Gray Wolf Gazette

December 10th through December 18th

Pioneer Trail Mission

The mission of Pioneer Trail is to create a community of learners where students' are actively engaged to reach their potential and display positive character. (DRAFT)

Character Trait: Compassion/Kindness

Concern for others, being generous, friendly, and considerate.

January 4th PD

January 4th is designated at a Professional Development Day for the district. The decision has been made to use the entire day for PD focus on instructional strategies, (instead of a portion of the day for grades, grading papers, etc.) Since this is a contracted day for teachers, requests for leave will be granted only for emergency situations. As set forth by district policy, requests for leave on workdays directly before or after major holidays are not normally granted. Thus, requests for leave on January 4th will not be granted. If you have an emergency situation please contact your building administrator.


Additionally, the following activities have been planned for Special Education Staff:

-SLP's, Resource teachers, and School Psychological Examiners will attend Central Auditory Processing Disorder Training with CapRegion Specialists.

-Paraprofessionals have a full day of Autism Training with the Thompson
Center at Hawthorn.

-Small groups will be attending Initial CPI training.

Teamwork Tuesday

The work last week with Pam Starr in grades 3,4,5 was really great. She is incredibly helpful. She will be meeting with K,1,2 next Tuesday so be sure to have your questions ready for her.

Sara Culp : 2 Truths and a Lie

1. I lived in Chicago for 4 years.

2. I can speak 3 languages.

3. I have 2 kids.


Email Elizabeth with your guess! 1 ,2, or 3!

Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 10

Interim Testing Grade 5
TST (B. Bax/Gilpin) 9:40
Staffing/Service Plan (Hite/St. Peters), 10:30

Staffing ( Pritchard/Carel) 12:30

Parent meeting (Myers/BBax) 2:00
Service Plan (McGinty/1st), 3:30

Friday, December 11

Interim testing grade 5

Sprenger out PM
Jolly out ALL
Staff Xmas Party, 5:30, McCutchen's House


Monday, December 14

Service Plan, St. Martins, 7:30

DFS Meeting Suzy/Eliz., 9:00

TST (Wigle/Perez), 12:30

Building Leadership, 3:30

RED (Kirsch/Non-public) 3:30


Tuesday, December 15

Third grade Interim Testing

Ludy out all day

Pam Starr works with K-2

TST (Gilpin/J.Bax) 3:30


Wednesday, December 16

Third Grade Interim Testing

Cookie Tray and Wrapping Day

Suzy and Jen Dampf out all day


Thursday, December 17

McCutchen/Smith out PM

IEP O'Donnell/ 5-K, 7:30

Staffing Vines/JBax , 9:40

Sped Team Mtg with Dr. Logan, 10:30

Staffing, TW/Carr, 12:30

Staffing, Higgenbotham/Merk, 1:20

TST White/Muenks, 3:30


Friday, December 18th

Assembly Day Schedule

Wigle out PM

Grading Window Opens

5th Grade Choir travels to sing at Business Partners and Community Areas

Awards Assembly, 8:30

TST Angle/Early, 1:10

Looking Ahead


Monday, December 21

Party Day Schedule

Christmas Parties at 2:00


Tuesday, December 22

Early Release Schedule

Early Lunch Schedule

Dismissal for Christmas Break at 1:05


Monday, January 4th

Teachers Return, Full Day PD at Pioneer Trail


Tuesday, January 5th

Students Return


Wednesday, January 6

Grading Window Closes, 7AM

(please have them done by Jan. 5 so Heather can run reports and check for errors)


Thursday, January 7

Grade Cards go home

Nuts and Bolts

Please close the K-1 pod doors after the AM walkers go out. We have kindergarten and first grade students wandering down to the pod before 8AM.


We are going to need additional supervision in AM/PM gym, so third quarter duty roster will be assigned and the schedule will be sent out before break.


Infinite Campus grade books must be updated by the end of each Tuesday with the previous weeks grades.