Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! This will be another great year had by all Lone Tree students! To get the school year started, we of course welcomed several new teachers to the building. We welcomed Barbara Wilson as a kindergarten teacher, Donda Nebergall as a first grade teacher, Elly Huston as a third grade teacher, Brittany Decker as a fourth grade teacher, and Tiffany Haman and Kati Ploeger as new fifth grade teachers. We are very excited to have them here with us and blessed to have the opportunity for them share their knowledge and experiences with us.
We would also like to welcome our new students to the building. It is so wonderful when we are able to add to our student population. This year, we have added fourteen new students in the elementary. Below is a picture shows a warm welcome to one of our new students. Thank you girls for being so caring!
Moving Forward..... During a time of change, people can question what they are doing and sometimes even become frustrated. As a leader, it is important to recognize these feelings and encourage people by pointing out or recognizing all of the positive things that are happening because of this change. The Lone Tree Elementary staff was given that opportunity to encourage one another before beginning our PLC meeting this week. Each teacher was given an envelope that had a statement about something positive happening as a result of our Wednesday early out meeting times. Below is a list that some may regard as minor statements, but rather are positives that need to be recognized in a time of change.
We have unpacked and learned new concepts in the math standards.
We have worked positively in a collaborative group.
We have worked with others outside of our grade level.
We have become better listeners to one another.
We have had the opportunity to speak in front of our elementary group.
We have shared personal classrooms stories with one another.
We have allowed our peers to plan and lead change for us.
We have asked good questions along the way.
We have become better teachers.
We are more focused on what our students should be learning.
We have read and used research to support our goals.
We are more focused in the classroom.
We have practiced building consensus.
We have learned the content of other grade levels.
We are working as a group and keeping an open mind.
We have practiced agreeing to disagree.
We are making progress and moving forward in the education of our students.
TESTS! TESTS! TESTS! Throughout the week, the students in grades 2-5 were participating in the Iowa Assessments. To prepare the students for these tests, teachers have worked with students on test taking strategies and have provided them with test taking practice homework. As part of the preparation, I also met with every student in grades 3-5 to talk about their Iowa Assessment scores from previous years. Showing students their performance scores in the areas of math and reading allows them to understand how close they are to meeting the grade level goals. These "Test Talks" are always fun to do with kids because we are able to have a conversation about how important the assessment is, where the students are in relation to meeting the goal, and identify all of the things that the student should do during the assessments to ensure they are able to score their very best.
The Lone Tree Elementary teachers working hard analyzing the FAST reading data.
Lone Tree Elementary
Respect, Responsibility, Citizenship and Safety
These are the social skills we practice at Lone Tree
Announcements: October 9, 2015 - Day 4
Reminder that there will be no school on Monday, October 12, 2015.
Today's Birthday's - October 9, 2015 Dominic Graap, October 10, 2015 Mayson Hemsted, October 11, 2015 No Birthdays, October 12, 2014 No Birthdays
Today's Lunch - Soft Shell Tacos, Lettuce/Cheese/Salsa, Fiesta Salsa, WG Tortilla Chips, Fruit Salad