May 9, 2019

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Urgent Benchmark Assessments Notice

There are a number of schools that have not entered 3rd – 8th grade Math benchmark assessment results in their google sheet. Please do so ASAP — by the end of today!!

2018-19 IA Areas of Need Summary Report

Every elementary school principal will need to complete the 2018-19 IA Areas of Need Summary Report and send it to Dan either as an attachment or a google link by NOON, Monday, May 13, 2019. This document is view only and you will have to download it, complete it and send back to Dan. If you have any questions on how to complete this, please call.

IA Assessment Analysis

During the May 14 principal meeting, we will be analyzing how effectively we performed on our 5 goals. Each of the Pillar chairs will be leading you through an exercise to analyze our collective performance on these goals. Dr. Peters does want to point out a mistake on one of the reports in Pillar 2 — the IA Diocesan Cohort Report. It was noticed by one of the principals that the 3rd grade math standard proficiency score of 117 was a really low threshold. In reviewing it more carefully, we discovered the low threshold should be 177. So, LeAnn has gone back and made the correction in the spreadsheets. We will see that the third grade percentage of proficiency on the Math Total score will drop. Before the correction, our reports were showing 100%, 98%, 99% of 3rd grades over the past few years were proficient on the Math total score. Looking back, we may have been too willing to accept positive information – we should have been more skeptical. Please make sure to send in your IA Areas of Need Report by Monday, May 13 and have your teachers enter their students’ Math benchmark assessment responses into your google sheet.

Principal Meeting

The Principal Meeting for Tuesday May 14th will be held in the BAUM room on the 1st floor.  The agenda is attached.

Textbook Evaluation Form ~ Update

Some principals asked if we had a copy of a textbook evaluation form. We were unable to find one and suspect it was one of the many older documents we lost when a group of files were corrupted a few years ago. However, Robin Fisher found a copy and so I am sharing it now in this attachment.  Thanks Robin!

Going, Going, Gone ~ 2nd Notice

Please make sure to have read the little blue book, Going, Going, Gone before the principal meeting on May 14. We will spend some time in a book discussion during the meeting. It would also be helpful if you brought your copy of the book to the meeting.

Missouri School Violence Hotline ~ 2nd Notice

Soon the Missouri School Violence Hotline will be going to 24 hours a day, seven days a week and converting to new software that will allow all Missouri schools to have tips emailed to pre-identified individuals within the threatened school. The new system will allow for a shortened notification time from when the tip is received to when the school is notified. We will need your school information and who you would like to be contacted when a tip is received. You can name as many individual contacts for each school as you would like.

Below you will find a detail description of the requested information.

  1. The attachment named “School Contact List” is for who you want contacted if a threat is received for your school. You can enter multiple contacts on a single form.

a. First Name – First name of person to be contacted
b. Last Name – Last name of person to be contacted
c. Email Address – Email of person to be contacted
d. Office Phone – Office phone of person to be contacted
e. Cell Phone – Cell phone number of person to be contacted, this is needed if the person wishes to receive text messages that a threat has been received for their school.
f. Position / Title – Position or title of person to be contacted
g. School – School name
h. District – ‘Diocese of KCSJ’.

i. Email – Enter Yes if you want to be notified by email when a threat is received. Enter No if you do not.
j. SMS – Enter Yes if you want to be notified by text when a threat is received. Enter No if you do not.
k. LS Auto-Call – Enter a Yes if you want to be automatically called if a Life Safety threat is received for your school (anything threatening to life, suicide, imminent attack, etc.) Enter No if you do not.
l. Life Safety Only – Enter Yes if you ONLY want to be notified that a Life Safety threat is received for your school. Enter No if you do not.

m. Enable Login – This is for anyone you want to be able to login to the new system. It’s in the cloud so you will have access to the threat report. Enter Yes if you would like to be able to Sign-In. Enter No if you do not. If you enter Yes, sign in information will be sent later.
n. Tipster Dialog – Enter Yes if you would like to have access to a tipster dialog in the new system. It will be like having a messaging app within the threat report with the tipster. It does not guarantee there will be a dialog with them, you will have access if there is a dialog in the threat. Enter No if you do not.
o. Deliver to – Enter Yes if you would like the capability to send the threat to another email. Enter No if you do not.
p. Add Tips – Enter Yes if you would like to be able to enter new tips. Enter No if you do not.
q. Edit Contacts – Enter Yes if you would like to be able to edit your school contact List. It is recommended that each school have at least one person who can edit the contact list. This will allow the school to stay up-to-date on any changes in school personnel.

We understand that most of this is straightforward and easy to answer and that some can be confusing. If you have any questions about what is needed in the attachments please feel free to contact David Martin, DAVID.MARTIN@MSHP.DPS.MO.GOV with your questions and he will assist you.

When you have COMPLETED filling out the attachment please send the completed forms to DAVID.MARTIN@MSHP.DPS.MO.GOV

Cost for 2019-20 Diocesan PD ~ 3rd Notice

During the 2019-20 school year, there will be 6 diocesan PD days as shown below:

Type Schools
August 13-14, 2019 Restorative Justice Training K-12 diocesan schools
October 11, 2019 Academic PD Day focusing on Math K-8 diocesan schools
February 14, 2020 Academic PD Day focusing on Math K-8 diocesan schools
March 12-13, 2020 Restorative Justice Training K-12 diocesan schools

How are we paying for these days? Six schools (at the bottom of Cost of A 13-14 & O 11 PD Days) have agreed to use some of their 2019-20 Title 2 and/or 4 money to pay for the August 13-14, 2019 Restorative Justice training. Without their generosity, there is no way we could have afforded this training. The rest of the schools will only have to pay for their teachers lunches for August 13-14, we which estimate will be no more than $7 per day. It may be less. Assuming the number of teachers is the spreadsheet shows the estimated amount for lunches for each school in column ‘C’.
For the October 11, 2019 PD day, all the other Elementary (schools not paying for the August training) schools will need to pay a per teacher amount which we estimate is $67.80 for the training and $7 for lunch. As the spreadsheet shows, the six generous schools were not charged for October 11 training. This was to partially compensate them for the generous amount they gave from their 2018-19 Title monies to pay for the August 13-14 Restorative Justice training. The October 11 PD can be paid from Title 2. However, some public school districts are transferring their Title 2 and 4 money to Title 1, which leaves some of the Catholic schools in our diocese with little or no Title money for next year. As I can’t sign contracts for the October 11 PD until I know each school is willing and able to pay their part, I ask that you complete the October 11, 2019 Commitment Survey declaring your commitment no later than Tuesday May 7th! By saying ‘yes’ to this survey, you understand that your public school district(s) may transfer all of your Title 2 money to Title 1 and leave you little or no money to pay for the October 11 PD day — it will have to come from your general income.
What about the March 12-13, 2020 Restorative Justice training and the February 14, 2020 Diocesan PD Day? How will we pay for that? We will not sign a contract for those events until the fall, when we all should know how much 2019-20 Title 2 and 4 money the public schools will be giving us. I am hoping, the six generous schools will have surplus 2019-20 Title 2 and/or 4 monies that will help reduce the cost for the rest of the schools. The school office will contribute $5,000 towards the second semester trainings to help reduce the cost for all.

Graduation Dates

St. Michael the Archangel – May 9 – 5:00 p.m.
Bishop LeBlond – May 10 – 7:00 p.m.


* Oh my God, You are the one and only light of the world, your light brings joy and happiness to my heart.  All the gifts You give, family, friends and food, the care that You give with your glorious hand fills up my soul that it may burst.  Thank You for always being by my side to hold me up when I feel down, without your constant reminder to accept myself and others
I wouldn’t know what to do.  All I ask is that others may feel the same as I every day and live the best lives they can with you by their side.  Amen.

~ Nativity of Mary student

* Lord, may my heart be filled with joy.  May I find happiness in everything, be thankful in the little things, kind throughout everything, humble in the good and faithful in the bad.  Lord, when it’s hard, when darkness is surrounding and I see no light, help me to be reminded of You.  Help me to always seek You because You are the only one that satisfies.  As I await the epitome of joy, life with You for eternity, allow my life to spread joy to others through my words and actions.  Amen.

~ St. Michael the Archangel student

* Please keep the family of Mary Burgess from Cathedral in your prayers as her son-in-law passed away this past week.

* O Heavenly Father, give us wisdom and hope as we work to strengthen and prosper Catholic Education in our Diocese.  May our Catholic schools help parents to form their children in a relationship of faith, hope and love with and in Jesus Christ.  Make our Catholic schools places where students grow in knowledge, wisdom, integrity and virtue.

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