To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue #4: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Trust Yourself...You Know More Than you Think You Do

Sometimes, when something knew has come our way, we tend to focus on the things we don't know. In planning with a group for data day, I became so focused on what I didn't know about STAR testing that it completely overwhelmed me. But when I focused on the fact that although I may not know all the features of the STAR testing system, I know data, I know assessment, and I know how to use that information to make decisions about what kids need, I felt better. And what I don't know, I can learn. And, most importantly, we'll all learn it together.


The same goes for our new ELA curriculum and the ReadyGen resource. Although the texts are new, the programatic pieces of it are new, and some of the language is new, you are all experienced, expert teachers. You know kids. You know literacy instruction. You know best practices. The rest will come through experience working with the curriculum. You will continue to learn and grow regardless of the resource put infront of you. You will implement new best practices, and find new ways to engage your kids in reading and writing. But you have a strong foundation to build upon. Don't forget that. :-) There is a purpose and a passion to what you are doing. Focus on what you do know, what your kids are doing, and celebrate the successes you are seeing. I hope to come in and see more literacy instruction over the next couple of weeks. But I can tell you, in the rooms I've been in, it's been AMAZING. That isn't ReadyGen. It's you.

Updates

Panther Challenge

This year's Panther Challenge will be OUTSIDE (weather permitting) on October 2nd. The schedule is listed below.


K - 8:50-9:30

1st grade - 9:40-10:25

5th grade - 10:35-11:20

4th grade - 11:30-12:15

3rd grade - 12:25-1:10

2nd grade - 1:20-2:05

The school assembly will begin at 2:30 and end around 3:10.

TEAM

TEAM is up and running for the year. RTI is now called MTSS - Multi-tiered Systems of Support. I am co-chairing a district-wide committee to look at building processes and procedures for student referral to TEAM. This was a nice compliment to Prairie Point, because we're building a district-wide process based on what is currently in place here. That's because of you. :-)


We are going to be piloting a new paperwork system called Success Plan, so if you bring a student to TEAM, we'll demonstrate that process for you. It's done through eschool.


In the meantime, if you need to bring a student up to TEAM, please complete the same paperwork we've had in the past. You can find that at our building TEAM website. Link is below. If you're unsure about how to bring a student up for support, or have other questions about the problem-solving process, please don't hesitate to visit a member of TEAM.

Senior Center Partnership

Classroom Readers, Listeners, and Partners

PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP IF YOU ARE INTERSTED IN A SENIOR PARTNER. :-)


Last spring, we were fortunate enough to establish a community partnership with the Oswego Senior Center. Some of you had a senior come and read to your class, or have students read to them in the hallway.


The goal of this program is to develop a two-way relationship across generations.


Please let me know if you would like to have a classroom visitor weekly to partner with your classroom as a volunteer, read to your students, or listen to your students read.

Wednesday Morning Meetings

Wednesday Morning Meeting Schedule

The file below contains all of the Building, PLC, and SIP day meetings for the year. It will be updated regularly as the plans or schedule changes.

WEDNESDAY AM MEETING

This week is a PLC Meeting. Please be ready to meet from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.


Please know that any specialist, Jen, or I can join your meetings to discuss important topics or answer questions. If you'd like one of us to come to your meetings, don't hesitate to ask. I love to see all the great work that your teams are doing. Go Prairie Point!!!


  • Please remember to share your agenda and notes with me and others who need the information.
  • Before the meeting ends, decide what you will discuss and address at your next collaborative meeting which will take place next week.
  • Enjoy this time with one another.

PLC Agenda Options

The link below contains files for 3 different templates for PLC agendas/notes. Please utilize them for your team meetings and share them with Heidi/Jen and any specialists that you have working with your team.


The video below shows you how to save the agenda templates to your own Google Drive.

SD 308 PLC Agenda Video

News & Info

ReadyGen Rev Up

Thank you, Maureen, for the ReadyGen Rev Up from this morning! For those of you who weren't able to attend, Maureen has put together a video going through all information that was shared, as well as an informational handout addressing questions that came up. I have included both here.
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