Thursday, May 5, 2016

Bittersweet News

It is with a heavy heart I share this news.  This evening I was approved to assume the role as assistant principal of Rockwood South Middle School.

Leaving Webster isn't easy.  You all have meant so much to me and my time here.  One of the things I am most proud of in our time together was the complete overhaul of the science and social studies curriculum.  I know neither of them are complete, but they are progressive, creative, democratic and honoring of our kids and your talents.  This community is so lucky to have each of you in the position you are in.

It wasn't an easy decision but one that I feel will help me grow as a leader.  Please know I won't be far away and will always reach out for your guidance, wisdom, support and to collaborate on projects.

Thanks for all you do and for caring for me during my time here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

3/29 ERS

Started the day with a Character Education CSIP meeting

I welcomed Teachers in to the building and made it into every classroom.

I attended a panel discussion put on by 5th graders about chocolate Milk.  See my question crafted for me to ask the panel!

I observed a 2nd grade teacher and a 5th grade teacher.

I worked with a kindergartener

I worked with a 3rd graders

I finished some emails

I created a rubric for teacher candidates

Watched this video:

and this!

Met with building principal

Facilitated dismissal

Headed over to Hudson to pick up cameras.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

3/22 ERS, Service Center, WGHS, Hixson

Started the day meeting with a student and parent to welcome them to Edgar Road School.

I then headed over to the Service center.  There I took apart 15 kits for creation of the next science resources.

Afterwords I went over to WGHS to:
  • Go through emails
  • Create resources for new science Kits
  • Finalize plans for 6th grade SS PD
  • Sign contract for discovery Ed and email to everyone
  • emailed Science Facilitators 
  • Chat with CNI office about ordering
  • Nudged Schools about 3rd grade local government preparations
  • Clarified dates and times for buses

Watched this:

Headed over to Hixson to facilitate the "Grading for Learning" open Discussion.  Notes found here.

Monday, March 7, 2016

3/7 ERS

Started the day walking around to every classroom welcoming teachers.

Printed 6-8 MS assessments

Met with EdPlus about SBG conference

Inventoried SS K-5 Hub

Worked with a Kindergartener who was struggling.

Made a graphic for MS Science Engineering:

Went outside for 3rd grade recess

Worked on a SIS question

Worked with building principal on observations

Sat in on 5th grade math

worked with PE teacher on Fun Run map

Facilitated dismissal

Attended Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 4, 2016

3/4 WGHS, Bristol

Started the day at Breakfast celebrating Principals Appreciation week.

I then met with the team at Discovery Ed to finalize details for Techbook.

Rescheduled PD dates for K-5 Science/Social Studies facilitators.

Finalized summer plans for a number of groups

Sent out meeting reminders

Cleaned up a number of email communications

Finalized resources for testing a 4th grader.

Tested the 4h grader in Science.

3/3 MS Science Teachers

Hosted the Middle School Science Teachers at the Cambridge Innovation Center.

Some of the Highlights from Twitter:

Other Highlights:

"Thanks for today, it was really great.  You know sometimes we don't know what we really need."


"the pd yesterday was so refreshing!  It is really important for us to think outside of our normal 'boxes' in order to keep learning.  Yesterday was a great day of learning.  Thank you for listening to us and planning such an exciting day."

The agenda:

8:30 - 9:00 - Check in, Why are we at the CIC?

8:50 Phyllis Ellison: Director of Entrepreneur Services and Institutional & Corporate Partnerships CORTEX Innovation Community

Between 9 and 11 Brian Cudney, MBA Director, Chemistry, Mfg, and Cntrl Regulatory Sciences Specialty Solutions Cardinal health

9:00 - 10:00 Engineering Design progression

10:00 - 11:00 Changes/Edits to curriculum documents

Lunch - Walk to Ikea

12:00 Jen Marcus Director USG Strategic Partnerships Planet Labs AND Dan Marcus President, Radiologics and WASHU Labs manager

1:15pm Chris Ruzika Director of Business Development, St. Louis TechShop, Inc.

Department time

6th Grade
  • Finish Natural Selection SLO
  • Earth Science Check in
  • MAJORITY OF TIME: Steger School-wide Project
7th Grade
  • Add engineering experiences tied to existing units (develop scales, goals, assessments?)
  • Energy goals?(water cycle, predicting weather, etc.)
  • Add new ‘forces and motions’ goals to weather
  • common assessment for weather
8th Grade
  • Formatives and summatives creation and revision
  • Develop CORE Experiences, Field Trips, Activities, Inquiries
  • reflection on chemistry and forces units.  
  • Core experiences for wave energy.  (discuss and adjust)

2:30 WRAP UP

Summer hours needed
June 9th and 10th
June 13 14 15
3 hours each day = 9 hours total
June 20, 21, 22


from home:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

3/2 Edgar Road

Started the day welcoming students into school

Met wit building principal to plan March 21st PD day.

Welcomed the "Cat in the Hat" into our K-1 Classrooms for Dr. Suess' birthday!

Sent email about rescheduled facilitator days

Sent email about Kit Learning and Summer work

Worked with a Kindergartener

emailed Tech CSIP team

helped get classes to the photographer for picture day

submitted foundation grant

Started planning March 21st PD afternoon

Spoke to a parent of a kindergartener

wrote letter for grant support

facilitated dismissal

3/1 K-5 Science Teachers

Met with K-56 Science teachers.

8am WGHS 324

8:00 - 8:30 So, what's up?

8:30 - 8:45 Review/Revise this year's "list"

8:45 - 9:00 Coordinator "things"

9:00 -  9:30 What's the hook gonna be?

9:30am - 11:30am Work on this year's "list"

HUB inventory updates

12:30 - 2:30 Service Center Work on Materials and Tour

2:30 - 3:00 Wrap up

Curriculum Work
Kit Trainings
K Airaghi, One L, Ely,
1/2 August 3rd
August 1-5
1 Ewing, McGee
June 8 and 9
August 1-5
2 Brent,
July 29th
August 1-5
3 Reft, boyle
June 27 28
August 1-5
4 Pupillo, Moppert, Blumenkemper, French
May 31 - June 3
June 1 - June 3
5 Greffet, Pitlyk
Jun 6, 7, 8
Jun 14-15, 21-22 PM 1/2 day


Monday, February 29, 2016

2/29 ERS

Welcomed teachers in the building in the morning

Met with building principal

emailed CIC business about 3/3

Edited Agenda for 3/1 and 3/3 meetings

reserved space for 2nd year Social Justice team meeting

Supervised 3rd grade recess

Worked with a Kindergarten student

Worked on Excel SPreadsheet for SSD teacher

Inventoried Hub for K-5 Science teachers

Read K-5 P.E. Standards

Facilitated dismissal

Met with leaders from MO Council for arts and Webster U about STEAM III event this summer.

Friday, February 26, 2016

2/26 Hixson, WGHS, CO, Clark, WGHS

Started the day dropping off a BREAKOUTEDU kit to Hixson.

Headed over to WGHS.

Finalized the SS Assessment for Clark 2nd grader

Finalized Evaluation

Met with Asst. Supt about Evaluation

Cleaned up Desk/Computer

Cleaned up Science K-5 Hub - Created new Hub Checklist for K-5 teachers

Worked on Science "Back to School" slides for PD

Headed over to Clark to meet with student

Authored Social Studies portion of the assessment evaluation

2/25 WGHS, Clark, WGHS

Started the morning at WGHS finalizing paperwork to assess a 2nd grade student for acceleration.

Headed over to elementary school to assess student.

Headed back to WGHS to author report.

Created How-to video for SISFIN

Finalized K-5 Science Facilitator agenda

Finalized 6-8 Science Collaboration for 3/3

Made cards for Kit 19 and Kit 20

Monday, February 22, 2016

2/22 Edgar Road, Innovation collaboration team

Started the day welcoming students into school at the circle drive.

Walked around meeting with teachers and students.

Worked on a student's iPhone stuck in guided access

Met with substitute admin assistant

Helped 1st grade with imovie video

Watched this trailer:

Final edits to K-5 SS Facilitators AGENDA

Worked with a kindergarten student

supervised 3rd grade recess where they built this awesome fort

Read a little in my book

Continued working on Major Grant application

Facilitated dismissal

Headed over to Hudson to facilitate the Innovation Collaboration on Personalized learning

2/19 WGHS, Avery, SSLC

Started the day at the learning team meeting at WGHS.

Met with 3rd grade at Avery for the local government learning experience.

Headed over to education plus to meet with other science coordinators for the St. Louis Science Leadership Consortium. Notes found here

2/18 Rock Hill, DLT, Elementary Principals, Service Center, WGHS

Started the day meeting with officials from Rock Hill, Shrewsbury and Crestwood city officials in preparation for local government experience.

Headed over to Central Office to attend the DLT meeting

Stayed there for the Elementary principals meeting concerning RTI, data and Functional behavior plans.

Headed over to the service center to check in materials and work on the new science kits.

Wrapped up the day with emails and organizing resources at WGHS.

2/17 MS SS

Worked with MS SS Teachers

Agenda found here

Met with 3rd grade SS at Computer school in preparation for the Local Government learning experience.