Monday, October 7, 2013

October 4, 2013 Shirley Sovereign

PK-1 Principal/ Director of Teaching & Learning  
Shirley Sovereign
Twitter:  ssovprincipal
SKYPE:  shirley.sovereign

Response-To-Intervention (RTI)
The RTI Team met this week to review the action plans and proceed with the implementation process.  Some of the topics that were discussed in the meeting include:
  • The focus this year at the State level is full implementation of the Iowa Core with fidelity.
  • Large blocks of instructional time are necessary to teach the Core in reading and math.
  • A new term for RTI is being used by the State, Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS).  The reason for the new term is that this model should be for ALL students.  The term "interventions"  has a different implication.
  • Data will be gathered on students being served through "pullouts" from the classrooms.
  • An intervention data base will be developed.  Teachers have already begun to submit strategies for this data base.
Iowa Department of Education Summit
Administrators from Keystone AEA 1 met in Elkader on October 2.  The summit was an opportunity to meet with officials in the various departments of the DE.  A variety of topics were covered in the sessions.  The sessions I attended included:
  • Early Childhood - Penny Milburn and Jennifer Adkins
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) - Susan Bruce
  • Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) - Tom Deeter
  • Legislation - Mike Cormack
  • School Finance - Joyce Thomsen
Two highlights of the summit were the chance to hear from the new Director of Education, Dr. Brad Buck.  There was a presentation by Dr. Buck and Ryan Wise on the planning grant available for the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System.  The other highlight was an open forum of discussion with senators and representatives.  I was impressed with the sense of their commitment to students attending rural Iowa schools and their willingness to listen to educators and take action.

Fall Testing Completed
Several tests are administered to students at the beginning of the year.  Students in grades K-3 took the DIBELS test (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy).  Grades 1-5 (and JH and HS) take the MAPS (Measures of Academic Progress).  Elementary teachers administer group placement tests to determine instructional groups within the LEAD 21 literacy program.  The results of these assessments along with frequent formative testing will help drive the instructional program and inform teachers on how to differentiate the instruction for their students.

It was a fun week for students having dress-up days to celebrate Homecoming and show CADET  SPIRIT!  Special activities on Friday included PK-5 students from all campuses meeting in the HS gym for a Pep Rally.  Elementary students ate lunch together at Crestwood Elementary.  Following a three-hour early dismissal, the Homecoming parade started at the High School and made its way through the downtown area.

Savannah Lentz & Jade Miller
CHS Marching Band

 Go Cadets! 
Saddle the Stangs!

Elementary Fundraiser
Howard-Winn Elementary students came together for an assembly in the K-8 gym to kick off their annual fundraiser.  This year students in Cresco, Elma and Lime Springs/Chester will be working together to earn funds for field trips.  PK-5 students will be participating in The Chip Shoppe school fundraiser.  The main use of these funds is for district-wide field trips for students.  Each grade level attends at least two field trips, a fine arts performance and a field trip connected with subject area curriculum.

H-W Elem. students at the Chip Shoppe fundraiser assembly.

This is observed on the first Monday of October.  All students and staff were asked to wear their #cadetnation T-shirts to school today to show their support for Stomping Out Bullying.



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