Thursday, January 19, 2017

Week of Jan 23

Thank you for your hard work designing your next challenges.  Ashley and I are so impressed with your collaboration, planning, and designing this week.  You have come so far with your CBL work and understanding of Challenge Based Learning.  Please take time to reflect about how far you have come and CELEBRATE that!  Our classroom visits this week also highlighted the greatness in our building.  Watching you with your learners brings us JOY in our journey!

  • there is a cool website I learned about from Blue House called Solve Me Mobiles?  Have fun checking it out.
  • that RJL raised $4,291.52 for the American Heart Association?  THANK YOU Julie and Julie for promoting this awesome fundraising on campus!
  • in order for us to remain an Apple Distinguished School when we renew that 70% of our staff will need to be Apple Teachers?  (have you seen Alli's email about upcoming training?)  Some of our designers already completed this and your Principal has only passed the iPad portion, so don't panic, but if you are looking for ways to earn flex time, this could be a great way to do so.  

We will have super important tours coming through campus on Wednesday.  This means jeans on TUESDAY, not Wednesday.  Thank you to Layne, Megan, Jacque, and Ashley for helping to present on Thursday.

Please have the following clearly posted in your spaces:  CBL Language, I can statements or learning standards, 8 Expectations for Living, LEEdership tip/quote/quality of the week, anchor charts in ALL subject areas, and learner work.  There WILL be MANY folks through our building on this day, so please be prepared.  They may want to ask you or your learners questions.  They have permission from the district to do this.  You design amazing experiences each day, that is why these visitors are paying $198 each a day to observe the BEST experiences for learners.  What our guests observe will help them with visioning in their schools and push boundaries in their districts.  My expectation would be to model best practices with choice/voice, differentiation with product/process, use of technology at the creation and redefinition level (a great opportunity to showcase your coding skills), inquiry based experiences, cross curricular connections, and high learner engagement.  PLEASE come see me if you have any questions.

Please take 2 minutes at your earliest convenience to fill out Jacque's 3rd Nine Weeks Survey so she can start partnering with you on your goals this nine weeks.   A friendly reminder, Chapters 8-12 are to be read by February 3rd. We will have a Reflection menu for you to choose how you prefer to reflect on your reading! 

We have many new learners on our campus that may not be familiar with our attendance policies, as well learners who have had a high number of absences the first semester.  We need to make every effort to encourage them to be here every day!  Please include the following note in your newsletters:


As a new semester begins, please take time to review our district attendance policies on our school website here.  We ask that you keep us informed of your child's absences and have them at school whenever possible.  Attendance is a very important part of learning!  We do not want your children to miss valuable learning experiences, and we miss them when they are gone!  Thank you for partnering with us in this!  

You received an email from the district regarding watching the inauguration event with your learners.  It is a campus decision, therefore, I would request that if you are using this in conjunction with your curriculum, tomorrow, that you speak with Chantel or Ashley first.  THANK YOU.

There are new district expectations.  Instead of 12 walkthroughs a week, Ashley and I have a minimum of 5 required, now.  We will continue with Domain 2 Dimension 2 for the next week.  We are looking for anchor charts, CBL language and cross curricular connections during these visits.

We will meet in the cafe tomorrow morning at 9:00.  Thank you for giving your council members time to share out about our meetings and their decisions for the school.

Say hello to sweet Liam Benson

Integrity- acting according to a sense of right and wrong.

Do what you know is right, even if no one is watching.

"The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he wouldn't be found out." - Thomas Macauley

January 23- Angela's Birthday
                    RtI Meetings
January 24-  Jessica K's Birthday
                     House t-shirt with jeans
January 25-  CISD Tours on Campus all day
                     Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)  ALL MUST ATTEND
January 26-  Jamie's Birthday
                     Spurs Savings (7:30-7:50)
January 27-  LEEdership Council (8:30-9:30)

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