Week of Dec. 12th-16th

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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:

  • 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.
  • Plans are being put in motion to begin Orange Frog workshops with small group of support staff, we are looking at date of Feb. 9th and 10th to being that exciting process!
  • 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 meetings with Rick and Josh each Monday at 2:30.
    • 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

Mr. Johnson’s Schedule Dec. 12th-16th:

  • Monday:
    • 9:00 Final OB Appt.
    • 10:30 Real World Math
    • 2:30 TLT Meeting, Secondary Only
    • 3:45 IPD Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 8:00-2:30 Out of District: NEIC Student Leadership Day at New Hampton
    • 10:30 Real World Math
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • 5-12 SPED Updates (15 Minutes)
      • CC Design
    • 10:30 Real World Math
    • 12:15 Lunch and Learn (Special Ed.)
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 10:30 Real World Math
  • Friday:
    • 9:00 MS Tour Group
    • 10:30 Real World Math
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club (Optional)
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

Keep Rowing, By P.J. Fleck (Western Michigan Head Football Coach)

PD Follow Up

Wednesday was a chance for you 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. A REMINDER the days listed as CC Design are listed for you to organize with your team around the design process to do what is listed above. As always PLEASE let me know if you have any questions.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Smarter Balanced will be coming next Spring, here is a taste of 8th Grade ELA. This question would be considered Level 1 of Webb’s DOK out of 4 levels! Take a look at the writing task that is expected at this level.

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Read This and Watch This

Learning Personalized, The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom, By Allison Zmuda

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Personalized Learning at Henry County, GA Schools

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of Dec. 5th-9th

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

Quote of the Week:

Nuts and Bolts:

  • SMART Lunch improvements continue to be seen at times. Bottom line is when students are in tutorials the program works, when we do not get students in to tutorials the program becomes a challenge. Thank you for your continued efforts to get students into tutorials and lets keep improving the program.
  • 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.
  • Plans are being put in motion to begin Orange Frog workshops with small group of support staff, we are looking at date of Feb. 9th and 10th to being that exciting process!
  • Please take advantage of The Daily Detail that Mrs. Trettin is running with some of our students. They provide a car detailing service, and they do a nice job. It is a great learning experience for those students.
  • 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 meetings with Rick and Josh each Monday at 2:30.
    • 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

Mr. Johnson’s Schedule Dec. 5th-9th:

  • Monday:
    • 10:30 Real World Math
    • 1:30 TLT Meeting, Secondary Only
    • 3:45 TQ Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 8:00 TLC Coaching Meeting
    • 10:30 Real World Math
    • 11:15 Senior Center Presentation
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 1:45 IBN Ribbon Cutting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:00 Have Your Say w/ Dr. Cox (CCHS)
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
    • 10:30 Real World Math
    • 11:30-4:00 Out of District: Medical Appointments in IC
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 6:30-5:30 Out of District: TLC Training in CR
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
  • Friday:
    • 9:00 MS Tour Group
    • 10:30 Real World Math
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club Presentation
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

Why Cliques Happen at Some Schools and Not Others, By Derek Thompson

PD Follow Up

Wednesday we heard from our local Lion’s Club, Mr. Lundberg about the FFA enrichment fundraising efforts, and Mrs. Yaddof about the Hour of Code. We also 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

Smarter Balanced will be coming next Spring, here is a taste of 11th Grade Math. This question would be considered Level 2 of Webb’s DOK out of 4 levels! Take a look at the writing task that is expected at this level.

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Read This and Watch This

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck

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Growth Mindset: What it is, How it Works, and Why it Works

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of Nov. 28th-Dec. 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:

  • Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed a much need Thanksgiving break.
    • December always promises to be one of the busiest months of the school year, we are looking forward to an full month filled with excitement and activity!
  • We have an important SBG meeting coming up this Wednesday at 3:45 in CCHS Room 512. We will be looking at our April 17th SBG day possibility, as well as how we will tackle this important work moving forward to next year.
  • If you have not taken the time to read about our new designated Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, please take some time to read about her ideas for education from your favorite news outlet.
  • 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 meetings with Rick and Josh each Monday at 2:30.
    • 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

Mr. Johnson’s Schedule Nov. 14th-18th:

  • Monday:
    • 9:00 OB Appt. w/ my wife
    • 11:00 AEA267 Student-Centered Coaching Webinar
    • 1:00 AEA267 SBG Meeting
    • 1:30 TLT Meeting, Secondary Only
    • 3:45 Mindfullness Workshop
    • 6:30 Board Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 8:00 TLC Coaching Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 2:15 Executive Caching Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
    • 1:00 IBN Team Meeting
    • 3:45 SBG Meeting (Room 512)
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 1:00 IBN Meetings
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

How One District Ended Student Dropouts with Personalized Learning, by Roger Cook

PD Follow Up

Wednesday we heard from the Success Team and held some planning meetings for our remaining PD days for the year while the MS PBIS teams met. For the PD calendar and other information please see these slides.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Smarter Balanced will be coming next Spring, here is a taste of 4th Grade Math. This question would be considered Level 1 of Webb’s DOK out of 4 levels! Take a look at the writing task that is expected at this level.

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Read This and Watch This

Creative Schools, The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, By Sir Ken Robinson

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I just sued the school system. (This was shared by a group of 9th boys with me via e-mail last week, follow up conversations with them have been interesting.)

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of November 21st-25th

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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:

  • Happy Thanksgiving Week everyone! Thanksgiving kicks off an exciting couple of months to celebrate with our students and teammates. Have a great start to the holiday season!
  • REMINDER: You will see buckets around this week for our Gooble for Pennies effort to raise money for families in need in our district. $30 pays for nearly an entire meal for a family through the organization our elementary buildings work with. Thank you to the 5th grade team for bringing this neat program to the MS and HS! Lets see which Homeroom can raise the most for these families!
  • The Orange Frog team visited VA this week for their workshop and training to bring back an exciting and practical way to help us see the power of choosing happiness in each day. I believe the team had a great experience and is excited to share their learning with us all.
  • Thank you for bringing the excitement to the annual rope pull event last week, it was a big hit with the student body this year!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have meetings with Rick and Josh each Monday at 2:30.
    • 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

Mr. Johnson’s Schedule Nov. 21st-25th:

  • Monday:
    • 6:30-7:45 Admin Meeting
    • 7:30 HS ELA Team Meeting
    • 2:30 TLT Meeting, Secondary Only
    • 4:00 Premier Furniture Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 7:30 HS S.S. Team Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 3:30 HS Fine Arts Team Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
    • 10:00 Meeting w/ Brian Wogen (NIACC)
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • No School: THANKSGIVING BREAK
  • Friday:
    • No School: THANKSGIVING BREAK

A Blog or an Article

Thank You, Teacher, By Jill Hare

PD Follow Up

Wednesday was our second of six work days to complete the ELP Modules from AEA PD Online. Next week we will get some information from our Success Team, MS will focus on PBIS, and HS will review work with Nurtured Heart and organize some team meetings.

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ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of November 11th-18th

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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:

  • Congrats to all fall athletes and performers, once again the Comets have a lot to cheer for and to be proud of. It has been another exciting fall.
  • Winter seasons began last Monday and this coming week, this is a fun time of the school year as those seasons begin and the Holidays are right around the corner.
  • The Orange Frog team will be visiting VA next week for their workshop and training to bring back an exciting and practical way to help us see the power of choosing happiness in each day.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9th AEA267 CC was well represented at the first annual SBG Conference. Ms. Arends, Mrs. Holzer, and myself sat on educator panels to lead discussion on SBG with others. Ms. Smith, Ms. Roth, Mr. Hansen, Mrs. Hervol and Mrs. Nelson joined in the learning. We will gather up some learning points from the conference to share with everyone.
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have meetings with Rick and Josh each Monday at 2:30.
    • 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

Mr. Johnson’s Schedule Nov. 14th-18th:

  • Monday:
    • 6:30-7:45 Admin Meeting
    • 2:30 TLT Meeting, Secondary Only
    • 6:30 Board Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 10:00 UNI Ed. Leadership Visit
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 1:30 Admin Coaching with Dr. Cox
    • 3:00 Meeting at NIACC w/ Mrs. Trettin
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
    • 1:30 IBN Meeting: Real Life Academy
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 11:30 NEIC Principals Meeting @St. Lucas
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

10 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask Themselves, By Justin Tarte

PD Follow Up

Wednesday was our first of six work days to complete the ELP Modules from AEA PD Online. Your second day for this work will be this coming Wednesday, Nov. 16th. Thank you Mrs. Blanchard for providing some more information on that work.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Smarter Balanced will be coming next Spring, here is a taste of 5th grade ELA; which is around the recommended grade level to begin exploring what the changes will bring to our schools. This question would be considered Level 2 of Webb’s DOK out of 4 levels! Take a look at the writing task that is expected at this level. This performance task would be scored by an outside vendor.

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Read This and Watch This

Hacking Homework: 10 Strategies That Inspire Learning Outside of the Classroom, By Starr Sackstein

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Every Kid Needs a Champion, Rita Pierson

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of Nov. 7th-11th

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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:

  • Shrek the Musical runs tonight and tomorrow night, it promises to be a great show! Get out and support our students!
  • State VB in Cedar Rapids Class 4A schedule includes:
    • Tuesday @ 6 p.m. v. SC Heelan
    • If we win Tuesday, we play Thursday @ Noon
    • If we win Thursday, we play Friday @ Noon
  • Eligibility list has been processed. All Quarter 1 grades will be stored as planned on Monday, Nov. 7th at 8:00. Any changes to grades after that time MUST be done by Mrs. Rottinghaus.
  • Student schedule changes should have been set by now, if further schedule issues need to be resolved please see Mrs. Rottinghaus.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9th AEA267 will host their first annual Standards Based Grading Conference in Cedar Falls. We have had the privilege of helping to plan the event and it promises to be a great learning opportunity for our SBG efforts for years to come.
    • A couple teachers and I will also be speaking on panels representing the work we are doing at CC.
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have meetings with Rick and Josh each Monday at 2:30.
    • 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

Mr. Johnson’s Schedule Nov. 7th-11th:

  • Monday:
    • 6:30-7:45 Admin Meeting
    • 2:30 TLT Meeting, Secondary Only
    • 3:45 TQ Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  HS Only Staff Meeting & 7th Team Meeting
    • 10:00 UNI Ed. Leadership Visit
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 6:00 State VB v. SC Heelan
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
    • 9:00-3:00 Out of Building: SBG Conference at AEA267
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 7:30 Choir Concert
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
    • 8:30-9:30 Appt. w/ my wife
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

My Name is Tom. I’ve been a teacher for 10 years and I still Get My A$% Kicked Everyday, By Tom Rademacher

PD Follow Up

Wednesday was a quick introduction (review for some!) to Essential Questions. TO refresh your memory that information can be found here.  The following bullet points provide a strong case as to why Essential Questions are an vital part to our planning process as we design unit around our standards. I look forward to digging deeper into this topic next Wednesday in your content areas.

  • Causes genuine INQUIRY into the big ideas and core content
  • ARGUABLE:  provokes deep thought, lively discussion, sustained inquiry, and new understanding as well as more questions
  • Requires students to CONSIDER alternatives, WEIGH evidence, SUPPORT their ideas, and JUSTIFY their answers
  • Stimulates vital, on-going rethinking of big ideas and  assumptions
  • Sparks meaningful CONNECTIONS with prior learning and personal experiences

What Makes a Question Essential?. Several examples of Essential Questions for many different content areas included with the link. Here is a breakdown of the important components from our unwrapping template:

  1. Identify Standards.
  2.  Skills and Concepts: What will student need to KNOW and be able to DO is listed for each target
  3. Big Ideas: Enduring Understandings students will remember long after the unit of study are included for each target
  4. Write Essential Questions: These guide assessment and instruction for all tasks and are included for each target. (The Big Ideas are answers to the Essential Questions)

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Last week, I gave you a quick run down of the change the State of Iowa will be making for our statewide assessment. Smarter Balanced will be coming next Spring, here is a taste of 5th grade math; which is the recommended grade level to begin exploring what the changes will bring to our schools. This question would be considered Level 2 of Webb’s DOK out of 4 levels!

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Read This and Watch This

What Great Teachers Do Differently, By Todd Whitaker

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Unlimited You, By Nike

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of October 31st-Nov. 4th

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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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Message from the Principal:

We often get frustrated with our students about a number of things; lack of effort, low motivation, or little attention to detail. They are loud, obnoxious, have trouble listening and ultimately frustrate us at times. One of the things, I have hoped to do as CCHS principal over the years has been to build opportunities for student leadership in our building. We have many students who take on leadership and we see them make a difference in our school in different capacities. However, in my opinion we do not do enough in schools to cultivate the leadership capacity in our young people. Personally, I am guilty of sometimes underestimating the leadership capacity in some of our young people as well as not investing my own time helping to fix something I have an issue with.

Two years ago, I pitched the idea to conference principals to get our students together to promote leadership, build leadership capacity, and to give students experiences working with peers across district lines. Last Tuesday I was fortunate to be able to spend the day with over 60 student leaders from our fellow NEIC schools at the Chickasaw Wellness Center in New Hampton. Three leaders from the higher education, the business world, and a local coach presented their leadership experiences, students worked through some team building activities, and students sent appreciation to the leaders in their lives.

Days like last Tuesday are some of the best I get to experience as an educational leader. Watching student leaders work in teams, listen to impactful speakers, get pushed out of their comfort zones, and come together to make a difference in their schools and communities reminds me of the impact we have in education. I am looking forward to working with this group of young people and other leaders in our building to make a difference.

Nuts and Bolts:

  • Nurtured Heart Training will run from 7:45-2:45 (lunch will be 11:45-12:45) on Monday, October 31st in the 8th Grade Studio
  • Grades DUE:
    • We have to run an Eligibility List on Monday, October 31st, so any student who has a failing grade in your class needs to be accurately updated by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 31st.
    • All grades are DUE on Monday, November 7th at 8:00 a.m. as we will store them at that time.
    • Grades for Quarter-long classes will be stored on October 31st and will impact GPA as well as eligibility
      • FYI: Classes set up with A, B, C, & D sections are treated as Quarter-long classes.
      • Grades for Semester-long classes are only mid-term grades so they will NOT impact eligibility.  Semester-long grades will be stored at the end of 2nd Quarter, so they will impact student GPA at that time.
        • If you currently teach any Semester-long classes please make sure you communicate this to your students.
  • Success Assembly will be held on Tuesday before lunch, so anticipate shortened classes by about 5 minutes in the morning. By only shortening a.m. classes we are able to keep our afternoon in tact when we share teachers between the MS and HS. We have LOTS of things to celebrate with our students, looking forward to being able to do that!
  • Excellence in Ed Mini-Grants are DUE MONDAY November 1st.
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have meetings with Rick and Josh each Thursday at 2:30.
    • 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

Mr. Johnson’s Schedule Oct. 31st-Nov. 4th:

  • Monday:
    • 6:30-7:30 Admin Meeting
    • 7:30-2:45 Nurtured Heart Training in 8th Grade Studio
    • 7:00 Comets v. Waterloo East Regional VB Finals
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:25 Teen2Teen Presentation to 7th Grade
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 2:30 TLT Meeting, Secondary Only
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

Phone Call Home: I’m Not Gonna Lie..They Scare Me, By Jimmy Casas

Deeper Learning, Cross-Curricular Teaching, By Ben Johnson

PD Follow Up

Wednesday continued to emphasize two things in our time together and really took some additional time to dig deep into Big Ideas: 1. The process to unwrap our mission/vision to understand how we will accomplish it. 2. Used that unwrapping process to model our work with learning targets with an emphasis on creating Big Ideas for our targets. Our hope is to make stronger connections as we continue that work. Remember to check out these slides when reviewing the Big Idea process of our planning work.

An important next step Wednesday in PD will be: What Makes a Question Essential?. Several examples of Essential Questions for many different content areas included with the link. Here is a breakdown of the important components from our unwrapping template:

  1. Identify Standards.
  2.  Skills and Concepts: What will student need to KNOW and be able to DO is listed for each target
  3. Big Ideas: Enduring Understandings students will remember long after the unit of study are included for each target
  4. Write Essential Questions: These guide assessment and instruction for all tasks and are included for each target. (The Big Ideas are answers to the Essential Questions)

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Last week, I gave you a quick run down of the change the State of Iowa will be making for our statewide assessment. Smarter Balanced will be coming next Spring, here is a taste of 4th grade math; which is the recommended grade level to begin exploring what the changes will bring to our schools. This question would be considered Level 2 of Webb’s DOK out of 4 levels!

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Question 7: Multiple correct responses possible. For example, 6/6 for part A and 7/8 for part B.

Item Purpose: In early grades, the pathway toward later mathematical proof and argumentation begins by exploring conjectures through examples. In this case, students are exploring the relationship between the value of the denominator in a fraction and the value of the number represented by the fraction. In later grades, students would be expected to more autonomously select the kinds of examples needed to evaluate a proposition or conjecture.

Read This and Watch This

Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times, By Eric Sheninger

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RSA Animate: Changing Educational Paradigms, by Sir Ken Robinson

ENGAGE (Double-Time)

INSPIRE (Double-Time)

EMPOWER (Double-Time)

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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CCMS Bulletin

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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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Lets help our students finish the 1st Quarter strong!

A Message from the Office

After 80+ years of norm-referenced standardized testing, 2016-2017 is the LAST year of Iowa Assessments (formerly ITBS).

Smarter Balanced Assessment is coming to Iowa for the 2017-2018 school year and it is a substantially different approach to comprehensive statewide assessment. Smarter Balanced is a computer adaptive comprehensive math and ELA tests that are aligned to the CORE and will be give to all Iowa 3rd-11th graders beginning next year.  Smarter Balanced assessments are not a traditional multiple choice test, rather they rely on user generated answers as well as performance tasks that are scored by outside vendors.

The move to Smarter Balanced puts increasing emphasis on us to align our assessments and instruction to our standards, as these assessments are tightly aligned to the CORE. It also emphasis Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) for level or rigor within the assessment, DOK will be terminology we will want to be familiar with (Think of DOK as another Blooms Taxonomy chart). Smarter Balanced is also much more rigorous than Iowa Assessments, so expect a substantial drop statewide in the number of students scoring in proficient level.

All in all Smart Balanced can provide a step in the right direction for statewide assessments that truly align curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Next week I will share some sample questions to begin processing what these changes will bring.

Announcements:

  • Wrestling practice for 7th and 8th grade will start Monday, October 24th, right after school in the high school gym. Please email Coach Al Nielsen with any questions.
  • All students will have the opportunity to watch an afternoon matinee performance of Shrek on Thursday, November 3rd. Our high school drama department has worked very hard to bring us this production and we thank them for it! More information will follow at a later time.
  • This is a reminder about Girl Talk starting next week. The 7th grade group will meet during lunch on Tuesdays and the 8th grade group will meet on Thursdays
  • The state cross country meet for the varsity team is Saturday, October 29th in Fort Dodge. Good luck, Comets!
  • The 1st quarter ends Friday, October 28th. and the 2nd quarter starts Tuesday, November 1st. Remember, there are no classes for students on Monday, October 31st.

Comet Celebrations

  • Congratulations to Comet MS XC runners for their success at the State meet!

ENGAGE

INSPIRE

EMPOWER

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of October 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:

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Lets help our students finish the Quarter strong!

A Message from the Office

After 80+ years of norm-referenced standardized testing, 2016-2017 is the LAST year of Iowa Assessments (formerly ITBS).

Smarter Balanced Assessment is coming to Iowa for the 2017-2018 school year and it is a substantially different approach to comprehensive statewide assessment. Smarter Balanced is a computer adaptive comprehensive math and ELA tests that are aligned to the CORE and will be give to all Iowa 3rd-11th graders beginning next year.  Smarter Balanced assessments are not a traditional multiple choice test, rather they rely on user generated answers as well as performance tasks that are scored by outside vendors.

The move to Smarter Balanced puts increasing emphasis on us to align our assessments and instruction to our standards, as these assessments are tightly aligned to the CORE. It also emphasis Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) for level or rigor within the assessment, DOK will be terminology we will want to be familiar with (Think of DOK as another Blooms Taxonomy chart). Smarter Balanced is also much more rigorous than Iowa Assessments, so expect a substantial drop statewide in the number of students scoring in proficient level.

All in all Smart Balanced can provide a step in the right direction for statewide assessments that truly align curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Next week I will share some sample questions to begin processing what these changes will bring.

Nuts and Bolts:

  • We are a Quarter of the way through the 2016-2017 school year, use this week to celebrate what our students have accomplished so far this year and be proud of the work you have completed. It is a reminder that the school year goes extremely quickly and our time to impact students really is limited.
    • Thursday, October 27th and Friday, October 28th Schedule
    • Grades for Quarter-long classes will be stored on October 31st and will impact GPA as well as eligibility
      • FYI: Classes set up with A, B, C, & D sections are treated as Quarter-long classes.
    • Grades for Semester-long classes are only mid-term grades so they will NOT impact eligibility.  Semester-long grades will be stored at the end of 2nd Quarter, so they will impact student GPA at that time.
      • If you currently teach any Semester-long classes please make sure you communicate this to your students.
  • Grades DUE:
    • We have to run an Eligibility List on Monday, October 31st, so any student who has a failing grade in your class needs to be accurately updated by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 31st.
    • All grades are DUE on Monday, November 7th at 8:00 a.m. as we will store them at that time.
  • ICDPs (STILL NEED SEVERAL!)
  • 2nd Quarter Classes
    • Please take a look at your schedule for 2nd Quarter and class rosters. Let Mrs. Rottinghaus and/or Mr. Johnson know if there is anything we need to address.
  • Excellence in Ed Mini-Grants are DUE November 1st.
  • Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Trettin will be attending a Real Life Academy event at West Delaware HS on Thursday, to hopefully bring an exciting “life prep” experience to CCHS students.
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have meetings with Rick and Josh each Thursday at 2:30.
    • The entire TLT team and all K12 admin have regularly schedule meetings every other Friday at 1:30.
  • Link to TLT Schedules
  • All elementary and middle school students will have the opportunity to watch a matinee performance of Shrek on Thursday, November 3rd. Our high school drama department has worked hard to bring us this production and we thank them for it!
  • There is a new pick up location at Bethany Alliance Church instead of the old Bridge Church location. It’s just a block across the street and pick up and drop off times remain the same.
  • Students are encouraged to talk with any teacher today about any concerns with recent academic performance. We want you to do well at school!

Tweet of the Week

Mr. Johnson’s Schedule Week of October 24th-28th:

  • Monday:
    • 6:30-7:45 Admin Meeting
    • 11:30-1:30 Alburnett Teacher/Coach Visit
    • 6:30 CC Board of Education Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 8:30-12:00 Out of District: NEIC Student Leadership Day @ New Hampton
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • Quarter Exam Day #1
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 8:00-2:00 Out of District: Real Life Academy @West Delaware HS
    • 2:30 TLT Meeting, Secondary Only
    • 5:00 Family Math Night @ Washington Elem
  • Friday:
    • Quarter Exam Day #2
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

The Power to Choose Nothing, By Scott Hazeu

“I have a student who says that he isn’t passionate about anything. I ask him what he’s interested in, and what he does outside of school, but the answer is always the same: nothing. What do I do with a kid like that?”

Learning more outside of the classroom than in By Emily Richmond

A new take on career education in high school may boost student motivation and performance.

PD Follow Up

Wednesday we emphasized two things in our time together: 1. Beginning the process to unwrap our mission/vision to understand how we will accomplish it. 2. Used that unwrapping process to model our work with learning targets with an emphasis on creating BIG Ideas for our targets. Our hope is to make stronger connections as we continue that work.

An important next step Wednesday in PD will be: What Makes a Question Essential?. Several examples of Essential Questions for many different content areas included with the link. Here is a breakdown of the important components from our unwrapping template:

  1. Identify Standards.
  2.  Skills and Concepts: What will student need to KNOW and be able to DO is listed for each target
  3. Big Ideas: Enduring Understandings students will remember long after the unit of study are included for each target
  4. Write Essential Questions: These guide assessment and instruction for all tasks and are included for each target. (The Big Ideas are answers to the Essential Questions)

Read This and Watch This

Drive: The Suprising Truth About What Motivates Us, By Daniel Pink

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How Motivation is Driven by Purpose and not Monetary Incentives

ENGAGE

INSPIRE

EMPOWER

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of October 17th-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:

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Nuts and Bolts:

  • ICDPs (STILL NEED SEVERAL!)
    • Individual Career Development Plans are a required component for every teacher in the district.
      • The district ICDP form can be found HERE ALL 5-12 TEACHERS send a copy to Mr. Johnson
  • Daily Attendance
    • Take it every day, every period. We are making positive strides in the office and would like to keep improving our process!
  • 2nd Quarter Classes
    • Please take a look at your schedule for 2nd Quarter and class rosters. Let Mrs. Rottinghaus and/or Mr. Johnson know if there is anything we need to address.
  • PT Conferences
    • At last check we do not have official numbers for the % of families who attended PT Conferences at the MS or HS on Monday
    • We would like to calculate the data, so if you have not sent your results to your office and/or admin please do so ASAP!
  • NEIC Student Leadership Council
    • We have been able to lead the push for a student leadership council at the conference level to increase leadership capacity within our students and continue to build upon the leadership opportunities offered at the HS level.
      • Our first meeting will be October 25th at New Hampton. Former Wartburg wrestling coach Jim Miller will keynote, Ryan Rausch a local NH businessman and NH head wrestling Coach Heman will also speak, other leadership opportunities and activities will also be provided. CC will host next month!
  • Clubs
    • Please update the SMART Lunch document with your club information.
    • Clubs have been a neat addition to our building. Seeing students invest time in something they are really interested in to make an impact, like Fashion Club, or even just in the gym, like Soccer Club for SMART Lunch has a MAJOR impact on the culture of our school.
    • Thanks to those sponsoring clubs and please be on the look out for further clubs we can offer!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have meetings with Rick and Josh each Thursday at 2:30.
    • 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

Mr. Johnson’s Schedule Week of October 17th-21st:

  • Monday:
    • 6:30-7:45 Admin Meeting
    • 1:00 Teen2Teen Planning Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 8:30-3:30 Out of District: Student Centered Coaching at AEA267
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting (Gabel)
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting (Gabel)
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
    • 2:00-5:00 Data Team Meeting w/ AEA267
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 9:00-9:45 Executive Coaching w/ Pam and Linda
    • 2:30 TLT Meeting, Secondary Only
    • 11:00 Meeting w/ Jen S. AEA267 Math Consultant
    • 11:30-2:00 NEIC Conference MS/HS Principals Meeting CCMS and CCHS
    • 4:00 District XC
    • 6:00 NIACC Scholarship Committee Meeting
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog and an Article

If grades don’t advance learning, then why do we give them? By Bill Ferriter

‘Genius hour’: What kids can learn from failure, By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

PD Follow Up

We took some more time than expected on Wednesday morning to continue to build a positive culture to our staff. A big part of that is having some fun and sharing a laugh. I apologize for the disorganization of the morning and for rushing through some important information. We will pick up with the information next Wednesday and continue to facilitate efforts to bring Learning Targets to life with assessment for learning efforts.

An important point to remember is the importance of well thought out Learning Targets to properly align assessment, here is a breakdown of the important components from our unwrapping template:

  1. Standards come from one of the following:
    1. Iowa Core standards
    2. National level standards for content area
    3. Approved set of standards by team and admin
  2.  Skills and Concepts: What will student need to KNOW and be able to DO is listed for each target
  3. Big Ideas: Enduring Understandings students will remember long after the unit of study are included for each target
  4. Write Essential Questions: These guide assessment and instruction for all tasks and are included for each target. (The Big Ideas are answers to the Essential Questions)

A Good Book and A Quick Video

The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, By George Curous

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What is the Happiness Advantage?

ENGAGE

INSPIRE

EMPOWER

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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