Sipley School Weekly Howl

Week of April 14, 2014

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

By Henry Ford

Classroom Teacher Changes for 2014-2015

We have some staff who are moving to different positions in 2014-2015. Some asked if we can talk about this with parents as they begin talking about next year. No problem.

Kindergarten - Kathy Siran

First Grade - Rhonda Jackson, Nicole Dorsey

Second Grade - Kristen Curry, Kathryn Lacrosse, Claire Talavera

Third Grade - Carrie Berger, Lisa Campbell

Fourth Grade - Culleen Maris, Barbara Cataldo

Fifth Grade - Marcia Pyburn, Pete Ceresa

Sixth Grade - Julie Zei, Bill Spear

Building changes:

  • Rhonda and Nicole will remain in their classrooms and that wing will become the first grade wing
  • Kathryn and Claire will remain in their classrooms and that wing will become the second grade wing
  • We will switch the room location of the gifted specialist and the first grade bilingual teacher
  • Miguel will move to room 130 off of the LRC
  • Title I TA's will work in room 104
  • Karen Hoope's room is going to become the conference room
  • The conference room is going to become a book room and Shelli's office
  • Open rooms - Room 111 and Shelli's office

It is okay to share the staff changes. Our staff whom I talked to expressed positive energy and optimism in relation to the changes.

Our Academic Transformation Plan

At the top and center of our Academic Transformation Plan is 21st Century Learning and College and Career Readiness. The four C's lend themselves to those two elements. Implementing the 4 C's into practice will lead to student growth and progress toward college and career readiness.

Take a closer look at the 4 C's.

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Stress In Education

I am at the busiest point of my dissertation where the review of literature is "singing to me." My dissertation is on transformative leadership and it is a ritual critique of two principals (one trained in social justice and equity and one who has a technical or traditional training). Rituals found in institutions such as public schools carry meaning. Why do we do what we do? Does what we do maintain the status quo or does it have the power to transform lives in ways that bring democratic hope to all students (and all means all)?

In this study, power is one element that will be critiqued. Of particular interest are the underlying factors that reveal why we do what we do in cases that relate to the pressures associated with accountability which permeates schools today . Performativity offers a theoretical framework that provides some rationale. Take a look at this link and give it some thought (It isn't that long).

Considering you have read the content found in the link, I want to share that I completed the evaluations of our tenured staff and our support staff! Completing the evaluations provides me with time to sit down and pull a variety of artifacts that individual teachers submit. I have time to reflect on all that the individual does in our school. It is a precious time where my mind is focused on that one person. I can't express enough how appreciative I am of our staff. As I reflect on the time spent this year and last year on all of our tenured and soon to be tenured staff, I am reminded of the great work we are doing. I couldn't be happier when I reflect on all the growth we have made as individuals and as a team. When we talk of performativity, let's perform for all the right reasons. Let's perform in the best interest of every single child who crosses our path. Lets act in ways that align to our personal life mission (the reason we became a teacher - i.e. to help students grow) and the mission of our District (Academic Transformation Plan). When we act in these ways, we are more likely to live a more stress free life and we are more likely to be at our very best, as we enter a school that we love coming to each and every day.

One of my personal goals for 2014-2015 will be to work with staff to make our next school year the most enjoyable school year yet, while still advancing our pedagogical skill set.

A Glance at the Week Ahead

Friday. April 11 - Battle of the Books. DEB is cancelled. Lunch will be in the classrooms. Mid-Day Collaboration is cancelled to help with lunch in the classrooms. I will be attending a Teaching and Leadership Team Meeting, so I will sadly miss the Battle of the Books.

Friday, April 11 - STP Movie Night at JJHS.

Monday, April 14 - I will be attending a workshop with a few staff. Carol Baker is presenting on Next Generation Science Standards. The workshop will take place at our PDC.

Tuesday, April 15 - Grade are due by 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 15 - I will be attending the 3rd Grade Field Trip to the History Museum.

Tuesday, April 15 - There is a Rising Star Leadership Team meeting. The team needs to assess CL1 (bullying) - see admin notes.

Tuesday, April 15 - We have first grade bilingual interviews scheduled from 3:30 - 6:30. This will be a first round interview. The second round interview will consist of them teaching a first grade class!

Wednesday, April 16 - Follow a Friday Schedule

Wednesday, April 16 - 3rd Grade Principal PLC Meeting - 8:25 - 9:15

Wednesday, April 16 - District Battle of the Books. I will be out of the building from 9:30 - 2:00.

Wednesday, April 16 - Certified Staff Meeting - 3:10 - 3:30.

Thursday, April 17 - Marcia Pyburn's Birthday!

Thursday, April 17 - Report Cards Go Home.

Thursday, April 17 - 1st Grade Principal PLC meeting - 9:15 - 10:05.

Friday, April 18 - No School Spring Holiday.

Saturday, April 19 - Dale Micek's Birthday!

On the Horizon

I will be in Denver on April 21 - 24 to conduct an observation of a principal (that goes to show you how few principals have training in social justice and equity). Rhonda will be here to support discipline issues.
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