The Weekly Howl

Week of August 21st, 2017

New Curriculum, Technology, Report Cards OH MY!!!!

How is it going? I know that we are feeling overwhelmed by all the new curriculum being thrown at us. I know that it can be daunting and feel uncomfortable at times. Learning new materials isn't easy and it is time consuming. We are ALL in the same boat! As we have talked there is a need to change, but also there is a need for each of us to continuosly improve as professionals. Take for example doctors, would you want a doctor performing an appendectomy the way they did 20 years ago, leaving a huge scar and leaving you laid up in bed for days? Or would you rather them use the new technology, leave minimal scarring, and you can walk out of the hospital the same day? Much like doctors or any other profession, we must continually learn and change how we do education. Part of this includes learning and following new curriculum with as much fidelity as possible, attending PD to grow as a professional, and stepping out of our comfort zones. The good news is, we have people in our building that are doing amazing things with technology, curriculum, peer observations....etc. Please lean on these people as they are all willing to share and teach what they know. TOGETHER as a TEAM we WILL ALL improve as professionals and improve the academic environment for our students!

From the Desk of Brian Wesson:

Brian Wesson, Technology Integration Specialist


Not many people know that I started my educational journey at CN as part of Wolf Lake Elementary’s 1994 Kindergarten class. Fast-forward to present day and you’ll find me beginning my 6th year as a CN staff member! I started in a 5th grade classroom, and now I’m here to support technology integration throughout the district. When I’m not hanging out with my fellow cougars, I can be found spending time with my wife, Emily, and my daughter, Thea.

Grateful Friday Challenge

Week 2: Another great week is in the books!

Did you know that you worked 5 days this week?

Did you know when you cut through an apple sideways you get a 5-pointed star?

Did you know that the majority of people have 5 digits on each of their hands?

Did you know that 5 is the only prime number to end in the digit 5?

Grateful Friday High Five Challenge! I want you to put those 5 digits to work!

Run the 5’s up and down the aisles of your classroom, collect them in the hallway as kids walk through the door to learn, and/or air high five your colleague who is 4 doors down from you! (If they don’t play back, it will look like you are waving at them…also great!)

Also, if you are not feeling confident in your High Five abilities, check out the etiquette video below for some helpful tips!

High Five Etiquette.mp4

Upcoming Morning Meetings

Monday August 21st @ 7:45: K-1 only curriculum meeting/question session

Wednesday August 23rd @ 7:45: 2-3 only curriculum meeting/question session

Thursday August 24th @ 7:45: K-5 Seesaw for all interested. (as mentioned before this is a learning year, but next year we will integrate school wide)

Friday August 25th @ 7:45: 4-5 only only curriculum meeting/question session

Important Dates

Please send me important dates as you get them.

August 23rd: KinderForrest all day

August 28th: First PTO Meeting

August 31st: Picture Day

August 31st: @ 9:30-10:30 Six String Soldiers Program in Gym

September 4: No School Labor Day

June 3rd: Graduation @2:00