Week of May 30th – June 2nd

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Our mission is to engage, inspire, and empower students and staff in order to maximize learning. 

Quote of the Week:

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Nuts and Bolts:

  • Hopefully everyone was able to get into the conversation with BLDD architects over the past two days. They really opened up the conversation for all students and staff to get involved. Some great research, brainstorming, and reflection took place as we begin the design process of the a 21st Century HS. It is exciting work to take on, but it is also work we must continue to work on together to all ideas and possibilities are considered. We have a great opportunity to learn some valuable lesson from our own MS construction experience as well as continued visit to model schools.
  • We wrapped up interviewing for the Chemistry/Physics position and have a TAG Interview this week and will look to fill the Intervention Center position soon!
  • Enjoy an extended Memorial Day weekend before the final 4 day push to end the school year!
  • We WILL run Quarter Exam Days at the HS on June 1st and 2nd. June 1st will be periods 1-4 with Comet Time to end the day, June 2nd will be period 5-8 with Comet Time to end the day. Please plan accordingly.
  • Comet Rodeo will be cancelled this year, with no quality date to re-schedule with only 2 weeks remaining.
  • Please be thinking ahead to the week of June 5th – June 9th for PD opportunities and needs for you and/or your department. June 5th will be a complete CLERICAL day for all 5-12 staff and June 9th there is a tentative plan to hold our district recognition breakfast in the morning otherwise the schedule will remain relatively open for those days.
    • We no have several teams traveling to PD opportunities at the AEA267, High Tech High, and neighboring districts during the week!
  • We are now scheduled to have our final staff PD day on June 9th. With the influx of staff PD day to end the school year we will want to start planning how to best utilize that time. A substantial amount of time will be give for clerical purposes to wrap up the school year, however there will be some items we will need to work on to finish up the year.
  • 5-12 Teachers WILL NOT have their Orange Frog workshop until next August!
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to keep using the #MakeADifferenceCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
    • The entire TLT team and all K12 admin have regularly schedule meetings every other Friday at 1:30.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule May 30th – June 2nd:

  • Monday: NO SCHOOL MEMORIAL DAY
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 9:00-12:00 E+R = O Workshop @Osage
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 1:45 Exercise Your Own Way Meeting
  • Wednesday: 
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • Student Presentations
      • ICDP for 2017-2018 Update
      • CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items.
    • 1:20 Sociology II/III
    • 1:30 TAG Interview #1
    • 2:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday: CCHS Quarter/Semester Exam Day Alt. Schedule (Periods 1-4)
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
  • Friday: CCHS Quarter/Semester Exam Day Alt. Schedule (Periods 5-8)
    • 7:30 Secondary Math Team Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
    • 1:30 TLT Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

Final Ricky Gee Show will no longer air on Wednesday, May 31st, to many other things to cover!

PD Follow Up

Wednesday we will meet as a 5-12 group in the HS Media Center for some students presentations, as well as an update for the 2017-2018 ICDP process.

Afterwards you can plan to meet in content teams to continue efforts to dig deeper into our standards to help prepare us of quality planning that aligns our curriculum, assessments, and instruction. For the PD calendar and other information please see these slides.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

If you have not heard the Smarter Balanced discussion at the state level took quite a twist this past week. As the legislative session begins in DSM we have received information from our AEA representatives that congress wants to look deeper into making the change to Smarter Balanced and therefore they are postponing upcoming trainings they were offering district leaders until more information comes from the state level. With that information we will take a break from the Smarter Balanced discussion in our district as well until we get more guidance from the state.

If you have any questions on this one call down to DSM! 🙂

Watch These

A little slapstick humor to end the week never hurts…….

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

 

Week of May 22nd – May 26th

 

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Our mission is to engage, inspire, and empower students and staff in order to maximize learning. 

Quote of the Week:

why start

Nuts and Bolts:

  • We wrapped up interviewing for the JCLO position and will wrap up Chemistry/Physics and TAG positions this week.
  • Last full week of school coming up! Enjoy an extended Memorial Day weekend before the final 4 day push to end the school year!
  • We WILL run Quarter Exam Days at the HS on June 1st and 2nd. June 1st will be periods 1-4 with Comet Time to end the day, June 2nd will be period 5-8 with Comet Time to end the day. Please plan accordingly.
  • Comet Rodeo will be cancelled this year, with no quality date to re-schedule with only 2 weeks remaining.
  • Please be thinking ahead to the week of June 5th – June 9th for PD opportunities and needs for you and/or your department. June 5th will be a complete CLERICAL day for all 5-12 staff and June 9th there is a tentative plan to hold our district recognition breakfast in the morning otherwise the schedule will remain relatively open for those days.
  • The Educational Leadership Committee focused on the development of a 21st Century HS has two meeting this week with our architects from BLDD to continue the design process.
  • We are now scheduled to have our final staff PD day on June 9th. With the influx of staff PD day to end the school year we will want to start planning how to best utilize that time. A substantial amount of time will be give for clerical purposes to wrap up the school year, however there will be some items we will need to work on to finish up the year.
  • 5-12 Teachers WILL NOT have their Orange Frog workshop until next August!
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to keep using the #MakeADifferenceCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
    • The entire TLT team and all K12 admin have regularly schedule meetings every other Friday at 1:30.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule May 22nd – May 26th:

  • Monday:
    • 7:15 Coaching Observation
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
    • 12:00 Rotary Presentation
    • 1:00 Senior IEP Exit Meeting
    • 2:00 Senior IEP Exit Meeting
    • 4:00 Head Wrestling Coach Interviews
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 10:30 Blackhawk School of Apprenticeship Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
  • Wednesday: 
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items.
    • CLASS OF 2017 FINAL DAY OF CLASSES
    • 8:00 BLDD Task Force Meeting
    • 9:00-4:00 Johnson Out of District: AEA267 College/Career Plan (Tentative)
    • 1:20 Sociology II/III (No Class)
    • 2:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 8:30 BLDD Task Force Meeting
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
    • 12:00-3:00 SENIOR WALK and Commencement Practice
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Secondary Math Team Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
    • 12:00 Lions Club Presentation
    • 1:30 TLT Meeting
  • SUNDAY
    • 1:30 COMMENCEMENT

The Ricky Gee Showspark

Final Ricky Gee Show will air on Wednesday, May 31st!!

PD Follow Up

Wednesday you can plan to meet in content teams to continue efforts to dig deeper into our standards to help prepare us of quality planning that aligns our curriculum, assessments, and instruction. For the PD calendar and other information please see these slides.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

If you have not heard the Smarter Balanced discussion at the state level took quite a twist this past week. As the legislative session begins in DSM we have received information from our AEA representatives that congress wants to look deeper into making the change to Smarter Balanced and therefore they are postponing upcoming trainings they were offering district leaders until more information comes from the state level. With that information we will take a break from the Smarter Balanced discussion in our district as well until we get more guidance from the state.

If you have any questions on this one call down to DSM! 🙂

Read This & Watch This

Start With The Why, By Simon Sinek

Start with the why

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

May 15th – May 19th

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Our mission is to engage, inspire, and empower students and staff in order to maximize learning. 

Quote of the Week:

Lets bring the energy for an exciting week as Spring sports wrap up, Senior events begin, and we finish the final month strong!!

Tommy Boy

Nuts and Bolts:

  • Thank you for a great Teacher Appreciation Week, thank you for your continued efforts for all of our Comet students and your flexibility making things work throughout the week. Special shout-out to Mr. Voves, Mrs. Hanes, and Mrs Hagamen for their efforts to make the lunches on Wednesday and Friday a success!
  • We will be interviewing  for the JLO  and Chemistry/Physics positions this week and next week with TAG hopefully up soon.
  • Comet Rodeo looks to be set for the afternoon of Wednesday, May 17th. We will run a similar format as last year and will be reaching out to the staff members who have help organize the event in years past. Sarah V. sent out the schedule to all HS Faculty last week.
  • Please be thinking ahead to the week of June 5th – June 9th for PD opportunities and needs for you and/or your department. June 5th will be a complete CLERICAL day for all 5-12 staff and June 9th there is a tentative plan to hold our district recognition breakfast in the morning otherwise the schedule will remain relatively open for those days.
  • The Educational Leadership Committee focused on the development of a 21st Century HS presented our findings to the school board on Monday. You can find a link to the presentation on the CC Schools website.
  • We WILL run Quarter Exam Days at the HS on June 1st and 2nd. June 1st will be periods 1-4 with Comet Time to end the day, June 2nd will be period 5-8 with Comet Time to end the day. Please plan accordingly.
  • We are now scheduled to have our final staff PD day on June 9th. With the influx of staff PD day to end the school year we will want to start planning how to best utilize that time. A substantial amount of time will be give for clerical purposes to wrap up the school year, however there will be some items we will need to work on to finish up the year.
  • 5-12 Teachers WILL NOT have their Orange Frog workshop until next August!
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to keep using the #MakeADifferenceCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
    • The entire TLT team and all K12 admin have regularly schedule meetings every other Friday at 1:30.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Take a bow MRS. WESTERN!! What a way to end her contest career! On TOP!!!

Admin Schedule May 15th – May 19th:

  • Monday:
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 6:00 Senior Sports Banquet
  • Wednesday: ALTERNATIVE SCHEDULE @ CCHS
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items.
    • 1:20 Sociology II/III (No Class)
    • 1:30 Comet Rodeo
    • 2:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 4:00 Retirement Tea @ Elks
    • 5:30 Class Day
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 NO Topic of the Week, Room 608
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
    • 1:30 TLT Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK was a huge success!! So many great activities and recognitions for everything our teacher do for students on a daily basis! Thank you to all who helped organize any part of the week and thank you to teachers for making it a great week. If you have not seen the photos and posts from the week find them:

  1. Charles City Community School Facebook Page
  2. Twitter: #MakeADifferenceCC or #WeAreCC or # TeacherAppreciationWeek

Last week was a great example of our motto from Day #1 of this school year together as we keep aim on #MakeADifferenceCC each day!!!

PD Follow Up

Wednesday you can plan to meet in content teams to continue efforts to dig deeper into our standards to help prepare us of quality planning that aligns our curriculum, assessments, and instruction. For the PD calendar and other information please see these slides.

MS will have a PBIS Meeting at 7:30!!!!

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

If you have not heard the Smarter Balanced discussion at the state level took quite a twist this past week. As the legislative session begins in DSM we have received information from our AEA representatives that congress wants to look deeper into making the change to Smarter Balanced and therefore they are postponing upcoming trainings they were offering district leaders until more information comes from the state level. With that information we will take a break from the Smarter Balanced discussion in our district as well until we get more guidance from the state.

If you have any questions on this one call down to DSM! 🙂

Read This & Watch This

Return next week!

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

Week of May 8th – May 12th

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Our mission is to engage, inspire, and empower students and staff in order to maximize learning. 

Quote of the Week:

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Nuts and Bolts:

  • This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, thank you for your continued efforts for all of our Comet students, enjoy the week and be ready for some different events throughout to week!
  • We will be interviewing  for the JLO  and MS/HS Ag positions this week and next week with TAG hopefully up soon. We will also be looking to re-visit Orchestra and Chemistry/Physics in the future as well.
  • The first ever Adulting 101 event put on by Iowa BIG North students and partners throughout the community was a huge success. The event was aimed at providing our students an opportunity to learn about banking/loan, real estate, auto, insurance, and other real-life issues through an interactive experience with stakeholders in the aforementioned areas around Charles City!
    • Next year we plan to kick the event off sometime in the Fall to avoid the Spring busy season as well as give us the opportunity to have time for follow up lessons throughout the year.
  • Comet Rodeo looks to be set for the afternoon of Wednesday, May 17th. We will run a similar format as last year and will be reaching out to the staff members who have help organize the event in years past.
  • The Educational Leadership Committee focused on the development of a 21st Century HS will present our findings to the school board on Monday.
  • We WILL run Quarter Exam Days at the HS on June 1st and 2nd. June 1st will be periods 1-4 with Comet Time to end the day, June 2nd will be period 5-8 with Comet Time to end the day. Please plan accordingly.
  • We are now scheduled to have our final staff PD day on June 9th. With the influx of staff PD day to end the school year we will want to start planning how to best utilize that time. A substantial amount of time will be give for clerical purposes to wrap up the school year, however there will be some items we will need to work on to finish up the year.
  • 5-12 Teachers WILL NOT have their Orange Frog workshop until next August!
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to keep using the #MakeADifferenceCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
    • The entire TLT team and all K12 admin have regularly schedule meetings every other Friday at 1:30.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule May 8th – May 12th:

  • Monday:
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting (Larry)
    • 10:00-12:00 Independence Visit to Success Team
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 1:00 Real Life Academy Planning Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items.
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
    • 1:20 Sociology II/III Class
    • 2:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 NO Topic of the Week, Room 608
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 9:42-10:24 Weight Lifting
    • 1:30 TLT Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! There are several different things planned for the week, we hope you enjoy them. It is a great week to remember the influence and impact you have on some many lives in the teaching profession. Keep up the great work!

Another Theme Friday today for the MS! Keep up the great work spreading positivity in our buildings! Next ORANGE FROG workshop will be held for a small groups in June!

PD Follow Up

Wednesday you can plan to meet in content teams to continue efforts to dig deeper into our standards to help prepare us of quality planning that aligns our curriculum, assessments, and instruction. For the PD calendar and other information please see these slides.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

If you have not heard the Smarter Balanced discussion at the state level took quite a twist this past week. As the legislative session begins in DSM we have received information from our AEA representatives that congress wants to look deeper into making the change to Smarter Balanced and therefore they are postponing upcoming trainings they were offering district leaders until more information comes from the state level. With that information we will take a break from the Smarter Balanced discussion in our district as well until we get more guidance from the state.

If you have any questions on this one call down to DSM! 🙂

Read This & Watch This

A Letter to My Teacher, by Erin Parker

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

Week of May 1st – May 5th

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Our mission is to engage, inspire, and empower students and staff in order to maximize learning. 

Quote of the Week:

Difficult to Love

Nuts and Bolts:

  • YES IT IS MAY ALREADY, that is not a mistake! Spring activities will be winding down soon, just in time for our Seniors wrapping up the school year and the many exciting events that come with it. Enjoy the Spring, it is always a vibrant time of the school year that goes by extremely quickly. Our students are active and engaged in a number of activities this spring!
  • We wrapped up interviewing now for Chemistry/Physics position this week with TAG hopefully up soon, and looking to re-visit Orchestra in the future as well. We will meet as an interview committee on Monday to take a further look at the Chemistry/Physics applicants.
  • All Seniors will be participating in the first ever Adulting 101 event (Real Life Academy) on Thursday, May 4th around the community. The event is aimed at providing our students an opportunity to learn about banking/loan, real estate, auto, insurance, and other real-life issues through an interactive experience with stakeholders in the aforementioned areas around Charles City! More information to come.
  • The Educational Leadership Committee focused on the development of a 21st Century HS made another visit to model schools, we will look to present our findings to the school board next month. This is an exciting process and will be vital to the future of our school. Looking forward to getting to see some great model schools in the midwest and beyond.
    • 6 of us will be visiting High Tech High’s campus in San Diego, CA on Thursday – Saturday.
  • We WILL run Quarter Exam Days at the HS on June 1st and 2nd. June 1st will be periods 1-4 with Comet Time to end the day, June 2nd will be period 5-8 with Comet Time to end the day. Please plan accordingly.
  • We are now scheduled to have our final staff PD day on June 9th. With the influx of staff PD day to end the school year we will want to start planning how to best utilize that time. A substantial amount of time will be give for clerical purposes to wrap up the school year, however there will be some items we will need to work on to finish up the year.
  • 5-12 Teachers WILL NOT have their Orange Frog workshop until next August!
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to keep using the #MakeADifferenceCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
    • The entire TLT team and all K12 admin have regularly schedule meetings every other Friday at 1:30.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule May 1st – May 5th:

  • Monday:
    • 1:00 NIACC Meeting (CNA Class)
    • 3:15 Observation
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 1:00 Real Life Academy Planning Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items.
    • 1:20 Sociology II/III Class
    • 2:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 2:45 AEA267 Team Meeting
    • 5:00 ELT Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 7:30-1:00 Adulting 101 Event (All Seniors)
  • Friday:
    • Johnson Out of District: TLC Workshop
    • 7:30 NO Topic of the Week, Room 608
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 1:30 TLT Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

Another Theme Friday today for the MS! Keep up the great work spreading positivity in our buildings! Next ORANGE FROG workshop will be held for a small groups in June!

 

PD Follow Up

Wednesday you can plan to meet in content teams to continue efforts to dig deeper into our standards to help prepare us of quality planning that aligns our curriculum, assessments, and instruction. For the PD calendar and other information please see these slides.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

If you have not heard the Smarter Balanced discussion at the state level took quite a twist this past week. As the legislative session begins in DSM we have received information from our AEA representatives that congress wants to look deeper into making the change to Smarter Balanced and therefore they are postponing upcoming trainings they were offering district leaders until more information comes from the state level. With that information we will take a break from the Smarter Balanced discussion in our district as well until we get more guidance from the state.

If you have any questions on this one call down to DSM! 🙂

Read This & Watch This

Hugging A Porcupine, by Rob Miller (Dealing with our toughest kids, a MUST read!)

 

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

 

Week of April 24th – 28th

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Our mission is to engage, inspire, and empower students and staff in order to maximize learning. 

Quote of the Week:

fail adapt

Nuts and Bolts:

  • We continue interviewing now for Chemistry/Physics position next week with TAG hopefully up soon, and looking to re-visit Orchestra in the future as well.
  • All Seniors will be participating in the first ever Real Life Academy on Thursday, May 4th around the community. The event is aimed at providing our students an opportunity to learn about banking/loan, real estate, auto, insurance, and other real-life issues through an interactive experience with stakeholders in the aforementioned areas around Charles City! More information to come.
  • The Educational Leadership Committee focused on the development of a 21st Century HS made another visit to model schools, we will look to present our findings to the school board next month. This is an exciting process and will be vital to the future of our school. Looking forward to getting to see some great model schools in the midwest and beyond.
    • 6 of us will be visiting High Tech High’s campus in San Diego, CA next Thursday – Saturday.
  • We WILL run Quarter Exam Days at the HS on June 1st and 2nd. June 1st will be periods 1-4 with Comet Time to end the day, June 2nd will be period 5-8 with Comet Time to end the day. Please plan accordingly.
  • We are now scheduled to have our final staff PD day on June 9th. With the influx of staff PD day to end the school year we will want to start planning how to best utilize that time. A substantial amount of time will be give for clerical purposes to wrap up the school year, however there will be some items we will need to work on to finish up the year.
  • 5-12 Teachers WILL NOT have their Orange Frog workshop until next August!
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to keep using the #MakeADifferenceCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
    • The entire TLT team and all K12 admin have regularly schedule meetings every other Friday at 1:30.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule April 24th – April 28th:

  • Monday:
    • 8:56 Observation
    • 1:00 Real Life Academy Planning Meeting
    • 5:00 School Board Meeting (Floyd Comm. Center)
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting & McDonald’s Student of the Month
    • 8:10 Observation
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 11:14 Observation
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 2:00 Real Life Academy Planning Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items.
    • 1:00 Johnson Out of District: Iowa BIG North Team Meeting 
    • 1:20 Sociology II/III Class
    • 2:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 4:00 Chemistry/Physics Interview #2
    • 5:00 ELT Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • Johnson/Gabel Out of District: High Tech High (San Diego, CA)
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
  • Friday:
    • Johnson/Gabel Out of District: High Tech High (San Diego, CA)
    • 7:30 NO Topic of the Week, Room 608
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 1:30 TLT Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

Another Theme Friday today for the MS! Keep up the great work spreading positivity in our buildings! Next ORANGE FROG workshop will be held for a small groups in June!

Great representation of the staff and student body on the Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Awards this week!! Well done Comets!!

PD Follow Up

Wednesday you can plan to meet in content teams to continue efforts to dig deeper into our standards to help prepare us of quality planning that aligns our curriculum, assessments, and instruction. For the PD calendar and other information please see these slides.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

If you have not heard the Smarter Balanced discussion at the state level took quite a twist this past week. As the legislative session begins in DSM we have received information from our AEA representatives that congress wants to look deeper into making the change to Smarter Balanced and therefore they are postponing upcoming trainings they were offering district leaders until more information comes from the state level. With that information we will take a break from the Smarter Balanced discussion in our district as well until we get more guidance from the state.

If you have any questions on this one call down to DSM! 🙂

Read This & Watch This

Be the Change You Want to See By Shifting Traditional High School, By Katrina Schwartz

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

Week of April 17th – April 21st

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Our mission is to engage, inspire, and empower students and staff in order to maximize learning. 

Quote of the Week:

Culture breakfast

Nuts and Bolts:

  • We continue interviewing for the Orchestra position and now Chemistry/Physics positions next week with TAG hopefully up soon.
  • If you have not done so already be sure to fill in the April 17th PD form to communicate your plans for the day. Several responses are in and it looks like a great day of learning for many!
  • The Educational Leadership Committee focused on the development of a 21st Century HS made another visit to model schools, we will look to present our findings to the school board next month. This is an exciting process and will be vital to the future of our school. Looking forward to getting to see some great model schools in the midwest and beyond.
  • We are now scheduled to have our final staff PD day on June 9th. With the influx of staff PD day to end the school year we will want to start planning how to best utilize that time. A substantial amount of time will be give for clerical purposes to wrap up the school year, however there will be some items we will need to work on to finish up the year.
  • 5-12 Teachers WILL NOT have their Orange Frog workshop until next August!
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to keep using the #MakeADifferenceCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
    • The entire TLT team and all K12 admin have regularly schedule meetings every other Friday at 1:30.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule April 17th – April 21st:

  • Monday:
    • 7:30-3:30 Professional Development Day
  • Tuesday:
    • Johnson Out of District: CTE Meeting @Fort Dodge
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 2:00 Real Life Academy Planning Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:15 Pre-Observation
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items.
    • 8:00-11:00 Chemistry/Physics Interview #1
    • 1:20 Sociology II/III Class
    • 2:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 5:00 ELT Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 8:30 Buildings and Grounds Meeting
    • 10:30 Final Evaluation
    • 11:30 Mind Your Manners
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 NO Topic of the Week, Room 608
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 1:30 TLT Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

Another Theme Friday today for the MS! Keep up the great work spreading positivity in our buildings! Next ORANGE FROG workshop will be held for a small group on Monday, April 17th!

PD Follow Up

Wednesday you can plan to meet in content teams to continue efforts to dig deeper into our standards to help prepare us of quality planning that aligns our curriculum, assessments, and instruction. For the PD calendar and other information please see these slides.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

If you have not heard the Smarter Balanced discussion at the state level took quite a twist this past week. As the legislative session begins in DSM we have received information from our AEA representatives that congress wants to look deeper into making the change to Smarter Balanced and therefore they are postponing upcoming trainings they were offering district leaders until more information comes from the state level. With that information we will take a break from the Smarter Balanced discussion in our district as well until we get more guidance from the state.

If you have any questions on this one call down to DSM! 🙂

Listen to This, Look at This & Watch This

E + R = O: The Culture Playbook

www.Focus3.com

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of April 10th- April 14th

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Our mission is to engage, inspire, and empower students and staff in order to maximize learning. 

Quote of the Week:

People Programs

Nuts and Bolts:

  • We continue interviewing for Special Education positions and Orchestra positions next week. Physical Science and TAG will be up soon.
  • Please share feedback on our 8 Period Modified Block option, as I would like a more comprehensive view from staff on the topic.
  • If you have not done so already be sure to fill in the April 17th PD form to communicate your plans for the day. Several responses are in and it looks like a great day of learning for many!
  • The Educational Leadership Committee focused on the development of a 21st Century HS made another visit to model schools. This is an exciting process and will be vital to the future of our school. Looking forward to getting to see some great model schools in the midwest and beyond.
  • We are now scheduled to have our final staff PD day on June 9th. With the influx of staff PD day to end the school year we will want to start planning how to best utilize that time. A substantial amount of time will be give for clerical purposes to wrap up the school year, however there will be some items we will need to work on to finish up the year.
  • 5-12 Teachers WILL NOT have their Orange Frog workshop until next August!
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to keep using the #MakeADifferenceCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
    • The entire TLT team and all K12 admin have regularly schedule meetings every other Friday at 1:30.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule April 3rd – April 7th:

  • Monday:
    • 10:30 Admin Meeting
    • 1:00 Special Education Interviews
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coaches Meeting
    • 10:30 Executive Coaching Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 2:00 Real Life Academy Planning Meeting
    • 3:30 Model Teacher Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:00 Model Teacher Meeting
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items.
    • 9:30 AEA Team Rep Meeting
    • 1:30 Johnson Out of District: Appt. in IC
    • 1:30 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 NO Topic of the Week, Room 608
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 1:00 Special Education Interview #3
    • 1:30 Admin Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

Check out all of the posts on High Five Friday and Flap Jack Friday! We are making a difference every day we star positively with students!

Good work to everyone involved, it is infectious!

PD Follow Up

Wednesday you can plan to meet in content teams to continue efforts to dig deeper into our standards to help prepare us of quality planning that aligns our curriculum, assessments, and instruction. For the PD calendar and other information please see these slides.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

If you have not heard the Smarter Balanced discussion at the state level took quite a twist this past week. As the legislative session begins in DSM we have received information from our AEA representatives that congress wants to look deeper into making the change to Smarter Balanced and therefore they are postponing upcoming trainings they were offering district leaders until more information comes from the state level. With that information we will take a break from the Smarter Balanced discussion in our district as well until we get more guidance from the state.

If you have any questions on this one call down to DSM! 🙂

Read This and Watch This

Shifting the Monkey: The Art of Protecting Good People from Liars, Criers, and Slackers By Todd Whitaker

Monkey

People Are Like Garbage Trucks

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Our mission is to engage, inspire, and empower students and staff in order to maximize learning. 

Quote of the Week:

You-cant-have-a-good-day-with-a-bad-attitude

Nuts and Bolts:

  • Welcome back from Spring Break! Spring is coming in like a lion for us as we hit the ground running with the end of Quarter 1 this week, Iowa Assessments next week, and Spring activities in full swing! Hopefully the weather turns the corner for us as well.
  • REMINDER we have P/T Conferences from 11-7 on Monday, March 27th.
  • We are currently interviewing candidates for the district’s open 6th Grade ELA position and new Dean of Students position. We look forward to sharing CCMS and CCHS with those candidates on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Dr. Cox released the final draft of the calendar last Thursday that will be presented to the board. As you can see, the major move of no longer having PD on Wednesday mornings will impact our year. Rick, Larry, and I will sit down with the TLT team, and begin conversations with staff content and grade-alike teams as we begin planning PD for that time.
  • Our schedule committee meetings continued up until break, but we ran into a bit of a lull in progress as we did not receive feedback from a majority of staff about the Modified Block possibility for the schedule. I will look to send out reminders to put that feedback in before we make any final decisions on schedule adjustments.
  • The Educational Leadership Committee focused on the development of a 21st Century HS will be taking several site visits beginning next week! This is an exciting process and will be vital to the future of our school. Looking forward to getting that process started.
  • We are now scheduled to have our final staff PD day on June 8th. With the influx of staff PD day to end the school year we will want to start planning how to best utilize that time. A substantial amount of time will be give for clerical purposes to wrap up the school year, however there will be some items we will need to work on to finish up the year.
    • We have recently been informed that the ELL Module are due to be completed before you leave for the summer, s0 we will take some final time for ELL modules during those final PD days.
  • We are making plans to host an SBG Day on April 17th for our 5-12 staff. We will look to bring in a keynote speaker, have breakout sessions, and set up time in content teams to learn more about SBG. This day will serve as an important kick off to our SBG focus for next school year.
  • 5-12 Teachers WILL NOT have their Orange Frog workshop until next August!
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to keep using the #MakeADifferenceCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
    • The entire TLT team and all K12 admin have regularly schedule meetings every other Friday at 1:30.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule Mar. 20th-Mar. 24th:

  • Monday:
    • 7:30 6th Grade ELA Interview: Jena Hardy
    • 10:00 6th Grade ELA Interview: Ashley Phelan
    • 12:30 6th ELA Interview: Dana Skubal
    • 12:56 Observation
    • 3:00 6th ELA Interview: Rachel Hurley
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 7:30 Dean of Students Interviews: Casey Studer and Greg Hiemstra
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 2:30 Dean of Students Interviews: Dustin Smith and Jayme Hurley
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items.
    • 1:30 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 6:00 IT Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday: CCHS QUARTER EXAM DAY #1 
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 Executive Coaching Meeting
    • 11:30-3:30 Johnson Out of District: NEIC Principals Meeting @ Decorah
    • 7:00 NHS Ceremony
  • Friday: CCHS QUARTER EXAM DAY #2
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

Will return next week!

PD Follow Up

Wednesday you can plan to meet in content teams to continue efforts to dig deeper into our standards to help prepare us of quality planning that aligns our curriculum, assessments, and instruction. For the PD calendar and other information please see these slides.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

If you have not heard the Smarter Balanced discussion at the state level took quite a twist this past week. As the legislative session begins in DSM we have received information from our AEA representatives that congress wants to look deeper into making the change to Smarter Balanced and therefore they are postponing upcoming trainings they were offering district leaders until more information comes from the state level. With that information we will take a break from the Smarter Balanced discussion in our district as well until we get more guidance from the state.

If you have any questions on this one call down to DSM! 🙂

Read This and Watch This

Go to #WeAreHappyCC  (on Twitter) and scroll through the highlights from the districts first Orange Frog workshops! It is a great reminder of why we do what we do, and a great motivator to finish the final quarter of the school year off with some great mojo!

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

Week of April 3rd – April 7th

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Our mission is to engage, inspire, and empower students and staff in order to maximize learning. 

Quote of the Week:

Kill SMile

Nuts and Bolts:

  • We have interviewed nearly 20 people for different positions over the past several weeks for FCS, ELA, Math, and Dean of Students positions. I can honestly say, that each of them have communicated with us what a positive experience they have had while visiting us. A majority of them have reached out after their interview in some capacity to express how much they would like to work with our team. It is an awesome experience bringing in people to the district and having them leave with such a positive experience. Thank you for everyone’s commitment to the interview process and for shedding a positive light on what we have here in CC!
  • We are currently wrapping up interviews in math, and will be interviewing for Special Education positions and Orchestra positions next week.
  • I will finally be sending out a follow-up to the scheduling committee information that was sent out before Spring Break. I was only able to gather about 16 sheets of feedback on our 8 Period Modified Block option, and I would like a more comprehensive view from staff on the topic.
  • The Educational Leadership Committee focused on the development of a 21st Century HS will make our first visit next week to two schools in MN. This is an exciting process and will be vital to the future of our school. Looking forward to getting to see some great model schools in the midwest and beyond.
  • We are now scheduled to have our final staff PD day on June 8th. With the influx of staff PD day to end the school year we will want to start planning how to best utilize that time. A substantial amount of time will be give for clerical purposes to wrap up the school year, however there will be some items we will need to work on to finish up the year.
  • 5-12 Teachers WILL NOT have their Orange Frog workshop until next August!
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to keep using the #MakeADifferenceCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
    • The entire TLT team and all K12 admin have regularly schedule meetings every other Friday at 1:30.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule April 3rd – April 7th:

  • Monday:
    • Johnson Out of District: School Visits in MN
    • 3:45 TQ Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coaches Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 1:00 Orchestra Interview #1
    • 2:00 Real Life Academy Planning Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items.
    • 9:10 Iowa Supreme Court Justice Visit!!
    • 1:30 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 Executive Coaching Meeting
    • 1:00 Special Education Interviews #1 and #2
    • 5:00 CCHS Art Show!
    • 5:30 GAPP Spaghetti Supper
  • Friday:
    • Johnson Out of District: TLC Workshop at Grant Wood AEA (Tentative)
    • 7:30 NO Topic of the Week, Room 608
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 1:00 Special Education Interview #3
    • 1:30 Admin Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

How to Energize Student Success:

PD Follow Up

Wednesday you can plan to meet in content teams to continue efforts to dig deeper into our standards to help prepare us of quality planning that aligns our curriculum, assessments, and instruction. For the PD calendar and other information please see these slides.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

If you have not heard the Smarter Balanced discussion at the state level took quite a twist this past week. As the legislative session begins in DSM we have received information from our AEA representatives that congress wants to look deeper into making the change to Smarter Balanced and therefore they are postponing upcoming trainings they were offering district leaders until more information comes from the state level. With that information we will take a break from the Smarter Balanced discussion in our district as well until we get more guidance from the state.

If you have any questions on this one call down to DSM! 🙂

Read This

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, By Seth Godin

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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