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Blog: Respect

It is 6am and I am in an All Pro Dads meeting. 8 dads and their kids are sitting at tables all around me discussing the topic for the day: respect. In front of each of them is a discussion card with two questions on it. One for the dad to ask the kid, and one for the kid to ask the dad.

Dad: When do you feel respected?

Child: Who do you respect and why?

The discussion around me was nothing short of powerful. As each dad asked their kid when they feel respected you saw the transition from shrugging shoulders and embarrassed non-responses, to eye contact and genuine discussion. This experience got me thinking, what if we asked the people closest to us, both family and colleagues, when they feel respected. We certainly wouldn't get the same answer from everyone, but it definitely would provide perspective and insight into how you can better communicate with that person. Give it a try.....

....when do your students feel respected? How can you better respect your students?

....when do your subject area teammates feel respected? How can you better respect your teammates?

....when do members of your family feel respected? How can you better respect your family members?

My final thought: we are as much responsible for how respected we feel as we are for how much we respect others. Both situations require you to be very cognizant of our thoughts/feelings as well as the thoughts and feelings of the other person. Hard stuff....but definitely necessary.

Enjoy your weekend!


Please pay special attention to the instructions below. It is expected that the procedures set for the Chromebooks are followed exactly as stated. If you use the Chromebooks and fail to adhere to the information outlined, future use of the Chromebooks may be denied.

#1 - Review the document located at PLEASE PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES. You must drop off the cart after use (between 2:15-2:30), and carts need to be picked up the DAY BEFORE they are used (between 2:30-2:45)

#2 - YOU MUST have a system in your classroom to determine what kid is using what Chromebook. As I have mentioned previously, I would just number your roster and require students to use that Chromebook. Why? When we need to track down what happened to a broken computer, or pull a log of what a student accessed, we have to have the Chromebook cart # and computer #.

If you have any questions about any of this let me know.

School Board Visit

Thanks to everyone for assisting with our school board visit. We had teachers reach out and offer up their classroom for a tour. Those that weren't able to reach out were waving us in to their classroom as we walked around. We have an amazing school. We have amazing students. We have an amazing staff.

Thanks for all that you do to make this a great place to work!


When is the last time you have been in our staff Canvas course? The only way to learn Canvas is to use Canvas. Our staff course is a way to interact with Canvas as a student, and determining what works and what doesn't. There are several things right now that are open for completion. Thanks to you that have already engaged in these tasks:

September Discussion

Genius Hour Planning (this is Monday's assignment, but is open for completion now.

October's assignment will open Monday as well)

PLC Notes (if you have not entered for this week, the assignment window is still open)

WE ARE LEADING THE CHARGE ON CANVAS AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT. Let's continue to have folks look to us as an example of a high functioning team that GETS THINGS DONE.

Homecoming Week

Next week is Homecoming week! The parade is in Wanamaker Wednesday at 5:30 (if you go, go early!).

The game is Friday night. Our 8th grade band students are performing as well!

Lots of opportunities to let our kids begin understanding this fun week.

Spirit days are FREE, in order to promote spirit, not raise $$.

Monday, Sept 25 COLLEGE HAT DAY (jeans go with that!)

Tuesday, Sept 26 TIE DYE DAY (uhhhh, with jeans of course)

Wednesday, Sept 27 COLLEGE SWEATSHIRT DAY (with jeans, heck yes!)

Thursday, Sept 28 TEAM SPORTS DAY (can't dress up for that!)

Friday, Sept 29 FLASHES DAY! (def a jeans day!)

Staff members should dress accordingly in order to wear jeans!!!

Evaluation Timelines

Thanks to everyone for completing your goals. Below is the updated timeline I received from Central Office on Monday. If you need more time for your goal, let me know and I will send it back your way.
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Homework Document

Thanks for filling this out each week. If you have missed some days, please go back and add in information. Believe it or not, this is the most common thing for a parent to email me empty slot on the homework sheet.


Here is the link to next week:

Counselors Corner

Kyle McClarnon

All 6th Grade

7th Grade Last Name A-M

Sarah Ready

All 8th Grade

7th Grade Last Name N-Z

College Go! Week

College Go! Week is an annual statewide campaign designed to promote a pro-college atmosphere. During the week of September 25-29, special college spirit days are planned (9/25 College Hat Day, 9/27 College Sweatshirt Day), and staff is encouraged to attend. Don't forget your jeans!

There will be a door decorating contest open to all staff members. Decorate your door with the spirit of your Alma Mater, and be entered for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks or Subway gift card-winners choice! Doors must be decorated by Friday, 9/29.

Counselor Sign Up Process

Counselor Request Forms are now 100% electronic. Students can sign up to speak with a counselor from any device that has internet access. Chromebooks are set up in the office for students to make a request. Teachers: you can save this link on your computer or ipad, and students can sign up directly from your room! As always, if a student is in crisis they will be seen by a counselor immediately.

Child Abuse & Duty to Report

An individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect shall make a report to DCS or local law enforcement immediately. This applies to every staff member in the building. Please review the Child Abuse & Duty to Report information by clicking here.

High Ability Identification Process

The high ability identification process is outlined here. This process applies to current 6th and 7th grade students; with placement decisions for the 18-19 school year. Recommendations can be made from now until January 12th. If you have questions, please see Kyle or Sarah.

Genius Hour

Monday, Sep. 25th, 2:30pm

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN

An agenda for our meeting can be found HERE

Safe Schools Training Due

Friday, Sep. 29th, 7am

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN

The 2017 Safe Schools training has been submitted and you will begin receiving Safe Schools notifications through your email that you have online training courses to complete. The deadline for completing the courses is September 29, 2017. This is the annual online training for all staff members and should be completed as soon as possible. This year we will be sending out further training throughout the year so that we can cover more subjects. This will occur in November 2017 and February 2018. Please note it is not necessary to contact human resources or send completion certificates once you are finished as the system tracks and records completions.

If there are further questions please contact human resources.