Week of March 20, 2016
Levels Are For Books... Not Kids!
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION FOR LEAD IMPACT: Please read the letter pictured below and the information in the Chronicle.
March 20, 2016
With the severe weather drill and lock down drill last week, we are almost through our safety drill requirements. Please remember the following for a lock down drill:
- Officer Szmansky will be dressed in an orange coat and hat for a lock down drill. Please make sure that all students are aware of this. If he is in our school not wearing an orange coat/hat, then he is most likely here on other business.
- Follow the steps on your emergency card that everyone should wear with your SC ID. Use the black phone, dial #31, listen for 3 short tones, dial 01, say "We are in a lock down."
Thank you for your support with these drills. Let me know what questions you have.
Supplemental Snack Program/Flint Water Crisis
In an effort to support children who reside in Flint, GISD received a grant to provide supplemental nutrition for these children. The goals of the program are to
- add a nutrient rich daily snack for students residing in Flint
- provide daily snacks, rich in iron, calcium and vitamin C that enhance the body's ability to excrete lead
We have 18 students identified with Flint addresses. These children will receive a daily snack starting March 28th. These snacks cannot be eaten for breakfast or lunch. Students are not allowed to take the snacks home. I will send an email to each teacher who has a student(s) in his/her classroom that should receive the daily snack.
The plan is for Cathy Anderson to deliver the snacks in the morning (before bus duty, if possible). Please refer to a copy of the letter that will be sent home to the parents of the 18 children which is pictured above.
Staff vs. 5th Grade Basketball Game
Our Blueberry Ambassador/Leadership Team is organizing a fundraiser for the Genesee County Food Bank. It will take place on May 19th from 6:00-8:00 at The Cage Fieldhouse. We will set up at 5:00 and doors will open at 5:30. Please sign up HERE if you are able to help in any way. We need players, concessions, ticket counter, & cheerleaders. Rod has graciously agreed to be the announcer for the game.
The week ahead...
Monday, March 21
- Mystery Monday
- 1st Grade Field Trip to MSU
- Becky and I will attend our district MTSS meeting. This is a full day meeting and will be held at SCMS.
Tuesday, March 22
- 7:45 Morrish MTSS/SI Meeting in Amy Paul's room. CLICK HERE for the agenda
- 5:30-7:00 Parent Reading Night
- Hungry Howie's Night: Please take the flier to Hungry Howie's on Miller Rd. or give it to the delivery person and Morrish PTO will earn a percentage of the sale!
Wednesday, March 23
- Warm Up Wednesday
- I will be in Lansing all day to attend a workshop on: Student/Staff Handbook and Legality Check
Thursday, March 24
- 7:45 STAFF MEETING in Ranae's classroom. CLICK HERE for the agenda
- Read In (Pajamas optional)
Friday, March 25
- No School
- Positive Post-It Day: March 29th CLICK HERE
- Spring Data Meetings: Save the Dates Click HERE for information
Have a great 4-day week!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM PAST CHRONICLES
MSTEP, DIBELS, & STAR
Please read the important MSTEP online preparation information and administration guide on the links above. The sooner we review these documents to ensure we fully understand the expectations for online testing, the better.
Special Highlights for Staff to Use When Giving Directions to Students:
- The most important direction to students is DO NOT HIT THE "REVIEW/END TEST" or "END TEST" button until you have answered all questions and you are ready to end the test.
- At Morrish, I want to tell our students that they are NOT ALLOWED to hit the review/end test or end test buttons without permission from an adult so that we can verify that they truly are finished with the test. Once the end test button is pressed, the test will be submitted and they are not able to log back in to finish.
- Be sure to point out to students that like last year's paper/pencil MSTEP test, there will be questions that require more than one answer. It is KEY that students READ CAREFULLY and FOLLOW all directions. If the test question says "select two" student must select two answers. If the test question says "select all that are correct", there may be one, two, three or even all answers that are correct. If there is a table to fill in, students need to make sure they have filled in all parts of the table.
- For Morrish students, please tell them NOT to mark "do not show this message again". These are warning messages to students, that they need to read and carefully consider and raise their hand and ask an adult if they aren't sure what the warning message is telling them. We don't want to turn warning messages off, because then the student may make a mistake and not be given a warning and a chance to stop before making that mistake.
- Please note in the manual that for students who finish early, they are NOT to go to another website or use the computer at all. They may bring a book (not a textbook, a book they are reading for pleasure) to read when they are all finished and an adult agrees that they are done and have submitted their test online.
When we return from spring break we will complete spring testing. The DRAFT schedules can be accessed on the links below. Please review these schedules and give me feedback on what changes should be considered. The computer lab will be utilized for multiple testing days. Our laptops will be set up in the art room and will be connected to power strips in order for students to complete testing without the risk of computer batteries dying. This means that some art and technology specials will need to be held in classrooms. Additionally, those who sign up for the laptop carts will need to take their classes to the art room as we are NOT unhooking them until the testing window is closed.
MSTEP DRAFT Schedule: CLICK HERE
DIBELS & STAR DRAFT Schedule: CLICK HERE
All Staff Involved in Supervising MSTEP Testing and Preparing Students for MSTEP
MSTEP Online Prep for Students
Swartz Creek Community Schools
MISSION: Swartz Creek Community Schools inspires our learners to embrace challenges, set goals, grow their talents, and realize their dreams for success in a global society.
VISION: Swartz Creek Community Schools provides a world class education through innovative experiences while developing the unique talents of our learners.BELIEF STATEMENTS:
- We believe in a culture of learning.
- We believe that student learning should be the primary goal for all decisions made affecting the school district.
- We believe the climate and culture of the school is engaging, nurturing, challenging, and inspires students to express their personal ideas.
- We believe curriculum is integrated, differentiated, meaningful, and pertinent to life.
- We believe in culturally relevant education that provides the knowledge and skills to meet the global challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
- We believe in continuous improvement informed by critical evaluation and reflection.
- We believe expanding technologies enrich how teachers teach and students learn.
- We believe in building relationships and sharing resources with our community, parents, and staff members.