Middle School Principals

Newsletter, February 2016

Leadership Reads

"To succeed best, leaders must severely limit their focus to the most effective actions and repeatedly—even obsessively—clarify their expectations around those actions. If we can simplify (and, in the process, demystify) effective school leadership, we will multiply the number and proportion of ordinary people who become effective leaders."

Check out Mike Schmoker's new book, Leading with Focus: Elevating the Essentials for School and District Improvement. You can read the introduction and Chapter 1 here.

Early Warning Systems

Here's a Tool from Early Warning Systems in Education.

Dropout Screening & Early Warning Brief

Secondary Early Warning Systems: Shiawassee & Clinton Counties

Spring 2016-Testing Schedule Update

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Quick Facts to Know about Spring Assessment Changes:

1. ELA M-STEP Performance Tasks only for grades 5 and 8

2. Removal of classroom activities in both ELA and Math

3. There is no longer a grade 11 ELA and Math M-STEP, MDE will use the SAT for 11th grade ELA and Math accountability

School Improvement Key Dates to Remember:


School System Review (SSR) OR Interim Self-Assessment or Self Assessment

DUE March 18

School Improvement Plan (SIP)

DUE September 1


District System Review (DSR) OR District Interim Self Assessment or Self Assessment

DUE April 22

School Testing Conference: February 16-18 in Ann Arbor

Register HERE for the conference!

Assessment Links and Updates


MDE Link to all Things M-STEP


Update from Office of Assessment & Accountability

Principals Guide to the SAT

Professional Learning at GISD

February/March 2016

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