Principal Weekly Wrap Up

January 17, 2016

OAP Mission Statement:

To provide a collaborative learning community that prepares students for the future.

My Goals:

To have a safe place for all of us to be able to speak on tough topics and be aware of our own biases with clarity and deep compassion for students, parents, our community and each other.

To get us focused and to bring clarity to our systems by creating our "This is how we do business at Peterson handbook" by June 2016.

Campus Instructional Focus (A.K.A. POP):

After an analysis of campus data, we found that faculty and staff need to effectively use PLCs so that students will have clarity as to what they need to know and what they must be able to do with their learning in order to achieve personal growth in all content areas.

Theory of Action:

  • Provide the foundational purpose of the why behind PLCs.

    • Teachers will use PLCs as the primary strategy for improving the instructional culture of Peterson Elementary through:

      • Looking at student and teacher work;

      • Designing quality common formative assessments (CFAs)

      • Reviewing and responding to data.

  • Guiding Questions: What does an authentic and collaborative PLC look like? How does data, student work, and student feedback validate the effectiveness of PLCs? What professional development is needed to ensure that all staff members understand what learning targets, authentic learnings tasks, and collaborative PLCs look like?

    Campus Exemplar Teacher, Campus Instructional Support and Campus Administrative Support

    January 21st, we will honor our nominees and announce our campus representatives for the 2015-16 school year.

    Current status of campus transformational tasks:

    Almost completed: Schedule dates for attending and/or submitting documentation for the following: extended staff meeting, extended PLCs, Team Planning, SBBB, RTI, SST, Guided Groups, Tutoring Groups and State of the Class for the remainder of the year.

    February 1st- TENTATIVE due to carpets needing to be shampooed and cleaned prior to transferring of furniture into the portable. Early Childhood Center opens at Peterson (tentative move in date for PPCD/Prek into portable). STAAR/GATES will be moving locations. DATA Room/Wall returns to Peterson. WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!

    February 9th- State of Class (SOC) due. What data are you tracking (macro/micro)? What is the standard/TEK being tracked? What template [form] are you using to track the state of the class?

    Real-life example of Reviewing and Responding to Data: Update

    I am currently reviewing enrollment data:

    862 students in the system

    67 students enrolled after the start of school

    99 students removed from the system after the start of school

    29 students withdrew between October 2015-January 2016

    41 students enrolled between October 2015-January 2016

    Last week I shared my wonder and notice statements regarding the above data. My next steps were to look deeper into the data to determine appropriate actions to resolve my curiosity of our enrollment numbers.

    Next Steps shared last week: Update

    1. Meet with Monika to seek answers to above questions- not accomplished

    2. Follow up with Jessica regarding new families- in the process of finding a date that works with our schedules. Hopefully this will be accomplished this week.

    3. Discuss idea to welcome parents at PTA meeting on Tuesday- email sent to PTA asking for feedback. PTA invited to attend our staff meeting on January 21st.

    Next time in the smore: In addition to an update regarding the above...

    Campus examples of teachers reviewing and responding to data. I am looking forward to sharing with you what I have observed.

    Journal Writing- Week 15

    Deliberate Optimism: Can we model what we are asking of our students? Reflective thinking and capturing our thoughts on paper.

    Please join me this week in reflecting on the following question and/or task:

    PLC reflection, how well does your PLC review and respond to data? What should be celebrated? What should be tackled immediately to get your PLC on the correct path?

    Gallery Walk: Rock Stars of Peterson

    January 11-15, 2016

    Grade level expectations needed

    Please submit to Missy a copy of your grade level expectations by Friday January 22nd . (KDG, we have yours. If you have updated your expectations, please submit an update version).

    Review Arrival and Dismissal Expectations This Week

    Semester ends January 15th. All students with a ticket in the jar will receive a pencil rewarding them for getting caught following expectations.

    Professional Development Opportunities: See links below

    Texas Educamp is free. You will have to register to receive a free ticket. The event is designed for educators to meet in one spot, share ideas then create the schedule for the day to collaborate. If you are interested in attending or presenting, I encourage you to sign-up.

    Texas ASCD is not a free event. Well-known speakers I have seen, met and read about will be in attendance. Presenters are needed for this event. I encourage you to participate.

    If you have observed someone on campus exhibiting our mission statement and would like for them to receive Rock Star status, please email me

    Article/Blog Worth Reviewing: Week two

    Stride Academy: How is this intervention embedded into your classroom? How do you review and respond to the data?

    Stay in the know by reading the NISD news feed. For an example, bus stop changes begin January 19th.