September 16, 2016


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Choose Your Attitude, Make Their Day, Be Present, Play

Choose Your Attitude

Teachers - Thanks for having a great attitude during our first Data Day on Tuesday! You really dug into the data to create student cards and goal setting worksheets along with developing a teacher goal for your BOY conference with me! Great work!!

Make Their Day

All those who made treats for the September Birthdays on Monday! You definitely made the day for all staff with the special treats!

K-2 Data Day Teachers for creating the Student Card Template

Be Present

Thanks to Jama, Gary, Mark, Kyle, Joy, Marica, and Randy for "being present" for the Bus Evacuation Drills on Wednesday morning!


For June working with the "Waterford Welcomers" to "role play" introduction of new students!

Joy gets an "A" for "carving out" more time! The conversation went like this, "Yes, you read that right. I am proposing that we meet on Thursday at 10:00 p.m., since we have so much to do. :) JK!!!!! I have to meet with you to go over the iReady stuff before we start on Monday. When???? IDK. It will probably take about 30 minutes."

PTO Delivery - Mums, Mums, and More Mums!!

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Follow-Up to Data Day

Please remember the following after our Data Day on Tuesday:

  • Have goal setting conferences with your students between now and September 30th. (Goals are based on their individual RIT's in reading and math for MOY)
  • Complete reflections on your goal setting conferences with students and bring your reflections (written in your cluster journal) to our Data Day, Part II, on October 4th. (The reflection questions are included in the Data Day PP I sent to you this afternoon.)
  • Complete your Teacher Goals for Reading and Math (Boy to MOY), schedule a goal setting conference with Katrina, and meet with her by October 7th.
  • September 28th: Will be our first D.A.M. (Data Analysis Meeting) during grade level planning. Julea and I will be meeting with Grade Level teams in the TAP room. We will be focusing on math. More information will be forthcoming.


We had 6 of us attend the I-Ready training on Thursday, Sept. 7th. This is going to be a great tool for us to provide math support to students at the varying levels in each classroom!

Randy has already developed and communicated a schedule for the 45 minutes a week needed for students to work on the iReady program. We will begin this schedule next week. Please see Randy if you have any questions.

  • Once a month as kids are working on the program, a progress monitoring quiz will automatically pop up for them. They will take this quiz and it will become a data point on their aim line. (The district will be setting this up and having the growth line set for a years worth of growth.) Teachers will need to monitor student progress once a week. Kyle, Joy, Sarah, and Jan can help you see HOW to monitor. Your grade level team can help you determine WHAT to monitor.
  • Please be aware that the expectation is that you have your students work on the program for 45 minutes a week and progress monitor weekly. Kyle, Joy, Sarah, and Jan will be meeting with their respective grade levels to help support the implementation of this IReady piece. Sarah will be meeting with 2nd and 3rd. She will be contacting you for a time.
  • Contact Parents

    We a little over 5 weeks into the school year. If you are seeing any concerns with students in your classroom (academic or behavior), make sure you have made some sort of contact with parents to communicate your concerns. Also, it's important to communicate with parents whose child is doing well. Relationships with our parents are so important! Keep the lines of communication open with them. It takes a village...


    The report card draft has been completed and is in the technology department for formatting. A copy will be sent to each principal to share with grade levels. When you look at it, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions. These will be shared with district leadership who will make final recommendations.

    Additionally, we will not be using Skyward for grades at least for the first semester. However, teachers will need to enter final grades at some point for the quarters. Sarah will be sharing information on this process with all of you soon.

    TLT Update

    This week in TLT we continued our work on Learning Walks by developing a Learning Walk Form, along with Norms, based on the survey feedback that we received. The purpose, forms, and norms will be shared at the next Grade Level PLC Meeting on 9/20/16. Grade Level Chairs will then be sharing the information with their teams for feedback before finalizing the procedure and forms. Please don't hesitate to ask a TLT member for an update on our work!


    WINDOW B: 9/19-11/4

    Monday, September 19th:

    3-5 Cluster: - 7:05-8:05 a.m.

    K-2 Cluster: 3:05-4:05 p.m.

    PTO Meeting 6:00 p.m.

    Dual Immersion Meet, Greet, & Eat 6:30-8 p.m.

    Tuesday, September 20th:

    Staff Picture outside in the front of the building 7:20 a.m.

    Letter "A" Picture 8:30 a.m.

    Grade Level PLC Meeting 3:10-4:10 p.m. - We will be meeting in the TAP Room.

    Wednesday, September 21st:

    Co-Teaching PD 8-11 a.m. - Tap Room with Karen Blaha

    Reading Camp Meeting with Michelle Kercher at 4:15 - 2nd, Marisa, & Katrina

    "Newbie" Cluster 3:05-4:05 p.m.

    Thursday, September 22nd:

    Lockdown Drill 8:15 a.m. - Please walk your kids through this procedure PRIOR to the drill.

    TLT 3:10-4:30 p.m.

    Friday, September 23rd:

    New Teacher Breakfast 6:15 a.m. - Goshen Family Restaurant

    TAP Meeting 8:30-10:30 a.m. - Katrina Out

    Data Meeting with Diane 10-11 a.m. - Katrina

    October 7 - End of 1st grading period
    October 11 & 13 - Parent Teacher Conferences
    October 25 - TRIVIA NIGHT


    For Karen Hoover's mom

    For Linda as she continues to provide nursing care and assistance to family members


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