The Weekly

January 16-20

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Week 3: Every student writes every day in every subject.

Week of January 16: Get it in writing. Re-establish a culture of writing for learning, to reflect on learning, to assess learning, to communicate, to collaborate. The children in our classrooms should be writing all day long.


Thursday, Jan. 5th, 8:30am

2805 Longbranch Road

Union, KY

Oh no she didn't. Oh...yes she did. It's time to bring back the weekly challenges. These are, of course, optional. However, I challenge all of us to turn up the volume on our instructional practices as we head back into the New Year and return to our normal.

Week of January 23: Stop talking. This isn't about's about kids. It's about kids learning. It's about kids collaborating. It's about kids doing the work. You already know the present it and then let them go. Set them up for rich conversations and deep learning. But if you're doing the talking, they aren't learning.
Week of January 30: Stop giving grades. Just for a week. Stop giving grades. To everything. Instead, give them advice for how to improve their work and demand that it not be turned in until it is 100% accurate. The goal here is learning, right? Or is the goal getting a grade? I hope you said the former.
Week of February 6: Adjust your feedback. If I asked you to write part of the CSIP for me and then I handed it back to you with a C+, do you know what to do next? Do you know what you did right? Do you know what was inaccurate? What if I put x's by the parts I didn't like. Does that help? What if I wrote notes in the margin that said, " I love what you have here, but it really needs more concrete examples of how this looks in the classroom." What kind of feedback do you give kids to move their learning FORWARD?

It's a big challenge. Are you willing to take the leap?

Lesson Plan Submission Resumes

Please turn in your first set of plans by Monday morning. See team leaders for additional info.

PGES at a Glance

January's Focus:

  • Monitor your SGG and update your WIG board.
  • Schedule/complete post observation if your eval is scheduled this month.
  • Mid year meetings begin. We will review your PGP progress, your SGG progress, and chat about your year. Bring your leadership notebook if it is ready.

Thinking of You

  • Prayers for Sophia. Sophia is home, but back in the hospital.
  • Thinking of Heidi. Her dad was readmitted to the hospital.
  • Prayers for Brittany on the passing of her father in law.
  • Thinking of a staff member as she works to get her father situated in a rehab setting.
  • Prayers for the friend of a coworker. A family friend beat breast cancer last year but just found out that it's back and it's terminal. She's been given a little over a year to live. Prayers for her and her family are very much needed!

Do you have an intention we can pass along? Please let us know.
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This week's events

    No school today.

    • Erika at T and L meeting 9-11am
    • Graham Fletcher at 7:30am in Erika's office
    • BCEA Meeting

    • PLCs with Rachel. Bring SEES/ADEWS. UA working on survey.
    • The Study of Learning Series at 7:30am in Erika's Office
    • Erika at NISL
    • Cooper Now filming 10 from Sipple and 10 from 5th grade at 9:30am
    • Cooper Leadership Team meeting with our PLT at 2:30pm

      • No Team Leader Meeting
      • Yes Faculty Meeting with TLIM Team
      • Yes Lighthouse Meeting
      • Erika at NISL

      • Erika at RTI Task Force meeting at Collins in AM
      • Fire Drill Makeup from December at 3pm (do not announce)

      Action Team Updates

      All Teams
      • Create or update your team mission statement and share.

      • Meets weekly on Thursdays

      Family and Staff Education
      • Focus on how the faculty meeting time is spent.
      • Survey staff on voice and choice.

      Leadership Notebooks
      • Adding support for teachers for the teacher leadership notebooks.
      • Create teacher notebook models.
      • Process for goal reflection and resetting goals during the year.

      Club Day
      • Create a sub list of parents. Instruct teachers how to find a sub.
      • Instruct every club leader to create sub plans.

      Leadership Events
      • Prioritize which events to leaderize.
      • Start planning next Leadership Day.
      • Look at a spring event to celebrate goals, WIGs and growth.

      Scoreboards and WIGS

      • Focus on making sure the WIG boards are understandable in 5 seconds.
      • Communicate with the Leadership Notebook Team.
      • Explore the use of a universal student data tracker.
      • Focus on sustainable progress.
      • Do a deep diver refresher with Sara and the LNB team in April.


      • Alcoves for Music and Art will be painted.
      • Beginning of the year environment prep.
      • Environment Club will be redoing Yacht Club.
      • Ask Crossroads to paint our alcoves in spring.

      • Begin focusing on how parents are using the habits at home or how kids are using the habits at home.
      • More purposeful posts.
      • Make sure all grade levels and all students are featured.
      • Add more videos.

      Monday Morning Meeting
      • Create a mission statement
      • Build the habits and paradigms into meetings.
      • Empower kids to lead the MMM.

      Student Leadership
      • Brainstorming new job opportunities.
      • Finding time to train students when they are hired mid-year.
      • Creating a new application to reflect new jobs.

      Direct Lessons--may rename Student Learning
      • Create a timeline for staff for the 2nd half of the year.
      • Work on procedural lesson plans for LEAD posters.
      • Develop a purpose and mission statement.