Elementary Principals' Newsletter

February 2020

Change Check-Up:

February is a great time to check-in with initiatives, strategies or goals that you may have started in your school this year. It could have been a a new curriculum, a new behavior support system, a literacy initiative or something else!

What were some of the changes that you wanted to see?

How's it going? What is working? What are challenges?

Some reminders about change:

1. All student change (behavior or academic) demands a change in adult behavior

2. For systemic change it needs to happen at all (3) levels:

  • personal level (in their classroom/on their own)-new habits
  • social level (PLC, grade level teams, with coaches) and
  • system level (school-wide/district-wide processes and supports)

3. People mess up. Encourage principals to work with their teachers to come up with a Plan B for when the process isn't followed or an acceptable alternative. Might it look different in different buildings or at different levels?

SOURCE: Change Anything (2011).

Thank you Dr. LeBlanc for Presenting on Phonemic Awareness!

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Fire Up for Dimes for Diapers!

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November 14 Spotlight from MDE

This is the link for the REQUIRED COURSE to administer the MSTEP

One protocol for reflecting on the KRA data...

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Special Projects: Monthly Literacy Campaign for Elementary Schools

Special Projects: Monthly Literacy Campaign for Elementary Schools

We are currently working to bring a monthly literacy activity for March, April, May and June to all elementary schools in Genesee County. These activities include a classroom activity, a school-wide activity and a parent/family engagement activity. Themes will vary for each month and can be incorporated into existing school initiatives. Elementary Principals will be given information at the upcoming Elementary Principals' Meeting on Friday, February 21st. We look forward to further increasing our literacy support throughout the county!

Genesee County Directors of State/Federal Program Workshop:

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Time: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon

Where: Genesee Career Institute (GCI) - Explore Room; 5081 Torrey Rd.; Flint, MI 48507

Space Limited: 40


This workshop is designed to provide new, fairly new, and/or returning district-level State/Federal Program Directors in Genesee County with an overview of federal programs grant guidance and commonly used terms; as well as, an interactive overview of working with and in MEGS+ and GEMS.

Participants are Asked to Bring a Laptop Computer, a Copy of their LEA's 2019-2020 TISS and Consolidated Applications, and their MEIS ID/Password. SCECH's pending.

Questions regarding this Workshop may be directed to Dr. Corinne Edwards, MDE-OES Regional Consultant.

Please register by clicking on the link below:


Statistics in Schools

Statistics in Schools

The US Census Bureau is kicking off 2020 with recruitment for the Statistics in Schools Ambassador Program. Please share the messaging below with teachers in your schools and districts.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for teacher ambassadors to join the Statistics in Schools Ambassador Program. Are you a Pre-K through 12th grade teacher or know someone who is? Email CLMSO.SISambassador@census.gov for more information and how to apply to represent your school and community on a national scale.

Use census resources in the classroom – lesson plans, data, and more available for free at: www.census.gov/schools.

2020 School Wellness Award

2020 School Wellness Award

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announces the launch of the 2020 School Wellness Award. The award encourages Michigan schools to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco/nicotine-free lifestyles for students and staff. The Michigan School Wellness Award recognizes and applauds schools working to create healthier school environments by establishing School Health Teams, completing the Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) assessments and action plan, and implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes. All Michigan K-12 public and non-public schools are eligible to apply. The School Wellness Award will recognize schools committed to increasing student achievement with a healthier school community. Award winning schools will be recognized in May 2020 during a ceremony at the state capitol with local legislators.

The MDHHS, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Action for Healthy Kids invite schools to apply for the award by April 16, 2020. The online application can be found at http://swa.mihealthtools.org, along with additional information about the award and creating healthy school environments. Questions may be directed to Karen Krabill Yoder at MDHHS at yoderk@michigan.gov or 517-335-8908.

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Senate Bill 600

As presented by Vanita Wilson

New Legislative Requirements for Career Exploration

Click HERE for the link to the reference sheet.

Social Studies Revised Standards Update

Michigan Social Studies Standards: A Bird's Eye View Presentation

If you have staff that needs access to my resources stored in Google Drive, have them send me an email (rsovis@geneseisd.org) with the request.


Each week, Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability provides you with time sensitive, important information on student assessments and accountability. Don’t miss critical information -- Please click the following link for the February 13, 2020 edition of Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability.

Dr. Tammy Pawloski Update and Debrief

Strategy #1: Building Relationships

Strategy #2: Reducing Stress

Strategy #3: Increasing Status

Strategy #4: Motivation

Strategy #5: Student Behavior

  • Your district team should be sharing the information with their staff
  • Using the information, teachers to decide what THEY are going to do in their classroom
  • Teachers should be then writing a plan and collecting data

What initiatives are happening? To what extent are teachers creating plans? Impact?


Poverty Matters-A Listing of All Strategies

for a complete list of all of the strategies:


Spelling Bee

Dear Principals, Curriculum directors and Spelling Bee Coordinators,

Below you will find links to the 2020 Genesee County Regional County Bee documents.

Spelling Bee is Coming on March 2nd!




Melissa and Linda

Professional Development Opportunities

Achievement & Growth: Assess, Evaluate and Improve with PRISM by Eidex

Achievement & Growth Workshop @ Genesee ISD"Experience" Room, Genesee Career Institute Conference Center, G-5081 Torrey Road, Flint MI 485073/6/202011:00 AM - 1:00 PMClick Here

Information and Registration: https://www.eidexinsights.com/prismspringworkshop.html

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All Learning is Social & Emotional


March 10, 2020

9:00 - 3:00 p.m.


$165 per person

Teams of 3+ are $145 per person

Visit michiganascd.org to find the location closest to you!

To be invoiced, or if you have any questions, please contact Sara Bishop via email at sbishop@michiganascd.org.

Adaptive Schools is Coming in March!!!

Do you lead meetings? Facilitate groups? Help others come to consensus? Then you need this training!

Adaptive Schools--SAVE THE DATES!

Monday, March 16

Tuesday, March 17

Tuesday March 24

Wednesday, March 25

Led through a trainer from MASSP, Adaptive Schools is coming to the Genesee Intermediate School District. A flier will be coming out this week. Watch for it. Limited spots, so sign-up when you see it.

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