Week of November 23-27

4 Weeks until Christmas Break! 

Thought of the Week:  When we think about rigor in our classrooms, the notion of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) comes to mind, as rigor is evident in classrooms where deep student thinking is taking place (a culture of thinking, rather than a culture of doing).   Have a review of the following definitions that explain Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy. What level of rigor do you see evident in the work that students are engaged in?  What do students tell you when you ask them to identify “what they are learning”?  How do we move through the gradual release of responsibility to move further up Bloom’s Taxonomy so that students are engaged in higher order thinking (analyzing, evaluating, creating)?




Health and Safety Act Reminders:    What is Workplace Violence and Harassment?

“Workplace violence” is defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) as:

  •  The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker.
  •  An attempt to exercise physical force against a worker in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker, and a
  •  A statement or behaviour that a worker could reasonably interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.

“workplace harassment” is engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in the workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known or to be unwelcome.

Risk Assessment      The risk of violence or harassment occurring in the workplace is linked to a number of factors, including the nature of the workplace, the type of work, or conditions of the work.   Examples include, but are not limited to:
• Location of the workplace
• Parking
• Access to workplace
• Handling cash
• Working alone

Thursday Morning Teleconferences:  CHANGE – due to school conflicts    Scheduled for 9:30-10:10  (unless there is a settlement for ESS) on December 3rd  and 10th.

Elementary Catch Up Session – is scheduled for Monday, November 30 from 9:00-11:00. We will hold this date for another week and re-evaluate then. Please let me know if this new time WILL NOT work for you by Tuesday.  Thanks everyone.

Director’s Newsletter – please send photos and good news items to Dave this week please!

Leadership Meeting – November 27 – Postponed


Carried Over from Last Week

P/VP Handbook Review for December  –will take place Wednesday, December 2, 3:30-4:30  Please use my dial in and access code.  



Nicki’s Schedule for this Week:

Mon – GOPS, Board Meeting at 6:30 pm

Tues – Board Agenda Planning in am, GOPS in pm

Wed – GOPS

Thurs – GOPS

Fri – Travel to Marathon in am, Board Office in pm


Upcoming Dates


Monday, November 23, 2015    Violence in Workplace Action Plans Due

Monday, November 23, 2015 – IEPS completed

Monday, November 23, 2015     Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 3:30     Director’s Update

Friday, November 27, 2015 – Leadership Meeting in Marathon

Monday, November 30, 2015     POP Feedback Round 1 Completed

Monday, November 30, 2015 – Bully Action Plans due to NMC

Monday, November 30, 2015 – Progress Reports  Due to the Office

Monday, December 7, 2015 – Progress Reports Sent Home

Monday, December 7 – Inaugural Board Meeting – at Board Office all day.

Tuesday, December 8 – Director’s Update

Wednesday, December 9 – ALPs for teachers on improvement plan or Performance Appraisal year are due

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