Meadow Brook Staff Newsletter

Week of December 2

Quote of the Week

“When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is the natural thing to do.”
-R.N. Remen

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Monthly Hattie's Highlight

This month we want to highlight SELF ASSESSMENT this has an effect size of 1.33 (remember the hinge point is 0.4).

Self Assessment is what pushes students to grow their expectations of themselves, stretch to meet them, and grow them again. Research has found that when students have frequent opportunities to self assess, they begin to attribute their learning to internal beliefs. In turn, they develop an awareness that they are in control. They come to understand that effort and subsequent learning that comes from that effort (not luck) is directly connected to their success.

(Hattie actually calls this strategy Self-Reported Grades or Student Expectations, It is re-named “Self Assessment” in the book Bold Schools)


  • The teacher defines for the students what proficiency is and what it looks like

  • Students self assess their work and measure it against teacher explained proficiency

  • The teacher then discusses the result of the student’s work/ assessment and helps students grasp where they are relative to proficiency goals

  • The students are given the opportunity to apply refined understanding to another learning task/assessment to see progress

  • The teacher uses the assessment data to plan his/her next stage of instruction

  • The process exists as a cycle that is repeated with frequency for ultimate benefit to the student

This Week:

  • Monday: (B day)
  • Tuesday: (A day)
  • Wednesday: (B day) Mark and Jessica out AM
  • Thursday: (A day) Mark and Sloan out AM
  • Friday: (B day) Mindset Matters Adjusted schedule *We are Connected

Important Updates

I sent this out to parents:

-Just a reminder, outside food/drinks brought in by parents/guardians can only be consumed by their child and cannot be shared by other students unless directed by the school. To protect instructional time we do not allow classroom birthday parties.

Things to look forward to:

12/4-- STEM Expo @ MHS Commons

12/9--Board meeting

12/18-- Kona Ice

12/18--Staff Meeting @ 3:20

12/19 -- 6th grade GRIT Assembly *We are Connected

12/20 -- 5th grade GRIT Assembly *We are Connected

12/20-- Freddy's Night in Yukon

12/21-1/5-- NO SCHOOL Winter Break

1/6-- Teacher work day

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This the 3rd annual TOY DRIVE EVENT benefiting the Mustang Fire Department Toys for Tots!

The toy drive will run now through December 12. Students can bring NEW, UNWRAPPED toys in their original packaging.

A bus will come by on December 12 to load up all of our toys.

Here are some ideas for pre-teen/teens group of kids:

-sporting equipment/bags/balls





-bath gift sets

-board games

-hair accessories

These are just some ideas because this age group can be hard to purchase for.

You can bring toys for ANY AGE!

Winter Dance-- Dec. 19 from 3:05-4:30

PTSO is hosting a WINTER DANCE!

Students can pay $5 to stay after school until 4:30. We will have a DJ set up in the cafeteria and games set up in the gym. Come join us for a fun time!

Concessions will be available for purchase.

Teachers we would love your help with this! PTSO does so many wonderful things for us and this will be a big fundraiser for them. Next week, I will send out a survey to see who is available.

Tell me something Good!

Please email me "SOMETHING GOOD" so I can add it to our newsletter.

PLC Folder

This is a direct link to the shared PLC folder. Once you open it you may want to star it so it won't get lost in the "Shared with Me" folder.

Meadow Brook Instagram Page

If you have pictures you would like for us to share please email them to Jessica Pool or Jessica Giblet and we can post them!

Thank you for all your hard work!

At Meadow Brook we have GRIT.