A Note from the Principal's Desk

Week of January 19, 2015

The Meaning of the King Holiday


The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Week at a Glance

SRI/SMI/SPI almost complete

1/19/15 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday


Social Studies & Science PLC

1) Data Teams Process

2) Lesson Planning- Modify/ Adjust Curriculum/Instructional Strategies, and Create Assessments

Department Meetings after school: MA/SC combined & ELA/SS combined

BB home against Cowan

1/21/15 Instructional Meeting (1st and 3rd Week) - Protocol for Constructed Response


Math & ELA PLC

1) Data Teams Process

2) Lesson Planning- Modify/ Adjust Curriculum/Instructional Strategies, and Create Assessments

No Game Tonight

1/23/15 RTI Meeting during planning: Identify interventions

1/26/15 Pep Rally - Playoffs Begin. CAMS hosts.


We will begin TKES Round 2 when we return on Tuesday. We will begin where we left off looking at Assessment Uses and Differentiated Instruction.

Be sure that your lesson plans are up to date on the drive and your data has been uploaded to the platform for your current unit of study. Also, PLC minutes should be current on the drive.

Mid Year Performance Review

We had the privilege of having a team represent Carver at GLISI this past week (Gardner, Elliott, Veal, and Watkins). The purpose of this conference is to develop a Performance Culture while responding to your school wide areas of need. Fortunately, we already have processes in place that are required for a Performance Culture to exist (PLCs). Furthermore, we have to continuously review our data and plan next action steps to address our areas of deficiencies (Plan, DO, Check, Act - PDCA).

The Mid Year Review is a check point/tune up opportunity before testing. This requires everyone- the whole TEAM.

The dates for the Performance Review are as follows:

January 26, 2015: ELA and Science

February 9, 2015: Math, Social Studies, and Connections

Each department will complete the Performance Review template and the Prediction sheet for each department Grade level and have your PLC meeting documents ready by the date listed above. The responsibility is divided so that everyone is a part of this process and can give input on our School Improvement process.

Focus School List

I announced that Carver Road was not removed from the Focus List. That was the bad news. The good news is that the list will be reevaluated during the summer, and we could be removed at that time.

Nonetheless, we have work to do.

Dr. Gardner and I visited a school in Douglas County who was removed from the list. In our conversations with the principal, the one thing that he believes made a difference was RTI.

It was ironic that at the time we were having this discussion Ms. Elliott was working with you all on our RTI process. I know that we are late, but I appreciate those of you who worked diligently this past Friday on targeting students. I look forward to the work you will do next week with identifying strategies.