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Monday, January 21, 2019

Teachers: the major players in the education process

It happens to all of us.  Maybe at different times, but it does happen to all of us.  A feeling that obstacles have gotten too high and they can't be overcome.  It could be the attitudes of students, a precognition that a student just can't learn this material, families lack of involvement, a challenging student whom needs haven't been met yet, or just piling deadlines that have to be met.  That case happened personally to me this past week, the three day weekend could not have come at a better time.  Usually, when this disparity hits the reset plan is always reading...sometimes it's just to escape and fiction is the choice other times it's feedback from the latest research to reaffirm that the actions taking place are correct or to remind what actions should be taken.  This weekend it was the latter and two books by John Hattie were reviewed.


In the weekend readings, "Visible Learning For Teachers" there was a passage that should be shared.

'..."We so often make claims about students, their learning styles, their attitudes, their love or not of schooling, their families and backgrounds, and their culture.  In so many cases, this discussion is about why we can or cannot have an effect on their learning." '  Hattie J, Visible Learning For Teachers (Routledge 2012), p. 25

The beginning of the passage starting thoughts back to our circle of control.  As educators, what is it that can be controlled for our students?

'..." We invent so many ways in which to explain why students cannot learn: it is their learning styles; it is right or left brain strengths or deficits; it is lack of attention; it is their refusal to take their medication; it is their lack of motivation;it is their parents not being supportive; it is because they do not do their work, and so on.  It is not that these explanations are wrong (although some are -  there is no support for learning styles, for example) or right (parental expectations and encouragement are powerful factors), but the underlying premise of most of these claims is the belief that we, as educators, cannot change the student.  It is the belief that is at the root of deficit thinking.  The belief that background factors have the strongest influence on learning would be an argument for putting more resources into poverty and home programs rather than into schooling.  We must consider ourselves positive change agents for students who come to us - for most, it is compulsory that they come to school and sometimes they come reluctantly, but mostly (at least initially) students are eager to be challenged into learning.  My point is that teachers' beliefs and commitments are the greatest influence on student achievement over which we can have some control - and this book outlines these beliefs and commitments." ' Hattie J, Visible Learning For Teachers (Routledge 2012), p. 25

The last sentence was the one that halted the reading for reflection.  Our staff at Deep Creek's beliefs and commitments are the greatest influence we can control on student achievement.  Remember this is not just a motivational speaker speaking from the heart.  This is research based from John Hattie and his team.  Dr. Hattie and his team have conducted more research on impactful learning than anyone before and his research shows that our beliefs on a student's achievement is the greatest influence that can be controlled.


At our pre-school PD the current research from John Hattie was mentioned and the measuring tool below was shared.

Hattie's barometer above shows that the average effect size.

The next few barometers will show the influence effect size of items outside of the school control.  The first will share that Home Environment scores at 0.57 and next Parental Involvement which scores at 0.51.  Both of these effects score slightly over the average effect size of 0.4.  After those two take a look at the effect size that Teacher-Student Relationship shows at 0.72.  Research shows that relationship with students, which we can control has more effect than the other two.


It would be wonderful to always have motivated, well behaved students from extremely involved families.  But we must take all of the students that come off our buses or walk through our front doors and we have to remember that our job is to effect what we can control and follow our mission which is to promote successful leadership in all that we do.  Maybe you didn't need this MMM after last week, maybe last week wasn't your week to feel discourage.  But, I know in our business we all have times that feel challenging.  Just remember to control what we can and that your work in the classroom can have the greatest effect size of all.

Have a great week,
James & Adrienne













Friday, January 11, 2019

Phone Message 1/11/2019

Good afternoon Deep Creek Families, this is Mr. Vernon, calling to share announcements for this week.  Report cards will be coming home tomorrow, please be sure to go over the results and comments with your children so we can continue to work together for our children's success.  If necessary, please reach out to your child's teacher to set a date for a parent conference.  Next, just a reminder for future planning that there is no school on Monday, January 21st in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Also save the date, Friday, February 1st for our Annual Glow Run.  This week registration sheets and sponsor sheets went home with your child..  Registration to participate is $25 per child and the forms need to be returned by this Friday, January 18th.  If you own a business or know a business that would like to sponsor the form also includes a spot for business sponsors for $75. This sponsorship would cover the registration fee for your children and the business name would be added to the Glow Run shirt.  This event has always been fun for our students and we look forward to this year's run.  I will end with a reminder about attendance, as we start the second half of the school year attendance remains a priority.  We stress that we need our students at school all day , every day.  Thank you for your support and have a great evening.  I look forward to seeing our Ready, Responsible, and Respectful Cubs tomorrow morning. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Code Red Drill 1/10/2019

Good afternoon Cub Families this is Assistant Principal, Mr. Vernon, calling to notify that we conducted a Code Red Drill at Deep Creek today.  Per the district's request we will notify parents each time that we conduct a Code Red Drill.  Once again, today's Code Red was a drill and not an emergency event.  I look forward to seeing our Ready, Responsible, and Respectful Cubs tomorrow morning.  Have a great evening.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Rainy Day Dismissal

Good afternoon Cub Families.  This is Assistant Principal, Mr. Vernon, letting you know that we will implementing a Rainy Day Dismissal at the end of the school day.  This means our biker/walker students will not be released as normal and must be picked up in the parent pick up line.  Please make sure you have your purple car tag with you or you will need to park and bring your ID into the front office.  The safety of our students is always our priority at Deep Creek, we thank you for your cooperation even if it sometimes causes an inconvenience.  We look forward to seeing our Ready, Responsible, and Respectful Cubs for one more day before Winter Break.  Have a great night.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Code Red Drill - Parent Notification

Good afternoon Cub Families this is Assistant Principal, Mr. Vernon, calling to notify that we conducted a Code Red Drill at Deep Creek today.  Per the district's request we will notify parents each time that we conduct a Code Red Drill.  Once again, today's Code Red was a drill and not an emergency event.  I look forward to seeing our Ready, Responsible, and Respectful Cubs tomorrow morning.  Have a great evening.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Phone Message 12/9/18

Good afternoon Cub Families this is Mr. Vernon with announcements for this week.  I'm sure many have noticed the construction that has been going on outside the perimeter of the campus.  CCPS continues to make school safety a priority and will be continuing work this week installing the fence around the outside of our campus.  The metal frames that can be seen are push gates that will be accessible from the inside, but will be locked from the outside.  Also, part of the fence installation will include the walkway out to J Building, our modular classrooms, that will make that building more secure as well.  Two other security reminders, please remember your ID is necessary to gain entrance to the school for any reason and also your car tags if your student is parent pickup.  We pride ourselves on getting to know our parents and definitely recognize many of you, but we cannot bypass these procedures for anyone.  Thank you for your assistance as we continue to keep our students safe.  I am excited to welcome all to our Cub Chorus Concert this Thursday, December 13th at 6:30PM in the Cafeteria.  Mrs. Liprie and our chorus students have been preparing and i'm sure will put on a great show.  Last, only two weeks until Winter Break, please remember that attendance remains important for these last 10 days.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, I look forward to seeing our Ready, Responsible, and Respectful Cubs tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

DCES 112518

Good Afternoon Deep Creek Families. This is Principal McElroy reminding everyone that school resumes tomorrow morning. We hope to see all our rested Cubs  in class ready to learn by 8:30 when the announcements begin. Thursday, Nov. 29th is our annual Candy Cane Lane event from 5:30-7. I hear there is a chance of snow again this year! Don't forget to bring your blanket for a holiday movie in the courtyard. If you want to get a jump start on your holiday shopping, there will be two shopping opportunities. Our Chorus will be singing at the tree lighting event in downtown Punta Gorda on Friday night. Then on Saturday, Dec. 1st we will have another Cubs and Copperfish Books story time event at 10:30am. It is so great to see our Cubs so active in the community. At Deep Creek our Cubs are ready, responsible, and respectful leaders.