Elementary Principals' Newsletter

September 2019

Strong Leaders Make Strong Schools!

"What you think is important is what your staff, students and parents will think is important."

If someone were to ask your teachers what 3 things they thought were important to you, what 3 things would they say?

State Assessment Review Presentation

Dr. Tammy Pawloski Update and Debrief

We had a great Kick-off day yesterday. Teams received information on

Strategy #1: Building Relationships

along with a good background on poverty, neuroscience, action research and foundations.

Your team will get:

Resources including video, slides and resources by email to assist their efforts as they plan to share with their staff

Your team needs to decide:

How they will share the project with all staff

How they will implement Strategy #1: Building Relationships

Will they implement by level, school or district wide?

How will you support?

Debrief yesterday

Poverty Matters-A Listing of All Strategies

for a complete list of all of the strategies:


Chad Hagstrom-Attendance Liaison Officer

Fax to Family Court: 257-3299

Kathy Richardson/Intake officer

Chad Hagstrom's Phone: #(810) 591-4979

You don't have to wait until 10 days to do mediation. Call Chad so it can be addressed early.

Effective Practices: Competition between classes for the month for attendance; attendance groups; promoting positive attendance.

Kristy Knight (810) 591-7337 and cell: (810) 597-7770 on what is working in Grand Blanc: #schooleveryday. Proactive attendance committee; Bobby Maksymowski (810) 208-7757 from Horace Mann will support schools with attendance incentives ($250). He asks for 5 minutes at a staff meeting, brings food, gift cards for a few minutes to share insurance information with the staff.

Trying to be proactive and preventative. This year DHHS will come with Chad for school level mediations. This diversion coach will be present, with the signature of the parent, to

Go to attendanceworks.org for great ideas and information.

State Testing Update - Presentation

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Revised Social Studies Standards News

  • Approved by SBE June 2019 for immediate implementation
  • Revised MSTEP expected to be administered Spring 2022
  • PD Development Committee working on 5 year plan
  • Monday, October 14, 2019, MDE Standards Rollout Session
  • Social Studies Teacher Leaders Meeting will focus on implementing revised standards

Biggest Changes

  • Infusion of C3 Framework and pedagogical shifts
  • Emphasis on essential practices for disciplinary literacy instruction
  • Middles School 6h grade is World Geography and 7th grade is World History and Geography Eras 1-4


Continuous Improvement Conference: November 18 and 19

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AdvancED is now Cognia

Support Professional of the Year!

Welcome to Michael Pillay

Michael Pillay is our new Science/STEM coordinator. He will be coming around to all of the school districts. You can contact him directly @ 591-4408. Please feel free to reach out to him for any of your STEM/Science needs.
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