Principal Weekly Wrap Up

January 10, 2016

OAP Mission Statement:

To provide a collaborative learning community that prepares students for the future.

My Goals:

To have a safe place for all of us to be able to speak on tough topics and be aware of our own biases with clarity and deep compassion for students, parents, our community and each other.

To get us focused and to bring clarity to our systems by creating our "This is how we do business at Peterson handbook" by June 2016.

Campus Instructional Focus (A.K.A. POP):

After an analysis of campus data, we found that faculty and staff need to effectively use PLCs so that students will have clarity as to what they need to know and what they must be able to do with their learning in order to achieve personal growth in all content areas.

Theory of Action:

  • Provide the foundational purpose of the why behind PLCs.

    • Teachers will use PLCs as the primary strategy for improving the instructional culture of Peterson Elementary through:

      • Looking at student and teacher work;

      • Designing quality common formative assessments (CFAs)

      • Reviewing and responding to data.

  • Guiding Questions: What does an authentic and collaborative PLC look like? How does data, student work, and student feedback validate the effectiveness of PLCs? What professional development is needed to ensure that all staff members understand what learning targets, authentic learnings tasks, and collaborative PLCs look like?

    Congratulations to the following Campus Teachers of the year nominees:

    Sarah Olson- first grade teacher

    Dr. Sandy Bishoff- fourth grade teacher

    Debbie Kahler- first grade teacher

    Chris Thomas- fifth grade teacher

    All four nominees are well-deserving of the honor. :)

    The committee will meet this week to review the applications. Applications are reviewed against a rubric. The names of the nominees are removed from the application to allow the content of the application to speak for itself. The campus teacher of the year, instructional support of the year and administrative support of the year will be announced after school on January 21st in the library during our staff meeting.

    Current status of campus transformational tasks:

    January 11th- Will work on scheduling dates for extended staff meetings/PLCs/planning with ILT. In addition, review of SBBB/RTI/SST dates and deadlines for Guided/Tutoring Groups for the remainder of the year.

    February 1st- Early Childhood Center opens at Peterson (tentative move in date for PPCD/Prek into portable). STAAR/GATES will be moving locations. DATA Wall returns to Peterson.

    February 9th- State of Class (SOC) due. What data are you tracking (macro/micro)? What is the standard/TEK being tracked? What template [form] are you using to track the state of the class?

    Article/Blog Worth Reviewing:

    Real-life example of Reviewing and Responding to Data:

    I am currently reviewing enrollment data:

    862 students in the system

    67 students enrolled after the start of school

    99 students removed from the system after the start of school

    29 students withdrew between October 2015-January 2016

    41 students enrolled between October 2015-January 2016

    I notice:

    16 students enrolled after Christmas Break. (Last year 23 enrolled after Christmas Break)

    5 girls enrolled after Christmas Break

    9 girls enrolled between October-December

    27 boys enrolled between October-January

    I wonder:

    Why 67 students enrolled late?

    Where did the 29 students move to?

    How many students enrolled/withdrew between August-October?

    How are new students introduced to our campus?

    Who follows up to say welcome to Peterson?

    How can we partner with PTA help welcome parents?

    Next Steps: (I will share follow up in Smore next week)

    Meet with Monika to seek answers to above questions.

    Follow up with Jessica regarding new families

    Discuss idea to welcome parents at PTA meeting on Tuesday

    Journal Writing- Week 14

    Deliberate Optimism: Can we model what we are asking of our students? Reflective thinking and capturing our thoughts on paper.

    Please join me this week in reflecting on the following question and/or task: What is your current status regarding reviewing and responding to data?

    A. Collecting data, reviewing data and responding to data is good to go. Next steps? Continuing the data inquiry cycle with fidelity.

    B. Collecting data is something to work on.

    C. Collecting data is fine, however, reviewing and responding to data is something I want to work on.

    D. Collecting and reviewing data s fine, however, I want to work on responding to the data

    Review Hallway and Cafeteria Expectations This Week

    Don't forget to hand out tickets to students you observe following hallway expectations. 153 tickets submitted between October-December. Semester ends January 15th. All students with a ticket in the jar will receive a pencil rewarding them for getting caught following expectations.

    Stride Academy: How is this intervention embedded into your classroom? How do you review and respond to the data?

    If you have observed someone on campus exhibiting our mission statement and would like for them to receive Rock Star status, please email me

    Gallery Walk: Rock Stars of Peterson

    January 4-8th, 2016