October 17, 2019

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K-2 Reading Survey and Cogat 

The Pillar 2 Leadership team, with Jen Marks, is reviewing the assessment plan for our diocesan schools. In particular, we want to better understand what K-2 Reading assessments are used and how the CoGat is used. Please complete this survey so we can collect that information on our schools.

Dare To Lead

I forgot to include a book study session on Dare To Lead during the October 8 Principal meeting. Oooopppps! I am surprised that at least some of you didn’t protest this at the meeting by refusing to leave until we had a book study on Dare to Lead. My apologies for this oversite!! So, I would like to continue our thinking on this book by providing you with two 20-minute TED talk videos of Brene Brown explaining two critical topics in her book — vulnerability and shame. Please view these videos before our February 4 principal meeting and continue reading. We will have a book study on Parts 1 and 2 at the February 4 principal meeting.


Textbook Adoption Survey ~ 2nd Notice

Please complete this google survey no later than Friday October 18th. The results will be shared with all principals. Hopefully, principals planning to do a textbook adoption within the same year for the same subject, could work together to reduce their costs. In addition, principals willing to use another school’s used textbooks can make that known to the donating principal.

Website Project Update from Lane ~ 2nd Notice

Ten schools are participating in the new Website Project. Our new platform is Campus Suite (www.campussuite.com). At this time, I am in the process of working with their technical department to create the district and school site theme (site design), framework, and back-end requirements. Your school theme will include your branding colors and logo, along with the core pages, navigation, and sample content. I anticipate your theme being ready by October 30, at which time Campus Suite will assist each school with migrating and placing content into their new site. I will also be available for help via phone, email, or onsite.

In the meantime, schools should be reviewing and preparing their site content (text, images, video, etc.). I also sent an email this Tuesday requesting your school logo (high-quality jpeg, PNG, or Photoshop file) this week, and your About Page content (this can be a Word or Google Doc) by Friday, October 18. The About Page should target prospective parents and students. Follow these tips:
• The About Page is the second most visited page on your site.
• Focus on telling your story
• People buy from people, so personalize school and tell them who you are.
• Answer the questions: What do you do? What makes you unique? How can you solve my problem?, and How can I learn more?
• Include elements like your vision, philosophy, strengths, and values.
• Weave this information in with important page links. You could also include statements from the principal, a student spotlight, and parent testimonials.
Please feel free to contact Lane (lucas@diocesekcsj.org) with questions at any time.


Jen Mark’s Reminder!

Google Drive folders for each school should be set up for curriculum work and teacher use. Information on set-up procedures can be referenced from the August 1st Principal session with Jen Marks. A direct link to the agenda can be found HERE. Sample school folders can be found in Google Drive by clicking on the following:
• Sample School (9-12)
• Sample School (K-8)
Teachers should be familiar with how to access Google Drive curriculum folders by May 1, 2020. Thank you to those who have already started uploading documents! Folders will be utilized during professional development sessions May through August.

Adjunct Professor?

Avila University is looking for someone who could teach the special methods courses listed below in the spring. These courses are a different structure and pay from the typical adjunct courses. These courses meet about 7 times at the teacher’s building, then the Avila students complete 20-45 hours of field work in that same teacher’s classroom. The pay is like a directed study pay, $500 per student. We limit it to 3 students. If you or any of your teachers are interested please contact Julie Saviano (Julie.Saviano@Avila.Edu) or Stacy Keith whose information is listed below. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

ED 455/555 02 Special Methods: Secondary Art
ED 455/555 17 Special Methods: Elem PE
ED 455/555 18 Special Methods: Secondary PE

Stacy Keith Ed. D.
Associate Dean, College of Professional Schools
Advantage Institute
School of Education


CSO Closing ~ 2nd Notice

The Catholic Schools Office will be closed on Friday October 18th as all CSO Staff will be out of the office.  If you have an urgent need you can contact Dan (1-316-371-8231), Pat (816-853-6242) or Kerry (816-694-5475) by cell phone.  Kerry will check her e-mail throughout the morning for non urgent items.

Title Money for PD Days ~ 2nd Notice

It is that time of year when your school finds out exactly how much title money you get for the year. Let this be a reminder to you, each school (except the SW pod schools) committed to about $66 per teacher to fund the PD this year. The SW Pod schools have very generously funded the lion’s share of the VBRD training in August and will probably do something similar for the March VBRD training. Some of the schools, have agreed to pay for various presenters for the October 11 PD day. They have received or will receive invoices from one of the presenters. Included in the invoice is the cost of lunches. So, we will not be collecting for lunches for those schools.

Attached you will find a list of schools that did not contribute to the October 11 PD day, but are being asked to contribute to the February 14 PD Day and March 12-13 VBRD training. This is being shared with you now as public school districts should be notifying you of your title money. Both of these events should be totally fundable by Title 2 and/or 4. As we get closer to those dates, unless you need them sooner, you will be sent invoices from the presenters indicated on the attached document that can be sent to your public school district for payment. If you have any questions, please let Dan know.

Vince Fitzgerald is Back ~ 2nd Notice

Starting today, October 10, 2019, Vince Fitzgerald will return to his responsibilities as the PLKC Director. He will also take up his responsibilities as the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School Facilities Director, but in a reduced capacity. Thanks for all your prayers and feel free to welcome Vince back. Please share this good news with your AD’s and coaches.

Accreditation Dates

October 18 – St. Pius X
October 24 – Sacred Heart ECC
October 29 – St. Michael the Archangel
October 30 – Bishop LeBlond


* Please keep Stacy Clevenger and her family in your prayers as her Dad continues his recovery and her sister begins a battle against cancer.

* Please keep in prayer those who may be struggling and do not let their struggles be known.  May our prayers aid them in their journey.

* Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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