Weekly Round Up 4/24/2016

I hope everyone enjoyed a thrilling Thunder weekend!  This is a big week at Ballard because our students are taking their End of Course exams Tuesday-Friday.  Please encourage all of our students to do their very best and to be here each day.  When assigning homework this week, please be aware of these exams and allow the students affected to get lots of rest each night.

It’s already time to start thinking about our needs for next year.  I am attaching the Teacher Wish List Form, so if you want me to know about any needs you have, please fill this out and drop it off to me or Sandy.


We have now gone through each component of the KY Framework for Teaching, highlighting a different one each week for the past year in order to better understand the characteristics of Accomplished teaching.

As we come to the end of our first year of full implementation of PGES, it is time for some required end-of-the-year reflection and activities.  We are going to spend our staff meeting next week working on this too.

All teachers are required to report their Student Growth Goal results and complete an end-of-year reflection.  The Student Growth information is documented on an E2 form.  The end-of-year reflection can be documented in a format of your choosing, and I provided an optional tool for reflection at our faculty meeting.  If you are NOT in your summative evaluation year, please submit the reflection to your supervising principal by Monday, May 16.

If you did not attend the faculty meeting, you will need to schedule a time with me or your supervising administrator to go over this information.  We are all learning this new process together, so we will go through it all step-by-step.


PBIS Tip: “Eliminate Humiliation and Sarcasm”

Never use sarcasm, attack a student’s character, humiliate, embarrass, belittle, or verbally abuse a student.

Some people believe these are good steps to change a child’s behavior. While these strategies may seem to be effective in the short term, they build resentment and anger in children and teach them that these are techniques that they should use when trying to get someone to do something. In the long run, these techniques are PROVEN to make problem behavior worse.


starCongratulations to Faith Anderson for another wonderful musical production.  Her students performed “Once Upon a Mattress” this weekend, and it was such a treat!  We have many talented staff members helping with the musical too: Jay Crocker, Scott McDonald, Jay Matheney, WS Walston, and Adam Hartigan.  Thanks for providing this great experience for our students and the Ballard community.

starSenior Nika Finkelsteyn will be recognized by Mayor Greg Fischer as Ballard’s Outstanding Senior!

starBallard freshman Zoe Peterson debuts her 10-minute play called “The Devil in Little Debbie” at the Actors Theatre New Voices Young Playwrights Festival this week.  Her play was one of only 8 chosen from 870 entries!


√ This week we welcome Colt Moore to our day shift custodial staff. Please welcome him to the Bruin family when you see him.

√ Save the Date: Our summer professional learning workshop will be June 8-9 this year.  If you attend both days, you will earn 12 hours of professional development credit.  There will be other opportunities for PD through a school-wide book study and district PD on specific content areas (that calendar should be coming out soon).

√ On Monday, August 25, our PTSA will have coffee and muffins available for all of our staff over in the counseling suite before school.  This is a “kick-off” to our testing season, and they wanted to recognize your hard work preparing our students.

√ Also, the big Teacher Appreciation luncheon by the PTSA, also in the counseling suite, will be Wednesday, May 18 (the day after we are off for Election Day).  This date is a little after Teacher Appreciation Week, but because of all of the testing going on, we did not want anyone to miss out.

√ We will follow the same final exam schedule the last 3 days of the school year that we used in December for mid-terms.  I have attached here a sheet with all of our Bell Schedules, and exam schedules are on the 2nd page.


Happy Birthday in April to: Susan Davis (1st), Michael Harstad (3rd), Debbie Rainey (4th), Andrew Tullbane (4th), Jay Crocker (5th), Patty Bradford (9th), Erica Grossberg (10th), Loretta Roscoe (12th), Michelle McKelvy (19th), Rosemary Dawson (21st), Flannery Musk (21st), Kim Brakmeier (22nd), April Person (26th), Portia Wright (27th), April Davis (29th), Carl White (29th), Donna Evans (30th)!



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