Staff Memo

Jan. 2, 2016

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jan. 5 PTO Open Forum and HSE21

Several Central Office staff will be with us on Tuesday evening at 7:00 to promote HSE21 to our families. They will also talk a little bit about tech requirements for families for next year. Please make sure at least one team rep is at this meeting so we can support best practice instruction and answer questions about how CRES is making sure kids are learning and growing. Hope to see numerous familiar faces that evening.


FYI, here is what went out in a Skylert to our families:


On (date/time/location) our team from central office will be joining us to talk more about how HSE 21 and the 1:1 iPad roll-out will work for K-4 elementary grades. Please join us. If you are unable to attend please watch this quick video and visit the links below to learn more about our HSE 21 initiative.


HSE21 Home Page

iPad Specifications

HSE21 Parent Resources

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Please Welcome Marie Valentine

Marie will be joining us second semester to supoprt kiddos in the computer lab. Marie graduated from Valparaiso University in 2008 with her major in Spanish Education. She taught for seven years and recently completed a semester substitute teaching position at HSHS.


Here is what she says about herself: " I'm from Chicago (yes, a Bears fan) and married my husband, Craig, in Carmel, IN. I love to exercise, be outside, and be with my family. I speak Spanish and am excited to work with the little kiddos this semester!"


Marie is innovative and energetic. She brings strong collaboration skills as well as eagerness to support HSE21 using technology.


Please give her a big CRES welcome. Her first official day is Tuesday although she does plan to pop in on Monday to get herself oriented to her new space.

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Growth Mindset Thoughts

A recent book getting some attention in the educational world is A Mindset for Learning: Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth written by Kristin Mraz and Christine Hertz. Publication date is Aug. 25, 2015.


The book takes Carol Dweck's, Arthur Costa's, and Daniel Pink's research and turns it into classroom practice. Included are ideas for explicitly teaching five research-driven habits of mind. The book includes instructional language (always good), charts, teaching tips, and more.


You can go to Amazon to read reviews. The idea about joyful, independent growth caught my eye. Melissa and I are going to be reading this book in hopes that it will support our journey into growth mindsets. If you are interested in joining, us, please let me know.

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Upcoming PD Reminders and Revisions

  • Jan. 15 1:00-4:00 PM Our next early release PD will focus on Socratic Seminar/Questioing with Meg Strnat. We will also be talking about The Myth of Average and HSE21.
  • Jan. 22 7:35 Staff PD - Visit to CCA at FHS.

For Your Calendar

· Feb 3 Global Play Day

· Feb 8-12 Kindness Week

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Looking Ahead

Monday, Jan. 4 - Staff only

  • Work day
  • 9:00 Share the Load - JW - Greiwe


Tuesday, Jan. 5 Day 2

  • Pledge/MOS - Knutson/Carrell
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1
  • 7:00 PTO Open Forum with focus on HSE21 - Dr. Combs


Wednesday, Jan. 6 Day 3

  • 8:30-10:30 Principals' meeting
  • 12:30-1:30 WIDA training - Lisa and Melissa gone
  • 2:00 Office meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2
  • 3:15-5:30 Computer Expo - Admin bldg


Thursday, Jan. 7 Day 4

  • 3:10 Collab Team 3
  • 3:15-5:30 Computer Expo - Admin bldg


Friday, Jan. 8 Day 1

  • 7:35 Diversity21
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4


Monday, Jan. 11Day 2

  • Pledge/MOS - REnt
  • 3:10 Collab Team K


Tuesday, Jan. 12 Day 3

  • 7:15-8:15 Computer Expo - Admin bldg
  • 8:00 Tech Tuesday wiith Don, Georgi, and Kristin - Interest group PD
  • 9:30-10:30 Admin Team mtg - FJH
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1


Wednesday, Jan. 13 Day 4

  • 2:00 Office meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2


Thursday, Jan. 14 Day 1

  • 7:35 CIT
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3
  • 4:10 Collab Team EC
  • 4:15-5:30 Computer Expo - Admin bldg


Friday, jan. 15 Day 2

  • $1 Hat Day
  • 7:15-8:15 Computer Expo - Admin bldg
  • 8:15 Share the Load - CJ - Koewers
  • 1:00-4:00 PD in the Art Room