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October 11, 2019

Words of Inspiration

“Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.”

-Charles Babbage

A Special Applause to...

I want to send a special shout out to the math and language arts teachers who have participated in the MAP meetings with Tricia, Lisa, and me. The last thing we all need is another meeting, but the time we spent with you was worthwhile. It was amazing to see the things you already do and excited to be able to push you further to focus on targeted skills with all students, regardless of achievement levels. I know the work you do with students will lead to positive results and I can't wait to see them in the winter!

PD on the Fly...

I found this article particularly interesting as I reflected on the PLC work at Greene. So much time is spent planning lessons and collecting and analyzing data. The author, Katrina Schwartz, acknowledges that the idea of Strategic Inquiry is much like the work of a PLC, but points out that there are a couple of differences. She states, "Two things are especially important: the size of the problem the group works on and using student work as the evidence for both making instructional tweaks and determining if they worked. Assumptions about why kids can’t do something are actively discouraged in the process."


Continue to dig into student work and identify the skills students lack. Help them obtain these skills through a focused approach. I hope this article makes you pause and reflect as you continue to help students grow. Enjoy!


https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/53744/inquiry-into-student-learning-gaps-leads-to-better-teaching-and-shifts-school-culture

Information for the Staff

High Quality Student Data

As we discussed last Tuesday at the OTES meeting, we are asking you to select two sources of High Quality Student Data by October 18. You can CLICK HERE to view the response sheet. I will be turning that into a document that is easier to read after October 18. If you are on full evaluation this year, you need to be ready to discuss the two sources you choose at the pre conference. We understand that with the sources of HQSD you choose, you may not be at the point where you have met all of the criteria yet. Be ready to discuss and share how you will use those sources to meet the criteria. With that said, this is a pilot year. We will learn together on how to best implement this new process for future years.


FLEX Time & Intervention Class

Students have been scheduled into Intervention classes to help close gaps in their learning. It is imperative that students attend these classes regularly. Intervention classes are data driven and designed to meet the needs of individual students. Intervention Teachers cannot have students make up work during their class, work on homework, or have students pulled back to team during the time they are expected to be teaching students.


Bullying Presentation for Staff

We were asked to hold a meeting about the Bullying Policy. I want you to view the presentation. If you have any questions, I will schedule a time to meet with you. If not, you will need to sign off that you viewed the presentation. This will need to be done before next Friday, October 18, 2019. As you know, the district does not tolerate any form of bullying, harassment or intimidation. If bullying is reported to you, it needs to be forwarded to one of the administrators no later than the next school day, per BOE Policy. You can view the presentation by clicking HERE. After viewing, you will need to sign off by clicking HERE.


All School Assembly on Tuesday, October 15th - Violinist Shruti Bhave

"Bollywood" professional violinist, Shruti Bhave will present an all-school program in the New Gym at 1:17 pm (6th bell).

5th graders will report to their 6th bell classes and will immediately proceed to the New Gym for the assembly. After the program, they will go back to their 6th bell class, retrieve their belongings and go to their 7th bell class.

6th graders will go to the assembly with the class they are in at 1:17 pm. They will return to that class after the program and proceed with their schedule.


Picture Re-take(2nd) day has been rescheduled to Monday, October 21st, from 9:00 - 11:00 am in the cafeteria.

For the Week of October 14, 2019

Monday, October 14 - Teacher Records Day (no school for students)

Tuesday, October 15 - Gifted Training - 7:20 - 8:00 am - Multi Purpose Room

Tuesday, October 15 - All School Assembly: Shruti Bhave, Violinist - 1:17 - 2:02 pm - New Gym

Tuesday, October 15 - Candidate Forum - 7:00 - 8:30 pm - Cafeteria

Wednesday, October 16 - Whatever Wednesday with Lisa & Kelly -Coffee Talk - 7:20 - M.C.;

9:10 - 2:02 - Escape Room; 3:00 - 3:40 pm - Lobby

Wednesday, October 16 - 1st Quarter "Aviator of the Month Ice Cream" party - 10:54- 12:17 Cafe

Wednesday, October 16 - Board of Ed Meeting - 7:00 pm - Greene Cafeteria

Friday, October 18 - PBIS Committee Meeting - 7:20 am - 8:00 am- Media Center

Friday, October 18 - Report Cards Distributed


Looking ahead.....

Monday, October 21 - CPI Training - 7:20 -8:00 am - Cafeteria

Monday, October 21 - 2nd Lifetouch Picture Re-Take Day - 9:00 - 11:00 am - Cafeteria Stage

Wednesday, October 23 - "Harris the 3rd" Assembly - Cafeteria

5th grade: 8:25 - 9:10 am; 6th grade: 9:25 - 10:10 am


Are you an early planner? Here is the building calendar. You can view events more than a week at a time.

Announce to Students

Monday, October 14 - NO School - Teacher Records Day

Tuesday, October 15 - "B" Day - Shruti Bhavi, Violinist - All school - 1:17 - 2:02 - New gym

Tuesday, October 15 - "B" Day - Partners Club - 3:00 - 4:00 pm - Mrs. Herron's art room

Tuesday, October 15 - "B" Day - Greene Lightning Girls Running Club - 3-4 pm - Old Gym

Tuesday, October 15 - "B" Day - Boys' Basketball Club - 3-3:50 pm - New Gym

Tuesday, October 15 - "B" Day - Art Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Ms. Combs' Art Room

Tuesday, October 15 - "B" Day - Chess Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Media Center

Tuesday, October 15 - "B" Day - Lego League - 3:00 - 6:00 pm - MPR

Wednesday, October 16 - "C" Day -1st Quarter "Aviator of the Month" Ice Cream Celebration - 10:54 - 12:17 pm - Cafeteria

Wednesday, October 16 - "C" Day - Boys' Basketball - 3-3:50 - New Gym

Wednesday, October 16 - "C" Day - Lego League - 3:00 - 6:00 pm - MPR

Thursday, October 17 - "D" Day - Greene Machine - 3:00 - 4:00 pm - Choir Room 66

Thursday, October 17 - "D" Day - Bowling - 3:00-4:30 pm - Crossgate Lanes

Thursday, October 17 - "D" Day - Makerspace - 3:10 - 4:00 pm - Media Center

Friday, October 18 - "A" Day - Report Cards distributed

Friday, October 18 - "A" Day - Lego League - 4:30 - 6:30 pm - MPR

Happy Birthday!

Beth Mitchell - October 12

Michelle LaCalameto - October 14

Rona Walter - October 15

Tracy Coleman - October 17

Tim Klein - October 18

Bridget Johnston - October 21

Heather Potter - October 23

Cheryl Borden Thomas - October 24

Louis Sandor - October 30