October 24, 2019

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K-2 Reading Survey and Cogat ~ 2nd Notice

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 ~ 2nd Notice

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.



Jen Mark’s Reminder! ~ 2nd Notice

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? ~ 2nd Notice

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


Title Money for PD Days ~ 3rd 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 not yet taken care of this, please do so now.  We are counting on you!  If you have any questions, please let Dan know.

Accreditation Dates

October 29 – St. Michael the Archangel
October 30 – Bishop LeBlond


* Let us pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Phil Luebbert who passed away Thursday October 17th.  May Fr. Luebbert’s soul rest in peace.

* 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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