ENSC Weekly Notes

March 21, 2016

What is this May 19 Maker day "thing?"

In previous Weekly Notes, I shared ENSC is planning to add Maker Spaces to each of our buildings. Some of you have taken an interest in this and are a part of a district planning team. Some members even visited the Indiana University School of Education maker space, The MILL (Maker, Innovator, Learner Lab), which is amazing and demonstrated the value of providing students with space to be innovative, creative, and problem solvers.

To help introduce Maker Space and the maker movement, East Noble School Corporation will be hosting a "Maker Day" on May 19. All students in grades K-8 will be participating along with some high school students. The district team members will be holding conversations in buildings to answer your questions. That same district team is very aware of your apprehension with this unique activity and want to make the event fun for students and easy for you to participate. There will be additional conversation during the April 25 Flex day.

Below are the volunteer team members. Feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Joanna Cook, Samantha Jerrett, Shawn Kimmel, Laura Sibert, Cody Freels, Chelsey Thangvijit, Deaneen Pashea, Faith Erexson, Kari Ruse, Melissa Spencer, Cory Valenti, Jo Smith, Amber Harper, Ann Ventura, Jaime Carroll, Rachel Ruse, Julie Becker, Becca Lamon, and Ann Linson.

Here are some links to maker space videos and information.




Who's Reading the Weekly Notes?

Each week of the school year, I prepare the Weekly Notes for staff. I try to keep you informed of legislation, happenings in the district, Board meeting agendas, events, etc. These notes are also a place that I provide surveys giving you the opportunity to share your opinions and preferences. Last week, I gave you a survey link to vote on changes to the 2016-2017 school calendar. Of our 550+ employees who receive the notes, only 123 took the survey.

So, is this because people don't read the notes? Don't care about the calendar? Skim the notes and missed the survey? The folks who need to read the notes, probably aren't reading this short passage:)

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Board Meeting

This week's Board meeting agenda includes the following:

North Side Elementary teachers are going to give an overview of Junior Achievement Biz Town.

P.U.L.S.E. students are giving an introduction into their organization.

The Board will be approving numerous pieces of equipment and technology as obsolete so that it can be auctioned and they will need to approve the eRate contract.

The meeting will be held at North Side Elementary and begins at 6 p.m.

Woo Hoo!! ENSC was approved to administer paper/pencil ISTEP tests!!

Unsung Hero

Enticing students to meet a new character in a book, trying a new app, entering a reading contest, fixing computers, iPads, helping staff find resources, these are just a few of the things Carrie Huelsenbeck does to keep the students and staff at Rome City interested in reading and technology. Carrie is the Rome City librarian. She definitely encourages, and motivates students to look for adventure in their reading. Students love going to see Mrs. Huelsenbeck as they are looking for their next adventure. She is always trying to find new technology resources for students, always buying new books to keep our library current and always willing to go above and beyond in all she does. Rome City is lucky to have Carrie Huelsenbeck as an unsung “super” hero.

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies

Rome City staff had a great week! Cookies for you!!! Thank you for all you do for your students, staff, and families.

Rome City Elementary - 98 percent

Avilla Elementary - 95.9 percent

South Side Elementary - 95.9 percent

North Side Elementary - 95.1 percent

Wayne Center Elementary - 95 percent

East Noble High School - 94.4 percent

East Noble Middle School - 94 percent

Ouch! A rough week.

Spring Break

Enjoy your spring break. You all deserve a break from school and relaxing time with family and friends. Turn off your technology and enjoy a good book, a sunny day, and a few quiet moments.

Curriculum, Technology, and Building Notes

Curriculum Notes

Formative vs. Summative Assessments

What percent of your assessments are formative?

Formative assessments are meant to provide feedback for both students and teachers and should be low stakes, meaning that they do not affect a student’s overall grade. Generally, we see formative assessments in the form of pre-tests. However, there are some many other ways to conduct formative assessments.

Now that you have the percentage in mind, does the information in you grade book reflect this same percent? Can a parent or student see the information from your formative assessments in your grade book? Why not?

If formative assessments are meant to inform, then we need to make sure that our students and parents have access to the information. Here are some tips to get more formative assessments in your daily instruction.

1. Get rid of the test and quiz categories in your grade book.

Replace test and quiz with the word assessments or replace current categories with the concepts that students are learning, i.e. multiplication facts, causes of WWII, or factoring polynomials.

2. Have a list or toolkit of formative assessments handy to use throughout the day.


It is simply not true that students will not participate in assessments if they “do not count”. To help students shift their mindset from chasing points to chasing learning we need to help students know what they need to work on instead of trapping them in grading practices that hurt.

Technology Notes from Samantha Jarrett

On Thursday, March 10th I took a tour aboard the JOIDES Resolution, an Ocean Drilling Research Ship that is currently in the Mozambique Channel off the Southeast Coast of Africa. I was able to explore the bridge, see the system of 13 thrusters which keep the ship in place over the ocean floor, see a new core sample brought up from the ocean floor, and see another core sample being analyzed in the ship’s onboard lab. The best part of this experience? It took place in the safety of a conference room in Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of the MACUL Conference.

During the MACUL Conference I attended two sessions centered around virtual fieldtrips. They demonstrated ways in which students can experience destinations close to home and across the globe. Some of the key concepts covered included the WHY, the HOW, and finally the SO WHAT (how to follow up with students after a virtual fieldtrip) regarding virtual fieldtrips. I am looking forward to putting this information together for a new KIT Badge!

Interested in learning more about the JOIDES Resolution and their education programs? Email sjarrett@eastnoble.net or Go here: http://joidesresolution.org/

Rome City Elementary

Rome City Romans have had a super week! The 6th grade band performed their spring concert to a big audience last Tuesday evening. Most of our parents haven’t heard the band since November and noticed a big improvement in their sound! The concert featured our ISSMA performers playing their solos, songs out of the Essential Elements book and two challenging pieces Fanfare and March and Heavy Metal. Thank you to our music teacher Mr. Cary for leading the band in a fine performance!

In Mrs. Krebs' PE class, kids are gearing up for the annual Jump/Hoops for Heart event. This week they had a special guest visitor as Wanda helped twirl for some long rope jumping fun.

Our annual carnival was Friday night! The building was filled with Superheroes of all ages. Families enjoyed games, good food, and voted which teacher would get a “pie in the face”! There were 175 goldfish given out as prizes! A HUGE thank you to all of our “SUPERHERO” contributors that made our carnival a huge success by donating soda, money, candy, baked goods, silent auction items and time! We had a “SUPER GOOD TIME”!

South Side Elementary

This week, South Side’s update comes to you from our first grade team. Our first graders welcomed Mrs. Becker and some third grade friends into the classroom to work on stop motion videos this week. Wow, it is amazing what our students are doing. This kind of learning experience gives students a new way to retell a story showing comprehension mastery, or to write their own stories and animate them! Stay tuned for more to come utilizing this practice in our classrooms. Here is the link to one of our practice videos, remember we are learning!

First Grade SeeSaw Stop Motion Practice

Wayne Center Elementary

Mrs. Shepherd’s class has spent the month of March reading Dr. Seuss books and participating in accompanying activities. After reading The Cat in the Hat, students spent their Art class making their own Cats in Hats. After reading The Lorax, student spent some time in the kitchen making Truffula Tree Treats. They certainly enjoyed eating them too.

March Madness is not just about basketball! The preschoolers at Wayne Center have been learning all about the many types of weather we have in March. We made lion and lamb mobiles to help us remember that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb! We have also been making an ABC quilt that we will showcase in the hallway. All of the students have sewn paper squares together that they created with a picture and a letter on each. Our quilt is almost finished!

Kindergarten through fourth grade assembled in the gym on Wednesday afternoon for the Officer Phil Program. He incorporated magic into his presentation about stranger safety and making good choices.

East Noble High School

The fine arts department has had a busy start to the spring season. The stagecraft classes are busy creating the sets for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This exciting show is slated to run April 28 – May 1. The high school acting classes are involved with a unit, Improv for Actors.

On March 4 and 5 the East Noble Show Choirs hosted one of their largest invitational to date. They hosted 27 groups in the two-day event. Over 6,000 people were in attendance between the two days that featured amazing performances from around the region.

The Spanish classes have been exploring the differences in shopping in English and Spanish. They learned about the different stores and items that are bought in each store and they also learned that there is a cultural difference when buying in Spanish speaking countries compared to here. For example, if they say that something is a steal, in English it is a good thing because they found a great deal. In Spanish saying it’s a steal, it means the opposite. That they felt it was not a good deal and they were robbed. At the end of the unit they had to make a PowerPoint project with a phone conversation talking about their Christmas Vacation, where they went, what they bought and how much they spent.

The French classroom has just made their way through reading the second of two Petit Nicolas stories. They have been acquiring new vocab from the story and working on reading comprehension skills in French in addition to pronunciation. The Petit Nicolas series is about the everyday life of Nicolas, who is about six years old, and who tends to find himself in trouble often. The stories are written from Nicolas’ perspective and as result, are quite enjoyable and entertaining.

East Noble Middle School

IStep is over and things at the middle school are getting back to ‘normal.' This week seventh and eighth grade students who made the all A and A/B honor roll were invited to the Honor’s Breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday this week. They were rewarded for their hard work this past nine weeks with a donut breakfast and recognition for their efforts.

Spring must be coming because Golf, Track and Soccer are getting ready to start soon.

Eighth grade science classes are learning about genetics, eighth grade social studies are studying President Andrew Jackson and determining if he should be on the $20 bill.

Seventh grade language arts classes are reading Guts-The True Stories of Gary Paulson.

Avilla Elementary

Who says 6th graders can’t be creative, learn and have fun at school? OUR 6th graders have been asked to create Rube Goldberg designs. The driving question? What is the best machine design to move an object? The question was presented to students last week and work began this Monday. Several students created designs at home with parents, brought items to school to add to the design, and communicated with group members on google docs created by the leader of the group. Students spent the first two days watching videos of projects and working on designs. Items have been brought in and tested and retested throughout the week. The students are learning that putting something together correctly the first time does not happen very often. They are learning that trial and error may be the best way to truly learn something. Frustration has occurred throughout the week but all groups are closer to completion than they were at the beginning of the week. Progress, slow but sure, is really cool to see.

Pennies For Patients began this past week and will continue through Thursday. Thursday after school OUR K-3rd grade students participated in a Wii Dance. Families provided over $75 toward OUR school goal of donating $1000. This upcoming week on Tuesday evening until 3:30 will be grade 4-6 on the dance floor. Permission slips went home last week. We are asking for a $1.00 donation to attend the dance.

This week will be “Spring Fever Week”! Monday is dress like your favorite book/movie character, Tuesday is Twin Day, Wednesday is Face Paint Day, and Thursday will be Minion Day! We ask that a $1.00 donation be made each day a student participates throughout the week. All donations will go to Pennies For Patients.

Please continue send spare change/bills in to donate as well. Each classroom that donates over $100 will receive an award from Pennies For Patients. Thank you in advance for all that you do for OUR families and OUR students each and every day.

North Side Elementary

Another busy week passed at North Side that saw the finishing up of ISTEP+ and IREAD3 assessments. The Wildcats worked extremely hard and gave their best effort but it was nice to focus on something a little more exciting later in the week. In second grade Mrs. Sibert's class arrived to see their work spaces covered in green. The students created projects and thoroughly enjoyed the day. In third grade students worked on creating sleds as they were celebrating the winding down of the Iditarod race in Alaska. Kindergarteners are working on shapes and they created shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks today. Students then posted pictures and a recording of their work on seesaw.

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