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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

School starts for Wawasee staff Wednesday

Wawasee will have its annual teachers' meeting to kick off the school year on Wednesday, August 16th at 7:30 AM at the Wawasee Middle School Cafeteria.

I thought I would share with the community what will happen and what will be said to our community's professional educators.

7:30 - 8:00 Continental Breakfast, Coffee and Juice
8:00 - 8:10 Principals will introduce New Teachers to Everyone Present
8:10 - 8:30 Superintendent Remarks

This year I will review the following topics with the staff:
1. 06-07 is Wawasee's School Improvement Documentation Year: Over the last 5-6 years, each school in Wawasee has been attempting to improve the academic skills of students in several goal areas. Each school will be collecting a variety of information and test results and comparing the overall student performance to the students from 5-6 years ago to see if the changes that have been implemented have made any measurable difference in the skills of students. From this information, each staff will be expected to make professional judgments about how much student achievement patterns have changed and what specific methods or changes, if any, influenced these differences. While this is all fairly technical and complex, a core team of principals and teachers will be trained and coached through the process. Most staff will only be involved in helping evaluate students and/or collect data. They will then be asked to develop new improvement plans. The general school improvement process is a legal requirement for all public schools under Indiana's Public Law 221.

2. Grant Opportunities for Teachers: I will also explain Wawasee's creation of a grant fund under the Kosciusko County Community Foundation. This fund will be used to give financial mini-grants to teachers to encourage creativity and innovation so that students have increased opportunities to enjoy their classes. Wawasee High School students will also be present to explain their KEYS grants that are also available for teachers.

3. I will encourage and challenge everyone to have a good year and to remember to put students first.

8:30 - 8:45 The Wawasee Community Education Association President will have opening remarks
8:45 - Staff will be dismissed to the buildings where they will have building meetings and some time to work in their rooms.

Students start on Thursday!

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