Beating the Odds

Lakeview Staff Newsletter - May 17

Some quick links

Here are four things that caught my eye this week:

1. An article entitled "How ‘Just One Change’ in the Classroom Can Lead to Greater Student Curiosity". As we wade deeper into changes to science and social studies, inquiry and curiosity are going to be essential to our practice. Here is the link.

2. How to create student response boxes in Google Slides (link here). Most of us think slides are for presenting information, but you can use them to gather information as well. Alice Keeler's website is a great resource for all sorts of ways to use Google Apps in creative pedagogical ways.

3. Creating end of year photo slide shows? Here is a way to quickly and easily create slideshows in Google Slides. This is from Richard Byrne, another great resource for teachers.

4. Lastly, the title of this article made me laugh: "How to respond to stupid suggestions". Disclaimer ... this isn't about Lakeview at all. I really just thought the title was funny.

PTO Update

PTO met on Thursday, May 16. Using our new bylaws, the new executive board was elected:

President - April Swanson

Treasurer - Samantha Schendel

Secretary - Bridget Regan

The PTO is working on some back-to-school events in August and some after-school enrichment activities next school year. This Summer, the PTO will apply for recognition as a 501(c)(3) organization. And we will continue to work together on grants for new playground equipment.

Instructional Schedule Thinking

The instructional schedule team met twice this week. Many thanks to Maria, Janet, Jenny J, Rachel, Melissa, and Therese. This team viewed a 20-minute webinar ahead of time that really explained the "Why" of solid scheduling. Here is a link to that webinar (scroll down to the one called Innovative Schedules, watch from 6:00-26:00 if interested). Some things we are trying to take into account include:

• Intervention times that do not overlap for any grade level

• Schedules that support the variety of services we provide to students, especially through push-in models

• Literacy and math blocks do not all happen concurrently so that coaches can use their time efficiently when they are at Lakeview.

• Word study that is grouped as closely as possible to Writer's Workshop times

• "White space" in every schedule for rotating needs such as science, read-aloud, interactive writing, second step, 3rd PE (which is greatly decreased due to 4-day rotations), DARE, etc.

So ... here is a link to a pretty good first draft from the group. We are interested in specific feedback that can still accommodate the points listed above. If you have thoughts, talk to me and/or the members of the group. By the way, here is a link to the required minutes for our days.

More coffee? Of course!

Yes! As mentioned the other day, the "Better Together Mobile Cafe" will be in front of Lakeview on Monday morning, starting at about 7:30 a.m. This has been generously arranged by Marta Ahler and her family in appreciation of all of YOU! The owner of the mobile cafe is Marta's neighbor. We have tickets in the office for you to claim your free beverage on Monday morning. This is for everyone in the building. Thank you, Ahlers!

Looking Ahead

Monday, May 20

Quick meeting after school at 3:45 for all classroom teachers, special ed teachers, and interventionists


Wednesday, May 22

By school board proclamation, today is "Ms. Robb Day" in South Milwaukee!

Staff meeting 7:15 a.m.


Thursday, May 23

First grade to Milwaukee County Zoo


Friday, May 24

SM Summer Library assembly for all grades in the gym from 1:30-2:00 p.m.


Monday, May 27

Memorial Day!


Wednesday, May 29

Ms. Manthe's class bike safety in morning


Thursday, May 30

Mr. Tinsen's class bike safety in the morning

By school board proclamation, today is "Ms. Amich Day" in South Milwaukee!

Lakeview Retirement Party in the evening!

Clarity Survey

Please remember that all students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th PLUS all teachers must take the Clarity survey. Here is the link. It is not long, but it is important data. It is always my expectation that we complete surveys like this as directed because they feed into committee work and often provide data for grant applications.

Structural Items

Illuminate - Now that SLO's are mostly submitted, this would be a good time to enter all of your needed information into Illuminate before starting report cards. Please be sure end-of-year assessments are entered. See a coach if you are unsure.


MAP Testing - Window closes on Wednesday, May 22nd. There are still a few students with a missing test, due to absences. As soon as those kiddos are here, please have them test.


School supply list for 2019-2020 - click here for link

Room map for next year - click here for link

Specials Rotation for 2019-2020 - click here for link

Furniture/Room concerns - this document.


Family newsletter - Link to this week's family newsletter


Elementary Blackout Dates - Here is a link to the calendar

Character Dares & Trauma Sensitive Schools

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