Lance's Ledger

February 15 - 19 at Central Elementary

Data Days

We do a better job than the postal service! Sub shortages, snow day cancellations and staff illness can't stop our wheels of progress and determination in coming together to review student data with colleagues, Grades 1 and 3 met last Tuesday and Grades 2 and 4 meet this coming Tuesday. Let me share that the conversation and efforts to delve into the data in order to formulate plans for strengthening student learning are admirable. The process isn't perfect and we face challenges but, most importantly, we continue to learn from our experience. Please note: The operative word is LEARN. Yes, just as our students are, we professionals are in a state of continual learning.


The work teachers accomplish is Data Day does not stop with that half day meeting. It continues as teachers return to their classroom. The work needs to continue in PLCs. Be proud of your professional and personal investment in your kids. Data plays a huge role in informing your practice and the plans you make to remediate of extend student learning as discussed during your PLCs. I look forward to seeing this discussion/action item on your PLC agendas and to the purposeful conversation that takes place. Teachers, you are to be congratulated on the way you look at your students' achievement; at the classroom level, at the grade level and at the school level. Each one of you has 604 students and every one of them count! Keep up that focus!

Speaking of Data

Here's a look at our January student behavior data.


  • January referrals were up nine (9) from 2015
  • District referrals were down 124 overall
  • 15% of Central referrals involved non-ED students; 85% involve ED students
  • 87% of Central referrals involved males; 13% involved females
  • 79% of referrals involve non-SE students; 21% involved students in SE
  • 65% of student referrals originated from instructional staff; 35% originated from lunch or playground situations (note: 38 of 75 incidents or 51% of referrals from instructional staff took place in classrooms)
  • 86% of out of school suspensions (OSS) involved ED students; 14% involved non-ED students
  • 7% of OSS involved SE students; 93% involved non-SE students
  • 100% of OSS incidents involved males
  • This school year referrals are representative of 51 students (8%); 40 (78%) of the referred students have one or two referrals; 5 (10%) have three or four referrals; 6 (12%) have five or more referrals


What does this data tell us? How should our school-wide behavior plan help us reduce the behavior issues represented by 8% of our students. Big "AHA" moment...92% of our students have no referrals! We have great kids! The work staff is doing is making a difference!!!!! Now... how do we help the 8% who are struggling benefit from the progress of the 92% of students who, by and large, follow Cardinal Code? And, if we expend the greater effort up front to help the 8% experience success, how much more time will we have to devote to the 92% (+ the 8% = 100%) of our students who are more engaged in learning? Can you visualize a time in the future when our issues involve only 5% of our student body; only 2%? This visualization is within our reality reach! Let's make further discussion of this data an agenda item for your next PLCs! Meanwhile, keep up the positive efforts and reteaching. Your commitment makes a difference!!!!!

This Week at Central

Monday, February 15

  • President's Day (No School for students/staff)/ Office closed


TUESDAY, February 16

  • Data Day Grade 4 (8:35 - 11:35 AM); Grade 2 (12:25 - 3:25 PM)
  • P.T.O. Meeting (6 PM in Library)


Wednesday, February 17

  • Staff Meeting from 7:35 - 8:15 AM in library (rescheduled from Feb. 10) - Agenda: SI Tri-Fold
  • Behavior Committee Meeting 7:35 - 8:15 AM (alternate staff meeting) in lounge


Thursday, February 18

  • John Hattie Seminar @ MSU (Lance)


Friday, February 19

  • T.E.A.M. Grade 2
  • Birthday Breakfast (courtesy of an anonymous donor in appreciation of teachers)

Looking Ahead

February 2016

  • Feb. 23...PLC Grades 1-4
  • Feb. 24...Staff Meeting (Agenda: School Improvement Work) 7:35 - 8:15 AM; CAP PLC from 2:00 - 3:20 PM
  • Feb. 25...Principals' Mtg. (9:30 - Noon); Lance Reads at Thomson Reading Night (5 PM); Grade 4 Music Concert - 7 PM @ DHS
  • Feb. 26...Principals @ seminar in Bay City
  • Feb. 29...ACC (4:15 - 6:15 PM)


March 2016

  • March 1...Midterm of 3rd MP; Lance @ seminar in Livonia
  • March 2...Early Release Day: students dismissed at 1:28 PM
  • March 3...Team Leader Meeting (7:40-8:10 AM); District Grade Level PLC: Grade 4 (8 AM - 3 PM @ Williams Center)
  • March 4...Bldg. Rep Meeting (7:30-8:10) Bosses Luncheon/Program (principals & central office admin. from 11:30-1:30)
  • March 7...DPA CMC (4:15 - 6:15 PM); Board of Education Mtg. @ 7 PM
  • March 8...PLC Grades 1-4; PTO @ 6 PM in Library
  • March 9...Staff Meeting (agenda TBD) ;CST Meetings
  • March 10...Admin. mtg. (9:30-Noon); Family Reading Night (5:30 - 7:30 PM)
  • March 11...Lance out of bldg. in PM
  • Grade 1 Music Concert @ DHS (7 PM)
  • March 16...All day ACC (8:30 -3:30)
  • March 17...Principals' Mtg. (9:30-11:30); PTO Book distribution and craft
  • March 21...Mini-QAR
  • March 22...District Grade Level PLC: Grade 2 (8:00 Am - 3:00 PM @ Williams Center)
  • March 23...Staff Meeting (agenda TBD); CAP PLC
  • March 24...District Grade Level PLC: Grade 3 (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Williams Center)
  • March 25...Good Friday (holiday), No School for students & staff (building closed)
  • March 28...Brainstormers Assembly Part 2: Student Writings Come Alive!
  • March 29...Data Day Grades 1 & 3
  • March 30...Data Day Grades 2 & 4
  • March 31...Building Rep. Meeting 7:30 - 8:10; Principals' Mtg. (9:30-11:30); End of 3rd MP


April 2016

  • April 1...AM PD (3 hours)/PM Teacher Records Day
  • April 4-8...Spring Break
  • April 11...Classes Resume; Report Grades & comments in Synergy by 4 PM
  • April 12...Report Cards printed and to teachers
  • April 14...Parent/Teacher Conference 4:30 -7:30 PM for Central (Open conferences)
  • April 20...District Grade Level PLC: K (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ William's Center)
  • April 27...District Grade Level PLC: Grade 1 (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Williams Center)

Valentine's Day Celebrations

Teachers and staff welcomed parents to school last Friday to help make it a memorable Valentine's Day Celebration for our kiddos. Everywhere I visited I witnessed happy kids showing off their Valentine Box creations, engaging in board games and exchanging loving and caring greetings to each other. You should all be proud of the efforts you put into creating a positive atmosphere for our students and our stakeholder parents. I was so impressed that parents were afforded opportunities to be engaged with kids.


There seemed to be a theme with floats and ice cream sundaes being the main creation. With all the toppings our students were able to build their own concoctions. What a creative way to provide multiple 'treats" without having to load the kids up with tons of individual candies! Our office staff also appreciated the way teachers helped with student checkout for those who left a bit early. Your consideration allowed dismissal to proceed in an organized manner despite a crowded parking lot. Thanks for making it a truly celebratory day for students, parents and each other!

Pre-arranged Absences

Teachers, please be sure you have completed pre-arranged absence forms for PLCs, Data Days, Child Studies, and the District-wide Grade Level PLC days that are set. This should be completed by this coming Friday. The paperwork helps our substitute secretary (Sharon Hazard) keep track of upcoming events and enables her to help us secure adequate numbers of guest teachers.


Regarding "sick days"...Teachers should enter sick days (even advance dates directly into AESOP. Thank you so much for helping with this important task!

Parking Lot Thanks

Whether you are are a district level employee, GSRP, Central full or part-time employee, thank you to those staff members who responded to my request for help in making sure we utilize staff parking areas to keep other parking open for parents and visitors. This week we are also adding two more handicap parking spaces in the old visitor parking spots near the crosswalk to help with an increased need. Thanks again!

Thought for the Week

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