Summer Staff Weekly Update #3

17.18 Longbranch Elem.

Now Hiring Orange Ninjas--8 hired and 2 to go

What is an orange ninja?
An orange ninja is a top secret LBES employee who takes on the responsibility of spreading happiness throughout the year for a specific group of staff members. You have to stay anonymous ALL YEAR LONG. It doesn't have to cost money, but it can. Orange ninjas keep a pulse on their group and send positive messages, cards, candy, a cute meme from an anonymous email address, etc. throughout the year.

End in mind for orange ninjas: Spread the happy.

To apply: Let Erika know you're interested in being on this top secret team.

School Transformation Day 2017

Although they said 3 weeks...we really think they'll be finished painting by the end of this week. Next step...transformation for 2017-2018.

We will be organizing a BIG prep day on July 28th where we will be:
  • Touching up the gray paint
  • Changing out the teacher hallway classroom markers
  • Moving the Class of banners
  • Hanging the student's name plaques
  • Setting up staff info stations in your alcoves
  • Creating and hanging all the headers for your hallway displays
  • Decorating the new featured areas of the school

Sign up to help here. We need a big 'ol crew that day and would love to have you.

This is data about our fidelity of PBIS implementation. :) Check out the Tier 2 and Tier 3 growth!! Way to go, PBIS team!!

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Sign Up for Your 17.18 Club

We're getting a jump start on clubs for 17.18 in hopes of having our first club day in September. Please sign up for the club you want to host next year. These are the clubs the kids requested.

Porch Pop Ins--WOW!!!

We have...23 teachers!!!!! signed up for Porch Pop Ins. I can't wait to see this impact on our community. William will be so proud of us. When your postcards arrive, we'll be seeking your dates and times so we can work on your postcards for you. If you'd prefer to do your own, we'll give you that option as well.

Such a great article!!

This one is so perfect because it hits on the best practices for poverty...but it's about sped.

Back to School Agendas

August 11th: TLIM Empowering Instruction
8:30am to 3:30pm

August 14th: Opening Day
8am to 3pm
8-9am: Complete online task (Read handbook/eval procedures/policies/code of ethics/etc. and sign off)
9-9:30am: Office Staff Reminders and Evaluation Review
9:30-10am: PBL Preview
10am-11:30am: Set 17.18 WIGs/Plan WIG Boards
11:30am-noon: Lighthouse Team and Lighthouse Status Update
Noon: lunch
Afternoon: Work on your own and meds training
Would also be a good time for action teams to touch base.

August 15th: PD Day
8am to 3pm
8-9:30am: PBIS 2.1 with our PBIS team
9:30-12pm: Meditation and Mindfulness with Cathy Sacco
Noon: Lunch
12:30pm-1:00pm: Trauma Informed School Plans
Afternoon: Complete online PD's (PBIS, BBP)

Huddle Leaders

I'm revising this. Let's do Huddle on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I will lead one day. Steph will lead the other day. I hate that I got out of the regularity of this while hosting the Beanery this year. We'll be back at it this year.

Back to School Dates

August 1 and 2: KinderCamp
August 9: Meet the Teacher Night
August 11: TLIM Year 3 Training
August 14: Opening Day, PBL Preview, and Meds Training
August 15: Morning PD (Mindfulness), Afternoon PD (Required online)
August 16: Opening Day for Students

Curriculum Nights: Week of September 5th. What is our plan? Roundtable like last year? Student led? Back to old format. You guys give me feedback on this.


Our current Voxer groups are:
  • LB Teacher Share Group (where we can share ideas and resources)
  • ILT 17.18 (instructional leadership team--formerly team leaders)
  • Longbranch Gratitude
  • Lighthouse

If you're not in one of the groups and want to be added, please let Erika know.

Assessment/PD/Meeting Calendar for 17.18

PBLs for 17.18

Please add your planned PBLs to this list. You have "edit" rights to this spreadsheet. Please update it.

This info is also on the Lead Learners site on the front page.

Teacher List 17.18

This is what I believe to be true at this point in time. If I need to adjust anything below, please let me know.

Erin Roach and Candace Clayton--Job share
Lisa Fischer
Lori Maddux

First Grade Teams
Beth Cahill (ELA/SS) and Linda Myers (Math and Science)
Lauren Ward (ELA/SS) and Robin Jones (Math and Science)
Cindy Wright (ELA/SS) and Theresa Sipple (Math and Science)

Second Grade Teams
Susan Alig (ELA/SS) and Kathy Molen (Math and Science)
Kim Delaney (ELA/SS) and Michele Stevens (Math and Science)
Liz Kidwell (ELA/SS) and Amy Shirden (Math and Science) and Mary Cann (co-teacher)

Melanie Siler (self contained)

Third Grade Teams
Diana Harkins (ELA/SS) and Jordan Coyle (Math and Science)
Ryan Barger (ELA/SS) and Donna Linesch (Math and Science)
Cindy Nelson (ELA/SS) and Pat Lucia (Math and Science)

Fourth Grade Teams
Nicki Sagastegui (ELA) and Cheryl Michels (Math)
Trisha Bremer (ELA) and Sarah Harvey (Math)
Amanda Leatherman (ELA) and Candace Heinze (Math)
All teachers teaching science and social studies.

Fifth Grade
Michelle Piatt (ELA), Brittany Pendleton (ELA), and Julia Whalen (ELA)

Meredith Larison (Math), Jenna Sommerkamp (Math), and Sami Cadwallader (Math)
All teachers teaching science and social studies. Teachers do not teach in teams.

Sped Team
Chris Bolanos: Complex Needs
Jennie Wagoner: K, 3, 4, and 5
Heather Lawson: K, 3, 4, ad 5
Mary Balles: Complex Needs
Mary Cann: 1 and 2 (coteach with Shirden/Kidwell)

Unified Arts
Nitza Fernandez-Plaski: Spanish
Jack Steele: Art
Ellen Steele: Reading Interventionist
Stacie Kegley: Library
Melanie Roberts: STC, 1st grade Keyboarding, 2nd grade PBL