Thursday, March 5, 2015

Read Across America YouTube Playlist

Credit to my good friend +Jessica Johnson aka @PrincipalJ for this idea. Last week she was tweeting some super fun videos to use during Read Across America week. Better late than never to post this playlist.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Missouri Principal's Day - #moedchat

Please share with your staff! MAESP sent the following information regarding Principal's Day in Missouri. (I don't think it matters what day you celebrate;)

For 27 years Missouri elementary school principals have celebrated “Elementary School Principals’ Day.” In many of those years Governors have made proclamations, PTA’s have organized events, teachers have recognized leaders, and students have celebrated principals in unusual ways for the impact a principal can have on the culture of a school community!
The first Elementary School Principals’ Day was designated in late May in 1988 after many rural schools had dismissed for the year. It was later decided that Missouri Elementary School Principals Day would be changed to the first Wednesday in March immediately prior to the MAESP Annual Conference.
In 1992 it became Missouri School Principals Day when the Missouri Association of Secondary Principals (MASSP) joined MAESP in encouraging the recognition of all principals throughout the state.  The purpose of the proclamation and recognition has always been to encourage students, parents, board members, staff and patrons to focus on the importance of quality leadership at the building level and raise the visibility of school principals.
These past couple of years the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of secondary School principals (NASSP), collaborated to recognize the great work of school principals by declaring October as National School Principals Month. Having the celebration in October aligns with the national recognition programs of each organization. Even though MAESP and MASSP have made the commitment to align our Missouri Principal recognitions with NAESP and NASSP, I know many of your schools and communities will continue to celebrate your good work this next week!
Schools have honored principals in various ways throughout the years…  dress like the principal days, candle lights in the cafeteria for “candle light lunch”, donations to a charity in the principals' names, surprise school assemblies, special edition school newsletters, notes of appreciation, and/or flowers. With that in mind, know that MAESP will continue to accept stories and pictures to publicize celebrations of school principals and the good work you do every day!
From the MAESP Executive Board and myself – A GREAT BIG THANKS for all you do for your school community, a profession we all love, and the children whose lives you impact on a daily basis!
Happy Principals’ Day – today and every day!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

"Who's Your Celebrity Crush" Staff Fun!

Here are all the details so you can use this with your staff. This is one of many activities we are doing for staff fun for Fabulous February. February can be along month with inside recess, snow days, and cabin fever.

Teachers participate on voluntary level. (I never force anyone to have fun:)

Teachers fill out form below and it is shared with secretary. Secretary prints out pics of the celebrities. (So basically the principal and secretary are out of the game since they know all the choices:(

 It's super fun to create a bulletin board for the hallway for kids/teachers/ and families to see. It creates quite a discussion/commotion in the hallway.
Teachers trying to guess after school.

World's best secretaries created this bulletin board!
This year I created an online "display" so if they forgot or didn't have time to come down and use bulletin board, they could use the online display.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Playlist for School Announcements During Fundraiser

Last year I shared some ideas for playing songs over the school intercom for various occasions. This week our district is having a coin drive for a couple of causes. So of course I created a new music playlist for the intercom. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fabulous February Staff Fun!!!

Does it feel like February can be the armpit of the school year? Well not any more! For the past few years, quite a few years actually, some of the principals in my district have hosted "Fabulous February." You will notice in the pictures and documents below that there are no rules.

ALL CREDIT goes to Dr. Rhonda Bishop at Orchard Hills Elementary! She started it:) 

Purpose: January and Feb. can be really long months. Inside recess. Snow days. 3rd quarter blues. Sickness. These activities are put in place to liven things up a little bit.

Guidelines: Things to think about.....
  • Principal and secretary do most of the work:) Teachers have enough to do and this isn't meant to be more work for them. There are a few things they need to do but it's all in the name of fun.
  • Include students when appropriate. I count on my teachers to take care of the kids but some of the activities are fun for kids too.
  • Start small. Maybe just Fabulous Friday's in February and do something fun on Fridays. Still gives everyone something to look forward to.
  • If you have a teacher climate team turn it over to them.
  • Survey the teachers as to what treats you have done in the past that they like. Since we have done this for so many years Dr. Bishop asked her teachers what they liked the most. You will be surprised that it is the FREE stuff they like a lot;) 
  • Budget: I am allowed to use "pop machine" funds for most of this. But teachers don't mind to pitch in a little if you just ask. My teachers have paid for Sonic Happy Hour in the past.
Check out some of our past Fabulous February calendars:

Dr. Bishop 2015

Willard East 2015

 Check out Amber Teamann's version for this year! The fund is spreading:)

Or your staff can play ConnectED Bingo!