Solution Tree Model School

Solution Tree Model School

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April 10th - April 13th, 2017...Short and Sweet Week!

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
I believe you can draw many parallels between education and athletics, and
between teaching and learning in the classroom and on the playing field. 
I was a Head Baseball Coach for 15 years.  I had the opportunity to coach many 
different players, with a wide range of abilities and needs, some were highly 
skilled and talented, while others had to spend extra time improving their skills 
to become successful.  I coached hundreds of players, and each player needed 
something entirely different to be successful. As coaches, we couldn't afford 
to show up to practice and coach everyone the same, our players were at different 
levels and had specific and individualized needs.  We had to recognize the most 
fundamental skills that all players needed to master to be successful on game day.  
We had to determine the skill level and understanding of all twenty-five players.  
We instructed our players on those skills...some needed extra time and practice, 
others were able to challenge themselves to explore and learn additional baseball 
skills.  From there, we followed a specific learning cycle that included practice, 
feedback, practice, feedback, assessment of skills, feedback, and finally the process 
ended on game day. During the week, as a coaching staff, we had taken advantage 
of our time, exhausted all options to ensure that every player was prepared with
the skills necessary to be a successful player and teammate, and when game
day came, it was time for the players and team to put their skills on display. 

This process is identical to the teaching and learning process at Fossil Ridge.
We have 950 students, and our purpose is to "Ensure that ALL Students are
Learning at the Highest Possible Levels." We refer to this process as the GVC
Learning Process.  The process begins with teacher teams working together
to determine what specific and measurable Learning Targets and GVCs
(Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum) our students need to be successful.  The 
next step in the process is to use instructional strategies that effectively meet the 
needs of all students.  Practice follows instruction, and Common Formative
Assessments are used by teachers to determine the level of understanding for
each and every student. Students that show proficiency or mastery are provided
with extended learning opportunities, while students that need extra time,
help, or resources are provided with targeted interventions in class and
during REACH Time. This teaching and learning process aims to provide each 
student "what they need" to succeed at Fossil Ridge.  The ultimate goal of our 
learning process is to ensure that ALL students are able to either master or show 
proficiency in the specific Learning Targets and GVCs. 

Whether its baseball or education, teachers or coaches, players or students, we
must remember that ultimately its about the process and the journey, for
without an investment in the process, success on game day never comes!



WEEKLY QUOTE
"Meeting our students' needs means we don't waver from high
 expectations, but we persistently challenge how we get there."
        --Nathan Lang
District Science Fair Competition...Fossil Ridge had FOUR of the Top SIX finishers! Congratulations on BEING EXCELLENT!


FOSSIL RIDGE EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
This week is a short 4-day week for Spring Recess/Easter Break
     --April 14th - April 17th NO SCHOOL--

Congratulations to Fossil Ridge"Get Your Brain On" Students for the week of 
April 3rd - April 7th


FOSSIL RIDGE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING



HAVE A GREAT WEEK FOSSIL RIDGE
BE EXCELLENT!








Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3rd - April 7th...Happy Spring

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
The 2016-2017 school year is flying by, and before we realize it summer will 
here.  Spring is a busy time of year for our students, faculty, and staff.  SAGE
end of level testing started last week, with 6th Grade Language Arts, and will
conclude in May with Math.  As the Principal at Fossil Ridge, I am confident
that our students have learned the necessary skills and concepts to be successful!
Our teachers have worked together in content area teams throughout the year to
create GVC's (Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum), Learning Targets, effective
instructional strategies, common assessments that check for student understanding, 
and REACH Time interventions and extensions strategies.  This Learning Cycle 
enables our teacher teams to meet the needs of each individual student, no 
matter their current level of proficiency.  At Fossil Ridge our purpose is to
"Ensure that All Students are Learning at High Levels."  We are all
committed to doing whatever it takes to guarantee student achievement.
So, when you get a chance, talk with your student about what they are learning 
here at Fossil Ridge.  You will be amazed at all the skills and concepts your student
has become proficient in...let them share this new knowledge, let them explain
how REACH Time has helped them as a student, and sit back and allow your
student to pat himself/herself on the back for a job well done!  Have a Great 
Week, and as always...BE EXCELLENT!


WEEKLY QUOTE
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation
with the bricks others have thrown at him.   --David Brinkley



FOSSIL RIDGE EVENTS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
April 3rd-April 7th--SAGE Testing continues this week at Fossil Ridge, our 7th Grade students begin the Language Arts Writing Test today. Best of luck kiddos...be confident, you have learned the skills and concepts necessary to be very successful!

April 5th--District Science Fair

April 14th-April 17th--NO SCHOOL for Spring Recess



FOSSIL RIDGE INTERMEDIATE SPOTLIGHT
Since our last post, we have had so many things to celebrate and recognize at 
Fossil Ridge including, but not limited to District Dramatic Arts Festival, Science
Fair, District Band Festival, as well as "Get Your Brain On", "T-Rex", and "Plinko"
students...IT WAS CERTAINLY A GREAT MONTH TO BE A T-REX!








FOSSIL RIDGE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
"The Why Behind RTI" (Educational Leadership. Buffman, Mattos, Weber)

"You Can't Cover It All" (Edutopia. Cutler)

"April Fools Day Spelling Test" (short video...great stuff)


HAVE A GREAT WEEK...
BE EXCELLENT!






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!