Hawk Happenings

Staff and Partner Bulletin February 5, 2016

This Week at REA

The Week in the REA Community .

Monday, February 1, 2016 (A Day)

8:30-9:25- Hunter in Orange Pod First Floor

7:00 East End Community Council- LeBlond Center

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 (B Day)

8:30-9:25—Hunter in Orange Pod Second Floor

Reading with the Principal canceled

Myers out of the building- Lead Teacher Scoring - Mayerson

Varsity Boy's Basketball VS SCPA- 6:00 HOME

After School K-1 Cooking

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 (A Day)

7:30-8:55- Learning Teams- Chapters 5 and 6- Please be prepared

8:30-9:25—Hunter in Green Pod Second Floor

Data Meetings

12:00- AP Professional Development - Dearwester Out of Building

After School 4-8 Cooking Club

Thursday, February 4, 2016 (A DAY)

8:30-9:25—Hunter in Blue/Yellow Pod Second Floor

8:00- PD Committee Meeting

8:15- Special Ed Meeting

Hawk Breakfast 9:30-11:30
2:30 Weekly High School Meeting- Ms. White, Ms. Green, Mr. Thomas

4:00-6:00- Family Literacy Night

After School 2 and 3 Cooking Club

After School: Whiz Kids

Friday, February 5, 2016 (B Day)

8:30- Myers and Dearwester in Juvenile Court

9:30 Budget Meeting - Ed Center- Myers and Harris out

Team Meetings
2:00 Principal Coaches meeting- Myers out of building

6:00 JV Basketball vs DePaul Christo Rey

7:30- Varsity Basketball- vs DePaul Christo Rey -Senior Night.

Next Week At REA

Next Week:

Monday: No Students- Leap Year


Tuesday: Mental Health Meeting

Tuesday: Reading with Principal

Tuesday: Myers leaves early for EIP

Wednesday: Data Meetings. with Eileen Diamond

Wednesday: Boys Basketball Game at Riverview

Thursday: PSC

Thursday: LSDMC Meeting

Friday: No School - Learning Teams banked time

Friday: Myers out of building by 1:30 to meet with Dr. Lofton



Instructional Rounds feedback. WAY TO GO.....

There were many great things that our colleagues saw as they walked around the building. Specifically, they noticed some outstanding work with the following teachers:

In Social Studies in both Ms. Bohmer and Mr. Hess's classes, they noticed an increase in technology and student engagement. Ms. Bohmer was noted as being a model teacher in social studies, and Mr. Hess who went to a Demo Class is being outfitted with $100. of equipment. GO HESS!!! In English, they were happy to see that everyone was using text sets. They noticed particularly that Ms. Stehlin was using a Marzano's High Yield Strategy and Ms. Schnell did an outstanding job on the unit planning and was mentioned as a model for the district. In Science, they noticed what great relationships Mr. Strunk was establishing with his students, and Ms. Castell was using Google classroom and reviewing lab procedures. In math, it was noted that Ms. Wessel does an oustanding job with Ms. Hudson-Esptepp in co-planning and co-teaching. Although they visited the elementary classrooms, the feedback we received was for high school. We all look forward to seeing the elementary outstanding feedback soon. They did particularly noticed the use of text sets and all on pacing in our K-6 ELA classrooms.

Please hand in your sub folder today. We are still missing TEN folders. Please let that not be you!!!


  • You may have noticed the district has supplied us with tracks for flood doors. This has caused our badge buttons to move. This is done so that they do not have to put up the yellow gunk on the concrete and also decrease the potential flood damage.
  • It has been requested to have a door put into the library. This so we can hold meetings in that space and not be disrupted by other classes and we can have guests and teachers secure their items in that space.
  • Finally, the door to the computer lab on the first floor will be keyed so that it works like the faculty lounge. Pat is ordering the lock as we speak.

Please click below for more important information about Doors: It will be discussed at our next learning teams meeting. Please be sure you are prepared.


Learning Teams Update

Ms. Bohmer requested that we in administration consider a new youtube video instead of the one mentioned above. In the spirit of collaboration, please review this video and be prepared how it changed your mindset regarding our Priority School Status. There may be a need to write a paper comparing and contrasting the two videos. Keep an open mind.


CELEBRATION GOOD TIMES, COME ON!!!!!!- Update on Priority School Status.

Yes, we are all in a 60's, 70's time warp, but get over it.

Originally, we had a "Technical Assistance" on our first quarter State report as a Priority School. There are steps with each report. They start with Technical Assistance, Improvement Plan, and CAP. CAP is very bad.....

We have been removed from that status because of our discussions and proof that we are moving to common planning next year. The new report has no technicals, as administration likes to refer to them.

We can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- Also please read the report that is titled State Response as it also outlines that there is legislation out there to have schools move out of this status within a shorter timeframe. Keep your fingers crossed.

Budget Meeting

Please note that the Budget Meeting with the district will be this week. It is on Friday. Information about the budget will be shared with ILT and LSDMC at the next meeting. There are no staffing cuts for next year. YEAH..... There are really no changes, but we will share especially if additional information is learned,.

Don't forget Literacy Night is TODAY!!! Hope to see you all there.

State CWT information- NEW INFORMATION

As you have been previously told, we need to get into 50% of the classrooms daily. We are charting our progress.

One Negative Nancy about this process is providing teachers with feedback. We met with as an administrative team and decided that we would put a small sheet on your desk that is a "Why You're Awesome" sheet. It will list positives and challenges. If there are many challenges, someone will speak with you personally. If there are challenges for the entire school, we decided to put some helpful hints in the bulletin as a form of feedback. Keep in mind, we will be discussing our issues as a school in our BLT - or Building Leadership Team- or as we call it an ILT.

Growing and learning to improve our craft

As we are going through our state CWT's, we are seeing nearly 100% of our teachers including agendas as they teach their classes. Kudos....

We are noticing that one challenge that is being missed is measurable goals are being left off. Please remember what that should look like. We created the document below to help you remember. This is a key way that we know the students are clear about what they are learning. Additionally, this was noticed in the instructional rounds. Please remember this is a good practice. We also want to make sure we are engaging the students with this objectives so that they are not appearing to be just posters in your room. Your agenda and measurable goals should change and not be static from day to day and/or week to week.

Please use this document as a guide:


Staff Handbook and Flood Manual

Staff Handbook and Flood Manual. Please read both. Although not voting items, all are encouraged to provide feedback so that we can improve what we re doing.

Staff Handbook Link for Riverview Staff Only: https://drive.google.com/drive/recent

Flood Manual for Riverview Staff Only: https://drive.google.com/drive/recent

Please review and provide your Team Leader with feedback. We will discuss in ILT.

Student Led Conferences

Lead Teachers who serve as team leaders are asked to meet on 2/16 at 8:15 to discuss Student Led Conferences and how they could be improved and what we need to do differently for next time. Please note, we had an increase of parents and we need to move to more of an increase. Great job for the first time. We need to celebrate our success. Each team had about 20% parent participation if not more.

State Feedback from Quarter One and tasks for Quarter Two

As many of you know already, we are a Priority School. We are being asked to do certain functions necessary for this status. So that we can be compliant with the State's requests, we have created a walkthrough document that is similar in nature to the Instructional Rounds document. We will be sharing this in the bulletin and in email and in ILT. Basically, the coaches, Mr. Dearwester, and Dr. Harris have split the staff up and during the next two weeks, we will be in your classrooms to meet this state requirement. The results of our visit will be discussed in ILT where we will complete a BLT form - similar to the TBT form. Please review with your ILT representative.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind

So the district paid a lot of money for MyTomorrow signs. These signs are having challenges staying up on the walls. PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT throw these signs away when you see them on the floor. Additionally, if you see them on the floor, send them to the office or rehang them. PLEASE DO NOT THROW THEM OUT. We have informed the custodial staff as well. Please talk to your classes about this to make sure students also respect the signs.

Staffing for next school year

Honestly, the administration does not want to see anyone leave, but it is understood when people make decisions about their career for family and other reasons. We are already planning staffing for next school year. If you are thinking of making a change, please let the administration know. Our best bet in getting quality staff is to recruit during the Job Fair. Again, it is not our desire to see anyone leave. Please consider what is best first for your family.
All preferential preparation bells will be eliminated next year. The prep bell for common prep will be rotated each year so that everyone will get an opportunity for a different preparation period. Elementary preparation periods will remain the same. This puts us in line with the CBA. Thanks to everyone who problem solved around this issue. Your Riverview Family appreciates your solutions.

ROUNDS: According to a meeting that Terri Wessel and Mrs. Myers went to, any person may apply for positions during any round. Round One begins on February 9th. Please be sure to follow the deadlines. There will be further info available to you through email and through Ms. Wessel, your Building Rep.

Professional Development Opportunities

Upcoming Mayerson Classes from the PD Committee:

Co-teaching Roundtable: Interested in learning about co-teaching. Here are some dates to keep in mind:

2/10/16: Instruction and Strategies

3/9/16: Instruction and Strategies

4/13/16: Data Collection

5/11/16: Becoming a Co-Teaching Model in Your Building