Friday, January 18, 2019

Day 99: Planning for Continued Success

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Today our teachers meet in their level groups (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) to evaluate our progress on our many initiatives like Growth Mindset, STEM, Outdoor Education, data use, vertical alignment, and writing instruction.  They are sharing positives, negatives, and  making suggestions for next steps. I am looking forward to using their feedback to continue maintain and grow our innovative approaches.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Day 98: A Thriving School


Christ the King has received a Master Certification from the city of Indianapolis's Thriving School Challenge initiative.  This would not be possible without the dedicated students and teachers of our ARK Society!  They have created the foundation of sustainable practices and environmental knowledge that has led to this honor.  Every student and teacher in the school benefits from their leadership.  They have increased our recycling program so much that we had to purchase a new recycling dumpster that needs to be picked up twice a week!  They are also teaching us about how to compost.  On top of that they were the inspiration for the creation of our Saints Isidore and Maria Garden.  You can see their influence everywhere you look.  It was great to see them receive this well deserved honor from the city.  I talked to Ms. Bidmead afterward and she shared that they got a lot of new ideas from the other schools at the ceremony. I am looking forward to learning about these new ideas and much more from the ARK Society for years to come!

Day 97: Making a Big Impact



The goal of any educator is for their students to apply what they have learned in the
real world and make a difference. Often we don’t get a chance to see our students
make a difference because it often occurs many years down the road.  Today was a
great exception to that rule. 6th grader Landry Priser emailed me during Christmas
break to share an idea he had on how the entire school could make a difference.


Landry is a big Purdue fan, and like so many around the country, was inspired by
the message and strength of Tyler Trent. Tyler courageously, recently passed away
after a hard fought battle with cancer.  He gained national recognition for advocating
for cancer research and maintaining a positive attitude. Here is one of the many
quotes from Tyler that has inspired others. “Though I am in hospice care and have
to wake up every morning knowing that the day might be my last, I still have a choice
to make, to make that day the best it can be. Yet, isn’t that a choice we all have every
day? After all, nobody knows the amount of days we have left. Some could say we are
all in hospice to a certain degree. So why don’t we act like it.” -  His impact will be felt
for years to come.   Check out this link for more information.


So back to Landry.  His idea was simple.  He wanted to have a Purdue themed out of
uniform day and collect donations for the Tyler Trent Endowment.  Today he enlisted the
help of many of his friends to collect over $2,200!  This donation will be matched so the total
donation will be over $4,400.  Landry was a leader and a great protector because he
put others first, came up with a plan, and saw it through.  We are proud of him and can’t
wait to see how he will continue to protect others in the future!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Day 96: Teachers Continue Learning After the Bell Rings


Our teachers are excellent models of lifelong learning. They showed this again today by staying after school for a webinar.  We have used IXL Learning for Math for over 3 years.  We have recently starting using other subjects like English and Science.  IXL give students extra practice with skills and can be used to differentiate instruction by allowing students to work below and above grade level. It is a tool that can help our students grow.  Like any tool you have to know how to use it for it to be productive.  That is what our teachers were doing today.  They had the chance to ask questions and get advice from an IXL expert.  I appreciate their dedication to helping their students improve and I can't wait to see how they use what they have learned in the classroom.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Day 95: The 12 Rules of Compost





Our ARK Society helps us to be good protectors of creation in so many ways. They continue to provide simple tips that can be used for a lifetime. Last Friday they say the following song at Morning Assembly! It was a great way to start our day and another example of the creativity and leadership of all of the ARK Society teachers and students.

12 Rules of Compost

For the 1st rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
NEVER ANY MEAT or DAIRY

For the 2nd rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
DIFFERENT KINDS of NUTS
and NEVER ANY MEAT or DAIRY

For the 3rd rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
CLEAN PAPER TOWELS
DIFFERENT KINDS of NUTS
and NEVER ANY MEAT or DAIRY

For the 4th rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
PLENTY of PEPPERS
CLEAN PAPER TOWELS
DIFFERENT KINDS of NUTS
and NEVER ANY MEAT or DAIRY

For the 5th rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
BROKEN EGG SHELL PIECES
PLENTY of PEPPERS
CLEAN PAPER TOWELS
DIFFERENT KINDS of NUTS
and NEVER ANY MEAT or DAIRY

For the 6th rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
CRACKERS and PRETZELS
BROKEN EGG SHELL PIECES
PLENTY of PEPPERS
CLEAN PAPER TOWELS
DIFFERENT KINDS of NUTS
and NEVER ANY MEAT or DAIRY

For the 7th rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
FRUITS, CORES, and PEELS
CRACKERS and PRETZELS
BROKEN EGG SHELL PIECES
PLENTY of PEPPERS
CLEAN PAPER TOWELS
DIFFERENT KINDS of NUTS
and NEVER ANY MEAT or DAIRY

For the 8th rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
SLICES of BREAD
FRUITS, CORES, and PEELS
CRACKERS and PRETZELS
BROKEN EGG SHELL PIECES
PLENTY of PEPPERS
CLEAN PAPER TOWELS
DIFFERENT KINDS of NUTS
and NEVER ANY MEAT or DAIRY

For the 9th rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
BRIGHT ORANGE CARROTS
SLICES of BREAD
FRUITS, CORES, and PEELS
CRACKERS and PRETZELS
BROKEN EGG SHELL PIECES
PLENTY of PEPPERS
CLEAN PAPER TOWELS
DIFFERENT KINDS of NUTS
and NEVER ANY MEAT or DAIRY

For the 10th rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
LOTS of LEAFY LETTUCE
BRIGHT ORANGE CARROTS
SLICES of BREAD
FRUITS, CORES, and PEELS
CRACKERS and PRETZELS
BROKEN EGG SHELL PIECES
PLENTY of PEPPERS
CLEAN PAPER TOWELS
DIFFERENT KINDS of NUTS
and NEVER ANY MEAT or DAIRY

For the 11th rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
BROWN PAPER BAGS
LOTS of LEAFY LETTUCE
BRIGHT ORANGE CARROTS
SLICES of BREAD
FRUITS, CORES, and PEELS
CRACKERS and PRETZELS
BROKEN EGG SHELL PIECES
PLENTY of PEPPERS
CLEAN PAPER TOWELS
DIFFERENT KINDS of NUTS
and NEVER ANY MEAT or DAIRY

For the 12th rule of compost, my teacher said to me…
HOT LUNCH PIZZA CRUSTS
BROWN PAPER BAGS
LOTS of LEAFY LETTUCE
BRIGHT ORANGE CARROTS
SLICES of BREAD
FRUITS, CORES, and PEELS
CRACKERS and PRETZELS
BROKEN EGG SHELL PIECES
PLENTY of PEPPERS
CLEAN PAPER TOWELS
DIFFERENT KINDS of NUTS

Friday, January 11, 2019

Day 94: Citing Evidence


First thing this morning, on the first Friday back from break, I walked passed Mrs. Gibson’s 5th
grade class, and they were quietly hard at work. I walked in to see them working with partners
but in a way that was so productive that they barely talked. They were using two texts, their religion
books and a song. They had several writing tasks to go with the texts, such as comparing the
two texts, using evidence to support their answers, and finding a way to conclude their thoughtful
response. Before I left, Mrs. Gibson was giving them a brain break and asked them what were
three things they found successful. Three different students answered and said, finding text
evidence, adding details, and making connections. There was some higher level thinking being
done, and it looked as if they had been doing this for a long time by the way they were working.
What a great way to end the week back from break!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Day 93: Educational Uses For Rubber Bands

Mrs. Deck’s science class was a great combination of high tech and low tech that kept the students motivated.  I was walking passed her room when I saw her passing out rubber bands, and my curiosity compelled me to stop by.  The students have been learning about sound. Before I came in, they were discussing volume and pitch. The students paired up andook turns stretching and flicking their rubberbands to observe them vibrating.  Then Mrs. Deck stopped the class and asked them to share their observations. After that, she showed them a slow motion video of her flicking a rubber band. She asked them what the air around the rubberband was doing.  After a discussion, they determined that the air was vibrating just like the rubber band. Mrs. Deck told them this is why we are able to hear. The sound created by the rubberband has to travel through the air and make it vibrate for us to hear it.   After that I joined in on a debate on whether you could hear something in space. Since there is no air, we decided you couldn’t. It was great to see the students engaged and using rubber bands in the classroom for educational purposes ;)