The Week Ahead Memo

State Road Elementary School

Monday, March 23, 2015

Events This Week!

March is Reading Month!!!

Please continue to review the emails and March is Reading Month itinerary for all the great things that we have planned for the month! Thank you all for your help!

5th Grade Exhibition!

Our 5th Grade IB Exhibition is tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 24 from 4:30-6:00pm beginning in our Cafeteria! Please refer to Margaret's email for instructions on our Exhibition Practice this morning.

Input for Improvement Meeting w/ Dr. J

Dr. Jalkanen's next Input for Improvement meeting is tomorrow night, March 24 from 7:00-8:00pm right here at State Road in our Media Center.

Wear GREEN this Wednesday!

This Wednesday is WEAR GREEN Day at State Road to show support for our first grader, Molly K., and to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy.

Intervention Meetings

Intervention Meetings will be in the Conference Room this Thursday, March 26 during your planning time.

"Carter T. Night" at Leo's - This Thursday!

Our next Leo's Family Night will be "Carter Theriault Night" this Thursday from 5-8pm at the Leo's Coney Island across from Home Depot! Please help remind your students and families!

End of Quarter 3

This Friday, March 27 is the end of Quarter 3! See below for our schedule on grades due and report cards. Spring Break is almost here!!!


I will be out of the building:

on Monday afternoon for an Ad Council Meeting

on Tuesday afternoon for funeral for my great uncle (I will be back for exhibition)

Grade Fixes for the Year!

As a reminder, our “Grade Fixes” that we agreed to pilot for this school year are:

▫ Fix 1: Don’t include student behaviors in grades; include only achievement

▫ Fix 5: Don’t consider attendance in grade determination; report absences separately

▫ Fix 6: Don’t include group scores in grades; use only individual achievement evidence

"Grading" SI Action Team Requests:

  • As a staff, we are going to focus on one fix per month
  • For this month, please read Fix #6: Don’t include group scores in grades; use only individual achievement evidence. Please read pp. 52-56 and provide your feedback to either Gabe or Callie. It is actually very easy reading and we do value your comments as we used them to lead our discussion.

    We will compile and share this feedback at our January team meeting and with the rest of the staff.

Observation / Evaluation Process Update

Round 3 of Observations have started! Our 'Noticings’ and ‘Wonderings’ sections will focus on the Dimension of (A) Assessment for Student Learning.

    • Observations - We will again conduct a minimum of 3 observations for the year (district continuity).
    • Observations Time - These will be 15-30 min of lesson scripting and another 15 minutes of coding.
    • I should be able to access or view your daily lesson plans with assigned standards.
    • A difference from last year is that all observations will be unannounced (law compliance and district continuity).
    • We will have a Dimension focus during observations (up to two dimensions). The dimension focus areas will be the areas that Noticing’s, Wonderings, and Analysis will be derived.

Culture of Learning

5 week series: 5 Things to do Instead of Complain by Jon Gordon

#3: Focus on Success: Start a success journal. Each night before you go to bed, write down the one great thing about your day. The one great conversation, accomplishment, or win that you are most proud of. Focus on your success, and you'll look forward to creating more success tomorrow!

Quote of the week...

"NOTHING is Impossible... The word itself says I'm Possible!
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What's Happening Next Week?

  • Grades DUE in PowerSchool by Monday, March 30 at 9am
  • Report Cards will be printed and in your mailbox by Monday afternoon
  • Thursday, April 2 is a Half Day for students; dismissal at 11:55am
  • There is NO SCHOOL Friday, April 3 (Spring Break BEGINS)

Spring Parent / Teacher Conferences

Monday, March 30, 4:30-7:30pm

Wednesday, April 1, 4:30-7:30pm

Thursday, April 2, 12:00-3:00pm (Half Day for Students; dismissal at 11:55am)

  • The above nine (9) hours must be made available on your conference sign-up schedule (additional time may be added before/after school, etc.)
  • Please include me on your letter or email/link to parents!
  • I will have a parent letter re: conferences ready to send home sometime tomorrow.


  • Return from break on Monday, April 13
  • Our April Staff Meeting is Tuesday, April 14
  • Hungry Howie's Night is Thursday, April 16
  • Popcorn Day is Friday, April 17
  • Assembly - Fenton Community Orchestra - Friday, Apil 17 at 9:30am

Kid's Hope USA

Staff, I have been working with a local church to bring "Kid's Hope USA" to State Road! This is an adult mentorship program where trained adults would work with select students one hour per week in a supportive, caring role. This program will take some time to get the Kid's Hope Coordinator and mentors trained and certified. It's my 'hope' to have this great program start in the fall!