Friday, November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013 Greg.Adams

                                             Greg Adams
Grade 2-6 Principal (Crestwood, Elma, Lime Springs/Chester)
Twitter  @GregAAdams7     #2020HowardWinn

MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)
I am continually impressed with the collaboration of our teachers and the sharing of students in an effort to provide the best educational programming. This week I learned of kindergarten teachers who are beginning to share students to provide specific instruction, and 5th grade teachers are now sharing students in literacy in addition to math!  

SINA (School in Need of Assistance)

Information regarding Crestwood's SINA Year 3 designation will be shared at the November Board Meeting on Nov. 11th at Elma. This designation comes from unmet academic trajectories (goals) in reading. As in past years, this involves a parent letter defining SINA, school choice options, and academic support options. More information will be shared via our school website and local newspapers following the board meeting. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Professional Development

Individual Career Development Plans. Each teacher selects a plan to further their professional growth. Teachers may choose to work individually or in a group toward a common goal. The plans are approved this month and progress is reported two more times during the year.  

Three C's for Teacher Leadership: Culture, Collaboration, Cultivation

Julie Wilson, Shirley Sovereign, Kim Kerian, and Greg Adams attended this conference on Thursday in Des Moines. As a district, we will apply for a state grant to be used for planning in accordance to various teacher mentoring models. Currently, we are working toward those models by increasing collaboration time and planning for peer observation time.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Nov. 4th and 7th are parent-teacher conference dates. Everyone is encouraged to schedule and attend conferences. This is a great time in the school year to learn of your child's progress and to discuss shared strategies toward continued success! 

Tips for Parents on Parent-Teacher Conferences
  1. Be positive
  2. Focus on the individual student 
  3. Ask parents to express any questions or concerns
  4. Listen
  5. Respect confidentiality
  6. Draw comparisons in regard to the whole class or grade-level peers, not other individuals
  7. Discuss areas of need and plan supports/strategies that parents and teachers can provide
  8. Provide examples of work
  9. Encourage continued communication
  10. Thank everyone for attending and for their role in their child's success!
The Chip Shoppe fundraiser delivery date is Nov. 18th. Deliveries will be made to all elementary schools. Parents, please begin planning to pick up your child's/children's items after school. This is the fundraiser that pays for the district-wide field trips.

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