Corbat Chronicle

Week of November 15, 2015

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November 15, 2015

Dear Team:

Please take a moment to read the blog post above. It reminds me of our team. When we have encountered setbacks at our school, we pull together. We are there for one another and we are closer because of our challenges. Thank you for your selfless acts of kindness each and every day!


A FREE opportunity to learn and grow is available this weekend. Please consider registering for #COLchat #CHATcamp that will be held on Saturday, November 21 at our PAC with the keynote delivered by Michigan's own, Nicholas Provenzano. Nick was the MACUL & ISTE Teacher of the Year based on his efforts to integrate technology in the classroom and is a self-proclaimed nerd. There will be fun face-to-face learning connections and prizes for those who attend! We have sessions planned on SBG, Positive School Climate, Co-teaching, Mindfulness, Growth Mindset, and more! Information is included on the link below. I hope to see many of you there.


There have been daily issues with students saying they did not sign up for the lunch choice indicated on the lunch slips. Please review the expectations in your classroom. If you have a system that is efficient and is working, please share with all.

Additionally, when one grade level of students is lined up in the gym waiting for their teachers, there is another grade level lined up outside on the sidewalk waiting to come inside. When teachers are late to pick up their class, the kids outside can’t come in on time to start their lunch due to hallway congestion. Please be mindful of this.

Senior Dinner

Our Senior Dinner is planned for December 9th. This event is for senior citizens in our community who live in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or senior housing. In the past, students' grandparents would attend this event. We already have 125 slots filled with seniors who may not have family with them for the holidays. Therefore, we will hold another "Grandparents Day" this spring. This will be a time for our students' grandparents to be invited to our school for a special day. Volunteers will be needed to plan Grandparents Day in May. Please let me know if you are willing to help.


When I have called classrooms, I have noticed many still have the previous teacher's name. This is confusing for parents who call your classroom extension. Please change your voicemail so your name is stated when parents call and with a voicemail message with your voice. Travis said this is simple to do by putting in a technology ticket and asking for a tutorial mode for your extension. Once he puts your phone on tutorial mode, you will be able to set up everything by putting in your security code.

Fall Festival Survey Results

Thank you for your feedback about Fall Festival. The results of the survey are available to view ON THIS LINK. I will pull together a team of staff to make plans for next year's event in early September. If you would like to help plan, please let me know and I will add your name to my notes.

The week ahead:

Monday, November 16

  • Our AWESOME PTO is providing dinner after school before P/T conferences begin. Help yourself to chili, beverages and desserts in the lounge.
  • P/T conference 5-8 PM

Tuesday, November 17

  • K-2 Odyssey of the Mind Meeting after school in the gym

Wednesday, November 18

  • 1/2 day of school with P/T conferences from 1:00-3:30 and 5-7. Our AWESOME PTO is providing a salad luncheon for teachers. Please be sure to visit the lounge for some good food!

Announcements and reminders:

  • Teachers: Here is link to an MSTEP site (CLICK HERE) where you can begin exploring what the online testing will look like this spring. Please spend some time on it to determine what the students are going to need to know how to do and then develop a plan to give them practice (e.g. one area of need from last spring for those who testing online was teaching students how highlight text).

Have a great week!


check out the mstep calendar for this spring

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Swartz Creek Community Schools

MISSION: Swartz Creek Community Schools inspires our learners to embrace challenges, set goals, grow their talents, and realize their dreams for success in a global society.

VISION: Swartz Creek Community Schools provides a world class education through innovative experiences while developing the unique talents of our learners.

- We believe in a culture of learning.
- We believe that student learning should be the primary goal for all decisions made affecting the school district.
- We believe the climate and culture of the school is engaging, nurturing, challenging, and inspires students to express their personal ideas.
- We believe curriculum is integrated, differentiated, meaningful, and pertinent to life.
- We believe in culturally relevant education that provides the knowledge and skills to meet the global challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
- We believe in continuous improvement informed by critical evaluation and reflection.
- We believe expanding technologies enrich how teachers teach and students learn.
- We believe in building relationships and sharing resources with our community, parents, and staff members.