Sipley School Weekly News.

Week of Monday, April 21, 2014

“The red pen isn’t the enemy – when students understand how to deal with errors, red means go.”

District 68 Online Registration

Parents of students who are returning in 2014-2015, you can register now! Click here to get started.

Fifth Grade End of the Year PARCC Field Testing

Our fifth graders are taking part in the end of the year PARCC online field test in the area of English Language Arts. Click here to learn more about PARCC field testing. Students in grade 5 will take the test during the morning of May 13 and May 14.

Principal Coffee This Week

We will hold a principal coffee on Thursday, April 24, 2014. It will take place in the Sipley LRC and it will begin at 6:30. All parents are invited. We will have a JJHS student or students here to supervise children. A goal of this session is to provide parents with information about some of the things that are happening in our school. The agenda is as follows:

  • Mr. Mrozik will share our District Academic Transformation Plan and then the Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment.
  • Shelli Reetz is an instructional coach and she will share how she supports teaching and learning in our district.
  • Bill Spear is a 6th grade teacher and he is going to share strategies that he gained during a district workshop to differentiate learning based on the various learning styles of his students.
  • Kristen Curry is a 3rd grade teacher and she is going to share strategies that she gained during a district workshop to teach comparative thinking to strengthen student learning.
  • Ashley Daly is a 1st grade teacher and she is going to share what she offers students during her after school chemistry session.
  • Pete Ceresa is a 5th grade teacher and he is going to share what he offers students during his after school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) session.
  • There will be time for parents to ask questions about happenings at Sipley School.

Sixth Grade Parent Meeting and Student Visit to JJHS This Week

Our 6th grade parent meeting is on Monday, April 21, 2014. It will take place at JJHS, in the LRC, from 6:30 - 8:00. All 6th grade parents are invited. Attending this meeting will improve your knowledge of the junior high and assist you in counseling your daughters and sons as they begin the process of becoming familiar with all the great junior high programs available to them. Please remember that the evening session is for parents only.

"Step-Up Day" is for students and is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23. Students will be picked up at about 12:40 and they will be bussed to JJHS. During these visits, students will meet with administration, counselors, teaching staff, and current Jefferson students. They will end their visit with a building tour.

Congratulations to our 3rd grade and 6th Grade Battle of the Book Teams!

Our Sipley third graders worked really hard and they gained many points in their Battle of the Books District event. Their point total matched that of two other schools, which was the highest! Congratulations to them.

Our sixth grade team also worked really hard and they gained the highest point total of the teams represented! Congratulations to them, as well. Our sixth grade team developed a Google Doc. shared with all team members where they organized responsibilities and shared knowledge of the many books that they were asked to read.

It was awesome to see each team collaborate during the Battle of the Books when Mr. Ruggio, our Board President, read each question. They were huddled around a table and Mr. Wolcott, our Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, summed it up best in his Tweet: "Butts in the air collaboration. Engagement at its best." When we see that sort of close sharing and excitement, engagement is high and most important, relevant to the students!

Our teams will have their names placed on a plaque which hangs in the hall and is located just outside the main office.

My Schedule This Week

Parents, as some of you know, I am nearing the end of my dissertation that will serve as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education in the Department of Educational Leadership from Lewis University. As part of my dissertation study, I need to conduct field work. This field work will take me to Denver, Colorado next week where I will observe a principal who meets a very specific area that I am studying and observing (transformative leadership). I will be away from the building on Monday through Wednesday, returning on Thursday. If there is a matter that needs administrative support, Mrs. Rhonda Jackson is the building assistant to the principal and she can assist.

My hope is that my dissertation will be completed and defended by the end of this summer!

A Glance at the Week Ahead

Monday - 6th Grade Parent Meeting at JJHS - 6:30

Wednesday - 6th Grade "Step Up Day" - They will travel to JJHS at 12:40

Wednesday - STP Meeting at 6:45

Thursday - Principal Coffee

Saturday - Young Author's Workshop at JJHS - 9:30 - 12:30.