The Weekly Howl

Week of October 30th, 2017

Are You In?

We've talked about change and we've talked about relationships, but are we buying in? Please take 10 minutes to watch the video below. When we talk about change and relationships are we doing it? I whole heartedly believe that when we build authentic relationships with our students we'll help them unlock their true potential. The state has "labeled" us as average, WE, our STUDENTS, WOLF LAKE is NOT average. WE are PHENOMENAL! I believe this. Do you believe it? More importantly do our students believe this of themselves? We need to remind them of this and show them that we believe they are PHENOMENAL every day! My promise to you is that from here on out, I will do everything in my power to support you, in using research based best practices that stretch our students and help them to unlock their FULL POTENTIAL in your classroom! Think outside the box, the world has changed immensely in the last 15-20 years, and we owe it to our students to prepare them for their world!
The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun Again

SeeSaw

Want to know an easy way to check fluency and comprehension on multiple students every day? Below is an email I received from Ms. Shrader on how she is incorporating SeeSaw to help improve reading fluency, skills, interest, and eventually lexile levels. Please note the first sentence as I feel it is the most important. If your interested in knowing more after reading her message, get ahold of her. I'm positive she's willing to share.


I started letting students read any book of their choice, regardless of their personal lexile level. They do the '5-finger rule' before checking it out as a preliminary assessment of personal readability, and then record 2 pages for me on Seesaw. I listen to their fluency, verify it's appropriate (with regard to level) and then ask a comprehension question or two about it. Students reply back to me in a follow-up comment. I have noticed kids reading higher level books more fluently, and understanding them. I've also noticed an increase in interest in reading. In addition, recorded videos allow me to 'confer' with more students more times per week!




Science Central

Mrs. Fleetwood and Mrs. Sieber have reserved science central on November 1st @ 10:30 and are inviting any other classes that would want to come and participate. If you have questions please contact Brenda or Deb!

Short Observations

I will be finishing my short observations shortly. After I finish these I will be scheduling long observations. For long observations we will need to meet for a pre-conference and a post conference. I will let you know when I'm ready to start scheduling those.

Morning Meetings

Tuesday, October 31 @ 7:45: Staff Meeting in the Art Room

Important Dates

10/31: Favorite Character Parade

11/2: Book Fair Night

11/2: Tentative Pie Sale Delivery Date

11/6: 5th Grade Music Program

11/22-11/24: Thanksgiving Break No School

12/1-1/26: NWEA Winter Testing Window

12/14: Kdg Christmas Program

12/22-1/5: Christmas Break No School

2/26-3/9: ISTEP Part 1 Window

3/12-3/16: IREAD Window 3rd Grade

3/19-5/18: NWEA Spring Testing Window

4/16-5/4: ISTEP Part 2 Window

6/3: Graduation @2:00