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Last updated: July 26, 2019

Cheers to

Kirsten – Eleanor Margaret was born July 20th! 

Tom & Jen – Thanks for the tremendous work you’ve put into ironing-out schedules.

The Facilities & Tech Teams – What an incredible job you’ve done to get us ready for the school year! Thank you for the non-stop, hard work this entire summer!

food for thought

Classroom Management Advice: A Collection of Q&A: This is a collection of 30+ articles on classroom management including management mistakes, start-over days, conflict resolution, teaching self control, class chemistry, power dynamics, …

(…an excerpt from Grades vs Comments: What Does the Research Tell Us?): According to early research by Benjamin Bloom and his colleagues (Bloom, Madaus, & Hastings, 1981), the most effective comments have four essential elements. First, they begin with the positive. Comments should first point out what students did well and recognize their accomplishments. Second, they identify the specific aspects of students’ performance that need to be improved.  Students need to know precisely where to focus their improvement efforts. Third, they offer specific guidance and direction for making improvements. Along with knowing what to improve, students need help in discerning how. They need to know what steps to take in order to make their product, performance, or demonstration better and more in line with established learning criteria. Finally, comments should express confidence in the student’s ability to learn excellently and achieve at the highest level. Students need to know their teachers believe in them, are on their side, see value in their work, and are confident they can achieve the specified learning goals.

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week in review

Saturday & Sunday: Things to do in CO this weekend
Monday (7/29):
Tuesday (7/30): 10:00am, Staff Lake Day (check with Tif, for details)
Wednesday (7/31): 8:00am, New Teachers Report
                                    9:00am-1:00pm, LINK Leader training 
Thursday (8/1): Classroom Worktime,
                              Schedule Change Request (all day, by appointment only), 
                              9:00am-1:00pm, LINK Leader training 
Friday (8/2): 8:00am, All Staff Report for Professional Development
                        4:00pm, 10-year Anniversary Celebration, be sure to RSVP

dates to remember

Monday (8/5): 12:30pm, Schedule Change Request (by appointment only)
Tuesday (8/6): 8:30am-3:30pm, Student Check-in 
Wednesday (8/7): 8:30am-12:30pm, Freshman Orientation 
                                  9:00am-12:00pm, Transfer Student Orientation 
                                  12:30pm, Schedule Change Request (by appointment only)
Thursday (8/8): First Day of School 
                              3:00pm, Welcome Back Assembly
Friday (8/9): 4:00pm, HS Back to School BBQ at Logan’s 

Saturday (8/10):
8:00am-12:00pm, CPR Certification, Sign up here 
Tuesday (8/13): 6:00pm-7:00pm, 12th Grade – Get Going College Timeline 
Thursday (8/15): 1:40pm-3:15pm, 9th Grade – Counselors Welcome
Friday (8/16): 2:30pm-3:15pm, 9th Grade – LINK Activity 
Saturday (8/17): 8:00am-12:00pm, CPR Certification, Sign up here 

*Note: You will also receive invites to your individual google calendar! 

legal updates


  1. Back to School Checklist. Just a quick reminder to complete all of the items on the Back to School Checklist. Deadlines begin August 1 and run throughout the next several weeks.
  2. Policies Quiz. The Policies Quiz has been activated on the Back to School Checklist. Be sure to review the policies and familiarize with the edits we’ve made to the Discipline Matrix.
  3. PD Schedule. As you know, this is subject to change, but you can view the back to school PD schedule at this time.
  4. Bus Training. Due to some “new” CDE/DCSD policies regarding transporting students in buses, we can no longer have every single teacher certified to drive our school buses for field trips. We have arranged several trainings for coaches and other key personnel, and I just had Lori get one more on the schedule so that some of the high school teachers can take the training and help drive for field trips. The training will be Monday, August 26 from 8:00-12:00. If you would be willing to take the bus certification class, please let me know ASAP and I’ll arrange for you to have a sub that morning.
  5. Summer Homework – AP Students. AP Teachers, please remember to allow for “EC” or “alternate credit” for AP work in regular classes (for those students who did the work but were unable to schedule to the class).
  6. Summer Homework – Transfer Students. Please show some consideration to transfer students who may not have completed the summer homework. Be sure to give them time to adjust.

Welcome back!
signature 2b   LA Informal Signature

end of summer

back to school