Success for all, whatever it takes!
Issue 33: April 11 - 15, 2016
Good morning, and happy Monday!
Baseball season and hunting season are my favorites, as they bring joy and camaraderie with friends and family. Another of my favorites is assessment season, and it officially kicked off today!
I know you all probably think I'm crazy for believing this, as assessment season brings with it a great deal of planning, schedule changes, anxieties, and stresses. However, it is always a joy to watch month's, and even year's, worth of teaching and learning pay off. There is nothing quite like celebrating the successes our students achieve because of your dedication to creating authentic and engaging learning activities.
As I visited our 5th graders this morning before their tests, I reminded them that they are the smartest kids I've ever been around. Some know it, some believe it, and others looked at me with their, "Seriously?!" faces. At the same time, I could see the looks on their faces that appreciated the kind words and encouragement. They needed that today, and so do we...especially when the grind of the last 6 weeks of school sets in.
I want you to know that I have never worked at a place as special as Westview. Never have I seen a team of individuals live a building's mission like we do here. "Success for all, whatever it takes!" isn't just a tag line to any of you. You believe it and everyday you show it. I am proud that you are my work family. I am proud that 550 of the world's future military, nurses, machinists, electricians, bankers, attorneys, doctors, senators, and teachers are taught by YOU! I feel like a proud dad whenever I brag about our school to my educator friends. For all of this and more, THANK YOU!
Wishing you a week abundantly filled with blessings!
End of Year
We will also have flyers to go home promoting many of these activities.
If you have anything that needs added to this, please add it to the big calendar in the office and let me know as well. I'll get it added here.
Please feel free to share these dates/times with families so they may begin preparing their work schedules accordingly.
End of Year Activity Calendar:
Outstanding Teacher Nominations
Please use the link below to nominate your peers as:
1) A teacher that effectively assesses students and uses the collected data to meet students' unique learning needs.
2) A teacher that embraces change and transforming students' learning to meet individual needs.
We will not meet formally as grade level teams this week. Please work as a collaborative team to fill out your pinks and blues in preparation for forming class for the 2015-16 School Year.
Please have your pinks & blues in my mailbox by Friday, April 29.
We will work together to form class lists on Wednesday, May 3.
PLC - Wednesday
We will meet in the gym at 3:00 on Wednesday for our PBIS Data Review & professional development.
iPad Turn In
Looking ahead a few weeks, I just want each of you to be prepared for student and classroom iPad turn in on May 11.
This DOES NOT pertain to your teacher iPad. You will be able to keep it with you over the summer as long as you are returning next school year.
Cheryl will communicate any additional information regarding turn in.
A Look Ahead
11-29 - MAP Testing (Grades 3-5)
11 - Preschool Mobile Zoo @ 10:45
11 - PAWS Meeting @ 6pm
11 - BOE Meeting @ 7pm
15 - 2nd Grade Zoo Field Trip
15 - Q4 Midterm
18 - Snack Day
19 - McTeacher's Night 4-8 pm (sign ups in workroom)
21 - 5th Grade Field Trip
21 - Kindergarten Music Performance @ 6:30p
26 - Leadership Meeting @ 4pm
27 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Kauffman Stadium
29 - 1st Grade Zoo Field Trip