Week of April 24th – 28th

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

Quote of the Week:

fail adapt

Nuts and Bolts:

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

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule April 24th – April 28th:

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

The Ricky Gee Showspark

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

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

PD Follow Up

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

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

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

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

Read This & Watch This

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

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

Week of April 17th – April 21st

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

Quote of the Week:

Culture breakfast

Nuts and Bolts:

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

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule April 17th – April 21st:

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

The Ricky Gee Showspark

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

PD Follow Up

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

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

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

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

Listen to This, Look at This & Watch This

E + R = O: The Culture Playbook

www.Focus3.com

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of April 10th- April 14th

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

Quote of the Week:

People Programs

Nuts and Bolts:

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

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule April 3rd – April 7th:

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

The Ricky Gee Showspark

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

Good work to everyone involved, it is infectious!

PD Follow Up

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

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

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

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

Read This and Watch This

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

Monkey

People Are Like Garbage Trucks

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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

Quote of the Week:

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

Nuts and Bolts:

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

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule Mar. 20th-Mar. 24th:

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

The Ricky Gee Showspark

Will return next week!

PD Follow Up

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

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

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

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

Read This and Watch This

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

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

Week of April 3rd – April 7th

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

Quote of the Week:

Kill SMile

Nuts and Bolts:

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

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule April 3rd – April 7th:

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

The Ricky Gee Showspark

How to Energize Student Success:

PD Follow Up

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

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

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

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

Read This

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

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of March 27th-March 31st

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

Quote of the Week:

Tree Test

Nuts and Bolts:

  • Plans have been in motion for some time now for an SBG Day on April 17th for our upcoming PD day. However, several conversations with staff over the past month have lead me to believe we need to gather some more feedback about the best use of that day. Losing our Jan. PD has weighed heavily on some plans for some of our teams, so I will be inquiring with several of you in the next week to determine our best course of action for PD on April 17th. If you have thoughts on the day please shoot me an e-mail!
  • 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.
  • We are currently interviewing candidates for the district’s open MS Math positions and new Dean of Students position. We look forward to sharing CCMS and CCHS with those candidates on Monday and Tuesday.
  • 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 April 4 to MN! 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.
  • 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. 27th-Mar. 31st:

  • Monday:
    • 11:00-7:00 P/T Conferences
  • Tuesday:
    • Iowa Assessments
      • CCHS 8:10-9:05 
      • CCMS 8:10-10:15
    • 7:00 Math Interview: Dalton Ciavarelli
    • 7:00 Math Interview: Emily Jacobs
    • 9:30 Math Interview: Jessica Teske
    • 12:00 Math Interview: Holli Gorman
    • 2:30 Math Interview: Allison Barr
    • 2:30 Math Interview: Cort Singleton
  • 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.
    • Iowa Assessments
      • CCHS NONE
      • CCMS 9:10-10:15
    • 7:30 Dean of Students Interviews: Sam Rogers & Keith Reuter
    • 12:05 5th Team Meeting
    • 12:56 8th Team Meeting
    • 2:30 Dean of Students Interviews: Brittni Molstead & David Ruehs
    • 1:30 TLT Coach Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday:
    • Iowa Assessments
      • CCHS 8:10-9:05 
      • CCMS 8:10-10:15
    • 7:30 6th Team Meeting
  • Friday: 
    • Iowa Assessment
      • CCHS 8:10-9:05 
      • CCMS 8:10-10:15
    •  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! 🙂

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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

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ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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