Staff Memo

Oct. 2, 2015

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Sept. 21, 2015 Time Magazine

Don't know if you saw the cover of the Sept. 21, 2015 Time Magazine or not, but it made me laugh. The title was: "The Question Everything Issue" and the cover consisted of all kinds of questions. Questions like: Would you trade brains for beauty? How do you know when you've made it? Are computers too smart? Should we all wear body cams? Do ghosts exist?


I had to laugh because these questions sound much like ones our students might ask. (And the magaine wouldn't have sold much if it didn't include questions like: Can offensive art be great? Is monogomy over? Topless in public?)


When I flipped to the inside of the magainze to the table of contents, I read the title of this lead story: Question Everything. How could I not turn to page 60 immediately and see what I could learn?


The intro to the section where these questions are asked and debated says this: "Can we save conversation? In this hyperconnected age, the best surprises come when we stop, ask--and listen."


It ends this way: "The answers here just invite more questions. You don't have to agree. You just might want to think twice."


It seems to me that this is exactly what we want our students to do. Ask questions, stop, and listen. Ask more questions, think again. We are teaching a way of thinking and being.

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From the Fall 2015 Teaching Tolerance Magazine

Did you know?


  • 30% of Muslim Americans describe themselves as white, 23% as black, 21% as Asian, 6% as Hispanic, and 10% as other or mixed race. ~Pew Research Center


  • Child poverty rates are highest among black. Latino, and American Indian children? ~National Center for Children in Poverty, Quick Facts


  • 92% of American Indian students attend regular public schools; only a minority attend schools controlled by the Bureau of Indian Education. ~Executive Office of the President, 2014 Native Youth Report



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Upcoming PD Reminders and Revisions

  • Friday, Oct. 9 @7:35 in Art Room - Classroom Libraries and Read Alouds - The Art of Teaching Reading chapter 2


Please note the change in dates below:

  • Nov. 13 - No Staff Meeting
  • Nov. 20 - STAFF MEETING -Dr. Bourff plans to share his observations over the past eight plus months. His observations have translated into three distinct suggestions for a referendum.

    Dr. Bourff would like for the staff/community to tell him if he has an accurate account OR are there other needs to be considered.

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Looking Ahead

Monday, Oct. 5 Day 4

  • Pledge/MOS - Koewers
  • Chaucie's Place - K, 2, and 4
  • 8:00 Share the Load - TH - Dankowski
  • 10:30 Stakeholder - AM - Koewers
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1
  • 4:00-4:45 Flu Shots


Tuesday, Oct. 6, Day 1

  • 8:00 Office meeting
  • Fire Drill sometime today
  • 11:55 Share the Load - LM - Swenson
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2
  • 4:00 Yoga with Corey
  • 7:00 PTO Open Forum with Dr. Bourff and Mike Reutter - cafe


Wednesday, Oct. 7 Day 2

  • 7:30-10:30 El. principals' meeting
  • 8:15 STL - JG - Dankowski
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3


Thursday, Oct. 8 Day 3

  • First grade Vision Screening
  • 7:35 CIT - Collab room
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4
  • 4:10 Collab Team EC


Friday, Oct. 9 Day 4

  • First Q ends
  • 7:35 Staff PD - Classroom Library and Read Alouds - Art room
  • 3:10 Collab Team K


Monday, Oct. 12 Day 1

  • P)ledge/MOS - Roth
  • 8:00 Math Leaders meeting
  • 11:00 Stakeholder meeting - TG - Omeish
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1


Tuesday, Oct. 13 Day 2

  • 8:00 Office meeting
  • 9:30-10:30 Admin team meeting at FJH - Lisa gone
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2
  • 4:00-8:00 Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences


Wednesday, Oct. 14 Day 3

  • 8:15 Share the Load - ZM - Koewers
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3
  • 4:00-8:00 Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences


Thursday, Oct. 15 Day 4

  • 7:50 StuCo
  • 12:35 Share the Load - TM - Cook
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4
  • 4:00-8:00 Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences


Friday, Oct. 16 Day 1

  • Career Day - Dress for what you want/ed to be when you grow/grew up
  • 7:35 Diversity 21 meeting in Collab room
  • 3:10 Collab Team K