Staff Memo

Jan. 8, 2016

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Growth Mindset Thoughts

A recent book getting some attention in the educational world is A Mindset for Learning: Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth written by Kristin Mraz and Christine Hertz. Publication date is Aug. 25, 2015.


The book takes Carol Dweck's, Arthur Costa's, and Daniel Pink's research and turns it into classroom practice. Included are ideas for explicitly teaching five research-driven habits of mind. The book includes instructional language (always good), charts, teaching tips, and more.


You can go to Amazon to read reviews. The idea about joyful, independent growth caught my eye. Melissa and I are going to be reading this book in hopes that it will support our journey into growth mindsets. If you are interested in joining, us, please let me know.

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Upcoming PD Reminders and Revisions

  • Jan. 15 1:00-4:00 PM Our next early release PD will focus on Socratic Seminar/Questioing with Meg Strnat. We will also be talking about The Myth of Average and HSE21.
  • Jan. 22 7:35 Staff PD - Visit to CCA at FHS.
  • Dates for Math PD Collab - Jan. 20-26

For Your Calendar

· Feb 3 Global Play Day

· Feb 8-12 Kindness Week

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Looking Ahead

Monday, Jan. 11Day 2

  • 7:45 Math Leaders - Collab Room
  • 8:10 STL - MK - Snyder
  • 3:10 Collab Team K


Tuesday, Jan. 12 Day 3

  • 7:15-8:15 Computer Expo - Admin bldg
  • 8:00 Tech Tuesday wiith Don, Georgi, and Kristin - Interest group PD
  • 9:30-10:30 Admin Team mtg - FJH
  • 1:10 STL - RT - Snyder
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1


Wednesday, Jan. 13 Day 4

  • Progress Monitoring Goals and NWEA all day
  • 2:00 Office meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2


Thursday, Jan. 14 Day 1

  • 7:35 CIT
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3
  • 4:10 Collab Team EC
  • 4:15-5:30 Computer Expo - Admin bldg


Friday, jan. 15 Day 2

  • $1 Hat Day
  • 7:15-8:15 Computer Expo - Admin bldg
  • 8:15 Share the Load - CJ - Koewers
  • 1:00-4:00 PD in the Art Room


Monday, Jan. 18

  • No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Tuesday, Jan. 19 Day 3

  • Fire Drill sometime today
  • 8:00 Inside Information book study - Collab room
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4


Wednesday, Jan. 20 Day 4

  • Progress Monitoring Goals and NWEA all day
  • 8:15 STL - AM - Koewers
  • 3:10 Collab - Team K - Math PD
  • 4:05 Discussion - Lisa's office


Thursday, Jan. 21 Day 1

  • PTO Surprise - AM
  • 3:10 Collab - Team 1 - Math PD


Friday, Jan. 22 Day 2

  • 7:35 Staff PD
  • 9:35 STL - AK - Omeish
  • 1:00 PTO Exec Board meeting
  • 3:10 Collab - Team 2 - Math PD