Principal Weekly Notes

May 9-13, 2016 - Week 34 of school

Restorative Justice Training

I have withdrawn my registration for this scheduled training in Dillon Wednesday and Thursday . There are too many commitments that have come up. Please check this Week's Schedule and Google Calendar for the events of this week.

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. Put this on your radar for next week. I would like each grade level team to complete class lists suggestions for next year by the end of next week. I will share the categories that you should consider while balancing later this week.

2. I will be sharing with you Classified Evaluation forms for you to give input on our paraprofessionals. Please fill those out and turn them into Kristy (she will place in an envelope) by Friday, May 13th. It is important that I have your input as I will be finalizing their evaluations and having their EOY meetings next week.

3. Don't forget your ELL Redesignation Meeting with Jen.

4. Please don't make me come find you to have a private conversation about this. :) Even though CDE didn't come for this, you need to complete the ELD program survey that was sent out by Tara. Please put a sticky note on my door with your name on it indicating you have completed this survey. I only have 11 sticky notes on my door for this!

5. Write any and all activities for the month of May on the Calendar in the front office so we know what is going on these last four weeks. If you have a field trip planned, please make sure you are notifying our kitchen, Karma or Judy at the high school, and Kristy so that we have accurate lunch counts!

Annual Leave Policy Reminder

Please be sure to let me know when you are going to be gone from work. It is important that I not find out that you are going to be gone via AESOP the morning of your absence. There are so many things that can go wrong with subs (ie - they cancel, no one fills the job, etc.) Please read the regulation below and make sure you are adhering to it. Thank you!

Purpose: The purpose of this Regulation is to establish a uniform procedure for annual leave days.

Responsibility: It is the responsibility of the principal or supervisor to see that annual leave is used in accordance with this Regulation.


1. Current Annual Leave will be earned per Policy GCGG for licensed staff and per Policy GDCA for classified employees.

2. Unless the nature of the leave is an unforeseen illness or emergency, the principal or supervisor should be notified 72 hours in advance.

3. Current Annual Leave can only be used for three (3) consecutive days. Any days beyond three (3) days will need to be accompanied by a doctor’s note.

4. Current Annual Leave must be used before Accumulated Annual Leave usage.

5. Any Current Annual Leave remaining at the end of the year will roll into the employee’s Accumulated Annual Leave Bank up to a balance of 120 days.

6. Accumulated Annual Leave can only be used for personal illness or illness in the family.

7. Sick leave earned under a previous policy or prior to the creation of this regulation will be placed in the employee’s Accumulated Annual Leave bank.

8. Requests for Current Annual Leave days used before or after a vacation, holiday, or during the first or last week of the school year, will be presented to the Administrative Team by the employee’s principal. Employees should complete the appropriate form provided for such absences, 72 hours in advance, except in the case of an illness or emergency (see Regulation GBGGE). Employees should not make arrangements for leave until or unless leave request is approved.

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This Week's Meetings and Events

Mon. May 9th:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* Kindergarten Connection Day

* Kamisha at Admin Mtg, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.

* Supt. Interview Training, 4:00 p.m. - Admin

* CPP Advisory Council - 4:15 p.m.

Tues. May 10th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Serio (pm)

* Supt. Interviews, 8:30-3:30 p.m. (Kamisha)

* Specials Deep Planning, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

* PBiS Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

* PAC Mtg, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Wed. May 11th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Talent Show Auditions, After school

Thurs. May 12th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* Kindergarten Safety Day, 9:45 - 1:45 p.m.

* Counselor's Collab - 9:00-10:00 a.m.

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m

* District ELL Mtg, 8:00-10:00 a.m. (Kamisha)

* Admin Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Kamisha)

* Talent Show Callbacks - After school

* School Bd Work Session and Mtg, 4:00 p.m. (Budget)

Fri. May 13th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Deep Planning - All Grades

* NIE Young Writers Field Trip to Steamboat

* 5th Grade CMS Tour, 9:35-10:15 a.m.

* Bldg Collab, 2:20 p.m.

* District Collab - Grades K, 1, 2, Lit Coordinators - 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Events Happening Next Week (May 16-20)

Mon. May 16th:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.

Tues. May 17th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Serio (pm)

* Kinder/PreK Buddy Day

* Citizen of the Month Lunch - 11:00 a.m.

* No Specials Deep Planning

Wed. May 18th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* 3rd Grade Yampa Valley River State Park Field Trip, 8:00-3:00

Thurs. May 19th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* Counselor's Collab - 9:00-10:00 a.m.

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m

Fri. May 20th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Field Day (10:00-11:30), Lunch (11:30-12:15), Talent Show in Afternoon

* No Deep Planning

* Bldg Collab, TBD

UbD Summer Academies

The New Teacher Induction Program will finish the last three meetings of the year with UbD instruction. The meetings will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm at the admin office in the board room on the following dates:

Monday, February 29th
Monday, March 28
Wednesday, April 27th

We are inviting any teaching staff to join in as a review to prepare for UbD Summer Academy! If you are interested, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, February 24th. The agenda for each session is listed below:

Session 1:
* Survey
* Homework Prior to that Day- What is UbD? Video - Read Module A & B in the book, The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units (Homework is for new teachers, but others may want to review your Stage I, 2, and 3 materials prior to attending)
* Why Concept Based Learning?
* Brief Stages at a Glance- Acquisition-Meaning-Transfer
* Unpacking Standards-BIG Ideas & Concepts (Why behind scope & sequences)
* Transfer Goals

Session 2:
* Homework-Video- Additional Reading on Assessments-
* Take Transfer Goal and write GRASPS
* Understandings-EQ’s

Session 3:
* Homework-
* Know’s & Do’s
* Formative Assessment
* Lesson Design (Connect WHHW to UbD)

Refer back to the email I sent to you for the Google Form to fill out and submit.

MCSD 5 Non-Negotiables

1. Unwrapping the Standards - This is a stand alone in the 7 Best Practices because it is so critical. If you don't unpack the standards correctly and focus in on the nouns and verbs, your learning targets will not be focused on the right stuff!

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process (see below)

3. Non Fiction Writing - At the elementary level, we should always have high expectations for students in writing (including grammar, punctuation, etc). Non Fiction Writing means students should be writing more often, not just during writing time. Students should be writing in other subject areas and teachers should still holding students to the high standards of writing. The provisional writing is really for those teachers who teach outside of the "regular" classroom like PE, Music, Art, etc. These teachers should be having students reflect and write in journals about their learning. In this instance, it is really about getting the students to write at least once a week.

4. Assessment Matrices - In Reading, Writing, and Math. Other subject areas are optional this year.

5. Lesson Design - that includes these 4 components (See chart below):

What do we expect our students to learn? (Standards, Goals, Expectations)

How do we best teach? (7 Best Practices, Marzano's 9, Schlechty's 10 Engagement

Strategies, Non-Fiction Writing)

How do we know they learned it? (Formative assessment, Classroom assessment,

Summative assessment)

What if:

- We teach it and they already know it? (Using pre-assessment to determine)

- We teach it but they don't learn it? (Re-teach)

Don't forget that you must use the District Scope and Sequence! Most updated versions are on the district website.

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Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

1. Post it/Publish it - Daily Learning Target - Remember, this is primarily for the teacher. Get zeroed in on what you are going to teach and what you are going to assess.

2. State it and Unwrap it - Do this with the students. They need to understand why they are learning this.

3. Give it Relevancy - Students need to understand why they need to learn this.

4. Bring it back, Bring it back, Bring it back! - Bring students back to the learning target multiple times during the lesson. "Remember what our learning target is...."

5. Assess it - Each day, in some way, assess student learning connected to the learning target.

Learning targets are to be posted for each content area and correlated to the learning occurring at that time. They should be displayed in the following format:

"I can ________ (verb) ___________(content) by ___________________ (assessment or product)."

7 Best Standards Based Practices

1. Unit/Lesson Design

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

3. Unwrapping the standards (nouns/verbs) for both teacher and students

4. Exemplars

5. Classroom Assessment

6. Assessment Matrix

7. Standards based Feedback, Grading, and Reporting

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