Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

February 12

PBS Focus of the Week -

Our PBS focus for the week is how to get help needed for a task. Based on our data, our second most frequently perceived motivation is to avoid a task or activity. We want to help students develop strategies to be verbalize their needs and concerns appropriately, with the understanding that there are some things we have to do even if we don't want to.

Please talk with your class about what might be reasons a student might try to avoid an activity, how they might express this appropriately to get support and what are the good things that happen when we are able to do what is expected. Discussing the idea of being able to do something, even if you don't want to will be powerful sos students can share times they did something they didn't want to/didn't think they could and the positive that came out of it.

Relationships are HUGE for our students and they need to trust that we are really willing to listen to what they have to say. These conversations can help to nurture that trust and sense of community in your classroom and in our school!

Executive Functioning - The Struggle is REAL!

Check out this brief article about the struggles in a typical day for a child with executive functioning deficits.

Our Character Trait for the month is Honesty

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Duties for the Week

Please see your schedule in the handbook for Charger Time duty.

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Calendar of Events:

Monday, February 15

*No School/Presidents' Day

Tuesday, February 16

*5th grade plan time discussion 8:20

*5th grade to Fine Arts Recruitment event at Miller Center 12:30

*Kindergarten plan time discussion 12:35

*Staffing/IEP for KF5

*Literacy Night Planning mtg. 3:40 in library

Wednesday, February 17

*ICLE principal training 8:00 - 3:30 (Sue at Dix Rd)

*3rd Grade Anti-Tobacco presentation 10:00 in gym

*Problem Solving Team 3:45

Thursday, February 18

*4th grade NAEP testing 10:00/1:00 in Library

*Staff Appreciation breakfast - Cindy Connelly

*Summative evaluation mtg for tenured teachers 3:45 in library

Friday, February 19

*Math curriculum work (Albers, Bodenhamer, Steinman)

*Earthquake Drill 10:30

Monday, February 22

*PBS team 3:45

Tuesday, February 23

*Reading Collaboration grades 2/3

*4th grade plan time discussion 9:10

*1st grade plan time discussion 1:25

*Literacy Night planning mtg 3:45 in library

*PTO meeting and k-2 performance

Wednesday, February 24

*IEP for AT (connelly, haugen, kindergarten rep)

*Staff mtg 3:45

Thursday, February 25

*Tammy Ferry in building to support tech

*Staffing/IEP for CF5 3:45

Friday, February 26

*PBS assembly for 3-5 8:30

*PBS assembly for k-2 1:20

*IEP for JP4 3:45 (Treat, Haugen, Fankhauser, Cummins)

Collective Commitment of the Week

Staff will continue to grow professionally by keeping up with current best practices.

  • We will implement and measure our learning on a daily basis.

How are you measuring student learning each day? Observation is a fine tool, but we need artifacts periodically to capture current level of understanding and to make their learning visible.

What creative ways have you found to gather formative data related to student learning so you can provide instruction that meets student needs?


*Observations of peers are due by today. The form was shared with you on Google Drive and there are copies available by the mailboxes. This is a 10-15 minute observation of a colleague to see some of the great things happening in other classrooms. You were asked to keep a copy of the form for you, give a copy to the person you observed, and place a copy in my mailbox (for accountability only). Great notes and observations! I have enjoyed hearing teacher reflections after observations. Exciting how we look to grow together!

*Information about summer school has been distributed to staff and students. If you need additional information, please let me know.

*Summative evaluation work from probationary teachers is due by February 16th. If you have questions about either the Growth Plan reflection portion or the rankings with the 13 indicators, please let me know. I am happy to clarify things for you!

*A meeting with all tenured teachers regarding the summative evaluation process will be held on February 18th at 3:45 in the library. The purpose to make sure everyone understands what is needed to complete the summative evaluation this spring.

Staff Appreciation

The staff member representing Moreau Heights at the February breakfast will be Cindy Connelly. See the nomination below.

I am honored to nominate Cindy Connelly for February Staff Appreciation. Cindy is a new addition to Moreau Heights this year and we could not be more privileged to have her. Cindy came in Day 1 with a positive, can-do attitude and that has never wavered. She is a constant light to our school and makes your day better each time you see her. She has plenty on her plate at all times, but manages to juggle all with apparent ease (although we know that's not true!) and still a smile on her face! Did I mention, this is her first year teaching? You would never know it! She pushes her students and staff to be the best they can be. Cindy is an integral member of our team and we are SO lucky to have her!!!

Rigor and Relevance

How are you stretching students with questions, to move their thinking into Quad D?

  • How could you teach that to others?
  • How would you do it differently?
  • Describe your reasoning?
  • What questions can we get students to ask?

Remember, we don't want our students to have to "earn their way out of Quadrant A." We want to provide rigorous learning opportunities for ALL students in a way that makes their learning relevant to them.

Questioning supports higher levels of rigor and relevance

This video is a good reminder about the importance and beauty of questions.
What Kills Questioning? (Book trailer for A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION by Warren Berger)