Raymore Update: 12/16/14

News For & About our Staff Family & PLC

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Merry Christmas from Sam, Riley, and Colton!!

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Inspirational Quote

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. --

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Wish You Well

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Hofmann!! Dr. Hofmann graduated from Baker University this past Sunday with her doctorate. What an exciting accomplishment!

Please keep Heather, Casey, and Baby Phillips in your thoughts and prayers for a safe and healthy delivery. The last update was at around 3:30 pm. At that time Heather was at a 6 and progressing. Baby Phillips should be here soon!

Panther Cub Academy has openings! Click below to check it out this great learning experience!

Faculty PD Collaboration - Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 a.m.

Tomorrow morning at our Faculty PD collab our BLT will be presenting information we have learned from our Data Teams Training regarding unwrapping targets and creating proficiency scales to help in the data teams process. We believe this PD will help your teams as you begin to work on your next target to data cycle and look forward to sharing this information/process with you. Below is our agenda for tomorrow morning:

Introduce Purpose: Begin with the End in Mind (Angie LaSala)

Introduce Protocol (Seth, Linda, Laura)

Unwrapping for Target- (Michelle)

  • Discuss in small group prerequisite skills (3 min)

  • Share out & record (2 min)

Introduce Creating a Proficiency Scale

  • Small groups draft scale that includes target components discussed during unwrapping

Develop a Master Proficiency Scale (Michelle)

  • Share out drafts from each group

  • Discuss & calibrate into one master scale

Introduce Scoring Process: (Lauren)

  • Score sample items individually

  • Discuss within small group (facilitated by BLT)

Discuss scoring similarities and differences (Kellee)

  • For the first item, teams share out & discuss

  • Repeat with additional items.

Reflections & Wrap Up (Jennika)

Staff Holiday Fun Continues!

Don't forget to join in on the fun the rest of this week!

Wednesday, Dec.17- Yep, it's back, Dress Like an Elf - red, green, white

  • Your Favorite Sonic Drink from your Office Team!

Thursday, Dec.18- Robe and Slipper Day.....be comfy and cozy in your jeans and favorite robe and slippers

  • PTA providing snacks and drinks

Friday, Dec. 19- and that brings us to our Tacky Christmas Sweater Day/Contest! Be ready to 'WOW' your office/nurse team as they will judge the contest and designate the prize winner

  • Secret Santa Breakfast for all Staff [sign up to bring something Secret Santa Breakfast/Treats Google Doc]
  • Lunch donated by FBC: Soups and desserts

Hope you enjoy!

Assembly Thursday, Dec. 18 at 9:00 a.m.

There will be an assembly Thursday morning at 9:00 am to watch the first graders performance of their musical. We will start to call students to the gym at 8:45 a.m. Grades 2-4 will be in the bleachers. Please fill the bleachers from the bottom up. Kindergarten will sit on the floor. First graders will enter the gym and line up on the risers.

End of the Quarter Info.

We have info from district about the end of quarter processes/dates for teachers:

  1. All data points you'd like to reflect in the current calculation/marks on the Q2 progress report should be entered by Tuesday, January 6 at 8 am.
  2. The window for you to import/create progress reports is Fri, Dec. 19 at Noon - Tues, Jan. 6 at 8 am.
  3. Prior to January 6 at 8 am, be sure to complete the steps to import marks for the parent progress report! For a refresher, follow the steps in this video (originally sent to you October 10) http://youtu.be/2vcl_kOYCfc
  4. IF you cannot view the video because it is in "safety mode", open YouTube, scroll all the way to the bottom, select Safety Mode, and then click the other "bullet" to indicate Safety Mode Off. Refresh your screen with the video, and it should now play.

Talking point reminders and information to parents will be coming soon in a future email. If you have any questions, please let Seth or Michelle know.

Don't Forget to Sign Up for Your Health Screening!

Just a reminder to make sure you sign up for your district health screening on January 2. To register, visit A Healthier You at www.MyBlueKC.com. If you choose to receive a screening at your doctors office, prior to your appointment, download the Alternative Means Screening Form form by first visiting BlueKC.com. Please refer to emails from Lisa Hatfield if you have any questions.

PDC Chair Election Time

It is the time of year for our building to elect a PDC Chair person. The mission of the Raymore-Peculiar Professional Development Committee is to coordinate professional development activities for staff of Raymore-Peculiar for the purpose of improving student learning.

The Professional Development Committee is a PAID committee that meets once a month at ASC under the direction of Al Voelker and Karmin Ricker. During these meetings, the team discusses the direction and plan for upcoming Professional Development Opportunities.

We are looking for a person to represent our building. Criteria to serve typically include:
*have completed at least 3 years of teaching with 1 full year in the Ray-Pec School District

*be on the Building Leadership Team (you do not have to CURRENTLY be on the BLT)

*knowledgeable of all school improvement efforts

*show interest in staff development and professional growth issues

If you are interested in being our building representative, please email Valerie Collom by Thursday, Dec. 18th. At that time, we will hold a building election (via Survey) to elect our PDC Chairperson. Valerie will continue to serve as the Alternate for our building.

Thank you for your consideration!

Picture to Support Isaiah

If you ordered a t-shirt to support Isaiah in EC, we are going to take a group picture on January 2 at 3:00 in our shirts. We will meet in the front office. It will be exciting to see everyone in their shirts supporting Isaiah!

Now Accepting 2015-16 BYOD Applications

The Raymore-Peculiar School District is seeking interested teachers to serve as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) instructors for the 2015-2016 school year. This is an expansion of the BYOD program that occurred this school year. BYOD teachers DO NOT need to be experts in technology. Applicants must be willing to implement new teaching strategies utilizing instructional technology and share reflective feedback on the effectiveness of those strategies.

Goals of the BYOD pilot:

  • Maximize technical resources that are already available to students.

  • Create relevant learning experiences using technology personalized to each student.

  • Engage students in meaningful and effective ways to maximize their achievement through the increased use of technology in the classroom.

  • Gather feedback from participants regarding access and effectiveness of the program.


  • 10 Chromebooks dedicated to the classroom for student use

  • District provided teacher laptop (Macbook Air)

  • Student access to the district wireless network on personal devices

  • Professional development opportunities

BYOD teacher commitments:

  1. Apply for the program using the Google form (see link below) no later than January 09, 2015.

    1. http://goo.gl/4FTpbA

    2. Teacher selections will be announced second semester.

  2. Attend BYOD Professional Development Sessions which will include collaboration time with other BYOD Teachers, as well as training on instructional technology for the classroom.

  3. Log BYOD student activities to track technology integration strategies.

  4. Participate in survey questionnaires related to the BYOD program.

What does a BYOD teacher look like? (Is this only for the tech gurus in my building?)

Absolutely not, BYOD teachers just need to be:

  1. Passionate and energetic about engaging students through the use of technology tools, resources and devices. Willing to be flexible; be a problem-solver.

  2. Willing to learn and improve their technology skills for the purposes of improving instruction and student learning. Willing to implement new instructional practices.

  3. Willing to mentor and support future BYOD teachers.

  4. Available to participate in professional development sessions on the following topics:

*Curriculum Impact of BYOD *Policies and Procedures

*Digital Citizenship *Classroom Management and Instruction

*Parent and Student Communication *Technology Trends in Education

The schedule for these sessions will be:

  • Kick-off meeting in May.

  • Summer Technology Institute (Total of 12 hours/3 half days).

  • Follow-up meetings once a month throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Please contact Ryan Gooding or Karmin Ricker with any questions.

Wild Animal Adventure Family Show Coming Soon-January 7 at 5:30 & 6:30 pm in gym

The Wild Animal Adventure Family Show will travel to Raymore Elementary on January 7 free of charge to our families. The show will explore and teach about live exotic animals from around the world through an entertaining theatrical stage show. See a baby crocodile, re-tail boa, a kangaroo and much more (animals may vary)! Admission is free for all ages. Concessions, souvenirs, and animal photos are available for purchase before, during, and after the shows.

There are two separate show times:

5:30 pm - Pre Show Adventure

6:00 pm- Live Stage Show

6:30 pm - Pre Show Adventure

7:00 pm - Live Stage Show

*First come, first serve

Thank you for making sure the flyers get sent home with students. Please include information regarding this event in your class newsletters. We hope you and your family can come join in on the wild animal adventure fun!

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Reminders & FYIs

  • First Grade Holiday Musical: Dec. 18 @ 6:30 pm
  • Pre K Winter Parties: Dec. 17 & 18 @ 10:00 a.m & 1:45 pm
  • WatchDOG Refresher (donuts): Dec. 19 @ 7:30 am (library)
  • Elementary Winter Parties: Dec. 19 @ 12:25 pm
  • End of Second Quarter/Early Release: Dec. 19
  • Work Day & District Health Screening: Jan. 2
  • Faculty PD Collab: Wed., Jan. 7
  • Wild Animal Adventure Family Show: Jan. 7 at 5:30 & 6:30 pm RE gym (free)
  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each Monday by 8:25 a.m.

  • Please remember to be at specials door :35 after to deliver & :30 to pick up. Thank you!
  • Fridays --jeans with Ray Pec spirit wear.
  • Continue checking off students at dismissal.
  • It is our district and building expectation that all staff reply to communication (email and phone calls) with within a 24 hour time frame.
  • If you have any pictures of great things going on in your classroom or family, please send them to Jennika. I would love to share with others in our Weekly Staff Update.
  • Call or text Michelle & Jennika if you're going to be unexpectedly absent (after 4 pm day before). 616-4210 and 550-4434
  • Call or text Michelle if you will be in the building on the weekend! The lounge/workroom will be open for access to copiers.
  • Remember to check the RE Shared Calendar for events! We are still adding, and things change.
  • Looking for previous copies of our Weekly Staff Updates? If so, these can be found on our Raymore Tigers Weebly site under "For Staff" & then click on "Raymore Update".

PLC: Our Mission, Vision, Values

As a professional learning community, we commit to three big ideas:

  1. Focus on Learning
  2. Build a Collaborative Culture
  3. Focus on Results

We answer four questions:

  1. What do we expect our students to learn? (Goals/Expectations)
  2. How will we know they are learning? (Assessment)
  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? (DI Intervention)
  4. How will we respond if they already know it? (DI Extension)

To fulfill our mission & vision:

  • M: Preparing each student for a successful and meaningful life
  • V: Turning today's learners into tomorrow's leaders

With these commitments:

  • We are committed to consistency & accountability for each student's success.
  • We are committed to a system of support for students and adults.
  • We are committed to a safe, trusting and collaborative environment.
  • We are committed to best practices.
  • We are committed to high expectations for learning, behavior and citizenship.
  • We are committed to quality communication & positive relationships with all stakeholders
  • We are committed to effective communication regarding student progress.
  • We are committed to data-driven decision making.
  • We are committed to use of appropriate channels for communication.
  • We are committed to a guaranteed (consistent) and viable (doable) curriculum.
  • We are committed to maintaining fiscal responsibility while improving student achievement