Cordelia Hills

Staff Update, 11/4/2019

Glows and Grows

Glows: Fantastic work this past month with getting SGI up and running. I wasn't able to see that time slot in every room but the nearly 30% of rooms engaged in SGI it when I came in for a observation were doing a solid job of engaged students with high quality instruction.

An additional note from the Superintendent Visit on Monday was that the visiting team noticed student writing up and commented numerous times on the quality of the writing in the many classes we visited. Great job!

Thank you to Mrs. McElveen for stopping by the SASO swim meet this weekend to watch a student swim. It is much appreciated =)

Grow: I was able to visit a room on Monday where the students were purposefully engaged in planned academic conversation. The teacher has visited another school to do some observations of high quality academic conversation. She adapted it to her class and the results with OUR students was fantastic. A thought for those working on academic conversation: Have you considered growing the practice in small group as a way to build and test it?

Attendance, Student and Staff/Reminder!

Last chance to fill out the survey here:

We still only have a few classes. If we can't get a few more, I'll work with leadership to pivot to another celebration/recognition of positive student attendance.

Remember, I track school wide attendance here! One of the best things we can do to find success for our students is to celebrate their presence and to make sure we are the ones leading them each day! Thanks for your commitment.


We have new "parent mail" postcards to send home. They are starting to trickle in. If you need another copy, let me know. Please treat it as a postcard and write on the left side only so I can fit an address/stamp on it. THanks!

Donors Choose

Many of you put together some awesome "" requests. As a school, your work to gain donations to use for specific projects, supplies, activities, and furniture from the community is appreciated! A few things:

1. Please let me know if you have submitted a Donors Choose project. Send me the link and I will be sure to include it in my parent newsletter and on our Facebook page.

2. If the project includes furniture, it must be approved by our purchasing department. If you send me the specs ahead of time, I have no issue sending it to the appropriate staff for approval.

3. Send me any photos AFTER the arrival of the project and I will also include that in any parent newsletter/FB/IG post.

3rd-5th Grade ELD/Small Group Professional Development

As I mentioned last spring , Lori Taylor will be providing personalized professional development for grades 3-5 over the course of the year. We have teamed with Nelda Mundy to share the costs and PD/coaching will be on the sites all year during the school day. Our first set of dates have been finalized and are coming up soon. They are at Cordelia Hills. Subs have been reserved. Our first dates:

Grade 3: November 7th

Grade 4: November 13th

Grade 5: November 14th

Coaching Day: November 15th

Please reach out if you have questions!

MTSS Tier One Plan --**UPDATED**

MTSS Planning Docs are below:

Our Tier One Plan for behavior for October and NOVEMBER is here! Many thanks to those that remembered this and already hit me up for Good News Referrals for October. Please commit to sending one to the office this month!

November: Focus your efforts in class and with your grade level around setting SMART goals for increasing the quality and quantity of level 2 and level 3 academic conversations.

October is focused on recognizing students with Paw Prides and Good News Referrals. Both are available in the staff workroom. Remember, students put Paw Prides in the Paw Pride box on the stage. Good News Referrals come back to me in the office. Students can visit and hand them in and I will recognize them personally.

MTSS Request for Assistance/SSTs

Request for Assistance. This form comes to me directly.

CH SST Form. This form goes to Sandi Fallon.

PBIS/MTSS Need to know. "

Staff Meeting Resources!--UPDATED this week

Slide deck for Small Group Instruction here!

Update Slide Deck for Module 2

FIA Assessment here

Online Referral System (Use your google sign in to log-in)

Trotter Calendar

As always, you should have access to my calendar. I will send it out just in case. Here are some upcoming highlights:

11/4: Trotter Elementary Admin Meeting (2:30-3:30)

11/5: FSMA Meeting @ 7:00 AM, Meeting with Superintendent Corey @ 2:00

11/6: SITE MTSS Meeting @ 2:45, School Site Council @ 4:30

11/7: Principals Triad @ 8:00 AM, Sheldon

11/8: NO Students, Principal Pipeline Study @ 1:00 PM

11/11: Veterans Day, No School

11/12: Staff Meeting

PTA Calendar, 2019-2020