Beating the Odds

Lakeview Staff Newsletter - Oct 12

Preferred Future

At Wednesday's staff meeting, we looked into our crystal ball (courtesy of MAP testing) and saw one possible future, at least in regards to Spring 2019 Forward results. Much like a meteorologist, we could make a pretty accurate forecast. But unlike a weather forecaster, we have control of our internal landscape and environment. A meteorologist knows that a cold front hits a mountain range and reacts predictably. We have the crazy ability to move the mountain range and choose a preferred future for our students.

Moving the mountain range doesn't mean making it any easier for students. In fact, we are asking our students to grow and achieve at higher levels. It's more about deliberately shaping a high-expectations environment. Remember the work of John Hattie, which is in the process of being updated once again: Teacher estimates of achievement are one of the highest effect sizes. High beliefs about student ability married to intentional pedagogical practices are what shape the path to a different future for students. Thank you for the work you do every day. Remember:

86% of our high school students expect to attend at least a 4-year college.

We will keep 100% of the doors open for our Lakeview students.

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, October 16

Firefighter visit for first grade - 2:30 p.m.


Thursday, October 18

Flu Shot Clinic 2-5 p.m.

District Social Studies Team 4-5 p.m.


Friday, October 19

Grandparent's Day 8:30-10:00


Tuesday, October 23

District Character Ed Team 4-5 p.m.


Wednesday, October 24

Lakeview Staff Meeting 7:15-8:15 a.m.

District Trauma Sensitive Team 3:30-5:15 p.m.

Bits & Pieces

Family newsletter - Here is a link to this week's family newsletter.


Thank you, everyone - for your work on the weekly newsletters. The feedback really is positive. We're going to keep pushing ahead with the weekly format. I click into them myself as well and appreciate the peek into your classrooms from the family perspective.


Conferences - If you have not turned in your attendance list from conferences, please do so. All I need is a list of who showed and who did not. Please place in the basket on Roxanne's desk.


Indoor Recess - As we move into a time of year where indoor recess becomes more common, it would be helpful if recess supervisors knew what the expectations are for your classroom during indoor recess. For example: Can students in your room use Chromebooks during indoor recess? If so, what websites are acceptable? Be specific with your students. My big rule for indoor recess is "Everyone must be seated" - that eliminates 99% of problems. Another one that seems to work is "Nothing flies through the air". I suggest posting something by your emergency ring that lists indoor recess expectations for your room.


Report Card due dates - Link to document. These are also on our Google Calendar.


Happy School Board Appreciation Week - We certainly enjoy a stable and supportive school board in SM. Many thanks to them for their leadership.

PTO Update

PTO met on Thursday night and ...

• Blaise Paul talked about the referendum and answered questions

• Talked about a shoe donation fundraiser that will happen likely in March

• Discussed Lakeview spirit wear for staff and students ... more info on this soon.

• Received reports on recent fundraisers including book fair and color run

• Planned for upcoming events including Grandparent's Day on October 19 and Movie Evening on November 15.

• Discussed providing funds for classroom libraries. Stay tuned on this one - I should have more info in next Friday's newsletter.

Teachers: PTO mentioned that in the past, staff have had "wish lists" ready for grandparent's day. Just a reminder that you might want to think about this in the next few days.

Thank you to Heather Hillstrom for attending and Chris Clausen for leading us!

Next PTO meeting is November 8th.

IEP Process Update

After conferences, I had a few questions about special education referrals. Please use this procedure going forward.

If a family mentions or wonders about an IEP for their student, the family should schedule a meeting with the principal. If, at that time, the family wishes to request a referral, the parent will put it in writing to me and I will talk to the appropriate people.

Educator Effectiveness/Evaluation

This is the time of year to finish all beginning-of-year EE documents. This includes teaching staff as well as paras. Please hit "submit" on these documents by Thursday, October 18 if possible. Please let me know if you have any remaining questions.

Digital Citizenship Week

I want to thank Diane, Tammy, and Betsy for their work to create the materials for Digital Citizenship week, which is next week. I especially appreciate how they connected it to Character Ed.

I do expect everyone to include this material in your daily plans next week because our students need this information more than ever at this time.
K-2 Slides

3-5 Slides

Character Dares & Trauma Sensitive Schools

I hope you shared your "Why" with students last week. Our next character dare is below!

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