Team Thomson News & Notes

Week of: September 29, 2019 #ThomsonRocks

Important Information for You!

Homecoming Spirit Week

Homecoming Week is here! I have always loved the heightened sense of community that comes with Homecoming. Here's to a wonderful spirit week:

  • Monday, September 30th- Past Decade, Dress like the 50's!
  • Tuesday, October 1st - Present Decade, Come as you are & wear a hat!
  • Wednesday, October 2nd - Future Decade, Dress for your favorite college or career!
  • Thursday, October 3rd - Favorite Decade, Your choice...pick a decade!
  • Friday, October 4th-Spirit Day, Dress in Maroon and Gold!
I have been asked if staff can wear jeans if they are part of their participation in a particular spirit day. I am fine with this as long as it is clear that the jeans are part of a themed outfit, example might be jeans with a white t-shirt, high pony tail, ribbon, and converse for 50's day. This is not a 'free pass' to wear jeans all week, as there are several days that I don't see how they fit. Of course, Friday is a free jeans day with your Maroon and Gold. Thank you in advance for not taking advantage of this.

Also, don't forget that our Teddy Thomson students will be walking with kindergartners from Siple and Hill in the Homecoming Parade...I hope you can join us, if so, please let me know!

Go Cardinals!

Data Days Follow-up

Thank you for being prepared and ready to discuss data, students, and implications for learning. I hope that you found this first data day beneficial. Please review the to-dos that follow data days:

Classroom Teachers:

  • Document on SIDR those students receiving more than one ‘dose’ of instruction and what that is i.e.: LLI, Title 1 Math Support, Title I Reading Support, IRIPs, etc.

  • Complete 31A At-Risk Report...Bring completed to November Data Day

  • Team goal-What might an area of focus be between now and our next data day? Does it fit with your overall goal for the year?

  • Contact the parents of students who will be receiving Title I services

Classroom Teachers Prepare for Conferences:

  • Prepare IRIPs to share with parents at parent-teacher conferences

  • Print NWEA ‘Family Report’

To Do Natalie/Megan:

  • Print NWEA ‘Goal Setting Worksheet’ for classroom teachers

  • Print KRA IRS Reports

Please let Megan C or me know if you have any questions or run into any problems with SIDR entry or printing.

Early Release Reflection & Feedback

After working with others and planning what I had hoped was going to be a very good Early Release PD, we have received some great feedback. Some of it was positive and, equally important, some of the feedback allows us to look for ways to improve. As I work with Dena and our District Literacy Specialist to make adjustments for our October 25th PD in order to meet the needs of the various grade levels, I wanted to share a few thoughts. We know that the presentation slides are a bit 'dry', however, the content is based in strong, research based small group instructional practices. The Michigan Literacy Essentials were written because Michigan ranks near the bottom on National literacy achievement lists. While I believe we are on the right track in Davison, there is work to be use Mr. Lobban's words, our goal is to go "from good to great". If we are going to improve as Davison educators, we can not stay where we are. We must challenge our own thinking and be open and reflective in our teaching. One of the hardest things to do is to truly and honestly self reflect as it sometimes takes admission of things that might need to be addressed. I hope you were able to really reflect on your instructional practices during the PD and find a place or two where you can grow. Even if some of the practices were not new, are you doing them with fidelity, in the manner they were meant to be put into practice? As my friend, Shelly Fenner used to say, "if you walk away with one or two new ideas, it was a good use of your time". Again, thank you for your feedback, we will be reflecting and working to ensure that the October 25th PD meets the learning needs of the various grade levels. If you have additional thoughts you believe would be helpful, positive or constructive, please share with Megan C. or me.

Watch DOGS Kick-off

A huge 'Thank You' to Cheri, Cheyl, Kay, Anna, Lacey, Amy, Leandra, Jenni, Kelly, Christine, Rhonda, and Megan (I hope I didn't miss anyone) for volunteering your time to make our Watch DOGS kick-off a huge success! We had over 200 dads and kids join us for the evening. Watch DOGS will officially begin on Monday, October 7th.

Quotes Worth Reading

A few Homecoming themed quotes...

“We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.”


"Victory is the goal. Determiniation is what gets you there."


"Homecoming means more than winning a competition or a sporting event. It provides an opportunity for every component of the university (school) to come together to celebrate as a whole."


Do ONE Thing and Make a Big Difference!

This week, work to find out one new thing about your students. What do they do after school? What are they interested in? What's their favorite color? Think about how you might incorporate the things you learn or their interests into your daily teaching. I would love to hear what you find out and how you incorporate.

Celebrations & Announcements

Birthdays This Week: Happy Birthday to...Lora Entrekin, September 30th and Stacey Wolf, September 5th. Wishing you both a Very Happy Birthday!

Staffing Change

This week Heather Townsend will be moving from the Office Monitor position to Title I Parapro. After having the chance to observe Heather work with a student one-on-one and with our kiddos in the office, her care, compassion, and love for kids will make her a wonderful parapro!

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 30th- PTO Fundraiser Kick-off/Packets will go home; Motor Moms and Dads Begins.

  • Wednesday, October 2nd- COUNT DAY!; Staff Meeting, 7:35 a.m. (Agenda: Mandated Reporter Presentation by Jason; P-T Conferences; Data Day Follow-up)

  • Thursday, October 3rd - Elementary Principals Meeting (Natalie)

  • Friday, October 4th-HOMECOMING! Parade line-up at 4:30 p.m.-All Thomson Staff Members, please consider walking with our kids!

  • Week of October 6th-PLC Week

  • Monday, October 7th-Watch DOGS Begins; Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the HS AMR

  • Tuesday, October 8th-ALICE Drill; DI Meeting, 4:15-5:15 p.m.(Natalie and Megan C)

  • Wednesday, October 9th-MTSS/SAT Day (formerly Child Study)-Please send student names to Jason and I

  • Thursday, October 10th-General Admin Meeting (Natalie); CMC 4-7 p.m. (Natalie and Sara)

  • Friday, October 11th-PTO Fundraiser Ends; PINK Out

  • Wednesday, October 16th-Tornado Drill; Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 17th-No School for Students; Parent-Teacher Conferences 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with an hour for lunch and 4-8 p.m.

  • Friday, October 18th-No School for Students or Staff-ENJOY!

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