Week of March 20th-24th

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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 March 6th-10th

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

Quote of the Week:

spring-break

Nuts and Bolts:

  • One more week until Spring Break, enjoy the final week with students before a much deserved break beginning March 13th!
  • We are currently taking applications for FCS, ELA (6th Grade), and Dean of Students
  • I will be sending out a SHORT SURVEY for some feedback for the scheduling committee to look at next week to make some final revisions to the schedule so please be on the look out for that.
    • Our schedule committee meetings continue to be an OPEN DOOR for all to join. if you can make the meetings please stop it and provide input. We have had some productive conversation and continue to flesh out options based on feedback. Follow the discussion on these two documents:
    • For highlights of some of the things that have been brought up leading up to these committee meetings please see Topic of the Week notes HERE
  • Orange Frog Workshops begin this week!!!! March 7th and 8th!
  • The Educational Leadership Committee focused on the development of a 21st Century HS kicked off our efforts last week. This is an exciting process and will be vital to the future of our school. Looking forward to getting that process started. We meet again on March 7th!
  • 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 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 March 6th-10th:

  • Monday:
    • 12:56 SBG Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • ORANGE FROG DAY #1
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 8:00 Community Meeting: Cedar Valley Realty and Auction #2
    • 9:00 TLT Coaches Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 2:00 Real Life Academy Planning Meeting
    • 5:00 ELT Meeting #2
  • Wednesday:
    • ORANGE FROG DAY #2
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items.
    • IBN Team Meeting
    • 1:30 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 Executive Coaching Meeting
    • 12:30 AEA267 Team Meeting
    • 3:45 Scheduling Committee (HS Media Center)
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
      • Scheduling Committee Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 Admin Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

How to Energize Student Success:

spring-break

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

10 Best Spring Break Destinations, By, U.S. News & World Report

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of Feb.- March 3rd

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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-forward

Nuts and Bolts:

  • S/O to Ann Hanes, Mr. Wolfe and the entire staff for your efforts to turns some corners with SMART Lunch this week. Tremendous efforts signing up students and finding new way to hold them accountable.
    • HS teachers you may have had a student recently visit with you about your opinions on SMART Lunch and to gather feedback about how we can improve it. This is a group of students involved in a start up Leadership group we have been working with. They are passionate about SMART Lunch and interested how they can lead our student body in a positive direction.
  • We are currently interviewing candidates for the district’s open FCS position. We look forward to sharing CCMS and CCHS with those candidates.
  • 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 continue to be an OPEN DOOR for all to join. if you can make the meetings please stop it and provide input. We have had some productive conversation and continue to flesh out options based on feedback. Follow the discussion on these two documents:
  • As communicated Orange Frog workshops had been postponed, they are re-scheduled now for March 7th and 8th! E-mails have been sent to those of you who will participate in the first workshops!
  • The Educational Leadership Committee focused on the development of a 21st Century HS kicked off our efforts last 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 Feb. 27th-Mar. 2nd:

  • Monday:
    • 2:30 Observation
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 8:00 Community Meeting: Cedar Valley Realty and Auction #2
    • 9:00 TLT Coaches 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.
    • 8:30-1:30 Johnson Out of District: CTE Task Force @NIACC
    • 1:30 TLT Coaches Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 Executive Coaching Meeting
    • 3:45 Scheduling Committee (HS Media Center)
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
      • Scheduling Committee Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

How to Energize Student Success:

  • Practice Experiential Recognitions (instilling values in students)
  • When student(s) tap pencils:
    • Try “I appreciate it when you sit/listen respectfully without making noise.
    • Instead of “stop taping those pencils!!”
    • When student(s) leave their space cluttered or messy:
    • Try “I love it when we are able to efficiently return materials to their storage areas.”
    • Instead of “you all need to get this place cleaned up!!”
    • Use value words to support students
      • “You are showing respect by not arguing, thank you.”
      • “Your actions prove you have good judgement!”
      • “Your efforts on this project will help you be successful!”
      • “That was responsible of you to turn that assignment in on time.”
  • You know you work in a great school when…..
    • Due to many people’s efforts, four secondary students have been staffed out of special education services in the last two weeks!
    • 7th grade students are rocking the recycling scene with great effort! (Reducing the waste during lunch by 50%)
    • 130 students are out for boys and girls high school track! Spring is near! Look outside! (Maybe not??)
    • 8th grader Kolten Patten qualified for the state math bee!
    • To the middle school students showing leadership at the NEIC MS Leadership Conference! (*Scotti had a good tweet pic at the conference*)
    • Teachers work with students to fix issues in our school day…see SMART Lunch efforts.
    • When a memo is sent out to see teachers interested in working with student leaders and you get 10 responses!
  • Keep up the great work 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 These and Watch This

What the Hype About Embracing Failure Is Really About, By Rachel Gillett

Pick Them Back Up, Thank You Mom!

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of Feb. 20th – Feb. 24th

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

Quote of the Week:

get-started

Nuts and Bolts:

  • S/O to Ann Hanes, Mr. Wolfe and the entire staff for your efforts to turns some corners with SMART Lunch this week. Tremendous efforts signing up students and finding new way to hold them accountable.
    • HS teachers you may have had a student recently visit with you about your opinions on SMART Lunch and to gather feedback about how we can improve it. This is a group of students involved in a start up Leadership group we have been working with. They are passionate about SMART Lunch and interested how they can lead our student body in a positive direction.
  • We will be interviewing candidates for the district’s open FCS position beginning next week. We look forward to sharing CCMS and CCHS with those candidates.
  • Dr. Cox continues to re-visit the calendar and will present another draft soon.
  • Our schedule committee meetings continue to be an OPEN DOOR for all to join. if you can make the meetings please stop it and provide input. We have had some productive conversation and continue to flesh out options based on feedback. Follow the discussion on these two documents:
  • As communicated Orange Frog workshops had been postponed, they are re-scheduled now for March 7th and 8th! E-mails have been sent to those of you who will participate in the first workshops!
  • Dr. Cox is putting together a Educational Leadership Committee of HS teachers, staff, and students to begin the process to design a new high school that will be put to bond sometime next fall. 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 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

Admin Schedule Feb. 20th-Feb. 24th:

  • Monday:
    • 8:56 Observation
    • 9:42 Observation
    • 10:28 Observation
    • 2:30 TLT Secondary Coaches Meeting
    • 3:45 IPD Meeting
    • 4:30 NHS Application Review
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting & McDonalds Student of the Month
    • 8:00 Community Meeting: Cedar Valley Realty and Auction
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 1:00 TLC Renewal Webinar
    • 2:24 Observation
    • 5:00 Educational Leadership Team
  • 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.
    • 3:45 Scheduling Committee (HS Media Center)
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • Johnson Out of District: TLC at Grant Wood AEA
    • 9:00 Executive Coaching Meeting
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
      • Scheduling Committee Meeting
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

The Ricky Gee Showspark

  • How to Energize Student SuccessUse Active Recognition
    • Master the practice of watching, describing, and documenting what you see out loud – as if for a blind companion
    • Example: “I see that you are totally focused in your drawing. There is a lot of detail. You seem very tuned in to your task.”
    • Purpose: to simply make irrefutable comments that will not allow a student to become defensive.
  • You know you work in a great school when…
    • …You forget about National Counselors Week in your weekly memo and the Counselors still feed you!
    • …Students have the following opportunities in any given week at CCMS and CCHS
      • STATE! STATE! STATE! Speech, Wrestling, Bowling all headed to the big show!
      • Hundreds of students performing at a concert, go to the capital, go to the movies, present to businesses, be an entrepreneur, build a set for a play, watch their teachers perform a concert, be on the school board, and so much more!

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 These and Watch This

Just take some time and scroll through the 12 tweets below, we have quite a bit to be proud of around here! Well done Comets!!

ENGAGE x4

INSPIRE x4

EMPOWER x4

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of Feb. 13th-Feb. 17th

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

Quote of the Week:

dream-work

Nuts and Bolts:

  • Dr. Cox and the admin team will re-visit the latest calendar feedback at our meeting on Friday, look for another calendar option soon based on the feedback provided.
  • 12 MS/HS staff members participated in the first Schedule Committee meeting on Thursday afternoon from 3:45-5:00. Follow the discussion on these two documents:
  • As communicated Orange Frog workshops have been postponed.
  • Dr. Cox is putting together a committee of HS teachers, staff, and students to begin the process to design a new high school that will be put to bond sometime next fall. 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 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

Admin Schedule Feb. 6th-Feb. 10th:

  • Monday:
    • 8:10 Observation
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 9:42 Observation
    • 2:30 TLT Secondary Coaches Meeting
    • 3:45 TQ Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting & McDonalds Student of the Month
    • 8:00 Community Meeting: Cedar Valley Realty and Auction
    • 8:56 Observation
    • 9:45 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 2:24 HS Math Meeting
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • MS = PBIS Meetings
      • HS = CC Design: Works in Content Team and/or Grade Level Teams on Unit Design or other items. (We will be re-scheduling Nurtured Heart at the HS Level)
      • HS Math Meeting
    • 5:00 Business after Hours: Iowa BIG North
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • Johnson Out of District STEM Conference in DSM
    • 9:00 Executive Coaching Meeting
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
      • Scheduling Committee Meeting
    • Johnson Out of District (Possibly)
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

The Secret of Great Teamwork By, Martine Haas & Mark Mortensen (Harvard Business Review)

PD Follow Up

MS will meet in PBIS group next Wednesday.

At the HS, 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. There will also be a HS Math meeting at 7:30.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Decided to RE-POST an article today on Smarter Balanced as it provided a series of examples problems as well as other information about the Smarter Balanced assessments.  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

The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate, By Jon Gordon

the-hard-hat

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of Feb. 6th-Feb. 10th

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

Orange Frog is Here! In honor of our first workshops with small groups of your colleagues happening this week, today’s Weekly Comet is dedicated to providing some additional information on The Orange Frog, a Happiness Advantage Workshop each of us will participate in by next fall! It promises to be a difference maker for our district. If we come together as a team and adopt its principles, a positive movement will occur. 

The Orange Frog parable is based off of Shawn Achor’s research on happiness which inspired his book The Happiness Advantage (shown in a previous Weekly Comet). If you prefer videos, watch these two:

 

Nuts and Bolts:

  • As stated The Orange Frog workshops begin this week for select groups! Looking forward to seeing the happiness spread as teams of teacher and all district staff members take part in the workshop!
      • 5-12 Teachers WILL NOT have their Orange Frog workshop until next August!
  •  Dr. Cox has now held meeting for input on the Calendar in all buildings in the district. If you have not weighed in on your opinions on the Calendar next year, please send him an e-mail or be at the next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7th at 3:30 in the HS Media Center.
  • Scheduling discussions are heating up and we want to make sure we get input from as many of you as possible as we discuss some different options on the table. For highlights of some of the things that have been brought up please see Topic of the Week notes HERE
    • Per the e-mail I sent today, if you are interested in serving on the Schedule Committee, we will being that process at the Topic of the Week meeting today at 7:30!
  • 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.
  • 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

Admin Schedule Feb. 6th-Feb. 10th:

  • Monday:
    • Johnson Out of District All Day: Parental
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 2:30 TLT Secondary Coaches Meeting
    • 3:45 TQ Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 2:00 Admin Coaching w/ Dr. Cox
    • 3:30 Calendar Meeting (HS Media Center)
  • 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.
    • 12:00 Orange Frog Lunch
    • 3:30 Observation
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • ORANGE FROG DAY!
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 Executive Coaching Meeting
  • Friday:
    • ORANGE FROG DAY!
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
      • TBD
    • 9:00 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

Orange Frog Review, by Good Think Inc.

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

Decided to RE-POST an article today on Smarter Balanced as it provided a series of examples problems as well as other information about the Smarter Balanced assessments.  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

The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor

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ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of Jan. 30th-Feb. 3rd

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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:

  • Dr. Cox has now held meeting for input on the Calendar in all buildings in the district. If you have not weighed in on your opinions on the Calendar next year, please send him an e-mail or be on the lookout for another meeting.
  • Scheduling discussions are heating up and we want to make sure we get input from as many of you as possible as we discuss some different options on the table. For highlights of some of the things that have been brought up please see Topic of the Week notes HERE
  • 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 will continue to use Topic of the Week on Fridays at 7:30 a.m. in Room 608 at the HS to continue MS/HS scheduling discussions. As we turn into February that will be a month where we can get a committee together again to further discuss items that we would like to look further into.
  • 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!
    • 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

Admin Schedule Jan. 30th-Feb. 3rd:

  • Monday:
    • 8:30 Youth Programming Meeting
    • 8:56-9:38 Observation
    • 12:00 Present at Rotary Club
    • 1:45 FFA Meeting (8th)
    • 2:30 TLT Secondary Coaches Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 8:00-3:00 Johnson Out of District: Tiered Algebra Workshop
    • 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.
    • 9:48-10:22 Observation
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 9:00 Executive Coaching Meeting
    • 10:28-11:10 Observation
    • 10:30-1:00  Pella SMART Lunch Visit
  • Friday:
    • Johnson Out of District (Possibly)
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
      • Scheduling for next year or SMART Lunch
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

Culture of Mediocrity is Getting in the Way of Success, By Wade Murphy

PD Follow Up

We were snowed out on Wednesday again!

This coming 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

Decided to RE-POST an article today on Smarter Balanced as it provided a series of examples problems as well as other information about the Smarter Balanced assessments.  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

The End of Average, By Todd Rose

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ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of January 23rd-27th

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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 now scheduled to have our final staff PD day on June 7th. 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.
  • Reminder grades are due at the end of the day Friday, Jan. 20th at 3:30. Here is the excerpt from the State Scholarship Rule that has required us to tighten our policy:
    • The school shall have up to three school days after the end of the grading period to notify the athletic administrator of the final grade for an eligible grading period. If at the end of the third school day the athletic administrator has received no notifications then it is the responsibility of the athletic administrator to find out what the grades are. In any case, the period of ineligibility starts no later than the fourth school day after the grading period.
  •  We will continue to use Topic of the Week on Fridays at 7:30 a.m. in Room 608 at the HS to continue MS/HS scheduling discussions. A lot has been brought to the table for discussion and a lot of other ideas are out there waiting to be heard from you all! We want to gather up as many suggestions as possible in the next couple weeks. As we turn into February that will be a month where we can get a committee together again to further discuss items that we would like to look further into.
  • 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!
    • 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

Admin Schedule Jan. 23rd-27th:

  • Monday:
    • 8:10-8:52 Cover Class
    • 8:15-11:00 MS PBIS Academy
    • 2:30 TLT Secondary Coaches Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 6:30 Admin Meeting
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 1:00-3:00 IBN 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.
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 7:30-3:30 Gabel Out of District: SAI Mentoring Workshop
    • 12:30 IBN Pitch Day
    • 5:30-7:00 Family Literacy Night at Washington Elementary
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
      • Scheduling for next year!
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

Why Relationships Are the Foundation to Education, By Bobby Dodd

PD Follow Up

We were iced out on Monday and Wednesday allowed you all to catch up some of the plans you had made for Monday’s full day as well as transitioning into a late start to 2nd Quarter.

This coming 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

Decided to RE-POST an article today on Smarter Balanced as it provided a series of examples problems as well as other information about the Smarter Balanced assessments.  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

How to Make Friends and Influence People, By Dale Carnegie

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2010 ESPY’s Documentary on Ed Thomas

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of Jan. 16-Jan. 20th

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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:

  • In the past we have allowed significant time for Incomplete (I) to show in our grade book after the end of grading periods. Due to state policy concerning eligibility of all students in extra-curricular activities (80+% of our students during any given year) we need to tighten up our grading practices at the end of each grading period. Therefore as stated in the e-mail from Thursday night, we have 3 days from the end of our grading period to have updated grades. This means that on Wednesday, Jan. 18th at 3:30 all grades are due. Some other important points to remember with this were included in the the e-mail sent Thursday evening.
  • Monday Jan. 16th is a full day for PD, reminder to make plans for the how you will utilize the day in your content teams and grade level teams. You will be asked to communicate plans with Admin next week.
  • 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!
    • 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

Admin Schedule Jan. 16th-Jan. 20th:

  • Monday:
    • 7:30-3:30 NO SCHOOL: Staff PD Day
  • Tuesday:
    • 6:30 Admin Meeting
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 8:15-11:00 MS PBIS Academy
    • 10:30 Executive Coaching Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 1:00-3:00 IBN Team Meeting (May be Re-Scheduled)
  • Wednesday:
    • 7:30-9:00 5-12 PD
      • MS PBIS
      • HS Nurtured Heart follow-up
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
    • 8:30-11:00 Real Colors Workshop
    • 11:30 Out of District: NEIC Principal meeting @Waverly
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
      • Scheduling for next year!
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

Where are all the leaders? By Brian Kight

PD Follow Up

Final reminder to be putting plans in place for Jan. 16th’s full PD day! Fill out the form that was sent earlier this week.

Wednesday, Jan. 18th we will split between MS and HS. MS teams will be meeting to discuss PBIS data. HS will meet for some Nurtured Heart follow-up.

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Decided to RE-POST an article today on Smarter Balanced as it provided a series of examples problems as well as other information about the Smarter Balanced assessments.  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

Above the Line, By Urban Meyer

The best book I have read on leadership in quite some time.

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Tim Kight, The Performance Pathway

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of Jan. 9th-Jan. 13th

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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:

  • The end of Quarter 2 and First Semester is upon us next Thursday and Friday. We WILL run an end of the Quarter schedule with Periods 1-4 on Thursday Jan. 12th and Periods 5-8 on Friday, Jan. 13th. Sarah V. sent those schedules out earlier this week.
    • Both afternoons will be run in similar fashion with teachers requesting students.
  • Monday Jan. 16th is a full day for PD, reminder to make plans for the how you will utilize the day in your content teams and grade level teams. You will be asked to communicate plans with Admin next week.
  • 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!
    • 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

The end of the Semester is near!

Mr. Johnson’s Schedule Jan. 9th-Jan. 13th:

  • Monday:
    • 2:30 TLT Meeting, Secondary Only
    • 3:45 TQ Meeting
    • 6:30 Board Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:30-4:00 Out of District: Student-Centered Coaching at AEA267
    • 7:30  7th Team Meeting
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team 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 Temple Grandin Presentation at New Hampton
    • 3:30 Calendar Discussion with Dr. Cox
  • Friday:
    • 7:30 Topic of the Week, Room 608
      • Scheduling for next year!
    • 12:00 Lion’s Club, optional
    • 1:30 CCTLT Meeting

A Blog or an Article

Finishing the Semester Strong, By Leadership Development

PD Follow Up

Wednesday, Jan. 11th will be another morning reserved for your ELL Modules for AEA PD Online. Cathy Blanchard sent out an update earlier in the week on Modules 3 and 4.

Also another reminder to be putting plans in place for Jan. 16th’s full PD day!

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Decided to post an article today on Smarter Balanced as it provided a series of examples problems as well as other information about the Smarter Balanced assessments.  Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

Read This and Watch This

The Energy Bus, By Jon Gordon

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The Energy Bus with the University of Tennessee football program.

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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