High School Principals' Newsletter

March 2020

Change Check-Up:

February is a great time to check-in with initiatives, strategies or goals that you may have started in your district this year. It could have been a new Strategic Plan, a new curriculum, a new behavior support system, a literacy initiative or something else!

What were some of the changes that you wanted to see?

How's it going? What is working? What are challenges?

Some reminders about change:

1. All student change (behavior or academic) demands a change in adult behavior

2. For systemic change it needs to happen at all (3) levels:

  • personal level (in their classroom/on their own)-new habits
  • social level (PLC, grade level teams, with coaches) and
  • system level (school-wide/district-wide processes and supports)

3. People mess up. Encourage principals to work with their teachers to come up with a Plan B for when the process isn't followed or an acceptable alternative. Might it look different in different buildings or at different levels?

SOURCE: Change Anything (2011).

Considering the Whole Child in District and School Improvement Plans-March 16th AM/PM Repeat Sessions

When: March 16 AM/PM Repeat Sessions
Where: GCI Room: Excel
What Time: 9:00-11:30 OR 1:00-3:30

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/2HLHg3r

Sybil Lenzi and Karen Stong will present interactive half day sessions (AM or PM Repeat) structured to provide an overview of the ASCD/CDC Whole School, Community, Child (WSCC) model and the implications for creating Needs Assessments and Improvement Plans via ASSIST or MICIP. Deepen your knowledge about the Whole Child framework to build a foundation for a revised School/District Improvement Plan.

MDE believes caring for, supporting, and educating the whole child is an essential part of promoting academic achievement and excellence throughout the Pre-natal through Age 20 (P-20) system. The practical aspects of promoting the whole child requires an approach that encompasses evidence-based practices. MDE supports the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, a leading national model. The WSCC model was developed in collaboration by education and public health practitioners (ASCD and the Centers for Disease Control).

Statistics in Schools

Statistics in Schools

The US Census Bureau is kicking off 2020 with recruitment for the Statistics in Schools Ambassador Program. Please share the messaging below with teachers in your schools and districts.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for teacher ambassadors to join the Statistics in Schools Ambassador Program. Are you a Pre-K through 12th grade teacher or know someone who is? Email CLMSO.SISambassador@census.gov for more information and how to apply to represent your school and community on a national scale.

Use census resources in the classroom – lesson plans, data, and more available for free at: www.census.gov/schools.

2020 School Wellness Award

2020 School Wellness Award

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announces the launch of the 2020 School Wellness Award. The award encourages Michigan schools to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco/nicotine-free lifestyles for students and staff. The Michigan School Wellness Award recognizes and applauds schools working to create healthier school environments by establishing School Health Teams, completing the Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) assessments and action plan, and implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes. All Michigan K-12 public and non-public schools are eligible to apply. The School Wellness Award will recognize schools committed to increasing student achievement with a healthier school community. Award winning schools will be recognized in May 2020 during a ceremony at the state capitol with local legislators.

The MDHHS, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Action for Healthy Kids invite schools to apply for the award by April 16, 2020. The online application can be found at http://swa.mihealthtools.org, along with additional information about the award and creating healthy school environments. Questions may be directed to Karen Krabill Yoder at MDHHS at yoderk@michigan.gov or 517-335-8908.

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Senate Bill 600

As presented by Vanita Wilson

New Legislative Requirements for Career Exploration

Click HERE for the link to the reference sheet.


Each week, Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability provides you with time sensitive, important information on student assessments and accountability. Don’t miss critical information -- Please click the following link for the March 5, 2020 edition of Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability

November's Spotlight


Dr. Tammy Pawloski Update and Debrief

Strategy #1: Building Relationships

Strategy #2: Reducing Stress

Strategy #3: Increasing Status

Strategy #4: Motivation

Strategy #5: Student Behavior

Dr. Tammy Pawloski is back on Monday, March 9th!

  • Your district team should be sharing the information with their staff
  • Using the information, teachers to decide what THEY are going to do in their classroom
  • Teachers should be then writing a plan and collecting data

What initiatives are happening? To what extent are teachers creating plans? Impact?


Poverty Matters-A Listing of All Strategies

for a complete list of all of the strategies:


Spelling Bee

Dear Principals, Curriculum directors and Spelling Bee Coordinators,

Below you will find links to the 2020 Genesee County Regional County Bee documents.

Spelling Bee is Coming on March 2nd!




Melissa and Linda

ITV Course Smore:

Below is the link with updates as pertain to the 2020-21 GenNET ITV Course Information for the HS Principals’ Smore:

Link: https://www.smore.com/59476-2020-21-gennet-itv-course-info

“Tuesdays With…”

Program now open to HS students and Upper Elementary Students.

Link: https://www.smore.com/825an/edit?ref=show_author

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