Staff Memo

Feb. 20, 2016

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“Think outside the square. Think for yourself don't just follow the herd. Think multidisciplinary! Problems by definition, cross many academic disciplines.” ~Lucas Remmerswaal, The A-Z of 13 Habits: Inspired by Warren Buffet


As I've listened to conversations around HSE21 and what it is/means, I keep hearing the words "problem solving, multi-step problems, and critical thinking." Defining HSE21 is not easy because it forces us to think outside the square. It forces us to think across disciplines. It forces us to imagine possibilities we haven't imagined before.


And while all of this might seem overwhelming sometimes, as I listen to our conversations, I feel very confident we are up to the task. I know we won't "figure it out" over night, but I do know we'll figure it out. By bravely and openly talking about our successes and fears, we will continue to find ways to help our learners be highly engaged in solving problems. Don't be afraid to deconstruct structures that don't seem to align with HSE21. Don't be afraid to make changes when you know what is happening isn't best for kids.


Be brave, folks. Share your successes. Talk about your failures. By thinking outside the square, we will go far. And as Sean would say, "Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!"

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What can we do to make sure our kiddos who are introverts feel successful?

Please take a few minutes to read the article below. This is the one Melissa mentioned at our Friday AM PD session. Looks like a really good TED talk is included in the article as well. Might be worth listening to if you get a chance.
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HSE21 IN ACTION!

The clip below illustrates how technology can meaningfully amplify literacy instruction. In addition to their traditional Reading and Writing Workshop work with book making and small group reading conferences, students maintain organized electronic folders for their quick work at literacy stations.

· Audio Books: build background on a topic or model reading fluency

· Phonemic Awareness: reinforcement through game play

· Building Word Families: application of a word pattern to other words

Blended Learning in Kindergarten

Target

Did you know Target gives $700 Field Trip Grants? The link is below. Tuck this idea away.


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Upcoming PD Reminders and Revisions

  • Friday, March 4 @ 7:35 PD/Staff Meeting - Art of Teaching Reading chapter 5 - Minilessons
  • Friday, March 11 @ 7:35 PD/Staff Meeting - Digital Citizenship with the Design Tea
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For Your Calendar

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 @ 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM - (Revised) Tech Tuesday - Paperport Notes App - Come if you are interested.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 @ 3:45 in the library - ISTEP meeting for everyone involved in ISTEP
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 @ 7:00 PM - Viewing of He Named Me Malala at the Lederach house for those interested.
  • Feb. 25 @ 8:00 - Inside Info book study - chapters 3-4
  • Feb. 25 @ 5:00 - Math Bowl with our 4th graders and Jami @RIS
  • Feb. 26 @ 7:35 Diversity21 meeting
  • Feb. 29-March 11 - ISTEP
  • March 1 - PTO Open Forum at FJH - Dr. Bourff will discuss the Rerendum
  • Tuesday, March 8 @ 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM - (Revised) Tech Tuesday - Skype
  • March 4 - Student Council Sock Hop
  • Tuesday, March 22 @ 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM - (Revised) Tech Tuesday - Class Tips and Tricks
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Looking Ahead

Monday, Feb. 22 Day 3

  • 8:00 STL - KC - Knutson/Carrell
  • 3:10 Collab Team K
  • 7:00 PTO Exec. Board meeting - Let me know if there is anything you want me to talk with the PTO about


Tuesday, Feb. 23 Day 4

  • 8:00 AM/4 PM - Tech Tuesday - (Revised) Tech Tuesday - Paperport Notes App - Come if you are interested.
  • 12:40 Share the Load - TM - Cook
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1
  • 3:45 ISTEP meeting in the library


Wednesday, Feb. 24 Day 1

  • 9:35 Share the Load - TG - Omeish
  • 2:00 Office meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2
  • 7:00 School Board meeting


Thursday, Feb. 25 Day 2

  • 8:00 Inside Info book study chapters 3-4 - collab room
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3
  • 5:00 Math Bowl - RIS


Friday, Feb. 26 Day 3

  • College Wear Day - Support your favorite college/university
  • 7:35 Diversity 21 - Collab room
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4
  • 6:00 HSSF Game Day dinner at Connor Prairie


Monday, Feb. 29 Day 4

  • New EC schedule begins
  • 8:15 Share the Load - MH - Snyder
  • 3:10 Collab Team K


Tuesday, March 1 Day 1

  • 3:10 Collab Team 1
  • 7:00 PTO Open Forum with Dr. Bourff and company - FJH Large group room


Wednesday, March 2 Day 2

  • ISTEP testing begins at CRE
  • 2:00 Office meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2


Thursday, March 3 Day 3

  • ISTEP testing continues
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3
  • 7:00 Room Parent meeting


Friday, March 4 Day 4

  • Retro Wear Day - Celebrate the Sock Hop b y wearing 50-80's clothing
  • 7:35 PD/Staff meeting - The Art of Teaching Reading chapter 5 - Minilessons
  • 1:00 RtI meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4
  • 6:00-8:00 Student Council Sock Hop