Sunday, May 12, 2013

Final 2.5 days of the year!

This is going to be a quick blog because it's been a busy weekend!

THANKS! -- First of all -- Morgan graduated from high school today and I just can't keep from telling you "thanks" for being a part of her education. She is leaving here with the finest education possible, that included lots of support and encouragement from all of you.  If you were not at graduation today you have to figure out a way to see the video that some of the honor grads made in lieu of giving speeches.  The video is based on their classmates answers to the question "what are you leaving high school with?" The thing that jumped out at me most was that none of the answers were about the traditional three "R's".  For every honor grad the things that meant the most to them was far more about the relationships they had formed and their own personal growth.  Thanks for supporting my daughter in her years at Skyline, this is an awesome place for a kid to grow up!

SURVEY -- First of all I sent you an email lacking a link to a survey, then I sent another email that actually had the link to a survey.  This is a follow-up to some very early steps in our efforts at school improvement.  Please take a few moments to complete the survey before you check out this week.

STEM ROAD TRIP -- I have been doing a lot of research about incorporating STEM curriculum at the K-8 level.  There is no doubt that this type of curriculum is in-line with the KCCRS and it is what kids need if they are going to be prepared for success in the 21st century.  It's popularity is growing by leaps and bounds in large districts and urban areas, but bringing it to smaller districts in rural areas seems to present more of a challenge.  I want to learn more about how to make it happen for our students.  I am going to go to a K-5 STEM magnet school in Hutchinson on Thursday afternoon.  I hope to leave Pratt by about 12:30 and return by 4:30.  If you would like to go along to check out this school please let me know.  If you would like to work on a committee over the summer to research bring STEM to Skyline please let me know when you check out.

Mon, May 13     Board of Education Meeting @ 7:30

Tues, May 14     1st Grade to Tanganyika Park
                           2nd Grade to the Sedgwick County Zoo
                           8th Grade to the Barron Theatre
                           PBL AR Reward Party at the Teen Center
                           8th Grade Graduation at 7:00

Wed, May 15      Last moment of the last day of the 2013/14 school year @ 11:30!
                           Skyline Staff Celebration meal honoring the retirees @ 6:30 ish?? 
                           Teacher Check out -- form should have been in your box.  Go HERE to sign up on a  Google Doc.

Thur, May 16      Continue with Teacher Check out.  

Have a great week!  Thanks for all of your hard work and the great things you do for kids!



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