Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

May 10

Our Mission

The Moreau Heights family is committed to providing a positive and safe learning environment to support responsible and productive citizens.

How We Respond Is Our Choice

Remaining positive daily starts with recognizing the way we choose to respond to our circumstance defines us. We have the power to choose, and one way to ensure better choices it to take time to reflect on what we're doing out of habit and then course correct as needed.

Here are ten ways you can challenge yourself to choose a positive response and be a merchant of home for all students:

  1. Bring your best to work every day. Be grateful you get the opportunity to make a positive impact on a child every day!
  2. Give two minutes or your time to one students and one staff member every day. Be intentional with your time and then follow up with a quick word or note. The small things can make all the difference.
  3. Be empathetic. Taking the time to understanding, share and be sensitive to another person's feelings is critical in building a culture of trust.
  4. Value the mistakes of others. Risk takers are born here. If you yourself make a mistake, own it, apologize, ask for forgiveness and work to make sure it doesn't happen again.
  5. Model forgiveness. If you want to be an effective leader, be willing to sincerely accept an apology and move on. Believe that most people's intentions are good.
  6. Understand you will not always see immediate results when working with kids. Be patient and think long term. Many "troubled" students are just testing a system which has failed them many times over before you came into the picture.
  7. Have high standards for all kids every day. Do not make excuses for kids based on race, socio-economic class, environment, poor parents, etc. Believe in all kids all the time. (It also help id you love them all the time too!)
  8. Address inappropriate behavior. If you hesitate to correct poor behavior because you are worried about their response to you, you have become part of the problem.
  9. Don't be negative. Constant complaining and speaking negatively about kids, staff , work environment, etc. without offering a solution is a poorer reflection on you than those about whom you are complaining. Bring positive energy every day!
  10. Take time to smile/laugh and encourage others to have fun. When it is no longer fun to do to work, it is time to do something else.

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Choices, Not Threats

PBS lesson

Our behavior data shows the greatest need is student defiance. Our lessons over the quarter will focus on skills that support student's following adult directions, even when it's hard.

The PBS lesson focus this week is focused on Bucket Filling.

Second Steps

All grade levels, if on schedule, have finished all lessons in the sequence. This would be a great time to revisit lessons that are topics your students are still struggling with.

Celebrate the Positive!

Positive office referrals in 2019: 573

Have you kept an eye out for the positive choices by students? Have you written a positive referral to recognize a student doing a great job?

Nominations for New Professional of the Year

The Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation will be presenting awards during Opening Session to outstanding teachers who are in the first three years of their teaching career (including employment previous to JCPS). If you would like to nominate a teacher for this award, please follow this link to complete the survey.

Character Trait for May is Forgiving

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JCPS Difference Maker Recognition

Have a colleague who you would like to see recognized for making a positive difference? Here is the link to complete a nomination.

Morning Gym Duty

Jerry Ries

Briana Watson

Brooke Mantle

April Steinman

Calendar of Events

Monday, May 13

*Leadership Team mtg 3:45 in library

*School Board mtg 6:00

Tuesday, May 14

*NA IEP (Hutchison, Spear, Strange, Haugen) 3:45

*PTO mtg 6:00 in library

Wednesday, May 15

*SC Staffing (Haugen, James, Hutchison, Mantle) 9:15

*Transition meeting with LC (Gann, Haugen) 10:30

*Summer School staff meeting 3:45 in library

Thursday, May 16

*PTO Sports Day Activities

Friday, May 17

*No School

Monday, May 20

*5th grade promotions 12:30 @ Miller Center

Tuesday, May 21

*Grades 3-4 EOY assembly 8:30

*Grades k-2 EOY assembly 9:40

Wednesday, May 22

*Last Day of School, dismissal at 12:15 pm for students

*2019-20 re-eval discussion in Jesseca's office (Hutchison, James, Humphreys, Ewing, Gragg, Farmer, Connelly, Sexton, Haugen/Day) 9:00

*Full day for staff

District Staff Appreciation Banquet Survey

If you attended the staff appreciation banquet on April 25, please take a moment to provide some feedback to the district so they know what went well and what can be enhanced.


Weekly Collaboration Log

This is the link to a revised communication log for your team collaboration. The expectation is that your team will complete each week.

Mark Your Calendar!

August 1st will be our Staff Retreat for ALL Staff! So MANY great ideas to bring our staff together before we head into the new school year!

More details will be coming soon!

May/June/July Birthdays

Jennifer Boyd - May 8

Doug Jungmeyer - May 10

Mary Crumble - May 19

Cindy Connelly - May 24

Katie Lock - June 2

Lindsey Hammann - June 3

Hallie Gaines - June 15

Katie Dunham - June 24

Brooke Mantle - June 28

Jesseca James - July 10

Cheri Fox - July 15

Ideas to End the Year Strong

End of Year Fun

Thank you for participating in our fun filling buckets, sharing memories and recognizing staff!