Mr. Ebeling's Updates

Navigating the Five C's TOGETHER

March 3, 2014

Please bring the warmth, March!

The rest of this year is going to zoom bye like a blink of an eye! At the end of the rainbow is a pot of is just still under a few layers of ice and snow. The analogy of a pot of gold under the ice reminds me of some of our "struggling learners". Our job of continuing to peel back their layers to find their "pot of gold" of knowledge is both a tough and rewarding one. Keep pushing hard each day and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Referendum Reminder- Vote April 1

Below you will find the Referendum information in the case you need to feel more informed. Continue to tell your story regarding the great things that are going on and be sure to get out and cast your vote! Every vote counts!

Data and Schedules- Still Needed

Many of you have sent or shared with me your detailed classroom schedules and your data tracking methods...THANK YOU! If you have yet to do this, PLEASE do so ASAP.

Assessments 2014-2015

WKCE- No reading or math test given in the Fall for grades 3, 4. Grade 4 will still do Science and Social Studies.

SmarterBalanced- This assessment will be given to all 3rd and 4th graders in March 2015 in the areas of Reading and Math. As a staff we will dive into learning about the assessment. This is an online assessment and is much different than the types of questions students are used to answering.

Technology/Staff meeting-March 6

The agenda for March 6 is as follows. We will begin by sharing positives and then transition into a guest speaker named Jeff Peterson. Jeff will be talking to us about a Time For Kids opportunity where we can earn FREE magazines. Meadowbrook currently participates in this and earned FREE magazines for the school. With the budget crunch, coupled with the need for Informational text, I am excited to hear more about this opportunity.

The second part of the meeting will be focused on learning more about SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) as it relates to Technology integration. Please bring your macbook and ipad to the meeting as well as one lesson you have given recently that included technology, OR could include technology.

Jan Richardson Book Study

On March 20th we will be talking about Chapter 7: Helping Struggling Learners.

Please be sure to come to the meeting having this read. More information to come.

Educator Effectiveness- Documentation Log- Summative

Ryan Welnetz will be hosting a workshop called: “Documentation Log Overview and Required Items” this Thursday at 4:00 pm in the Suamico Library. IF you are in your summative year this year or next year, I would HIGHLY recommend that you attend this training.

The Documentation Log is part of the Educator Effectiveness process and is only completed by teachers that are in their summative year of the process. If this is your summative year, you might consider joining this workshop for more information about Documentation Logs. At the same time, if it is not your summative year, this workshop would also be valuable to you so that you can prepare for your summative year (at this time, the Documentation Log tool is not available for teachers in Year 1 or Year 2 of the process…but this workshop will help you to better understand what you should be documenting).

If you plan to attend, you should sign up at under the district catalog. This direct link might also help: There are also workshops on Thursday at Bay Port at 2:30 pm in the Forum Room and Lineville at 3:45 pm in the library.

As always, you can also access information by going to the “Educator Effectiveness” Schoology course (type in this course number if you haven’t joined the Educator Effectiveness Schoology course yet…KPWXW-PHKCS). Go into the folder called “1.1 Educator Practices Modules”, then the folder called “Documentation Log”.

Staff Evaluation Updates- Observations

As a general update, as I come around and drop into your classrooms, I am not normally doing so through an "evaluation" lens. The more I can get into your classrooms, see you teaching, and interact with kids, the better I can work with you, your team, and make decisions for our school. I will continue to "drop in" to your rooms as much as I can and provide you with feedback as needed.

Other ObservationInformation:

  • All staff will receive an informal observation (approx. 5-15minutes) which you will receive feedback using the same form that is utilized during a formal observation.
  • Year 1: Informal observation, Announced Formal Observation (teacher pre-observation form to be filled out as well).
  • Year 2: Informal observation
  • Year 3 (Summative): Informal Observation, Unannounced Formal Observation

Chuck Templer Fire Donation

I will be picking up the gift card to chives after school on Wednesday. If you know Chuck Templer and would like to donate towards a gift card, please do so by Wednesday. Thank you.