Quarter Four Week Seven – Hurtling Towards the Finish
MONDAY, May 9, 2016:
TUESDAY, May 10, 2016:
- 4:00 – Educator Effectiveness Works Session: SLO Self Scoring w/ EE Coaches Behn, Lofgren & Torkelson – Location TBD
- 4:00 – SDWD 4K-12 Academic Leadership Team – WDHS LMC
WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016:
THURSDAY, May 12, 2016:
- 4:30 – MS Softball @ Baraboo (3:15 Dismissal)
- 6:00 – Read S’more Night – SH Gym
FRIDAY, May 13, 2016:
Notes from Hugh
The UWEC Musical Extravaganza has ended for the Gaston’s after another amazing night in Eau Claire for the Singing Statesmen 50th Anniversary Gala. All I can say is Wow. Oh, and I’m also exhausted. What a great four weeks.
Speaking of exhausted, I wonder if some of you might be feeling the same after a weekend spent outside in this gorgeous weather (and some of you thought I was going to refer to the end of the school year – well I think some are exhausted from getting close to that too). This seemed to be an ideal weekend for the usual spring yard work and if one had projects to tackle, Mother Nature surely cooperated. Looks like we are heading into a stretch of rain chances for the next few days.
I don’t have a lot for the bulletin this week due to the busy weekend. Be sure to check out the upcoming events sections in the school specific sections.
Have a wonderful week,
There is an SLO Scoring coaching session scheduled for Tuesday at 4:00 with the EE Coaches. As one gathers their final data and prepares for the submission of the SLO document, please be sure to consult with colleagues, admins and the coaches for assistance if there are any questions.
Wisconsin Forward Exam
It feels good to wrap up this section of the bulletin for the year. All in all, the testing sessions all went extremely well and when there were some snafus, folks were quick to problem solve and assist. There are many people to thank for a successful run.
Out of the Office
I’ll be out Tuesday morning after the announcements until Noon or so at the SCC Principal meeting in Wautoma. I need to learn more about what I have gotten myself into (ending the sentence with a preposition was intended).
Middle School Focus
Upcoming Events: End-of-Year Recognition Rally
The Rec Rally is tentatively scheduled for Wed. Jun 1 from 8:15-9:45. This is what we have done for the last several years. A new wrinkle this year is that the school picnic is also on the last day. I don’t think this will impact our rally, but I just want folks to be aware that the agenda for that day will be compressed with a rally, picnic and early release.
Elementary School Focus
Elementary Recognition Rally
At the “special” meeting last Wednesday, the building management team did conduct some official business, namely, the dates and times of the second semester Recognition Rally. Here is what we have:
Date: Wed. May 25
Time: 5K-2 @ 8:15; 3-5 @ 2:00/2:15ish (I want to coordinate with Scott Georgeson first)
Location: SH Cafeteria
Duration: 30-40 minutes
When one took into account the trips, recently announced early release days, and the short last week, this was the best date and time that we could determine. If there are any conflicts that the group did not foresee or remember, please let me know ASAP.
Article: Why Social and Emotional Skills Are Vital to Keep At-Risk Students on Track
The best introduction to this article comes from the opening paragraph:
Academic learning is usually in the spotlight at school, but teaching elementary-age students “soft” skills like self-control and social skills might help in keeping at-risk kids out of criminal trouble in the future, a study finds.
Duke University researchers looked at a program called Fast Track, which was started in the early 1990s for children who were identified by their teachers and parents to be at high risk for developing aggressive behavioral problems.
There are very few schools out there that do not struggle with this in some way, and Fast Track has some research supporting the efficacy of this program. Whether one goes all in on a full adoption or uses pieces to fit an existing situation, we know we need some help with students who struggle in these areas.
Notes from Mike
When it comes to success in the classroom, character matters just as much as, and perhaps more so than, a student’s individual intelligence. But, what traits are important for educators to focus on and why? Lately, it seems to be grit and perseverance.
Please read over the following article from the web that will help you to gain some perspective on why these factors can help students succeed academically. The article is a Q and A with Scott Seider, an assistant professor at the School of Education from Boston University whose research focuses on the civic and character development of adolescents and emerging adults.
He is also the author of Character Compass: How Powerful School Culture Can Point Students Toward Success, which won the American Educational Research Association’s outstanding book award in moral development and education.
Notes from Julie
Hard to believe we have less than four weeks of school for 15-16! During this time, we often find student excitement is high and staff energy slightly lower than demand; although I felt the outing last Wednesday was exactly what we needed to reboot! Thank you everyone for taking time to enjoy each other’s company and unwind.
As we look to begin the closeout process of the 2015-16 school year, we often review processes in order to best prepare for the following school year with necessary improvements. One area we are looking for staff input is that of the CARE process. In the near future a survey, similar to the one put out last year, will be sent to everyone to continue our efforts in supporting student individual needs. Then we invite anyone interested in reviewing the data and discussing additional supports needed. If anyone would like to join us to discuss the CARE process, please join us on Monday May 16th from 3:30-4:30 in the conference room (depending on the number of participants we may move to another location in SH).