpose, there was a fear that using the term "teacher" might seem exclusive.

And I have to ask this question: "Aren't we all teachers?"

When I think about some of the people who have been my own personal "teachers," only a few have been a classroom teacher by job description. Rather, these are people who have had a profound impact on my life. They are people who have taught me what it means to be loved and to love someone, who have taught me things that are at the core of my character, who have taught me courage and integrity, and who have ultimately influenced my journey to be a better me.

When I watch every staff member at Prairie Point at work, I am struck by the passion with which they carry out the mission of Prairie Point - by the way they influence the learning and growth of all children. I'm amazed at the way all adults here use their specific role to build strong relationships, to support and guide children toward fulfilling their own unique potential. I'm amazed at the way all of you treat each child as an individual who is worthy of dignity and care. We know that sometimes children are facing hidden challenges that we can't even begin to imagine, and I love watching the way each of you provide them the tools they need to overcome those challenges.

Being a true teacher is more than a job title, or a position, or a paycheck. It's a calling. At Prairie Point, we are ALL teachers.

News & Info

We have a NEW Prairie Point TEAM Website!!!

Our TEAM website has been moved to a new format! Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the format of the new site. It can be found at the link below. For reference, the address is:

The website has the TEAM calendar, referral process and paperwork, as well as archived student paperwork (still being uploaded). There is a form for you to use to submit paperwork as well. Please see any member of TEAM if you have any questions as to how use the website or refer a student.

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Wednesday Morning Meetings

Meeting - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Topic: Danielson Framework for Teaching


All of the agendas and information for Wednesday morning meetings will now come in this newsletter. :-) Provided below is a link to the schedule, as well as a link to the agenda.

Please review the agenda prior to each meeting. Wednesday meetings will be held in the Community Room. We will begin promptly at 7:35 a.m.

If you are unable to make it to a meeting, please let us know in advance, if possible. Please see Heidi or Jen as soon as you can after the meeting to find out what you missed.

The link below is a video created by Teaching & Learning. This is the 1st in a series of modules intended to support you through the teacher appraisal process. This first video assists teachers in knowing where to find the appraisal documents on the intranet and what these documents will look like when they receive them via Evaluwise.

Tech Talk

Paid App Request Form

OK, it's finally in a form that can be used. Below is the link for the paid iPad App request form. Please download and fill out this form to request an app for your IPad. Please turn in to Heidi for approval and purchase.

Resource Sharing - Guided Math

Coming Events!

Teacher Workshop - How to Design a Writing Workshop for Early Elementary Students

Wednesday, Oct. 8th, 6:30-8:30pm

1111 Reading Dr

Montgomery, IL

Oswego Public Library is hosting a workshop on Writing Workshop for teachers in Grades 1-5. I will cover the $5 cost if you are interested in attending. Please RSVP by the end of the school day on Wednesday, September 10th. I will register us at that time.

Please see the flyer below for more information about this, and other educational programs offered by the Oswego Public Library.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Writer's Workshop

Tuesday, Oct. 14th, 7:30am

Prairie Point Community Room

Please read Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions - Chapter 1 in advance of the meeting.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.