Food for Thought

Principal's Weekly Communication -Week of November 9

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Our third meeting was productive. We partnered up to review our current behavior matrix. Solidifying the matrix builds the foundation for our universal expectations school wide. When we are all speaking the same language and having the same expectations our students thrive and staff feels connected. We will continue our work at our next meeting.

The minutes can be found at this link:

PBIS Folder

Our next meeting will be on November 6th.

School Improvement Planning Through Rising Star

Learning Environment: CL8 The school culture supports teachers in practicing effective and responsive instruction to meet individual student needs.

Educator Quality: ID13 Instructional teams meet for blocks of time sufficient to develop and refine units of instruction and review student learning data.

Teaching and Learning: IIB04 Teachers differentiate instruction based on assessment results to provide support for some students and enhance learning opportunities for others.

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Differentiation Concentration

Looking for another avenue for students to share their thinking and learning? How about blogging?

Technology Integration

Digital Citizenship Week Kick-off

During the week of 11/9 - 11/13, District 47 will be kicking off its Digital Citizenship Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to promote appropriate technology use and to assist students in understanding how to safely navigate the digital world.

To that end, a website has been created with resources for staff to utilize during the kick-off week, as well as throughout the year. The site can be accessed here.

At the elementary level, daily announcements will be shared during the week of 11/9-11/13. In addition, mini lessons on various digital citizenship topics will be presented by our LMC Directors, with the support of iCoaches.

At the middle school level, daily announcements will be shared along with short videos. We encourage staff to follow up the announcements/videos with brief discussions to reinforce the concepts introduced.

You will also find on the website additional lesson resources and posters for teachers to use with their students throughout the year as they see beneficial. It is our goal that digital citizenship is interwoven with curricular topics as needed.

Thanks for your support!

Dave Jenkins
Assistant Superintendent of Technology Services

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Subs and Announcements

Bim and Lisa created procedures for substitutes to check out a laptop, log in, and access morning announcements. Please put the information into the sub folders so they can log in.

username: subhus

password: fuq67Vaj

MAP Web Testing

The Winter MAP Testing window begins on November 30, 2015 and goes through January 8, 2016. As you may have heard, we will be utilizing the web based version, and there will be some changes to the preparation and delivery of this test. Therefore, we would like to provide you with a timeline and also prepare you for what to expect.

Over the past few weeks, we have been working with NWEA to transfer our data from the old system to this new system. This conversion was finalized yesterday, and we have just been given access to prepare for the Winter testing session.

Over the next week, we will be loading the system with students, teachers and administrators to provide appropriate access to create test sessions, proctor, and view reports.

Our goal is to have the system loaded by Friday, November 13, 2015. Once the student and teacher rosters are loaded, you will receive an e-mail that provides you with your user account information. Your user account will be your district e-mail address.

Once you receive your account information, you will be working with your building administrator to create testing sessions for the students assigned to your section. (Choose Students, Assign Tests)

There will be times when students that are assigned to your section may be tested elsewhere for the purposes of accommodations or test make-up. Your building administrators will also assist you in creating these “one off” sessions.

Once teachers receive their log-in, they can access the MARC (Map Administration and Reporting Center). The proctor help center contains a step by step tutorial guide to help teachers with web-based proctoring. The building administrators have also been collaborating and have created instructions for the teachers and students along with an FAQ guide.

The web based version is new to all of us and we will all work together to deliver this assessment and troubleshoot any issues that arise. We realize that it is a short timeline between the time the NWEA MARC site is opened and November 30. If we need to, we will extend the window to give you ample time to get sessions set up and all students tested.

Let myself or Brenda know if you have any questions.


Dave Jenkins
Assistant Superintendent of Technology Services

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  • I love the ladies of the cafeteria...........they always have a cheerful message for everyone, staff and student alike..........and that kitchen is spotless!
  • I would like to give a shout out to my team, Jill, Erika, Sarah, Mary and Connie. They help and support me on a daily basis. They help me calm down when I am stressed and make me laugh. I couldn't do it without them.-Lori
  • Bim and Kristin Thorsen rock for helping me compile and publish the Husmann Newsletter on short notice and for talking me down off the ledge.-C. Mueller
  • Thank you to Tina and Lisa for a wonderful author visit!
  • Thank you to the Rising Star team for putting together a great presentation.
  • Thank you to the many staff that stepped in to assist during our morning Institute session! It was greatly appreciated! Go Team!
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