Embracing the Energy of Spring

Update for Apr 13-17

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As the energy and urgency of Spring returns, we are quick notice how much this energy influences our students.


Their energy seems boundless and sometimes, from our perspective, it seems like students are easily distracted or become more impulsive.  And if we have been in education for at least a few years, we know that this phenomenon happens every year.


This is the time of year when the status quo and familiar routines won’t engage in the same way. Spring means change and it seems that it’s in our DNA to have that same urgency for change.


So rather than fight it or dread it, let’s channel our students’ energy and embrace it.


This is the time of year to go for that big project. This is the time of year when the skills you have been focusing on with your students are reaching the peak of the school year. This is the time of year to put it all together, involving students in the direction you will go next.


Instead of planning in order to fill time, plan like you wish you had more time.


Have a great week!


Herb


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Something to make you smile — This reminds me to find JOY in the small moments!



Upcoming Dates


Apr 13
PTO Meeting, 7pm


Apr 14
Student Housing Committee Meeting (Herb), 6:30pm


Apr 15
School Community Meeting, 9:05am → Walkathon Kickoff, Garden Dedication overview


Apr 16
Admin Meeting (Herb), 8am
**  ADE Parent EdCamp! ** 6-8pm


Apr 17
K-5 Interims — A good chance to update parents before the end of the year!
Building Advisory Meeting, 8:15am


Apr 20
4th and 5th Grade ELA EOY State Assessments
Dave & Busters Spirit Night, 5pm-8pm


Apr 21
3rd Grade Spring OAA Reading


Apr 22
3rd, 4th, 5th, Grade Math Unit 1 EOY Assessments
*** Garden Dedication, Celebration *** 2:00ish — See Becky and/or Meredith for details for how the kids can help this BIG DAY!


Apr 23
3rd, 4th, 5th, Grade Math Unit 2 EOY Assessments
*** ART SHOW *** More to come!


Apr 27
Board of Education Meeting at Alton Darby, 7pm


Apr 28
Tech PD with Kelly Riley, 7:45am


Apr 29
ADE WALKATHON — During each grade’s Related Arts Time — AM/PM KG will combine with a grade-level.  Details to come!


Student Housing Committee Meeting (Herb) 4:30


May 1
Team Connection Meeting with Dr. John/Board Member, 8:00am — Meet and greet, breakfast provided.  Your chance to talk with Dr. John.


**  Last Data Team Dates — End of the Year / Class Lists **


Still working on dates.  Most likely will be mid-May to allow more time for assessments.


AD/DC Project Dates


4/13–Teacher Steering Committee meeting–Jennifer is going to ask Marcy McNight from Norwich to come and present to the committee regarding the PBL design in 5th grade she has helped to create.
4/14—4 Teacher Steering committee members from each building (Tricia, Bobbie, Donna, and Carolyn represent DCR) to visit 2 STEM schools in Reynoldsburg with CT and Herb.  This was originally scheduled on 5/8, however, Reynoldsburg couldn’t accommodate us on 5/8.
4/21–Staff Meeting with ADE/DCR staff at 3:45 pm at ADE–Teacher steering committee small group explains the vision/design for next year’s extension opportunity to the staff as a whole


5/6–OPTIONAL STAFF MEETING–work time to collaborate/meet/plan with the people who are teaming up for the extension/design opportunity next year for students.


5/8–Teacher steering committee site visits and work session…
6 of the committee members from each building (those who didn’t go to Reynoldsburg) will go to Wickliffe with Herb, CT and Jennifer.  This team will see a Town Hall meeting that is completely run by students from 8:30-9:30 and then meet with, talk with, and tour the school with the principal until 11:00/11:30.  We will then meet back at CO at 12:00 with the ENTIRE Teacher Steering committee (the 4 who went to Reynoldsburg will need to put in for a ½ day PD request for the afternoon) to debrief and have lunch (provided and to be ordered through Aramark).  We will engage in conversation with the group regarding how to shift our practice as we continue moving forward with our design next year towards students defining their learning path through the options/opportunities that teachers can create/provide for them as experiences.  Could these/are these options/opportunities connected to the networks? This would support students defining the voice and choice in their learning and becomes the heart of student ownership within the design.
Additionally one GOAL for the day is to NAME IT…not pedagogically…or programatically….but based on our Guiding Principles.  So the IT that is named represents the way we do things grounded in those principles–the mantra of “Who We’d Like to Be”.  We will be showing the teacher videos one more time and identifying how these ideas align to the principles established in our Guiding Principles and how these ideas can become opportunities for next year.  


5/13–last teacher steering committee meeting for 2014-15​–The purpose is the thank those who were on this committee and touch base/listen to their perspective of the buildings from which they represent, what they think is necessary for next year to move forward.  We will share with them our “list” of what needs to happen and ask them for their “list” in order to bridge the perspectives to move forward with SOME implementation of SOME ideas for the 2015-16 year.
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