MONDAY MEMO

November 16, 2015

WEEK AT A GLANCE

November 16-November 20

MONDAY
  • 8:10am: IEP/Krupp/Barber/McLean/Grossi/A. Fox
  • 9:10am: IEP/Krupp/Barber/McLean/Moody/A. Fox/Vigna
  • 10:00am: Meeting with Conley Oil/Exxon Mobile Grant


TUESDAY:


WEDNESDAY:

  • 10:10am: IEP/Mclean/Emmendorfer/Vigna
  • 11:10am: IEP/Powell/Emmendorfer
  • 1:45pm: IEP/A. Fox/Emmendorfer


THURSDAY:

  • 3:00pm: Staff Meeting


FRIDAY:

  • 5:00am-7:00am: ABC12 School Spirit Challenge/Pancake Breakfast for winners of High Five Student Council Fundraiser(Calling all volunteers!)
  • Fifth Grade Thanksgiving Luncheon


Upcoming Events and Reminders:

11/25: Battle of the Classes/Early Release: We will be doing an all school lunch at 10:00-10:20am(Just as we do on exam days) The students will then go to the gym for the Battle of the Classes from 10:20-12:00. We will need all hands on deck.


11/26-11/27: No School/Thanksgiving Break

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ROAD MAP TO SUCCESS

WE ALL HAVE ONE GOAL

To achieve our mission we must all achieve one common goal. Our one goal is simply:

To make sure our students learn the academic standards.


Thoughts to ponder:


  • Rick Wormeli says, "Grades are not compensation(you do that, I'll give you this) they are communication. When you and your students stop viewing grades as compensation, you are able to shift your time and energy to improve the quality of each grade."
  • Assignments are practice-toward learning the priority academic standard.
  • The purpose of a grade is to provide an accurate description of how well students have learned. Dr. Thomas Guskey suggests asking yourself a question when you put a grade in the grade book: "How closely does this grade reflect what this student has learned?"
  • Dr. Rick Stiggins, "Inaccurate feedback is counter-productive. If the grades we put on tests, assignments(practice), or report cards do not accurately reflect student learning, it hurts everyone." When a students effort and work ethic gets her an "A" but she only scores an 18 on the ACT and must take remedial math in college are we helping or hurting?
  • Dr. Ken O'Connor: "Honor Learning. Learning is a process not a race. He questions: "Does accumulating points and making good grades rank higher than learning the standards in your school culture?"
  • Education is about the student and student learning.


The number one reason we and the students show up at school each day is to make sure the students learn the standards. AND we can have fun doing so. :)


By engaging, educating, and empowering our students to learn the standards we fulfill our mission where our students become:


  • Compassionate citizens
  • Innovative Problem Solvers
  • Self-Motivated Learners


It is essential that student grades reflect learning. it is essential that our assignments become practice for learning. We must be intentional an purposeful in the instructional strategies we use. Our reflection on the results of those instructional decisions must happen daily and adjust what we do in the classroom. It is important to teach students that re-studying material not learned is important since most of the tests that adults take in the real world like driver's license, CPA, Bar Exam, Teacher Licensing, ACT/SAT all allow re-study and re-take.


Students will hit any target that they know and that holds still for them.

  • Assessments both formative and summative are like train stops along the road to success. They let us know if we are heading in the right direction. As a district we have provided professional development in key areas to help us:
  • Vocabulary instruction
  • Priority Standards
  • In January: Formative and Summative Assessments.


Excerpts from: Brick House: How to Defeat Student Apathy by Building a Brick House Culture

By: Danny Hill

WE ARE KUEHN-HAVEN

A learning community dedicated to engage, educate, and empower our students to become compassionate citizens, innovative problem-solvers, and self-motivated learners.