Cardinal Connection

November/December 2014

"Life is like monkey bars you have to let go IF you want to move on."

Primary Power!

Kindergarten Growth!

K started the year with 23 tier 3 and 31 tier 2 students… Total of 54… Now have 32 tier 2 and 3. They have moved 22 students to grade level in 6 weeks… so if there are 120 kids in K… 45% of kids were below grade level in August. Now less than 20% are below grade level… by November. That’s really something to brag about!!!

1st Grade Growth!

First grade accomplishments in Math: First graders completed a diagnostic that highlighted math vocabulary as an area of need/growth. The first grade team focused on terms such as number sentences and equations for this cycle. They then formatively assessed and saw growth. The students later took the summative math assessment and grew 11%! (from 48% of students to 65%).


Second grade accomplishments: For the MPA # 1 second grade students made overall growth of 13%! They went from 31.8% proficient and distinguish to 45% P and D.

TPGES.........Student Growth Goal Due on CIITS Nov. 24

Mark Case Study

Lauren Theineman is our teacher leader for the SGG (Student Growth Goal) component of TPGES.

Before you go into freak OUT mode.................Our ChIP is designed to incorporate the SGG as required by TPGES. On Nov. 17, 2014, Ms. Thieneman will share how to make this a smooth process for all certified teachers. We will use the student growth goals from the cycle 1 ChIP. Ms. Thieneman will help you tweak the goals to upload into CIITS. Remember this is a pilot year to help us acclimate to the new TPGES system.

Chancey Watch Dogs (Dads of Great Kids)

We had an orientation last week and many of our dads have signed up to be Chancey Watch Dogs. Next week we will begin our Chancey Watch Dog program.

What do WatchDOGS do (while they are at school)?

During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.

Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dad dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOG dads are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as a WatchDOG.

Watch Dog Video "Heroes of the Hallway"

WATCH D.O.G.S. featured on the TODAY Show with Matt Lauer - February 11, 2013

No Staff Development on 11-11-14

Report Cards are due next week. I know you all need time to get your grades on. Please utilize this time on Tuesday for your report cards.