Black Bob Staff Memo

Week of October 12-16 2015

Quote of the Week

Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

Rita Pierson

Upcoming Events

Lounge duty: Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Monday October 12 E day

2nd Quarter Begins

12:00-1:00 Trisha out of the building

Tuesday October 13 A Day

8:00-4:00 Trisha out for CPI Training

9:30 Student Council Assembly in Cafeteria (1st Grade -5th Grade only)

3:00 BRAG reward- last one for 1st Quarter

Wednesday October 14 B day


4:30-8:30 Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday October 15

11:00- 8:00 Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday October 16

No School

Next Week:

Lounge duty 2nd Grade

Monday October 19 C Day

Tuesday October 20 D day

Data Walk Thru by District Team

Wednesday October 21 E Day

4:00-5:00 BLT Meeting

Thursday October 22 A Day

Friday October 23 B Day


9:00 Red Ribbon Assembly/ Balloon Launch/ Pie Eating Contest

1:30 5th Grade EPLC

2:00 1st Grade EPLC

2:30 Kindergarten EPLC

Background Information on communication of Reading Levels.

Parent Teacher Conference Information: See attachment info for background on “Background Information on the Decision-Making /Communication on Reading Levels” to have an understanding of why this decision was made. This document is NOT meant as a brochure to be distributed to parents. Please contact Mary Jo if you have questions.

Shout Outs!

Rollie: Thank you for being so flexible with the use of the gym. I know it takes some extra thinking for Plan B and it is truly appreciated.

Sheila: Congratulations for being Black Bob's nominee for Emporia's Master Teacher.

Janee: Congratulations on being Black Bob's nominee for Kansas Teacher of the Year!

Jessica: Thank you for all of your work that you did with each of the classes to promote our Kindness Matters during Bully Awareness week.

Shelley: Thank you for your professional development on Friday! We appreciate all that you do for us!

Amy: Thank you for making changes to our Black Bob website so quickly!

Sheila, Amy F, and Shawn: Thank you for being on Site Council this year!

Beth: Thank you for always being there to help a teacher or student out in the library!

Jennifer D: Thank you for opening up your classroom and allowing us to help some older students show some leadership with those preschoolers!

Kristin: Thank you for all that you do!

Kenn: I know this is a big month with lots of special performances. I really appreciate your leadership and willingness to take on all of this!

Mike: We are so glad you are with us again!!

Assessment Information

THE NEW MARY: Human Resources would like to introduce … Bob Winkler. Bob will be consulting our district with assessments, as well as many areas that were facilitated by Mary Matthew. Bob was an elementary classroom teacher in Shawnee Mission for 15 years. After spending three years as a Title I math specialist, he became the district’s elementary math resource specialist. He spent the final 8 years in the district as the Director of Assessment and Research before retiring in 2008. Since then, he has been the Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Jones Institute at Emporia State University and has coordinated a joint project between Topeka and Wichita public school to share assessment and data services.

Digging Deeper with our Standards

I hope you enjoyed our session as much as I did. I did a lot of reflecting on how knowing my curriculum better, could only help me be a better teacher. If you do break a standard down with your class, I would love to hear about it and how it went!

Also, use your PLC time to dig deeper into a standard that your students may continue to struggle with.

Just a reminder, that on your PLC agenda, your conversations should also always be supported by an ELA and Math standard.

Have a Great Week!!