Highcroft Herald

April 18, 2016

Quote of the Week

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." ~ John Wooden

The Anniversary - A Message From Dr. Marty

The following was shared by Dr. Marty in the PAYDAY Notes. If you have not read this article, I encourage you to read his words. If you cannot read the entire piece, please read the highlighted section.

"The long six month baseball season is underway. Baseball is such a great sport, with a significant history of events that have impacted society.

Today is the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game as a Brooklyn Dodger – April 15, 1947. It was the first time an African American athlete competed in any mainstream professional sport in America. Up to this time, African American baseball players had their own league which was segregated and primarily in the background of the “white” Major League.

Branch Rickey, an executive of the Brooklyn Dodgers decided two years prior that the color barrier in Major League Baseball had to be broken. He strategically found a talented, mentally tough, and hard-nose individual who could take the mental and physical abuse Rickey knew would be part of breaking the segregated behaviors and overt discrimination of owners, players, fans, umpires, and the media.

In 1947, Martin Luther King was still in college, Rosa Parks still rode in the back of the bus, Brown v. the Board of Education was seven years into the future, schools were legally segregated, the military was segregated, the Ku Klux Klan held rallies in countrysides, and there were only seven African Americans in Congress, none in Cabinet or Supreme Court positions. To see an African American in any prominent position of authority or leadership was rare.

Jackie Robinson stepped out of the dugout and changed not only baseball, but society. Think of the courage and the internal strength it required. Robinson not only played, but he performed at such a high level, that upon retirement, it earned him a spot in the Major League Hall of Fame.

Today, we take for granted integrated athletic teams and a much more integrated society. We should not forget the sacrifice and the personal commitment of individuals like Jackie Robinson.

Unfortunately, nearly 70 years after Jackie Robinson we still have evidence of limited access in opportunities for African American students and other non-white students. I take note of athletic teams, music groups, classrooms, clubs and activities that are absent students of color. Perhaps we need to be like Branch Rickey and dedicate ourselves to breaking barriers and providing opportunities and paths for all. If you have already done so, or are working to do so, congratulations! You can change lives for current students, as well as create opportunities for future students.

Frankly, breaking down barriers and opening doors is a legacy we should all seek.

We should teach our students the lessons of Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and many more.

You have that opportunity every time you are at Busch Stadium. Among the retired numbers is #42. That was Jackie Robinson’s number and it is retired at every ballpark in America. It is there for us to pass on his courage and his history to the next generation."

BOYB - Brag On Your Buddy

Madison Richardson earned braggin' right from Janet. Madison did an amazing job with Special Olympics! She organized so many details to make the event a success for the students, staff, and parents involved. Everyone was happy, successful, and well cared for during the event.

Please send your bragging stories to clucas@pkwy.k12.mo.us

Coaches' Corner

Connecting with the Mathematical Practices

by Kim Meininger

I would venture to say that we have all said something similar to this, “I understand it so much better now that I’ve had to teach it.” I know I’ve made that comment about many things over the years. We know that to explain something, you must understand the content at a deep level.

This thinking aligns with MP3- Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others. As we prepare our students as critical thinkers, we hope that they are forming valid arguments to support their thinking and opinions. NCTM claims that when our students “are challenged to think and reason about mathematics and to communicate the results of their thinking to others orally or in writing, they learn to be clear and convincing” (2006,60).

This Mathematical Practice truly transcends all subject matter.

Christine Moynihan, from Common Core Sense; Tapping the Power of the Mathematical Practices names three goals for MP3.

  • believe that mathematics can be explained in a logical, mathematically sound manner- that there is no “magic” in mathematics.
  1. I can explain my thinking and why it works.
  2. can explain and prove how and why my thinking makes sense.
  • accept that viable explanations of mathematical thinking must be organized, reasonable, justifiable, and laden with proof.
  1. I can explain my thinking so others can understand.
  2. I can give an explanation that is organized, full of proof, and easy to follow.
  • accept that receiving feedback on their mathematical arguments from both teachers and students can deepen understanding and improve thinking and that understanding the reasoning of others can do the same.
  1. I can learn when I listen to others.
  2. I can revise my thinking by listening to what others think of my work and by trying to understand their work.

My favorite math lessons are those steeped in student conversation where the students really own the learning. Deliberate work around MP3 can create self-directed learners of all ages.

Tech Tips

by Danielle Stilts

Thank you….Google Earth and Maps for being the most fascinating Google Apps...and for let’s face it, creeping us all out just a little.

I have used Google Earth and Maps for years. I have often wondered how I could meaningfully harness the power of these apps for student use - talk about the ultimate virtual field trip!

https://www.google.com/help/maps/education/learn/index.html Here we can find all sorts of unique ideas for using Google Maps and Earth in the classroom, organized by subject. Google, you never cease to amaze me! Just do us all a favor and keep me out of those satellite images.

MC Pottroff and DJ Sassy Sherry Dropped in For Trivia Night!

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Monday, April 18

  • Mile Run - During PE
  • Project Parkway - North High School - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Woods - Michelle Cheung - PM
  • Oleshchuk - Dianne Herndon - All Day
  • McPherson - All Day

Tuesday, April 19

  • Climate Committee Meeting - TBA - 7:45 am - 8:45 am
  • Multiple Eligibilities
  • PSO Meeting - TBA - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Highcroft/Spoede Elementary Choir Concert - Spoede Elementary - 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
  • SSD Collaborative Sub - Diane Palumbo - AM
  • Oleshchuk - Dianne Herndon - All Day

Wednesday, April 20

  • Intervention Team Meeting - CRA - 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  • McPherson - Library Tour - AM
  • McPherson - Data Meeting - PM
  • Sweetin - Elsie Rafferty - PM
  • Board of Education Meeting - Central Middle School - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday, April 21

  • Progress Reports Q&A - TOL - 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  • 5th Grade Performance - MPR - 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
  • 5th Grade Performance - MPR - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Lucas - District Summer School Meeting - PM

Friday, April 22

  • Pesach (Passover)
  • Hat Day
  • Walk to School Day
  • Fire Drill 9:30 am
  • Mayer - Marcia Kampelman - All Day

Saturday, April 23

  • All-District Art Schow - Queeny Park - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday, April 24

  • All-District Art Show - Queeny Park - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Upcoming Dates

Appreciation Dinner - April 25th

MAP Testing April 26th - April 29th

Cline/Woods Baby Show - April 28th

Scholastic Book Fair - May 6th