Submitted by Ms. Edlund and the CmPS Team
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Submitted by Ms. Edlund and the CmPS Team
Friday, February 22, 2013
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Friday, February 8, 2013
Students who were on the A or B honor roll in grades 6-12 were treated with cinnamon rolls and juice today in recognition for their accomplishment. Members of the Lester Prairie Youth Task Force were on hand to hand out the rolls and congratulate students.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
This post will focus on being self aware or having self-awareness. Self-Awareness refers to knowing one's internal states, preferences, resources and intuitions. When we look at self-awareness, it is important to understand three parts: Emotional Awareness, Accurate Self Assessment, and Self-Confidence.
Within Emotional Awareness is the ability to recognize your emotions and their effects. It is important to understand how we are emotionally and how they not only affect ourselves, but also those who we have contact with. Think about the last time you were in a great mood, everything was great, the people around you were in great moods. Were you aware of what changed this mood to a bad mood? Did you have the awareness to maintain a positive mood throughout bouts of difficulty? This part of self-awareness places the responsibility on each of us individually to understand why things happen around us. Think of a time when you were angry, upset, or things weren't going your way, could providing a different outlook have changed how things were following this unfortunate moment? We must understand what we do and how we act affects how others around us feel and act, sometimes we need to look at ourselves and develop an understanding to see other points of view, or a more positive outlook on our own lives.
I leave you with this: We are the only ones who dictate what type of mood we are in, if we develop a positive mood others around us will also develop this positive mood. We need to recognize our emotions and their effects. It is okay to have bad days, but we must understand how we approach those days and how they can affect us in many many ways.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Each Wednesday morning groups of staff get together to discuss possible ways to provide interventions to students within the elementary school. On this committee is Mr. James (Elementary Special Education), Ms. Maas (Elementary Title I), myself, and different groups of classroom teachers depending on the week (ie. one week is K-2, one 3-4, one is 4-5). I would like to share a little bit about RtI and also include a guide to the parents as to what we are trying to accomplish from this.
What is Response to Intervention?
Response to Intervention (RtI) is the practice of providing high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying data to important educational decisions.
RtI is encouraged in federal and state law as an effective way to support high achievement for all students.
Within Lester Prairie Elementary School, students are given various benchmark tests, this is through Title I testing, NWEA, MCA results, STAR tests, and others. What we look for are students who are in Tier 2 or 3. To explain the tiers, Tier 1, is when we expect that at least 80% of our students will be successful in the general education classroom without any further intervention. Tier 2 is about 15% of the student population and these are students who need more support in addition to the core curriculum, while Tier 3 is about 5% of students who need intensive and individualized interventions for growth.
Students who are in the Tier 3 category would be referred to our child study team which includes all special education staff, along with our school psychologist. This team makes a specifically designed plan for interventions for this student.
Throughout each step parents are informed about their child's progress. Our goal is to help all students achieve their full academic potential by intervening early and often.
What are the core principals of RtI?
We can effectively teach all children
Early and frequent intervention is most effective
Problem solving is used efficiently in a muli-tiered model
Research based instruction is targeted to student needs
Data is used to make decisions
Student progress is monitored to guide instruction
As we look further to aligning our assessment procedures to state and national standards and benchmarks, it is important as a school to recognize the importance of assessments.
Assessments are used to:
Determine the overall effectiveness of the district's curriculum and instruction.
Identify children who are not reaching achievement benchmarks.
Monitor the progress of children who receive additional intervention.
As always, please contact Mr. Schmidt if you would like more information on this process and Response to Intervention.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Here are some more pictures of the science fair.