Sunday Memo February 12, 2017

Today, I was reminded about the promise of spring. I dug around in the garden and saw the first stirrings of life under the ground. Bulbs were pushing through the soil and trees and shrubs were budding up. On my walk, I saw this field of crocus blooms. What a lovely reminder of new energy and potential in the world. As a teacher, I always found February to be a magical time of year - the first semester was over, I knew my students well and was in a good place to try new ideas and strategies in my classroom. This is the time to try something new and to take a risk or two. Consider attending a workshop, observing a colleague or asking for feedback about a lesson. This is the time to dig deeper in our practice and to stretch. I'm excited about the ideas I dug into at School Retool on Friday. I look forward to shadowing a student next week and also trying a "hack" that will push us toward our SIP goals in the next month. Spring is here and so is the chance to embrace new ideas. Let's do it!

School Retool supplies

Reminders for the Week

  • Casey is shadowing a student all day on Monday. Please welcome her into your classroom and make sure you grade her work. I know she will appreciate your feedback.
  • Constructing Meaning Training continues on Monday/Tuesday this week.
  • Semester 1 PBR students will get to participate in a raffle for prizes at lunch on Monday. The more PBR's they got, the more chances they have to win. Thanks to Casey and Maddie for organizing this project. It's amazing to see the increase in PBR's and kids with smiles walking out of the office. Thank you for taking the time to recognize good behavior at CV. We couldn't do it without you.
  • Valentine's Day! Expect some excitement in the hallways and common areas. We will not be selling helium balloons as valograms by the way. They are not allowed on the buses, so that idea was scrapped. We will be delivering paper hearts and small candy gifts during the day. Parents will also be at all three lunches on Monday to continue the valogram sales.
  • Wednesday is a teacher-directed late-start.
  • Our monthly Principal's coffee is scheduled for Wednesday morning @ 9 a.m. in the staff room.
  • Our Parent Group meets on Thursday @ 6:30. If you haven't attended one of these meetings, please consider it. You will be amazed by the good energy and care these parents bring to our organization. Give it a try. They would love to meet you and welcome you.
  • The Upstander Assembly is on Friday - Peace Village will help lead the assembly, along with parents, students and staff members.
  • The CVMS Pay Day Party is scheduled for Friday afternoon starting at 3:30. We've had a change in location. Stay tuned for more details. If you have a good suggestion for a place to gather, please email Cassandra.

School Highlights

One of our students is heading to the state essay competition for the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) service organization.Here's the Newberg Graphic story on Colby:

Colby Hess is this year's winner in the annual American history essay contest sponsored by the Yamhill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.Hess, an eighth-grade student at Chehalem Valley Middle School, submitted "Celebrating a Century: America's National Parks," a tome about his family's June trip to Yellowstone National Park. "We drove around Yellowstone for seven hours and saw lots of wildlife," he wrote. "We saw tons of bison, a herd of white tailed deer, and a black bear. …"The ranger told us that Yellowstone National Park was one of our national treasures because it was the first national park created in America and had led to the creation of many more national parks. Tomorrow I go home and I'm kind of sad, but I'm really happy that I got to come to Yellowstone National Park."

For his efforts Colby received a winner's certificate and a bronze Excellence in American History medal, as well as $50, at a luncheon today at a retirement home in McMinnville. The contest was open to fifth- through eighth-grade students in public and private schools in the area. Winners were charged with keeping a journal of their family's trip to a national park, then writing an essay on their experience. The DAR received 27 entries. Hess' entry is now being pitted against winners from other DAR chapters in the state. Should it win, it will advance to the division level, then the national level if it is successful.

Congratulations to Colby and to his teacher Cis Brower, who attended the luncheon with him. We are so proud of him Please congratulate him when you see him in your classes or in the hallways. It means a lot of a student to have this kind of recognition.

Scheduling update

Scheduling work continues at the middle level. Last week, we met in a team with both schools (admin., counseling and association reps). We have a prototype both schools agreed upon and we will now problem solve any issues (like bussing) before we share it at both schools. After that, we will meet at the district level to have discussions about logistics and feasibility. I am proud of the folks who have collaborated on this project - although frustrating at times, it has been a true collaborative process. It has taken us longer than anticipated, but the work has been worth it.

Snow Day options

All full-time licensed members have 30 hours to make up for our snow days.The following are a list of options for staff to make up hours. Trainings and activities prior to January cannot be used to make up hours.

CV Weekly Optional Professional Learning workshops (1-2 hours each) will start the first week in March. Here are the proposed dates:

  • March 2
  • March 6 (Edcamp)
  • March 16
  • March 23
  • April 6
  • April 13
  • April 20
  • April 27
  • May 4
  • May 11
  • May 18
  • May 25
  • June 1
  • June 8
  • June 15
  • If you would like to lead one of these workshops, you will accrue 4 hours of snow make-up time.

In addition to these workshops, there are additional options available, including:

  • Observe another teacher in the building during your prep time and meet to debrief and reflect (2 hrs.) Before you start, please connect with your supervising administrator for protocols.
  • PLC time to develop shared curriculum, score student work and align practices.
  • Collaborative Problem Solving Training (20 hours)
  • National Board Certification Monthly Support Sessions
  • Outside Professional Development (see supervising administrator)
  • Attend District Events (4 hours) including NHS Graduation and the Crystal Apple Awards Ceremony.

If you want to suggest another option, please contact your supervising administrator.

I hope that spring weather will continue this week. I see on the forecast that we may get some rain on Wed., but otherwise, the temps look much better than the past 2 months. Daughters Olivia and Clara were inundated with snow on the East coast last week - and missed some of their classes. They enjoyed the time-off but knew that they had to make up their assignments and lectures, just like us! Let's hope that the snowy days are behind us for the rest of this academic year. Enjoy the week ahead!

cheers, Karen


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