Staff Weekly Update

October 16, 2015

Below is an excerpt of an email that was received just a few weeks ago regarding our Apollo Family Picnic. Even though we don't always see the "fruits of our labor" so to speak, know that our efforts as an Apollo Team - and it truly is a team effort - are making a difference. This is feedback that should be shared and celebrated!

Hi, Mr. Roberson,

My name is _________. I'm a parent who has two kids at Apollo. I would like to thank you for the wonderful picnic on Thursday. My kids are at Apollo for almost 4 years now. This event was the first one we really enjoyed as a family. Thank you for your wonderful ideas and your efforts.

I've started seeing the changing at our school. I'm sure more parents are going to feel the same way and we will experience more parent involvement in the near future...

Thank you for all that you do!

Aaron & Lewis

Important: Goal Setting Plan

It is a requirement that all teachers participate in the professional goal setting process as described in the D63 Evaluation Plan. Now that most of our student data is in and ready to use, below is important information for you to keep in mind:

  • All teachers will participate in professional goal setting. The Goal Setting Plan (Form 5a) will be written in collaboration with the evaluator, and will be based on the teacher’s self-reflection and feedback from the evaluator. This plan will include a goal, to be achieved over the course of one or two school years, which is specific, measurable, attainable, results-focused, time-bound, and aligned to district/school initiatives. The goal should focus on The Strategic Plan, School Improvement Plans, and/or The District 63 Five Year Professional Development Plan. *If you would like to use the same goal that was developed with your instructional team for your Tier One Goal, you will all need to fill out the Goal Setting Plan (Form 5a) and mark it is a collaborative plan.
  • Teachers should schedule a planning conference between April 1 and November 1 each year with the evaluator. Thus, such conferences may occur either in the spring or in the fall. Together, the teacher and the evaluator should review and agree upon the goal(s). In so doing, the teacher will write a Goal Setting Plan (Form 5a). **If you are choosing to utilize the same goal as your team's Tier One goal, you can use the Tier Meeting where the goal was developed as your planning conference - no need to schedule an additional meeting as your administrators were a part of that process.
  • A finalized plan will be submitted to the evaluator within two weeks of the planning conference.

If you are working on a team or individual goal and need to meet with an administrator, please email us to schedule that as soon as possible.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 19th

  • Enjoy a meeting-free Monday!

Tuesday, October 20th

  • PBIS Team Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 6th Grade Tier Meeting @ 10:25 a.m.
  • K. Team meeting @ 1:20 p.m.
  • 2nd Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21st

  • Staff Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 5th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • 3rd Grade Tier Meeting @ 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 22nd

  • PFA Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • 1st Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.

Friday, October 23rd

  • Finish Line Friday
  • Family Friday in the Cafeteria
  • Aaron OUT

Can you explain something using only the most common 1,000 words?

As we know it can sometimes be a challenge teaching students difficult concepts who struggle with language. The Up-Goer Five website challenges us to explain an important idea using only the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language (i.e. the words students are most likely to know and understand). This might be particularly helpful in facilitating instruction for our special education and LEP students.

So, think of something that is a difficult concept for your students...and put your skills to the test by clicking here!