Week of Sept. 11th – Sept. 15th

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

Quote of the Week:

Positives Loud

New Business:

  • HEADS UP: Monday, Sept. 18th at 9:35-10:35 Marc Mero: Be Against Destructive Decision Assembly for all 5-12 Students and Staff! WE WILL NOT RUN AN ALTERNATIVE SCHEDULE, so 2nd, 3rd, and the beginning of 4th hour will be effected by this assembly. Please plan accordingly.
    • Dave Holschlag has graciously covered all costs to bring this assembly to CC.
  • REMINDER: We flat out need to be better as a staff on getting prior approvals signed by our students. We have become complacent with the process and it is effecting how we meet our students’ needs. We have to do a better job with this.
  • Homecoming Week is Sept. 18th – Sept. 22nd, Here are some things to prepare for:
    • Monday, Sept. 18th at 9:35-10:35 Marc Mero: Be Against Destructive Decision Assembly for all 5-12 Students and Staff!
    • Tuesday, Sept. 19th SPIRIT DAY!
    • We will run ONLY periods 1-4 on Friday, Sept. 22nd
      • We are unable to run all 8 periods because the MS will be on a regular schedule and we just have too many shared staff members.
    • Homecoming Tailgate will run from about 11:20-1:45 with Pep Rally & Parade to follow.
    • Much more information to come!

Old Business:

  • Mrs. Davis’ Journalism class will be giving Announcements during the 11:20-11:24 time.
  • At the Class Meetings this past week, we introduced the 2018 Homeroom Cup. We will be coordinated a series of 12+ competitions throughout the year with Homerooms plus other incentives. Winning Overall Homeroom will win a trip as a Homeroom on Wednesday, May 2nd. More details to come, and expect our first competition to come the week after Homecoming!
  • Our I Have a Plan license expires sometime in Jan./Feb. so we will have a much sooner deadline to complete those plans than usual. After this year we will work to find a new software to meet our needs and state requirements.
  • ICDPs are DUE SEPT 30TH
  • Our entire Admin Team will have a daily 10 minute huddle to begin our day. This will allow us to improve communication and collective efficacy towards our district efforts to reach our mission and vision.
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to begin using the #MakeItHappenCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district and #WeAreHappyCC to continue our district wide spreading of positive energy!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule Sept. 11th – Sept. 15th:

  • Monday: 
    • 7:00 Pre-Observation
    • 7:15 Observation
    • 9:06 Post-Observation
    • 10:00 Pre-Observation
    • 3:45 TQ Meeting
    • 6:30 School Board Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 9:00 Admin Meeting
    • 10:38 Observation
    • 1:06 Observation
    • 2:38 Pre-Observation
  • Wednesday: 
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 6:30-4:30 Out of District: CCA Leadership Academy
    • 6:30 IBN Meeting
  • Thursday: 
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 7:30 Success Center Meeting
    • 7:45 Pre-Observation
    • 9:52 Post-Observation
    • 10:38 Pre-Observation
    • 1:52 Post-Observation
  • Friday: 
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 7:45 Pre-Observation
    • 8:20 Observation
    • 9:52 Observation
    • 1:06 Observation

Happiness Advantagespark

A challenge for the week inspired by George Curous who a group of us heard speak this week:

PD Coming Up:

Reminder that on Friday, October 6th, we will be traveling to Central Rivers AEA to listen to Rick Wormeli, an internationally known expert on grading and assessment. He is an engaging speaker with a strong message on how we should be approaching grading and assessment in our schools. For more on Rick, check out his website. HERE

The CCHS Experience:

Student Leadership at Charles City

Leadership opportunities are growing at CCHS and around Iowa for our students to get involved in. We will be highlighting some leadership efforts from our students and staff for the next several weeks. Thank you to Mr. Downing, Mr. Caffrey, Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Walker, and others for helping set up our young people with leadership learning opportunities and programs within CCHS and CCMS.

Along with our second year of NEIC Leadership days beginning next month, here are some upcoming highlights for Student Leadership at CCMS and CCHS:

If you have any students you feel like could benefit from further leadership opportunities please let Mr. Downing know right away, we are always looking to expose more students to these opportunities.

Weekly Motivator

ENGAGE

INSPIRE

EMPOWER

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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Week of Sept. 5th – Sept. 9th

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

Quote of the Week:

Orange Frank

New Business:

  • THANK YOU! For two straight days all students were held in class until 11:24! Please keep this up!
  • Mrs. Davis’ Journalism class will begin giving Announcements today during the 11:20-11:24 time.
  • At the Class Meetings this past week, we introduced the 2018 Homeroom Cup. We will be coordinated a series of 12+ competitions throughout the year with Homerooms plus other incentives. Winning Overall Homeroom will win a trip as a Homeroom on Wednesday, May 2nd. More details to come, and expect our first competition to come the week after Homecoming!
  • Our I Have a Plan license expires sometime in Jan./Feb. so we will have a much sooner deadline to complete those plans than usual. After this year we will work to find a new software to meet our needs and state requirements.
  • ICDPs are DUE SEPT 30TH
  • Homecoming Week is Sept. 18th – Sept. 22nd, Here are some things to prepare for:
    • Monday, Sept. 18th at 9:35-10:35 Marc Mero: Be Against Destructive Decision Assembly for all 5-12 Students and Staff!
    • Tuesday, Sept. 19th SPIRIT DAY!
    • We will run ONLY periods 1-4 on Friday, Sept. 22nd
      • We are unable to run all 8 periods because the MS will be on a regular schedule and we just have too many shared staff members.
    • Homecoming Tailgate will run from about 11:20-1:45 with Pep Rally & Parade to follow.
    • Much more information to come!

Old Business:

  • Our entire Admin Team will have a daily 10 minute huddle to begin our day. This will allow us to improve communication and collective efficacy towards our district efforts to reach our mission and vision.
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to begin using the #MakeItHappenCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district and #WeAreHappyCC to continue our district wide spreading of positive energy!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule Sept. 5th – Sept. 9th:

  • Monday: 
    • NO SCHOOL LABOR DAY!
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 7:30 Pre-Observation
    • 8:20 Observation
    • 10:00 Pre-Observation
    • 2:00 Pre-Observation
    • 7:00 Be the Bridge Meeting
  • Wednesday: 
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 7:30 MAPS Testing Meeting
    • 12:00-3:30 Out of District: Central Rivers AEA
  • Thursday: 
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 7:30 Success Center Meeting
    • 9:00-11:00 Out of District: CTE Meeting @ Clear Lake
  • Friday: 
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 7:30 Pre-Observation
    • 8:20 Observation

Happiness Advantagespark

Now check out #MakeItHappenCC 

We are getting more and more of our story shared on Twitter and other outlets thanks to your efforts. I spent some time talking with people in our community recently at a Cross Country meet and our Academic Awards night and I heard several comments about the positivity they feel in the district and that they enjoy seeing you all active with sharing our story.

PD Coming Up:

Reminder that on Friday, October 6th, we will be traveling to Central Rivers AEA to listen to Rick Wormeli, an internationally known expert on grading and assessment. He is an engaging speaker with a strong message on how we should be approaching grading and assessment in our schools. For more on Rick, check out his website. HERE

The CCHS Experience:

The Project: Project 18 

An exciting new inter-disciplinary project is underway at CCHS which has been inspired by our work with High Tech High. Several teacher have spent time last spring, this summer, and now into the fall preparing to make Project 18 a reality. The final product of the project will be a tiny house completely designed, built, and shared by CCHS students!

Here is a link to brief set of slides explaining the project in more detail: PROJECT 18

Weekly Motivator

ENGAGE

INSPIRE

EMPOWER

Have a great week! Go Comets!

Week of August 26th – Sept. 1st

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

Quote of the Week:

Nuts and Bolts:

  • FANTASTIC beginning to our school year. I hope you can feel the energy in the building and within our students and staff. We have a lot to be proud of and to be excited about, so thank you for taking the positive momentum from the pre-service days and brining it with you to start the year with students!
  • Repaired Chromebooks are back and ready for students to pick up in the HS Library, if students are still wondering where they are please direct them to the library. Also, give April and John and huge shoutout the next time you see them.
  • High School Staff Meeting Tuesday, 7:30 in the HS Library
  • Our entire Admin Team will have a daily 10 minute huddle to begin our day. This will allow us to improve communication and collective efficacy towards our district efforts to reach our mission and vision.
  • A reminder for those of you on Twitter and Facebook to begin using the #MakeItHappenCC hashtag when you see, notice, or do great things in our district and #WeAreHappyCC to continue our district wide spreading of positive energy!
  • TLT Meetings
    • 5-12 Teacher leaders David, Brittni, and Ann will have individual meetings with Josh each week to continue discussing TLT efforts.
  •  Link to TLT Schedules

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule August 28th – Sept. 1st:

  • Monday: 
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 11:50 Junior Class Meeting
    • 2:00 SMART Lunch Prep Meeting with Wolfe/Hanes
    • 6:30 Project 18 Kick Off
    • 6:30 Board Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 7:30 HS Staff Meeting
    • 9:00 Admin Team Meeting
    • 11:50 Sophomore Class Meeting
    • 7:00 Academic Awards Night
  • Wednesday: 
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 7:45 504 Meeting
    • 11:24 Freshman Class Meeting
    • 11:50 Animal Science Facility visit to Cresco
    • 12:00 IBN PartnerPoloza
    • 5:30 NEIC Meeting
    • 8:00 #SBLChat (Twitter)
  • Thursday: 
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle
    • 7:30 Success Center Meeting
    • 11:24 First Day of SMART Lunch: Follow Thursday tutorial/supervision schedule.
  • Friday: 
    • 7:15 Admin Huddle

Happiness Challenge spark

Check out #WeAreHappyCC Enough said.

Make sure to touch base with your accountability partner for your Orange Frog plan this week!

PD Coming Up:

Reminder that on Friday, October 6th, we will be traveling to Central Rivers AEA to listen to Rick Wormeli, an internationally known expert on grading and assessment. He is an engaging speaker with a strong message on how we should be approaching grading and assessment in our schools. For more on Rick, check out his website. HERE

EduTools at CC!

Wide-Format Latex Printer

What: We have been fortunate to purchase an exciting new piece of technology, known as a wide format printer. Check it out below!

HP Latex Printer 365 Series: Brochure

Uses: Print signs, banners, wall clings, vehicle wraps, blueprints, etc.

Where: Located in the Ag Classroom, please see Mr. Johnson and/or Mr. Lundberg with any project ideas and/or requests. We hope to have it kicking out projects soon!

Weekly Motivator

ENGAGE

INSPIRE

EMPOWER

Have a great week! Go Comets!

Week of May 30th – June 2nd

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

Quote of the Week:

school out

Nuts and Bolts:

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

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule May 30th – June 2nd:

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

The Ricky Gee Showspark

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

PD Follow Up

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

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

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

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

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

Watch These

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

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

 

Week of May 22nd – May 26th

 

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

Quote of the Week:

why start

Nuts and Bolts:

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

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule May 22nd – May 26th:

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

The Ricky Gee Showspark

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

PD Follow Up

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

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

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

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

Read This & Watch This

Start With The Why, By Simon Sinek

Start with the why

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

May 15th – May 19th

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

Quote of the Week:

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

Tommy Boy

Nuts and Bolts:

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

Tweet of the Week

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

Admin Schedule May 15th – May 19th:

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

The Ricky Gee Showspark

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

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

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

PD Follow Up

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

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

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

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

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

Read This & Watch This

Return next week!

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

Week of May 8th – May 12th

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

Quote of the Week:

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Nuts and Bolts:

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

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule May 8th – May 12th:

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

The Ricky Gee Showspark

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

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

PD Follow Up

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

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

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

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

Read This & Watch This

A Letter to My Teacher, by Erin Parker

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

Week of May 1st – May 5th

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

Quote of the Week:

Difficult to Love

Nuts and Bolts:

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

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule May 1st – May 5th:

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

The Ricky Gee Showspark

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

 

PD Follow Up

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

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

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

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

Read This & Watch This

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

 

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

 

Week of April 24th – 28th

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

Quote of the Week:

fail adapt

Nuts and Bolts:

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

Tweet of the Week

Admin Schedule April 24th – April 28th:

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

The Ricky Gee Showspark

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

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

PD Follow Up

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

Smarter Balanced Sample of the Week

Lots of literature out there about these assessments! See HERE

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

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

Read This & Watch This

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

ENGAGE 

INSPIRE 

EMPOWER 

Have a great week! Go Comets!

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