Middle School Principals Newsletter

September 2019

Welcome Back!

Strong Leaders Make Strong Schools!

"What you think is important is what your staff, students and parents will think is important."

If someone were to ask your teachers/principals what 3 things they thought were important to you, what 3 things would they say?

State Testing Update - Presentation

Chad Hagstrom-Attendance Liaison Officer

Fax to Family Court: 257-3299

Kathy Richardson/Intake officer

Chad Hagstrom's Phone: #(810) 591-4979

You don't have to wait until 10 days to do mediation. Call Chad so it can be addressed early.

Effective Practices: Competition between classes for the month for attendance; attendance groups; promoting positive attendance.

Kristy Knight (810) 591-7337 and cell: (810) 597-7770 on what is working in Grand Blanc: #schooleveryday. Proactive attendance committee; Bobby Maksymowski (810) 208-7757 from Horace Mann will support schools with attendance incentives ($250). He asks for 5 minutes at a staff meeting, brings food, gift cards for a few minutes to share insurance information with the staff.

Trying to be proactive and preventative. This year DHHS will come with Chad for school level mediations. This diversion coach will be present, with the signature of the parent, to

Go to attendanceworks.org for great ideas and information.

Revised Social Studies Standards News

  • Approved by SBE June 2019 for immediate implementation
  • Revised MSTEP expected to be administered Spring 2022
  • PD Development Committee working on 5 year plan
  • Monday, October 14, 2019, MDE Standards Rollout Session
  • Social Studies Teacher Leaders Meeting will focus on implementing revised standards

Biggest Changes

  • Infusion of C3 Framework and pedagogical shifts
  • Emphasis on essential practices for disciplinary literacy instruction
  • Middles School 6h grade is World Geography and 7th grade is World History and Geography Eras 1-4


Computer Science Standards DRAFT

Why Poverty Matters; Why We Can Matter More!

for a complete list of all of the strategies:


School Improvement

Professional Learning Opportunities

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