Solution Tree Model School

Solution Tree Model School

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 6th - March 10th

WEEKLY QUOTE/THOUGHT
"Continuous improvement must be the goal. The deepest and
most profound learning occurs through doing, by taking action,
seeing what works and what doesn't."  --Rick DuFour


WEEKLY SCHEDULE AND EVENTS
Monday, March 6th--PLC Early Out Day (School Ends @ 11:45)
Tuesday, March 7th--REACH Math Priority Day and Mr. Howell 7th
Grade Day
Wednesday, March 8th-- Learning Walks and REACH Science Priority Day
Thursday, March 9th--REACH Language Arts Priority Day
Friday, March 10th--BMX Assembly (Assembly Schedule #2)

FOSSIL RIDGE SPOTLIGHT
Congratulations to our "Get Your Brain On" Students for
the week of February 27th - March 3rd...

Its "Plinko" Time again at Fossil Ridge!!

1st EVER Fossil Ridge Spelling Bee Finalists...$50 Gift Card to Barnes and
Noble for Winning 1st Place!

Fossil Ridge had the opportunity to send a team to Fruita, Colorado Middle
School early last week. Like Fossil Ridge, Fruita Middle School is a Model PLC
School, and Solution Tree DuFour Award participant. The Fossil Ridge team spent two days observing, learning, sharing, and reflecting on successful practices that produce high levels of learning for all students. Fruita Middle School will send a team to visit Fossil Ridge next Fall.

Our very own Mr. Candland (Orchestra) took a team of Pine View High school
students to the National Music Listening Contest in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
The team finished in 1st place overall, and was so far ahead they did not
even have to complete the final round...Congratulations Mr. Candland!

FRIS PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Articles/Blogs
"Assessing Assessments" (AMLE. James Davis.)

"Why Formative Assessments Matter" (Edutopia. Rebecca Alber)

Video Clips
"Tiered Exit Cards" (Teaching Channel)

"Twitter-style Exit Slip" (Teaching Channel)


HAVE A GREAT WEEK...
BE EXCELLENT!







Monday, February 13, 2017

February 13th - February 17th...Happy Valentines Day!

WEEKLY QUOTE/THOUGHT
"I just want you to know how much my child loves Fossil
Ridge. The teachers are so caring and concerned about
making sure students are successful.  I wouldn't want
________anywhere else!"  --Fossil Ridge Parent


"You attract the energy and passion that you give off.  Spread good vibes.  Think 
positively.  Enjoy life."   --Unknown



WEEKLY SCHEDULE & EVENTS
Monday, February 13th--REACH CCA and Fine Arts Priority Day, and
LA 7 Team Reflection (2:10PM)
Tuesday, February 14th--Happy Valentines Day!! REACH Math Priority Day
and Team Reflection...PE (7:15AM), LA 6 (4th Period), Science 7 (6th Period),
and Math 6 (2:10PM)
Wednesday, February 15th--REACH Science Priority Day, Team Reflection...
CCA (1st Period), Science 6 (2:10PM), and Leadership Team Meeting (2:10PM)
Thursday, February 16th--REACH Language Arts Priority Day, 
Fossil Ridge Final Staffing for 2017-2018 (District Office), and Team Reflection...
Fine Arts (7:15AM) and Math 7 (2:10PM)
Friday, February 17th--End of 2nd Trimester--Social Studies and PE Priority Day



FOSSIL RIDGE SPOTLIGHT
**Happy Birthday Mrs. Miller...February 18th**

The Fossil Ridge Show Choir had an "awesome" performance (according to adjudicator)
at the Intermediate Show Choir Festival at Desert Hills on Friday!  Congratulations
to our kids and Mrs. Sheeran for a job well done!


The Fossil Ridge Math Counts Team participated in their final competition last week, and
finished off with a bang!  The competition included students from every Intermediate School and Middle School in the Washington County School District. Our very own Chloe Sullivan (6th Grade) earned 5th Place honors overall!

More "fabulous" prizes, and a picture with Mrs. Deb for our Plinko Students for the 
Week of February 6th -10th.


FOSSIL RIDGE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
"The 5 Principles of Instruction"

"Every Lesson Needs a Story Line" (ASCD. Educational Leadership)



HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
BE EXCELLENT!






Monday, February 6, 2017

February 6th - February 10th, 2016

WEEKLY QUOTE/THOUGHT
"Surround yourself with people who will leap out
of the dugout should you ever charge the mound."  --Baseballism

"Passion is oxygen for the soul."  --Bill Butler


WEEKLY SCHEDULE AND EVENTS
Monday, February 6th--REACH CCA and Fine Arts Priority Day
Tuesday, February 7th--REACH Math Priority Day and 
"Lion King" Cast Party (2PM)
Wednesday, February 8th--5th Grade Tour and Registration (9AM),
REACH Science Priority Day and Fossil Ridge Pre-Staffing (District)
Thursday, February 9th--REACH Language Arts Priority Day
Friday, February 10th--REACH Social Studies and PE Priority Day



FOSSIL RIDGE SPOTLIGHT
**Happy Birthday to Mrs. Brackett...February 9th**
Congratulations to Mrs. Bosen, Mrs. Sheeran, and the Cast & Crew
of "The Lion King" for an EXCELLENT performance! Each night 
was packed, and never disappointed. Another obvious example of 
the talent and work ethic of the students and teachers at Fossil 
Ridge Intermediate School...ITS ALWAYS A GREAT DAY TO BE
A T-REX!




Congratulations to our recent "Get Your Brain On" students for
their academic success.


Weekly "Plinko" and "T-Rex" Students...fabulous prizes, "You can
even win a new car."


Wow! Language Arts 6 "T-Rex Readers"...students rewarded with milk
and cookies for reading at least FOUR books during the month of January!


FOSSIL RIDGE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

"Fostering Growth Mindset" (YouTube. 5 minute clip)



HAVE A GREAT WEEK...
BE EXCELLENT!










Monday, January 23, 2017

January 23rd - January 27th

WEEKLY QUOTE/THOUGHT
"Great teachers define their own success by the success
of their students. They understand its not about teaching...
its about student learning."  --Danny Steele

"We ALL have tremendous power to affect the lives of people around us."  John Maxwell


WEEKLY SCHEDULE AND EVENTS
Monday, January 23rd--PLC Early Out (School Dismisses @ 11:45AM) and 
School-Wide Team Meeting (12:30PM)
Tuesday, January 24th--REACH Math Priority Day and Science 6
Clark Planetarium Visit (Theater)
Wednesday, January 25th--REACH Science Priority Day
Thursday, January 26th--REACH Language Arts Priority Day
Fossil Ridge Learning Walks, and "Lion King" Faculty Night (7PM)
Friday, January 27th--REACH Social Studies and PE Priority Day and
"The Lion King" Opening Night (7PM)
Saturday, January 28th-- "The Lion King"(7PM)


FOSSIL RIDGE INTERMEDIATE SPOTLIGHT
Congratulations to our Fossil Ridge "Get Your Brain On" Students for the
weeks of January 8th-January 13th and January 16th-January 20th!


Our Excellent "T-Rex" Students for the weeks of January 8th-January 13th and
January 16th-January 20th!


**Happy Birthday Mrs. Wiese...January 28th**


FOSSIL RIDGE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Effective Collaboration and Student Learning
"Be Insanely Clear on Learning Outcomes" (Mike Mattos. Solution Tree)



HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
BE EXCELLENT!










Monday, January 9, 2017

January 9th - January 13th Happy New Year!

WEEKLY QUOTE/THOUGHT
"Be so invested in your craft that you don't have time to 
listen to naysayers. No time for negativity. You are too
busy creating your future."  --Jon Gordon


"Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers,
the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround
yourself with those that see the greatness within you, 
even when you don't see it yourself."  --Edmund Lee


WEEKLY SCHEDULE AND EVENTS
Monday, January 9th--REACH CCA and Fine Arts Priority Day
Tuesday, January 10th--REACH Math Priority Day
Wednesday, January 11th--REACH Science Priority Day
Thursday, January 12th--Safety Drill and REACH Language Arts Priority Day
Friday, January 13th--REACH Social Studies and PE Priority Day
**Note**...NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 16th (Martin Luther King Day)


FOSSIL RIDGE INTERMEDIATE SPOTLIGHT
For the 8th consecutive year Fossil Ridge has been named a "Model PLC School" by Solution Tree. There are only 69 such schools (elementary through high) in the entire nation, and just two in the State of Utah that have been identified as "Model Schools." You can access our school's purpose, story, demographics, practices, and results at the all things PLC website, specifically at the following URL:

http://www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/details/id,507

As a result of the above mentioned designation, Fossil Ridge was also invited to apply for the 2016-2017 Solution Tree DuFour award. This award highlights the top performing PLC schools in the entire nation, and includes a $25,000 prize for the winning school. See the following links for information on DuFour Award, Fossil Ridge Application Document, and Fossil Ridge PLC YouTube clip. The top school will be announced in February at the Solution Tree Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

DuFour Award  https://www.solutiontree.com/awards

Fossil Ridge Application Document https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yZddTl4fTe-X_SfbvzAsW6KHy265oMqpxxJ4sTzmSVs/edit

Video Clip  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzh1lhD88VY

Secondly, we just heard from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) that Fossil Ridge has been re-designated as a "Break-Through" School.  This designation is tied to our evidence of learning/assessment data, demographics (must be at least 30% Free and Reduced), and practices that result in high levels of learning for all students. Six such schools will receive invitations to send a team to present at the annual conference this June in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Awards are great, and a good way to celebrate the fact that our teachers and teams are engaged in the right work.  Perhaps more than anything this is evidence of the powerful process of teaching and learning at Fossil Ridge! The success we have, and the success we continue to pursue are the result of teachers who are invested in the process, and students (all) who are meeting high expectations and learning at high levels!  We realize our journey never ends, and we can never be satisfied with the status quo as we pursue perfection, yet we also can take time to pause, and reflect on the successes we have achieved at Fossil Ridge.

Congratulations to our Fossil Ridge Lego League Robotics students and
teams on a very successful and fun competition at Dixie State on Saturday!!
Special "shout-out" to Mr. Stewart and Mrs. Emett for all their time and effort 
helping our kids prepare!




FOSSIL RIDGE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Teams are THE critical component in a successful Professional Learning 
Community. Interdependent teams focused on the right work establish a 
culture of learning where ALL students can and will learn at high levels.
This week's resources focus on the inherent value of collaboration, and the
pivotal role it plays in student learning.

"Groups vs. Teams" (Richard DuFour. Solution Tree. YouTube.)

"Roll Up Our Sleeves and Become Better" (Richard DuFour. Solution Tree. YouTube)

"Creating High Functioning Teams" (Jasmine Kullar. Solution Tree Blog.)


Have a Great Week...BE EXCELLENT!





Monday, December 5, 2016

December 5th - December 9th, 2016

WEEKLY QUOTE/THOUGHT
"The deepest and most profound learning occurs by doing...taking
action, seeing what works and what doesn't, and trying again."  --Richard DuFour

"Don't just teach, create an experience for students...Uncommon Experience
leads to Uncommon Effort from our students."  --Dave Burgess



WEEKLY SCHEDULE AND EVENTS
Monday, December 5th--PLC "Early Out" Day...School ends at 11:45AM and 
Fossil Ridge Winter Choir Concert (6PM/Fossil Ridge Gym)
Tuesday, December 6th--Safety Drill and REACH Math Priority Day
Wednesday, December 7th--Pearl Harbor Day, Faculty Learning Walks (During Prep),
REACH Science Priority Day, and Faculty Meeting (2:10PM)
Thursday, December 8th--College and Career Awareness "Pre-school Day" and
REACH Language Arts Priority Day
Friday, December 9th--Mrs. Kris Sewell Birthday :) and REACH PE & Social Studies
Priority Day



FOSSIL RIDGE SPOTLIGHT
**Happy Birthday Mrs. Kris Sewell...(December 10th)

Congratulations to the "Get Your Brain On" Students for the Week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2

Fossil Ridge Show Choir Performing at the 2016 Dickens Festival...

Last Thursday the Fossil Ridge "Math Counts" Students participated in an Intermediate
Math competition. Fossil Ridge had 5 Students in the Top 10, including 1st and 2nd
Place...EXCELLENCE!!



FOSSIL RIDGE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
**Article(s)**

**Video Clip(s)**
"5 Rules to Follow as You Find Your Spark" (YouTube. Simon Sinek...if you don't want
to listen to Usher's introduction, start at 1:20)


HAVE A GREAT WEEK...
BE EXCELLENT!