September 2012

September 7, 2012                                                                                                    

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff!

Although on paper it was a shorter week, it sure did not seem like it in “real time”! I hope that everyone is settled in and has adjusted their schedule and bodies to the new school year. We should all be emphasizing rigor and relevance when instructing and assessing our students. The “Common Core” and higher level assessments are right around the corner and it is our job make sure that our students are prepared to excel in the 21st century. I hope everyone has a restful or productive weekend!

September 14, 2012

Hello Ravenna Staff!

Balloon A-Fair weekend is upon us!  This serves as a reminder that there will always be a few sacred traditions in every community.  I would encourage each of us to reflect on what truly is important in life.  Relationships, education and time with family, to name a few, are always at the top of the list.  Enjoy your family and friends savor the time with loved ones!  Although our educational work is important, balance and happiness are often keys to all successes.  Rest well!

September 21, 2012

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff!                                                                                      

As we enter and continue into the “meat” of our daily instruction and assessment, allow me to put some friendly reminders out to all of us regarding our work.

  • Rigor and relevance
  • Posted learning targets
  • Technology integration
  • Focused literacy
  • Highly engaged instruction
  • Higher level assessments
  • Data analysis used to improve and target instruction and assessment
  • Enrichment and intervention
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Collegial collaboration
  • Communication
  • Just to mention a few!  All in a days work!

 Accountability and transparency are two words that will be forever ingrained into our profession and culture.  Let’s continue to work together and support  and uplift each other as we work towards the common end goal of increased student achievement.

I hope each of you have a restful or productive weekend.

September 28, 2012

Hello Ravenna Staff!

I have a much “lighter message” this week as opposed to the education jargon laden message from last Friday:  have a great, restful or productive weekend!