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Elementary Principal Newsletter Report October 2015 We are in the process of organizing a 1st Quarter Awards Assemblies where we will honor students for honor rolls, perfect attendance, AR points (Accelerated Reading) and MAPS (Measure of Academic Progress) scores. Mr. Blauvelt, Janice Reynolds, and I attended the School Wellness Policy Training on October, 5 in Kearney at the ESU. A School Wellness Committee will be formed to be involved in the development and implementation of wellness policies that will include eating healthy, and having a physically active environment. School board members and parents are welcome to be on the committee. An Early Childhood Advisory Committee will be created to meet the requirement for rule 11 (regulations for Early Childhood Programs). The purpose of an advisory committee is to help a provide high quality early childhood education program and be a vehicle for coordinating and conveying community interests and concerns related to the early childhood program. Parents, and community agencies are welcome to be on the committee. The October, 7 In-service/Late Start consisted of SIP (School Improvement Plan) teams meeting to work on our School Improvement Plan. We are in the 4th year of a 5 year cycle of the school improvement process which consists of an audit/visitation from the Department of Education next year. The SIP Steering Committee Members are Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Poland, and Mr. Franzen. Teachers were also given time to complete a self-reflection and to set a professional goal that is connected to the Marzano Instructional Model we have implemented. We are moving away from a status model of teacher evaluation to a growth model. Page “I'm thankful for being able to go to school; I'm thankful for the teachers, staff and the janitors because they do a lot.” –Rebecca Mostek “I am thankful for God and all the little things he puts into my life. I am thankful for the sound of crunching leaves, the smell of homemade bread made by the cooks, the random messages of support and encouragement that I receive from my co-workers. I am thankful for my students and the little things they do that puts a smile on my face. There are so many things to be thankful for because every day is a blessing and every day there is something to smile about!” –Miss Heyden 18 Homecoming week was a blast with the different activities every day. It was nice to have the elementary students involved this year. The pep rally in Mason City was a great place for the two schools to meet. The games and teacher student kickball was a great team building experience.