Friday Notes

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Blog: Wise Words

I was in the cafeteria yesterday. I have a student in my quadrant who is ALWAYS out of his seat. I have taking the tactic of joking with him as a way to get him to stay in his seat a little more often. As I wandered around my supervision quadrant I noticed this young man was sharing a seat on the opposite side of the table from where he started. I meandered over to him and said, "if you were the principal what would you say to a kid who is always out his seat?" His response? "I would ask him what's up."

Wise words my friend. Don't let frustration get the best of you. Sometimes asking a student "what's up" is the best tactic. You may be surprised at what you find out. A behavior that makes no sense to you, may make all the sense in the world to them.

Back to School Night Data

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Total Attendance = 442 unique families reported by 45 total teachers

Like most years the comments were scattered. This year there were three comments that were mentioned more than once. Some are not directly related to Back to School Night but worth noting:

1. Parents hated Mr. Smith's announcements (sorry, Rob), and felt it interrupted time for the teacher to talk.

2. Textbook codes were a concern

3. More maps to find classrooms (which is something we addressed with the enlarged maps and student council ambassadors....not sure what else to do here? Suggestions welcome.)

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Short evaluations will begin next week. If you have any questions let one of the administrators know.

Goal and Growth information will need to be entered into PIVOT by September 1. Information on goal and growth plans can be found in the Teacher Evaluation Handbook on pages 11-14. Our building goals remain 90% ISTEP and less than 10% D-F rate.

Still stuck? You can schedule me to come to your room during PREP on any day to assist. Just click on the Calendly link below and pick a meeting time. After you submit we will both be sent Outlook invites.

My Genius Hour Project

I am still developing some final details, but my Genius Hour plan has morphed into a photography project. The goal is to better promote our ECA opportunities here at East. I am not sure of what my final product will be, but I am having a blast learning all about sports photography. In fact, Roberts Camera is providing me with an opportunity to attend a sports photo workshop at an Indy Eleven Game! I will be on the sidelines with an instructor taking pictures on September 13th!

Below are some photos I took last night....enjoy!

From The HR Department

Below is the schedule of informational meetings for open enrollment. Kendra Diehl and/or Jill Britt will be presenting during the meeting. As a reminder ALL benefits eligible employees are invited to these meetings, both classified and certified.

AFLAC will be available for questions the same date as our informational meetings and will be available for several hours to meet with staff. Please note if a staff member cannot attend the meeting in their building, they are free to attend any of the meetings on the schedule below.

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Volunteers Needed

Our PTC does a lot of great work for our school. In order to be a true Parent-Teacher Connection, we would love to have a teacher rep at each meeting. It DOES NOT have to be the same person. In fact I prefer that it is several people to break up the amount of nights spent here at meetings.

Here are the meeting dates. If you are interested let me know.

PTC Meetings 7pm in the Media Center

Sept 12

Nov 14

Dec 12

Jan 9

Feb 13

Mar 13

Apr 10

May 8 (this one is tentative. I see a conflict on our calendar)


Some folks have asked what our overall goal is for Canvas this year. I have included the district SMART goals for Canvas below. With any new innovation there will always be a little bit of "implementation anxiety." That is okay. Let me help you. Let Mark help you. Let you colleagues help you. We will get this done together.
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Grant Opportunities

The Indiana After School Network had a list of grant opportunities on the bottom of their monthly newsletter. Definitely worth checking out:


The Franklin Township Education Foundation is offering partial funding of grants submitted by teachers through the Donor's Choose website ( Please share this information will all teachers in your building.

What: Donor's Choose Grants

When: Grants submitted to Donor's Choose from October 1, 2017-October 31, 2017 will be considered for funding

Who: All Franklin Township Community School Corporation teachers, counselors, school psychologists, speech therapists and administrators are eligible to apply.

If you have any questions contact Barbara Fengya, FTEF Grant Committee member, at or 317-862-2603.

PRIDE Update

Math and LA teachers are finishing up their first full week with their acceleration kiddos. I appreciate their hard work in looking at the data and getting after those who need a boost to get up to speed.

I also have noticed students are struggling to get to PRIDE with their back packs. I added a minute to the PRIDE passing period to see what happens. I am not letting students know as I think some would move even slower.

Upcoming Dates:

8/28 - PRIDE Shuffle

*Pride Attendance will be taken through Infinite Campus at this time. When the PRIDE shuffle takes place on 8/28 then we will revert back to the DRIVE to take attendance.

The PRIDE guidance document can be found here: PRIDE Guidance Document

Homework Document

Thanks for your efforts on the homework document. Your department leaders will be following up with you to ensure that this tool is available EVERY night for our parents. We want them to be responsible for their child's learning. Let's give them the tools!

Here is the link to next week:

Counselors Corner

Kyle McClarnon

All 6th Grade

7th Grade Last Name A-M

Sarah Ready

All 8th Grade

7th Grade Last Name N-Z

Counselor Sign Up Process

Counselor Request Forms are now 100% electronic. Students can sign up to speak with a counselor from any device that has internet access. Chromebooks are set up in the office for students to make a request. Teachers: you can save this link on your computer or ipad, and students can sign up directly from your room! As always, if a student is in crisis they will be seen by a counselor immediately.

High Ability Identification Process

The high ability identification process is outlined here. This process applies to current 6th and 7th grade students; with placement decisions for the 18-19 school year. Recommendations can be made from now until January 12th. If you have questions, please see Kyle or Sarah.

21st Century Scholars at Parent Teacher Conferences

There will be a representative from 21st Century Scholars with us on the evening of Parent Teacher Conferences. This is a great opportunity for parents of our 7th and 8th graders to get signed up for the program! As you contact parents about conferences, please let them know about this wonderful opportunity in Computer Lab 605! Here is a list of items parents will need to get enrolled in 21st Century Scholars.

Genius Hour Professional Development

Monday, Aug. 21st, 2:30pm

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN

Make sure to check out the assignment posted in Canvas!

District Tech Team Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 24th, 7:45am