Corbat Chronicle

Week of November 2, 2015

October 2015 Leaders of the Month

November 2, 2015

Dear Team:

Hopefully, everyone was able to actually sleep an extra hour and recoup from the Fall Festival. Thank you for the 'extras' to make it a memorable day for our students. Thanks to our office staff for creating all of the student schedule tags, our support & teaching staff for leading activities, Angie for prompt set-up/clean-up, and Nicole for coordinating the HS Leadership class gym time! I enjoyed scrolling through all of the pictures that were tweeted. By the way, please include @MorrishDragons in your tweets. I will get a notification and can retweet.

It's always smart to review what we are doing and why we are doing it. This time has come for our Fall Festival. Please take a few minutes to give me some feedback on THIS SURVEY which will help me in future planning.

Teacher Observations

Please send me an outlook calendar invitation with the date and time you would like to schedule your first observation by Wednesday.

The Leader In Me (TLIM)

Our discussion of chapter 2, The How and Why, We were left with three key lessons:

  1. Challenges - academics, culture, and life skills - are highly interactive in nature. By taking steps to improve any one of the challenges there are simultaneous improvements in the other areas.
  2. School transformation is a highly contextual process. TLIM is not a canned program or script. It's a process that we can make our own.
  3. School transformation works best from the inside out. When we examine our ways of thinking, our actions can change.

We are now reading chapter 3 about teaching the habits to students. Our colleagues who visited McIntrye Elementary School's Leadership Day last week will share their learning with us at our next staff meeting. Please sign up to lead the discussion for a future chapter ON THIS LINK. We need teams of 3 for each chapter.


Becky and I attended our district MTSS meeting on October 19th. THIS LIST of celebrations and focus areas for our school was created then shared with our building MTSS team. Consider how we can build on our strengths as well as address our focus areas. Please see any of the following individuals if you have questions: Mary Murphy, Kim Hunault, Becky Trent, Amy Brimmer, Andrew Culver, Rebecca Pyle, Misty Comeau, or Amy Paul.

The week ahead...

  • Monday: 2:00 School Assembly in the gym (an opportunity for our 5th graders, Honors Choir and Mimes to rehearse before their evening performance on Wednesday)
  • Tuesday: K-2 Odyssey of the Mind student club meets from 4:00-5:15 (Sarah's room)
  • Wednesday: Troubador Assemblies at 9:30 (Kdg, 2nd, 5th) & 10:15 (1st, 3rd, 4th) in the gym; Picture Retake Day; A Veteran's Tribute Concert: You Are Our Heroes at 6PM at the PAC (please let Deanna and Terri know if you can help out backstage)
  • Thursday: K-2 Technology meetings with Stephanie Lang during planning times
  • Friday: 1/2 day of school, end of 1st MP

Announcements and reminders:

  • Please consider registering for #COLchat #CHATcamp that will be held on Saturday, November 21 at our PAC with the keynote delivered by Michigan's own, Nicholas Provenzano. Nick was the MACUL & ISTE Teacher of the Year based on his efforts to integrate technology in the classroom and is a self-proclaimed nerd. There will be fun face-to-face learning connections and prizes for those who attend! Information in included in the link below.
  • Helpful resources for Google Classroom from Kim Hunault: CLICK HERE
  • Great article shared by Becky Trent: The Leader In Me Turns Students Into Highly Effective People
  • Pinterest Board shared by Deb Roda with resources on teaching students the 7 Habits: CLICK HERE
  • Teachers: Here is link to an MSTEP site (CLICK HERE) where you can begin exploring what the online testing will look like this spring. Please spend some time on it to determine what the students are going to need to know how to do and then develop a plan to give them practice (e.g. one area of need from last spring for those who testing online was teaching students how highlight text).

Have a great week!


check out the mstep calendar for this spring

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Swartz Creek Community Schools

MISSION: Swartz Creek Community Schools inspires our learners to embrace challenges, set goals, grow their talents, and realize their dreams for success in a global society.

VISION: Swartz Creek Community Schools provides a world class education through innovative experiences while developing the unique talents of our learners.

- We believe in a culture of learning.
- We believe that student learning should be the primary goal for all decisions made affecting the school district.
- We believe the climate and culture of the school is engaging, nurturing, challenging, and inspires students to express their personal ideas.
- We believe curriculum is integrated, differentiated, meaningful, and pertinent to life.
- We believe in culturally relevant education that provides the knowledge and skills to meet the global challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
- We believe in continuous improvement informed by critical evaluation and reflection.
- We believe expanding technologies enrich how teachers teach and students learn.
- We believe in building relationships and sharing resources with our community, parents, and staff members.