Sailing Through the Week

Belle River Staff Memo ~ Week of December 7, 2015

Important Dates

Monday: December 7

  • Staff Meeting at 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday: December 9

  • Popcorn Day

Thursday: December 10

  • Fifth Grade Field Trip to the Henry Ford

Friday: December 11

  • Staff Christmas Party at Gar's, 4:00 p.m. (dinner at 5:30)

Upcoming Dates

Monday: December 14

  • Board of Education Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday: December 16

  • Popcorn Day

Thursday: December 17

  • Fifth Grade Breakfast: 8:30-10:30
  • First Grade Christmas Pageant: 2:30-3:30

Friday: December 18

  • Third Grade Polar Express Day
  • School Store
  • Staff Christmas Lunch
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Staff Meeting Agenda ~ Monday, December 7, 2015

1. Recording Reading Conferences/Math Interventions

Goal: Identify systems for recording reading conferences and math interventions (both teacher and Title I paraprofessionals) and discuss how this information is used to inform subsequent instruction.

2. Culture of Innovation: Upper Elementary Google Accounts

Goal: Demonstrate how students can access their district Google accounts to use the tools in Google Drive.

3. Kagan Update

Goal: Share successes in using Kagan structures and identify next steps in improving implementation.

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The 2015 Hour of Code is Here

Governor Synder's Computer Science Education Week Proclamation: Hour of Code

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Intro to Coding: K-5

Computer Science Matters

Intro to Coding: 3-5

What Most Schools Don't Teach
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Last week's trip to the MEMSPA conference provided time for both learning and reflection. While I was participating in sessions facilitated by some of the best educational leaders in the state and country, I constantly connected the message to Belle River. A common thread ran through each presenter's talk: There are great things going on in classrooms and we need to share them. This idea reminded me of our caring, talented, and dedicated staff that was back at school working with our students and doing the most important work in education. Despite the fact that we are in an era of increased accountability, decreased support from the state, and an often negative perception of public schools, you continue to remain steadfast in your focus on providing a high-quality education for each of our students. Comments about the quality of our staff from Rachael Frikken underscored my thoughts. After spending a few days learning about how to improve as a principal, I was reminded that my main purpose is to support and showcase your talents and efforts. The greatness of Belle River, in my opinion, has been understated in the past. We have much for which we can be proud and should celebrate. Looking ahead, I am excited to continue on this journey, building capacity in students and staff and championing our school community!

Our Mission: Working Collaboratively to Ensure All Students Learn

Our Vision: Belle River is an inviting, caring school community that meets the needs of every 21st century learner, by using Best Practices to facilitate positive behavior support

and high expectations for lifelong learners.