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  • March 2020

    Posted by STEPHEN RUSHING on 3/1/2020

    March 16, 2020
    Resources for students/parents from Teaching & Learning Department

    As you are busily working on student plans I wanted to pass on a few resources for you. First, I am listing all our elementary TOSAs direct line phone numbers for you. If you need to process with someone from T & L, they are a great resource:

    Margy: 2067
    Mary: 2070
    Rachel: 2068
    Kara: 2069
    Val: 2069
    Teresa: 2067
    Traci: 2063
    Joanna: 2066
    I am sharing an Elementary Resources document that the T & L team created for us to have as a menu of options. Please feel free to contact the TOSAs with any questions you have regarding this document.  Note:  I am checking with MobyMax to see about getting accounts for everyone as they are providing the software for free during this closure.  More to come.  Update:  North Star now has a site license that is available for all teachers to use until the end of June, free of charge.  I will be working on getting students uploaded for you.  

    UPDATE:  I reviewed the steps for uploading student credentials into MobyMax and see that some of you have used it this year.  I don't want to accidentally erase your current information if you are already using it.  So, I am going to send you a spreadsheet by email.  If you fill this out with your students' names and information and send it back to me, then I can upload it into the system for you.
    Finally, Great Minds has put together some great resources for us to pass on to families. You may want to take a look at these and share them with families.

    ELA Progress Monitoring Suspended
    You do not have to conduct progress monitoring with students at this time given the circumstances.  We will look at our assessment calendar when we get back and make adjustments. 

    March 6, 2020
    Upcoming Training on Student Behavior Management
    At the upcoming Staff PD Day, we will have a guest speaker who specializes in working with student behavior.  Laura O'Rourke and her company, Behavior Bridges, will be giving a presentation that overviews a two phase model of working with students.  This is a brief introduction and will give you an idea of ways to work with students indirectly through creating strong classroom management practices and directly through ways that specific behavior challenges can be dealt with.  

    Classified staff are invited to join us on this day to participate in this training as well as help with finishing up our mission/vision work.  This will take place the first part of the day from 8:00 - 11:00.  Classified will also be paid for their attendance.

    Conference Slips Go Home Today
    Just a reminder that the yellow conference slips should be sent home today.

    March 4, 2020

    Update on Krista Kolowinski
    I got an update from Krista.  She has been getting her scheduled chemo treatments but has had to stop because of an issue with her kidneys. When that is figured out they will restart the chemotherapy.

    Conference Week Schedule
    Please take a look at this conference schedule.  Let us know if you have questions or concerns.

    Fun Run Schedule
    On the day of the run, here is what I have worked out for getting the students through their laps.  Let me know if you see something that doesn't work.

    Lunch Schedule In Order Recess Schedule In Order
    3rd Gr 11:00 - 11:25 3rd Gr 10:15 - 10:45
    2nd Gr 11:15 - 11:40 4th Gr 11:00 - 11:30
    4th Gr 11:35 - 12:00 Kinder 11:30 - 12:00
    Kinder 12:05 - 12:30 1st Gr 12:10 - 12:40
    5th Gr 12:25 - 12:50 2nd Gr 12:40 - 1:10
    1st Gr 12:45 - 1:10 Choir/5th Gr 1:30 - 2:00

    March 2, 2020

    Graham Business Association's BEST Scholarship Fundraiser
    Save The Date for Friday, March 6, 2020, 6:00-8:30 PM at Nelson Elementary for the annual GBA BEST Scholarship Auction. Thanks to our local affiliate BEST Dollars For Scholars, the proceeds raised from this auction helps to fund scholarships for graduates in the Bethel School District. With the support of our generous community, last year the GBA donated $20,00 to fund 20 scholarships for $1,000 each!

    And we are inviting you to join us again for live music and our annual silent & live auction event! Tickets are available here.

    Grade Level Assignment for 2020-21

    K - Rowan, Espiritu, Horton, Casada
    1st - Meeks, Mulcrone, Ziemer, Udstuen
    2nd - Attaway, Drorbaugh, Lemon, Hamblin
    3rd - Didier, Pratt, Bohl, Pyles
    4th - Buzzard, Herman, McSwain
    5th - Bosworth, Gonsalves, Open*

    * Kitty Eagle is retiring at the end of this year
    All other staff are assigned to their current positions.  

    Please be aware...

    Our friend Tricia Jump has gotten news that she has cancer.  For the past few weeks she has been working with her doctors to figure out the extent of the condition and decide on what approach to take to address it.  A port was placed on Monday and chemotherapy treatment was started the next day.  Last week we let her students' families know about Tricia's condition and are now sharing the news with you.  Tricia wants to be here for the staff and students and will manage according to her various appointments and response to treatement. 

    New missing sub plan
    Due to repeated cancellation of specialists/planning because of sub shortages, we will begin implementing the practice of splitting up students across a grade level.  When a teacher is missing at a grade level, students will be divided among the remaining classrooms.  Each grade level is directed to create a class list for dividing students and submit it to the office. 

    Life would be simple if there were four teachers at every grade level or that only one teacher is absent from a grade level in a single day.  Of course life doesn't always pan out that way.  So, for the time being, we need the list of kids divided just for your grade level in grades K-3.  In grades 4 and 5 since there are only three teachers, we need the classes divided taking into consideration placing a few students one grade level below.  In the event that multiple teachers are gone and splitting students is not sufficient, we will again utilize specialists.  Please get your grade level lists to Amy ASAP so that we are ready for unfilled substitute positions.

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  • February 2020

    Posted by STEPHEN RUSHING on 2/1/2020

    February 27, 2020
    Kudos to the 5th Grade Team
    Yesterdays Late Arrival was unique for our 5th grade team as they worked on Eureka math in an all day experience that included district Math TOSAs.  In a collaborative effort, the group engaged in backwards planning that included reading the module overview, scanning the module including exit tickets, taking the end of unit assessment, and planning/honing a lesson together.  A debrief at the end helped to bring the experience together and next steps were discussed for the next lesson that had similar content.  Excellent effort by our team and thanks goes out to our TOSAs.  

    Yellow Conference Slips Go Home On...
    Please send your yellow conference slips home next Friday, March 6.  Do not send them home before or after so that students are bringing them home at the same time.  Thank you.

    February 25, 2020
    Kudos to the 4th Grade Team
    Today the 4th Grade Team engaged error analysis work for their HITT meeting.  The session was narrowly focused on a single topic leading to concrete next steps for understanding student learning and future agenda topics for discussion.  The last part is really important:  The team committed to actions that would be done before the next meeting (which happens to be tomorrow).  Way to go team!

    February 24, 2020
    March 4 Staff Meeting
    Just a note that we will still have a staff meeting on March 4 as is on the meeting schedule.  The representatives from the Fun Run will be here to go over the week of activities related to the fun run. 

    Team leaders be getting your HITT schedule put together and work with your administrator.  The calendar is so varied that the following parameters should be considered when planning.  Late arrivals, staff meeting, and HITT times on the meeting calendar are open for creating that 2 hours per month of HITT work.  Typically LIT/Waiver/Staff Development days are separate PD days that should not be included in the plan.  However, because of the March fundraiser meeting needing to take place, plan on using some time from the LIT on March 11.

    February 20, 2020
    Conference Scheduling
    The office staff is getting your sibling lists and other forms ready for next week's conference scheduling.  We will do this the from 8:00 - 8:30 and then eveyrone will into their teams.  

    Acadience/DIBELS Progress Monitoring
    We are in the process of updating the Assessment Matrix for progress monitoring for March - June.  Please be sure to check the matrix to see when assessments need to be completed.  Note that in March, the second progress monitor of the month is to be done with ALL students, including Benchmark students.  This will be a mid-Benchmark check to see which students are continuing to grow at an appropriate pace and which are not.  Saralise will visit with K - 1 teams to discuss the subtest requirement for students in their grade level.

    Way to go 3rd Grade Team!
    Kudos to the team for their HITT meeting today, as they collaborated on Step 3 Analyze Formative Assessments.  They worked through the Error Analysis Protocol using test questions from their Math IAB.  The meeting had a tight focus with discussion being on point from beginning to end.  The protocol gave the team a picture of where learning was breaking down for some of their students, and led to actionable ideas for next steps.  I would like to take the opportunity to thank them publicly for rocking authentic PLC work today.  It led to a specific plan for next steps that the whole team will implement.

    I also want to point out something about what took place that is important for all teams to understand.  When working on this protocol today, the team did not discuss every single
    question and related student responses.  That is something that can often cause anxiety for teams because there is an assumption that the conversation is primarily about individual students or viewing the whole assessment as opposed to the learning that adults gain about their students' thinking.  You don't have to work through every single question of an assessment in order to learn about the gaps that students have in their knowledge and skills.  Looking at just a few questions led to a plan to dig deeper and get to the bottom of the errors students made.  High impact teacher teams focus attention on adult learning about students and on developing their instructional skill/practices.  Today's meeting was one example of HITT.  We look forward to experiencing this same purpose and intensity with other teams.  

    February 13, 2020
    Official:  New Bell Schedule for Next Year
    Here is the new bell schedule for the next three years.

    North Star 9:05 9:20 3:50

    February 12, 2020
    Student Placement
    The first step is to download a spreadsheet with your kids' name on it.  Then fill it out.  Then upload it into Homeroom.  The steps are shown in the Procedures Tab above, under Student Placement.  If you need assistance please check with Stephen and he can help you.

    Lock Down Feedback
    Thank you for the suggestions this morning about the lockdown.  All staff that were not present are welcome to send Stephen some feedback or stop by and talk to him and that will be added to the suggestions.  The notes from our staff meeting can be found on the Staff Meeting Agenda/Notes file under the Agendas Tab.

    February 4, 2020
    Remember to watch those doors
    Today we had an incident where a parent walked in the office and took a student and didn't check in with a staff member.  Looking at the security camera I saw the parent walk in with all the staff coming off of bus duty.  Please be sure to stop visitors from coming in or escort them to an adult in the office.  Thanks for your help. 

    Report Cards Go Home...
    All report cards are to go home on February 10 and June 19 this year.  (No snow make up days at the end of the year.  NOOOOOOO snow make up days at the end of the year!!!)

    February 3, 2020

    Welcome Baby Colbie Nicole Bonn
    Hartley had her baby girl on Saturday, February 1 at 1:37 AM.  Colbie was 7.8 lbs and 19.5".

    Colbie Bonn


    Happy National School Counseloer Week Mary!!
    Counselor Week 2020

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  • January 2020

    Posted by STEPHEN RUSHING on 1/1/2020

    January 28, 2020
    Winter Reading Results
    The results are in for our reading growth goals.  You can see the info on the Assessment Tab above.  I included a link at the top left of the page that has a little more detail. 

    January 27, 2020

    Lockdown Follow Up - UPDATED
    A huge kudo to everyone - adults and students - for working together to make the lockdown go according to plan.  Today we got to test our systems and it all worked.  Thank you to everyone.  The specialists, LAP staff, office staff, Preschool staff, district office, and SROs made it happen!

    Please do me a favor and send me an email if you missed planning time and/or lunch.  Be specific on how much time was missed.  That way I can work on compensation or making up.

    I have placed time on the February 12 Staff meeting to debrief our collective experience during the lockdown yesterday.

    LAP Students Who Are Late
    Please call one of the LAP portables when a student is being sent out late (after LAP staff have picked them up).  LAP staff can then be waiting for and looking for those students to arrive.  Currently, students are often being sent outside without warning. Let's close this hole in our safety procedures.  

    January 13, 2020

    Conference Scheduling Date Revised
    The date we picked for conference scheduling last week won't work.  March 4 is the same day that the info for the Fund Run fundraiser will be shared with you.  There isn't enough time to do both the conference scheduling and the fundraiser in the same meeting.  So, we will have to go with the Late Arrival the week before on February 26, 2020.  We will use the 30 minute admin time at the beginning.  

    Substitute Requests
    It's that time of year where we are seeing a significant increase in the number of subs needed.  In order to make things work smoothly here and not cause specialists/planning times and/or LAP groups to be cancelled, we need your help in following the procedures for requesting a substitute.  

    1) As soon as you know that you will not be able to make it into work you will need to report this in the AESOP system (classified staff you will need to also contact your supervisor).

    2) If, when you are reporting this absence and it is passed the entry cut off time then you will need to call the AESOP coordinator at district to have them input your absence. (Even if you need to leave them a message they will receive it and input it long before anyone here at the school will be able to.)

           Alexis @ 253-683-6018
           Tiffany @ 253-683-6025 

    Please utilize these two ladies immediately to increase your odds of securing a sub.  Waiting until you are at school to tell the office is too late.  Texting and emailing office staff is discouraged because they may not be available or near technology to get you set up in the system. Texting and emailing should be used for the purpose of updating to let office staff know that you have entered the request or have left a message with the AESOP coordinators.  

    In a few weeks Hartley will be gone on maternity leave and during that time we will have a substitute in her place, making it even more important to get know and understand these procedures.  

    January 6, 2020

    Inclement Weather Procedures
    There is some word out there that snow is headed our way next week.  Here is a reminder of district procedures if we have a delays or dismissals due to weather conditions.

    When employees are notified of a late school starting time due to emergency or
    inclement weather, they should make a reasonable effort to get to work on time.
    Employees are not encouraged to take unreasonable risks and supervisors have the
    authority to accommodate individual situations by revising work schedules and allowing
    make-up time.

    When staff is notified of an early dismissal for students due to emergency or inclement
    weather, employees are expected to complete their regular workday unless conditions are
    such that staff safety is a major concern. In that case, supervisors have the authority to
    revise work schedules and to allow make-up time.

    If, because of inclement weather, an employee is unable to report to work for the day, the
    following alternatives are available to the employee:
    • The employee may take a day of personal leave or vacation if available.
    • If an employee has an accident on the way to work, the employee may request
    emergency leave.
    • The employee may take the day off without pay.
    • The employee may, with the approval of his/her supervisor, reschedule the workday.

    *Note that I know everyone works hard, with many of you coming early and/or staying late each week.  While I do appreciate it, do know that for these particular weather related issues, general coming early and staying late won't replace the expectation for specific rescheduling if time is missed on one of these days should you request that option.

    Technology News from NS's Tech Rep., Jana Bosworth 

    *Everyone, including students, should be using BSD403 on Wifi.
    *Please have students update their iPads. It was previously blocked, but can be done now.
    *New phone numbers are working. Update what you need to with your new number. The old number will go away April 1st. Your extension is still the same...thank god! But the 683 is now 800. So the office is now 253-800-8800 and my room is now 253-800-8819
    *Skyward is going away next year and we are getting a new system called Synergy. I learned a bit about it and it looks awesome! There will be training later this year and of course at Summer Institute.
    *If you are interested in having your class do something for the Tech Fair in February please let me know.
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  • December 2019

    Posted by STEPHEN RUSHING on 12/1/2019

    December 17, 2019
    Staff Meeting - December 18
    Our staff meeting will be a time to get together to celebrate the holiday season.  Please join us as early at 7:30 for conversation, food, and drink.  We will have some simple/basic food items but you are more than welcome to bring something to share if you would like.  

    November School-wide Results Are Ready
    The November benchmark data is ready to view.  When reading the results, note that the is data focused on where students "should" be by this point in the year. 

    The color coding is shown as a comparison of the actual results vs the row labeled Minimum Grade Level Targets.   

    I also added a set of graphs to show our progress towards catching up with the STATE/BSD averages on SBA.  This is done as a comparision between 3-5th Grade performance on STAR compared to the STATE/BSD results at the end of last year.  This will allow us to see how we are doing at each benchmark period.  Our goal is to meet and/or beat those averages. In order to make the graphs easy to read, I created a separate graph for each of the five benchmark periods.    

    December 11, 2019

    Observation/Eval To Dos
    1.  See your evaluator if you want to discuss which criteria you are evaluated on.
    2.  See your evaluator to discuss your growth goal now that your criteria is selected.
    3.  See your evaluator to set up a pre-observation, observation, and post-observation.

    December 10, 2019
    Late Arrival Agenda
    The agenda for Late Arrival is as usual.  We will meet first in the library for a brief session and then move into teams.  I want to go over eVal info and growth goals with you.  

    December 4, 2019

    BrightBytes Survey
    Please complete the survey so our school can be counted as complete.  Here is the link.  https://bbyt.es/8C2GC

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  • November 2019

    Posted by STEPHEN RUSHING on 11/1/2019

    November 25, 2019

    Krista Kolowinski Update
    Krista, our newest para in the intermediate PATHS program, was only with us for two weeks when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  Unfortunately, she has not been able to come back to work since before conference week.  Krista has been healing from the initial surgery and has had a few setbacks that have had her visiting the hospital a few times.  With a port put in, she hopes to begin chemotherapy after Thanksgiving Break.  Please keep her in your thoughts.  

    November 22, 2019

    Lori Ormond Update
    Lori started a new phase to her recovery by starting three new drug therapies.  Her body reacted to the drugs with the known side effects and it, unfortunately, had her headed back to the hospital for a few weeks.  She is now back at home.  The doctors will continue the therapies but have only one drug introduced at a time so her body can adjust to each medicine.  She is tired but still in good spirits.  Thank you for your kind words and well wishes.  

    What's that hanging on the front door?
    Guiness, our resident service dog, has been training for his duties and that includes knowing how to get help if Amanda needs assistance.  The light blue ring hanging on the front door is placed there so that Guiness can pull the door open and get into the office.  What you see there now is the first trial version and may look different down the road.  Thank you Guiness for being a good student.  You get a gold star!!  

    November 19, 2019

    Bell Schedule will change next year

    As part of our district's three year rotation model, NS will be moving to a late school next year.  I believe the student day will be 9:15 to 3:45.  I will confirm this and the staff day and share it with you later.

    November 18, 2019


    Just a note that I made a few changes to the master and specialist schedules in the last couple weeks.  In case you didn't get a chance to look or print one I thought I would remind folks to at least take a look to make sure your schedule is current.  The changes are because your team asked for some fine tuning on the master schedule recently and I added PM recess to the specialiast/recess/lunch schedule.

    DIBELS Info

    A request was made to make a tab specifically for DIBELS to make it easier to find.  I have added a DIBELS tab inside the main Assessment tab.  Click on Assessment above and then on the left you will see DIBELS.

    Included on the new DIBELS page is cut scores for our benchmarking periods.  Note that I am still getting clarity for Kindergarten so I have put the parts that I am not sure about in red.  When they turn from red to black text again, the questions will have been resolved.

    SIP Plan has been submitted

    The 2019-20 North Star School Improvement Plan (SIP) has been submitted for review.  Take a look at the Google Doc SIP worksheet that I shared with you last week and see the planned tasks for the year.  Any questions or concerns should be shared with your team leader or with an administrator so that we can take a look and make revisions.  This document is not set in stone, meaning we can make adjustments as we go.

    SIP 19-20

    November 13, 2019

    DIBELS Mid-Benchmark Testing

    K - 5 will do one fluency passage probes with ALL students by the end of next week (Week of November 18).  LAP will take care of all stuents they serve.  Classroom teachers will do the rest of their classes or walk-to-read groups.  

    This will provide an opportunity to "take the pulse" of how well all students are resopnding to both Tier I Core Instruction and Tier 2 & 3 Interventions for those that are below expected targets.  As mentioned today, we will modify the target for passing so that it matches where students should be at this point in the year.  Stephen will share the target cut score for each grade level.  He will show each team leader how the cut score was determined and you can talk to him or the team leader for further clarification about how the cut score was created.


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  • October 2019

    Posted by STEPHEN RUSHING on 10/1/2019

    Wednesday, October 31, 2019

    Volunteer Applications for Staff Children
    I recently learned that we are supposed to have volunteer applications for staff children if they are in classrooms when we are in session and they are not students at North Star.   Students that are 6th grade or higher should submit a volunteer application if they visit between 8:30 and 3:00.  The volunteer application can be found on the district website.  

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    Fundraiser Assembly next week
    Our students will be treated to an assembly to celebrate and thank them for their efforts on the recent candy fundraiser.  The assembly is scheduled as a whole school assembly on Wednesday, October 30 at 9:00.

    DIBELS is now Acadience / How to see reports on Acadience and Star
    Saralise is putting together some information for you on how to access reports that show progress monitoring results. In the meantime, please try to log into both sites.  If you can't get in, first try reseting your password.  If that doesn't work then let Saralise know.  She is compiling a list of staff to send to the Assessment department to get you set up for logging in.

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    Reminder re: Friday's Due Date for Gen Ed Classroom Teachers
    Our Hedgehog focus as outlined last Friday is as follows:

    Hedgehog Focus 19-20
    The first steps to building the core curriculum as the first intervention is to make sure we are all using the same master schedule AND have lesson plans that prepare for daily implementation of the 6 blocks of ELA.  Please share your lesson plan template with both administrators by the end of the day on Friday.  

    Beginning next Monday we should be able to walk into every classroom and "easily" read, from the back of the room, what time each of the 6 blocks occur in your day.  We are moving away from solely having "ELA Core" listed on the schedule and instead, having schedules indicated the fine detail of when each block occurs.

    Go to the Curriculum Tab above and I have put a Q & A regarding some questions that were sent my way about these new expectations.

    Please remember to be looking at and making decisions about your benefits through the new state benefits program.  You have to have signed up by November 15 or you could be stuck with no insurance or not get to make a choice that best fits you.  Watch this video from Bethel School District that explains where you can find the information you need.

    SEBB Video Link

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    New EBD Teacher
    Please welcome Cameron Brophy who will be taking over the position in our primary EBD classroom.  Cameron worked at GKHS in their EBD program for two years and is now excited to join the staff at North Star.  

    Tuesday, October 9, 2019

    Agendas for this Thursday and Friday
    Agendas for both days of PD are available on the Agenda's tab.  Specialists may go to their job alike sessions as the items we will be working will not be directly related to specialist's content.

    Yellow Conference Slips Go Home On...

    Please send your yellow conference slips home next Wednesday.  Do not send them home before or after that so that students are bringing them home at the same time.  Thank you.

    Activity Stipend Info and Robotics Club
    Stipend info was sent out and three proposals were submitted.  Xylophone Club, Musical, and 5th Grade Leadership Club.  There was enough money to accommodate all three proposals.  We have about $2,000 remaining for additional submissions. 

    This year we have no Robotics advisor/captain so that means we do not have a team.  I have been asked to check on interest to pick up where Bryan and Chris left off with our school's team.  This is optional and can be funded through our annual staff activity stipends.  The timing for getting a club together to compete has been impacted by a late start so attending competitions might not be possible at this point.  However, the learning that takes place with the Robotics Club can still be done.

    Clarification regarding conference schedule form
    Today we had conference scheduling and I learned of some confusion regarding the form that is used to schedule conferences.  I am refering to the form that has the days/dates across the top and times down the side.  The reason this was not made available to you was Hartley has gotten different messages from different staff members about what should be on the form.  She had created one with half hour segments and then there were differing opinions about whether the form should show 20 minute blocks or 30 minute blocks.  Last year the form she had created was modified and shared with staff independent of the office so she thought everyone was using their own form. 

    I want to clarify that you can use whatever form you want, that's not a problem.  At the same time I also want to clarify that the conference blocks are 30 minutes.  If you want to write down 20 minutes for the actual parent conference time that's fine as long as the next block does not begin sooner than 30 minutes later.  Why does it matter?  It matters because when we run two different total time blocks, it creates pressure for other staff members and parents to hurry up, makes them feel like they are late, or they do become late.  Again, the total time for a block is 30 minutes.  Ex.  11:30 -12:00 is the real block.  

    Having said that, make sure you are ending your conference in 30 minutes so that we don't have a domino effect of parents arriving late to their next conference.  

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019

    Training Days
    We are going to be having training days on Thursday and Friday.  Here are a few things related to those days.

    1.  The Waiver Day will be at Nelson Elementary from 8:00 - 3:30.  The whole day will be the last session for the Core Sourcebook.  Bring your sourcebook from the Summer Institute training this summer.  If you didn't attend the summer training then you can check in with Saralise to see if there is a book available to borrow or share with a partner.    

    2.  Register for clock hours for the Waiver Day session.  Our course number is 931.   At the session we will provide a sign in sheet.  Remember that in order to receive the clock hours you must sign in AND fill out an evaluation.  

    3.  Please consider signing up for a breakfast treat.  Nelson will provide the drinks and snacks for the day.  There will be approximately 80 people at this event so take that into consideration when signing up.  Thank you.

    Friday PD Day - More Info to come


    Tuesday, October 1, 2019

    Classroom Observations Beginning
    Heads up that Saralise and I will be visiting classrooms starting tomorrow.  We will be attending together at first so that we can learn with and from each other on look fors, calibrating what we see, and how to document or notate what we see.  Initially we are doing these as drop ins.  I did share out the formal evaluation assignments this weekend so you are welcome to sign up for formal observations as well.  You can check with Saralise for scheduling with her and with Hartley to schedule with me.

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  • September 2019

    Posted by STEPHEN RUSHING on 8/26/2019

    Thursday, September 25, 2019
    Final SBA Results - UPDATED 3:15
    Here is the final report for SBA achievement.  The composite reflects ELA, Math, & Science combined.  There was a slight error on the science scores for the state and Bethel so I removed the graphic I had here originally. Click on the link to go to the actual spreadsheet with additional information included.

    SBA Results - 2018-19

    Monday, September 16, 2019
    Discipline Committee
    The school board will have members at North Star on Friday as a form of communication and getting a pulse of the district.  You are invited to stop by and see them between 3:15 and 3:45.  At 3:45 they will be available for parents to meet them.  

    Required observances

    The purpose of observing Disability History Month is to encourage students to respect individuals with disabilities rather than pity them, to focus on their strengths and to promote understanding rather than stereotypes.  Students will be encouraged to recognize the whole person rather than just an individual’s disability. 

    Friday, September 13, 2019

    Discipline Committee
    It was a bit ambitious to have placed a committee meeting on the calendar for this week already.  It's hard to have a meeting when the members aren't determined.  :-p

    If you are interested in being on this committee, please let Stephen know.  I would like for these meetings to take place before school during our 7:40 - 8:10 time slot.  

    Equity Team
    Our first meeting is this coming Monday.  In preparation for the meeting, please read the email I sent today.  

    Friday, August 30, 2019

    Building Open on Saturday
    Jana will open the building tomorrow, Saturday, August 31 at 10:00.  She doesn't know the exact amount of time she will be here so please stop by close to that time if you are wanting to come in.  


    Here are the master schedule and specialist schedule.  It's all in one document now!! :-).
    In addition you will find our meeting calendar and Professional Development Agendas

    Master Schedule/Specialist Schedule

    Meeting Calendar

    PD Day Agendas

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019
    Attendance on training days
    This year there are 8 training days.  There is fun available for everyone but teachers and paras will attend a different number and combination of those sessions.  Here is how the sessions break down for each group.  

    *Note that Instructional Paras will be required to attend two days of training as required by a new state law.  Dates for these classes is TBD.

    September 3:  Waiver Day #1 - Teachers and Instructional Paras
    September 4:  Teacher/Principal Day - Teachers Only

    October 10: Waiver Day #2 - Teachers Only (Paras will take a Saturday Class in place of this day*)
    October 11:  PD Day #1 - Teachers Only

    December 6:  PD Day #1 - Teachers Only

    January 29:  Staff PD (LIT) #1 - Teachers Only

    February 18: Waiver Day #3 - Teachers Only (Paras will take a Saturday Class in place of this day*)

    March 11:  Staff PD (LIT) #1 - Teachers Only

    Monday, August 26, 2019

    Welcome Back Indeed

    It's time to get ourselves reoriented to our life's work of educating the kids in our North Star Community.  Attending Summer Institute classes, shopping for school supplies and prize box treasures, and setting up classrooms have been building up with our great staff.  Here is hoping you have a restful and fun summer break.  Welcome back to the 2019-20 School Year

    New Staff
    Please welcome our new staff:

    Kristin Pratt - 3rd Grade Teacher
    Courtney Banks - Preschool Teacher
    Lynn VanCour - Preschool Teacher
    Esperanza Felice - Preschool Para
    Tricia Hodge - Preschool Para
    Cynthia Hoffer - Preschool Para
    Angela Kotas - Preschool Para
    Katherine Monteuallo - Preschool Para
    Rashelle Seinkewich - Preschool Para
    Rebecca Wills - Preschool Family Support Specialist

    Updates on staffing
    Kerry Davis and Resa Suydam submitted their retirement letters this summer so we are working on getting staff to replace them.  We thank them for many years of dedicated service at North Star and wish them the best in retirement.  

    Upcoming training days
    I am working on the agendas for next week's meetings.  I should have them outlined fully by tomorrow.

    Robotics Club
    For many years we have had a team represented in robotics competitions.  We are without a club coach/advisor this coming year.  If you are interested in taking on this work with students, let Stephen know and he will forward your name to the district person in the CTE department that coordinates for the district.  

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