February 8, 2016



YOU'RE THE BEST BECAUSE...............................

*Thanks to Jan for organizing the 5th Grade Spelling Bee again this year. Also, thank you to Julea for helping out in my absence with pronouncing the words and Sarah and Mark for being judges!!

*Thanks to Marisa, Eli, and Sherry for helping out with coverage this week when we were short-handed on personnel. I greatly appreciate the teamwork that everyone showed when we need extra hands! Way to go girls!!

*Thanks to Randy for all the extra help and coverage this week! I appreciate you taking the reins when I was unable to be there this week because of other commitments! I couldn't do it without you!


Please keep Alison Witmer in your thoughts and prayers as she continues to struggle with migraine headaches.

Please keep Stacie and her family in your prayers this week due to the recent loss of her grandfather.


February 8: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m.; Cluster 3:10-4:10 p.m.; PBS 3:15-4:15 p.m. IREAD, Happy Day Club; School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. - Board Room

February 9: Boy Scouts 3-4 p.m.; Chess Club; IREAD, Reading Camp; Leader in Me Book Study dinner at Essen Haus - 4:30-6

February 10: Kindergarten Parent Valentine Luncheon; IREAD; Staff Meeting 3-4 p.m.

February 11: NO SCHOOL

February 12: NO SCHOOL


February 16: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m.; Cluster 3:10-4:10 P.M.; IREAD, Reading Camp, Child Study 3-4 p.m., Boy Scouts, Chess Club

February 17: IREAD

February 18: IREAD; Reading Camp, TLT 3:10-4:20 p.m.

February 19: Katrina out in p.m. for IPLI Meeting

February 22: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m.; IREAD, Happy Day Club, School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. - GHS, PTO Meeting 6:00 p.m. - Library

February 23: Data Day 3-5 - All day PD; IREAD, Reading Camp

February 24: IREAD

February 25: Data Day K-2 - All day PD; IREAD, Reading Camp


Please welcome June back to work on Monday. Over the next 3 days, she will be there a 1/2 day as tolerated and work back up to full days. I know that we are all glad to see her return to Waterford.


Our staff meeting on February 10th at 3:10 p.m., will be a "celebratory" staff meeting. All staff members are invited to attend that afternoon.


The Master Scheduling Team will be meeting on February 29th to "hammer out" the draft schedule for next year. (The "draft" will then be shared with the staff during the March staff meeting.) The scheduling team will be lead by Kristy this year. The following staff members have agreed to be on the team: Allie, Laura, Lindsay, Stacie, Jan, Gary, Marisa, Kari, and Gail. Kristy will be sending out a survey to the staff about this years master schedule in order to get input for her team as they work on February 29th. Thanks to all who are working on this team to make improvements to the schedule for next year!


The TLT scheduled for this week was cancelled due to our delay and other meetings that had been previously scheduled for the day. Julea and I will work through Pattie's agenda on February 18th to check our mid-year progress on our TLT goals and where we are in regards to Field Testing and Cluster.


It's already that time where we begin to look at staffing for next year! I will be working through what that will look like based on enrollment, building needs K-5, and how to strengthen teams and use individuals strengths to support one another. On February 25th, I will be meeting with Dr. Woodworth to review staffing. Before that time, I will be sending out the individual preference form. This will help me as I work through the positions for next year. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please do not hesitate to ask.


Here is the latest update from Jen Oliver. No update yet on school/individual student growth payout, once the DOE sorts this all out TAP and CELL will work swiftly to get the info to GCS. Once GCS gets the info, they can turn it around quickly to payout the funds.

Each year, IDOE calculates a 1-5 school-wide student achievement growth rating for TAP schools that is used to determine teacher and administrator performance-based awards and that also can be used to inform your school improvement goals. This rating is primarily based on ISTEP+ median student growth percentiles in both mathematics and English/language arts.

For the 2014-15 school year, your school's school-wide student achievement growth rating is 5.

Please see the attached score report for your school's metrics used to determine your overall rating. Additional guidance, including the calculation that IDOE used to determine the overall rating, is available via the video found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vfd377IxjU

Generally speaking, the rating can be interpreted in this way:

· 5=Significantly above typical student achievement growth

· 3=Typical student achievement growth

· 1=Significantly below typical student achievement growth

As a reminder, you should now also have access to all 2014-15 Individual Growth Measures (IGM) based on growth model data for teachers of English/language arts and mathematics in grades 4-8 via IDOE's online LVIS platform. Additional guidance from IDOE on accessing that information is attached here and can also be found via the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dig-V-4O4O0

In the coming days and weeks, we will be using this data and the other measures (i.e. SKR scores, TAP Leadership Team scores, TELL survey scores) to determine 2014-15 TAP teacher performance award amounts, pursuant with House Bill 1003 and Senate Bill 200, and then meeting with you to share that information so that the payout process can be completed as soon as is possible.


Attached is a copy of the updated PL 221 Plan for Waterford for the 2015-2016 school year. (The plan will be presented to the board on February 8th.) The plan has been revised to include the implementation of close reading, the EL Co-Teaching Model, guided reading, and the incorporation of NWEA data.

GCS News & Notes

Admin Cabinet Newsletter

Week of February 1, 2016

Today’s Focus: Teams

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
– Andrew Carnegie

Reflections to Guide Your Journey

What is your personal and/or professional vision?

How do you communicate this vision effectively to others? How can you improve this?

How does your personal vision align with your team or organization?


These links were put together by my colleagues down in Southern Indiana and your staff may find them very resourceful. All items are from the doe website, however they are in a user-friendly format. They work best in the browser format.

Lisa Dercach

Outreach Coordinator-Region 7

Indiana Department of Education

ISTEP Grade 3-8


ISTEP Grade 10 newsletter


CPR/AED Class Offered

Susan Stiffney will be teaching a CPR/AED class on Feb 17 at Goshen High School from 4 to 5 pm. It costs $20. If you are interested, please email sstiffney@goshenschools.org

There will be 2 more classes in May.

TAP Updates

Administrators and Master Teachers: Due to the many training events and other priorities during the month of February and March, we will NOT be meeting as a District Leadership Team. Instead, we are hoping that you will use the next several weeks to continue to apply your new learning related to cluster, evaluations, and differentiation. Pattie and Erin will continue to coach and support master teachers. Angela, Alan and Tammy will work to support administrators in these efforts. Thanks for all your work to sustain TAP with fidelity!

TELL Survey: Once again we will be gathering survey information from educators across the district using the TELL survey. The process will be the same, although it is likely that the communication will come for the administration office instead of from CELL. The survey window for 2016 will be: April 11 – May 16th. Mark your calendars!

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