Staff Weekly Update

May 13, 2016

Our appreciation goes out to all of you who continue to facilitate enriching instructional experiences for our Apollo students, right up to the last few weeks of this school year. Our population needs as much learning time as possible, and each of you are making those opportunities happen.


Thank you for all that you do!

Aaron & Lewis

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Happy birthday to our staff members who turn a year older this month...

  • Amy LeVine - 5.1
  • Erin O'Leary - 5.4
  • Lauren Smith - 5.8
  • Brandy Lokshin - 5.11
  • Kent Russell - 5.13
  • Aide Acuna - 5.18
  • Sarah McCracken - 5.19
  • Ornina Namo - 5.19
  • Jignasa Patel - 5.23
  • Nancy Senatore - 5.24
  • Louise Burdi - 5.29
  • Mariam Jacobs - 5.31

Upcoming Dates

Monday, May 16th

  • Illinois Science Assessment (Gr. 5) @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Office Team Meeting @ 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17th

  • PBIS Team Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Field Trip
  • 6th Grade Team Meeting @ 10:25 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Tier Meeting @ 1:20 p.m.
  • 2nd Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18th

  • Staff Meeting @ 7:50 a.m. (see agenda)
  • 5th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • 3rd Grade Tier Meeting @ 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 19th

  • PFA Tier Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • Core Team Meeting @ 1:00 p.m.
  • 1st Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.
  • D63 Recognition Reception @ 3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 20th

  • Staff Book Study @ 7:50 a.m.
  • Early Release Day (see agenda)

A Strategy for Teaching Students Responsibility (Marshall Memo)

In this article in AMLE Magazine, writer/consultant Rick Wormeli lists some ineffective ways to teach students self-discipline and responsibility: F grades, berating students, standing them outside the classroom door, keeping them in from recess in perpetuity, removing them from sports, music, or martial arts. Here are Wormeli’s ideas for a more effective approach:


• Know that students really want to be responsible and self-disciplined. “There is no such thing as laziness,” says Wormeli. “The natural state is to be curious, connect with others, grow, and succeed. When it looks like the student is lazy, there is always something else going on that we can’t see, or that we can see but can’t control. Investigation and removal of those factors will help the student reveal his or her core self.” It’s also helpful for a trusted adult to give students matter-of-fact feedback on the results of their less-than-responsible actions.


• Embrace redundancy. Struggling students need more than one method to get better at being responsible – for example, breaking large tasks into smaller chunks; checking things off a list as they’re completed; using a graphic organizer to display salient points and see how they fit into the big picture; and experiencing the satisfaction of being “in the know” during a class discussion because of a close reading of the text.


• Connect learning to students’ interests and the real world. “When something is meaningful,” says Wormeli, “we don’t have to cajole students into doing the task. They’ll work long hours, listen carefully to periodic feedback from classmates and teachers, and do high-quality work. If it’s drudgery, they’ll drag every foot, obstruct every enthusiasm.”


• Provide tools and self-efficacy. “Sometimes we have to introduce students to their own competencies,” says Wormeli. And some students are much more fortunate than others in the resources they get from home.


“Teaching Students Responsibility” by Rick Wormeli in AMLE Magazine, May 2016 (Vol. 3, #9, p. 39-40), www.amle.org; Wormeli can be reached at rwormeli@cox.net.

Do you have a morning duty next week? If you are not sure, check the schedule here (or use the picture below).


Also, don't forget to check the Indoor Recess Schedule in the event of undesirable weather.

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