Boarding Pass

Your ticket to the happenings at the BEST Greene School

October 25, 2019

Words of Inspiration

"Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best."
-Bob Talbert

A Special Applause to...

This week we saw the final debate for Green Team students. While this was evidence of the long hours of planning for one team, I want to give a special shout out to all of the teachers who take time to empower students through the content standards. The results of the debate were absolutely amazing! I know there are other examples throughout the building where students have the opportunity to chase their passion at the Greene School. Thank you for making that happen!

PD on the Fly...

This week's PD on the Fly focuses on a local hot button... PLC's. I get it, data is a bear and these meetings can seem time consuming and defeating. The purpose of the PLC truly is professional growth. It's easy to let the conversations slip away from this purpose. How can you bring it back to the rich conversations around teaching and learning? The author of this article poses the question, "How can we light the path to equity by refocusing PLC's so that they are more than a series of meetings and result in real change for students who need it the most?" It will take your leadership to get us there. This is the time to do it. How can you focus on the important work it will take to change the trajectory that some of our students are on? The middle grades are such a crucial time for students. They are old enough to understand and their future is not determined yet. I know this has been a hot topic. I hope this article starts to focus your conversations on solutions. Enjoy!

5 Questions PLC's Should Ask to Promote Equity

Information for the Staff

PGP Groups

On Tuesday, November 26, we will get back together with our Professional Growth Groups. The groups are similar to what we have done in the past; we filled new staff into groups. You will notice the groups are numbered, not named as they have been in the past. We will follow the same format of standing meetings where you will be asked one thing: to share, celebrate, or solicit help.

PLC Time Expectations

I talked about this as we made our rounds on Wednesday, but wanted to also share it here. The morning collaboration schedule has been designed for you to have some choice in who you meet with. One place where I feel like we need to be respectful of others is our PLC/Department time. Wednesdays and Thursdays are time we set aside for you to meet, plan, examine data, and develop intervention strategies. These meetings are not optional. They are meetings where you need to be on time, be present, and help build the capacity of our departments. Together we can do so much and this is a time to make that happen. While the meetings need to start at 7:20, they should last as long as the discussions are productive and worthwhile. Our staff is a highly productive group, if you finish early, use the remainder of the time as you see fit.

List of HQSD Assessments

As promised, here is the EHG List of High Quality Student Data. While this list names specific assessments you use, HQSD is a process. As you select your two items, please remember that you are committing to use the data in a specific way that is detailed in the criteria. Here is the second part of that criteria. Think about how you will collect evidence of this.

  • Critically reflecting and analyzing available data, using the information as part of an ongoing cycle of support for student learning
  • Considering student learning needs and styles, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of an entire class as well as individual students
  • Informing instruction, adapting instruction to meet student need based upon the information gained from the analysis
  • Measuring student learning (achievement and/or growth) and progress towards achieving state/local standards

For the Week of October 28, 2019

Monday, October 28 - NO CPI TRAINING

Tuesday, October 29 - Gifted Training in the MPR 7:20 - 8:00

Tuesday, October 29 - STRIVE FT to Matthew 25 - 2:45 - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, October 30 - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30 (PTO will provide dinner in the staff lounge)

Thursday, October 30- Listening Session with Mr. Forsthoefel in the Cafe at 7:20

Friday, November 1 - First Friday

Friday, November 1 - Health Benefits Open Enrollment Meeting in the Cafe at 7:20

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 28 - B Day
  • Book Fair in Media Center

Tuesday, October 29 - C Day

  • Book Fair in Media Center
  • STRIVE Field Trip to Matthew 25 at 2:45

Wednesday, October 30 D Day

  • Book Fair in Media Center
  • 6th Grade STEAM Classes in Cafe

Thursday, October 31 - A Day

  • Book Fair in Cafe
  • 6th Grade STEAM Classes in Cafe

Friday, November 1 - B Day

  • Book Fair in Media Center
  • First Friday

Happy Birthday!

Louis Sandor - October 30

Matt McCalla - November 6

Tricia Constable - November 8

Nick Niehaus - November 9

Shelby LaBarbara - November 9

Sarah Clark - November 9

Deanna McKeown - November 10