Principal and Superintendent’s Report – March 27, 2013
- School Climate
- Discipline (Student Climate)
PBIS leadership teams from across WCSU will spend March 27th – March 29th planning our Fall 2013 roll out of our universal level of behavior support. In the course of this work, we will look at data we have recently collected using a staff survey and very brief staff and student interviews. We will also specifically consider how we will ensure that all staff members are involved in and knowledgeable about the program.
On a lighter note, this year we will shift from a 4-6 sleepover to a 4-6 game night. We’re still working on most of the logistics, but have selected April 12th as our date.
We have purchased an upgrade for FitnessGram. John Fish and Marissa will be working in the coming months to figure out how best to use the program and the information it is able to track and generate.
- Curriculum and Instruction
Pi Night on March 14th was very well attended. The new system of sending folks to classrooms to play games first provided everyone an excellent opportunity to dig into math. The backlog at the pie table at 6:30 is something we’ll work on next year!
Almost all classroom teachers and a few others have signed up for the math lab schools we discussed last month. CES will be well-represented at both the K-4 and the 4-8 workshops; three of us will attend the 4-8 iteration at U-32 and five of us will head out to Twinfield for the K-4 version. It is exciting that we will have such great participation in the kick off of our supervisory union-wide mathematics work.
We held our second All School Writing Prompt on March 21st. Students responded to a grade level appropriate prompt about a book read aloud during our All School Morning Meeting during the day. In the coming weeks, we will meet in teams to sort and score students’ pieces using a common core aligned rubric we’ve borrowed (with permission) from a school in California. It’s always helpful when the Internet allows us to avoid reinventing the wheel!
As promised, here is an update on the status of the Digital Wish netbooks from Craig:
I would say that overall the DW machines have performed ok. I have had to rebuild/repair 5 or 6 this year alone. I am not sure what is causing this but they all seem to have the same error when they do die. The other issue is kids breaking the screens on them. They close he laptop when something is inside it or they are dropped. Dell has been really good with their support of these as I have not had any issues getting the screens replaced. The warranty runs out on 4/20/2014.
- Upcoming Hiring Processes
A major shift in our hiring practice this year is that parent representatives on committees are now those parents who do NOT have students who will be taught by candidates in the next two years. We have made this shift to help ensure that the process can be as objective and as focused on the needs of all students as possible.
At this point, we have assembled committees for the two classroom teacher positions. The second grade committee comprises two parents, two staff members, and Marissa. The 5/6 committee members are three parents, two staff members, and Marissa. The committees are excited to find an excellent candidate to recommend.