To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Volume 3, Issue #6: Thursday, October 19, 2017


As we continue our dialogue about ACES, one of the pieces that I keep coming back to is, "but what can we do now?". I came across this TED Talk and it resonated with me because it spoke to the simple answer of "connections". It speaks to the importance of connections and positive relationships that students have throughout their education. It is not too long...please take a minute to view.

AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

I have shared our AVID goals for the year a few times. You may recall that in several goals we touch on opportunities for teachers to begin to learn WICOR strategies that could be incorporated into the classroom. We will spend a few minutes of each faculty meeting learning about WICOR strategies and even, at times, practicing them.

If you don't recall, WICOR is an acronym for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading. Obviously, there isn't an order to the acronym, as each of these disciplines and strategies are equally important to our instruction.

I hope that you enjoyed learning about and trying Philosophical Chairs during the Teacher Institute a few weeks back. During our Faculty Meeting on Friday afternoon, I will provide a few follow up resources. We will also model one activity and WICOR strategy. There is nothing to watch in preparation for Friday's Faculty Meeting :)

Important Information

SIP Day - Tomorrow

Certified Staff: We will have students in attendance for 3 ½ hours (except for Brokaw) and the staff will then work a normal work day. Staff will have a duty-free lunch time and then have time to work on building and or district initiatives. We will meet for our faculty meeting from 2:30 - 3:30pm.

  • October 20th and March 9th will also have a one hour staff meeting at the end of the day.

  • December 21st and May 24th will be completely teacher initiative time.

  • January 26th and February 16th are two additional days added this year. Direction for PD on these days will be provided from the district level.

OESPA Staff: Please see the agenda below for SIP options.

TAs Attending Playworks Training: We are looking forward to Part 2 of our Professional Learning for Playworks occurring tomorrow at Lakewood Creek Elementary.

Please dress comfortably, as you did last time. Also, please bring the packet materials you were provided at the first training.

For future reference:

Part 3 of our training will take place at the SIP day on January 26th.

Following this, Part 4 is a full day for the coach to be at your building to provide on-site training and support. This will be scheduled late March/early April.

Jeans Days

Updated...Please read

Janet and I have had an opportunity to speak with several staff members about Monday and Friday jeans days. While it is important that we keep college wear as part of our plan, as it aligns with our AVID goals, we also recognize that not everyone has a variety of college wear at this point. Because of this feedback, we have decided to amend our Monday and Friday jeans day plans.

If you choose to participate in Greens for Jeans, you may wear jeans with your choice of tops on Mondays.

On Fridays, you have the choice of wearing Prairie Point, Brokaw, SD308 spirit wear OR college wear.

Please note that you still must look professional with your jeans on. We ask that you avoid wearing torn/ripped jeans or other jeans that would not be deemed appropriate for a professional workplace. Please also note that jeans are not to be worn on Tuesday - Thursday.

We appreciate your input and feedback and are always willing to tweak or adjust our plans based on what is best for all!

Prairie Point's Got Talent

Now is your chance to sign up for the performance of a lifetime! Below is a google form to fill out so that we can begin gathering acts, performances and talents. If you are performing a solo, please fill the form out. If you are in a duet or group act, please nominate one member of your group to fill the form out for the entire group.

As a reminder, our performance will be the week of and time TBD.

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Field Trip Information

MTSS Problem Solving Request Form

Wednesday Morning Meeting Schedule

The Wednesday Morning Meeting Schedule has been shared with you and is available by clicking below.

PLC Agenda Options

You should have a PLC Agenda Template in your Google Docs.

The link below contains files for 3 different templates for PLC agendas/notes. You are able to choose to use one of these as well. Please remember to share them with Jennifer/Jen and any specialists that you have working with your team.

The video below shows you how to save the agenda templates to your own Google Drive.

SD 308 PLC Agenda Video

Prairie Point Family Celebrations

Congrats to the Amy Reid

Congratulations to Amy and Ivan Reid. Amy is Laurel Holpuch's daughter and they celebrated their beautiful wedding a few weeks back in Galena IL. Congrats!

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Half Marathon

I just wanted to pass along that Mattix and I completed the Prairie State Half Marathon a few weeks back. It was Mattix's first half marathon and he finished it in 2 hours and 10 minutes and won his age group! I finished it quite slower and felt really cruddy throughout! Having an 11 year old, who hadn't ever run more than 6 miles, fly by you is quite humbling!