Gray Wolf Gazette Special Edition

November 16, 2015

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Pioneer Trail Mission

Pioneer Trail Elementary will foster a community of students, parents, and staff dedicated to the development of every individual’s ability to learn. Staff and parents will expect each student to achieve at his or her maximum potential, both academically and behaviorally. As a community, we promote a safe, supportive environment that encourages curiosity, inquiry, and a life-long passion for learning.

Early Out on Wednesday

*Faculty Meeting Begins at 1:35 in the Library

*Committee Updates

*15-16 Classroom Diagnostic Tests and Tools

*Chapter 4 & 5 (Assessment for Learning: the chapters have been on the calendar, but the assignments are recent. Do what you can to post responses, your answers are helpful to others. If you cannot get it all completed, you can simply share your ideas and opinions with your group at the meeting.)

Need to Knows

2nd quarter midterms need to be ready to go home on Friday, November 20. Please put a copy or share your digital file of your midterms in either Dr. Wilson (3-5) or Mrs. Milhollin's (K-2) mailboxes. Sending them home Friday gives parents a chance to see them and ask questions before the Thanksgiving Break. Always remember they are a form of communication with the parent, so be sure to add positive comments and information about any concerns.


Chris Sprenger Day! (Pajama Day Fundraiser )- November 19 - Students can wear their pajamas to school for a donation of $2/staff can wear pajamas for a donation of $5. Teachers can also donate $5 and wear their Chris Sprenger Shirt or a Pioneer Trail shirt with jeans. This idea came from two of our fifth grade students who wanted to a way Pioneer Trail kids could help out the Sprenger Family. What awesome kids we have! Please put this in your newsletter. Classroom teachers, please keep track of students who have paid. You can turn money into the office daily or on November 19.


PTO Family Movie Night (Inside Out) - November 19 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Pizza, soda, and candy will be sold. Movie will be shown in the cafeteria and gym. Families need to stay together - children cannot attend without an adult. Bring blankets and spread out! All proceeds will be donated to the Sprenger Family. Try to attend with your family or work taking donations/selling concessions. Please put this in your newsletter. RSVP forms can be turned into the office. PTO is trying to get an estimate of how much pizza will be needed.


Grades should be updated in Infinite Campus every Tuesday. When you have assessed a standard, enter the rubric score in IC.


Share/send/give your Math Unit/Math Standards Pre/Post test results to Dr. Wilson.


New students from out of the district need to have SRI completed within 2-weeks of arriving at our school. If you have any issues with SRI or the roster, be sure to contact Ellen.


Keep your grade level goals posted in the hallways, updated and let Dr. Wilson know when you meet your goals. As soon as you complete a goal your team needs to select a new one to work on.

International Center of Leadership in Education, Classroom visits

Beginning this Monday, Nov. 16th, a team of International Center consultants will be in our district. Individual consultants will conduct onsite visits at each school and visit about 1/3 of our classrooms. The visits will be short and last from 10-20 minutes. I do not know which classrooms they will choose to visit.

The visits provide opportunities for the consultant to observe classrooms to collect data on the instructional practices and strategies used in classrooms and how instructional strategies are currently impacting learning. These classroom observations are in no way evaluative.

Both the survey findings and the classroom observations will help ICLE provide recommendations for improvements in instructional leadership and classroom strategies. I appreciate everyone’s willingness to “be part of the solution” as our district continues to navigate the educational needs of our students.

Calendar of Events (updated)


Monday, November 16

ICLE classroom visits this week

IEP (Spears/Wilson) 7:40

RED (J. Bax/Roberson), 9:40

1st Grade Author Visit, Commons, 1:30

Building Leadership Team Meeting, 3:30 Library

TST (Carr/Warner), 3:30


Tuesday, November 17

Teamwork Tuesday Meetings Focus on Growth Plan Data

Berhorst out PM

TST (Case/Dinwiddie), 2:10

Staffing St. Martins (Hamilton), 3:30


Wednesday, November 18

Early Release Schedule for Specials

Snack Day!!

Service Plan St. Martins (Carol), 7:30

Early Release, 1:05 - NO BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB TODAY!

PD/Faculty Meeting begins in the Library at 1:35


Thursday, November 19

Chris Sprenger Day!

School-Wide Pajama Day!

Staff Appreciation Breakfast - Congrats Ms. Mona and Hayley! (Suzy attends)

TST (B. Bax/Padorski), 9:40

SIW (J. Bax/Munsterman), 10:10

Staffing (Smith/Stark), 10:30

RED (Jolly/Hollenberg), 12:30

TST (Brewer/Richardson), 2:10

TST (White/Muenks), 3:30

Service Plan St. Martins (Lanigan), 3:30

Family Movie Night, 6:00-8:00


Friday, November 20

Carel/Sarah Wilson/Milhollin out ALL

2nd Quarter Midterms Go Home

Awards Assembly, 8:30

Sprenger Dinner/Silent Auction, 10:30-7:00 - Let Nikki know if you want your lunch delivered to school


Monday, November 23

Sarah Wilson out ALL


Tuesday, November 24

Wilson and Sandhaus out ALL, Milhollin out AM

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new Sidewalks, 2:30, Suzy


Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27

Thanksgiving Break - No School


Monday November 30

Sandhaus out all day

IEP (Adrian/Churchill) 7:30

RED (Jacobs/St. Martins)