2017 - 2018 Collins-Maxwell Elementary Goals
The process of creating a new identity is ongoing and work remains, however, the constant in all of these changes is the fact that we MUST provide the best education for our students at Collins-Maxwell.
Our teachers have spent much of their summer learning about new processes, strategies, and gaining additional tools to ensure that all students walking through our doors receive the highest level of education possible. They have put in countless hours planning for the upcoming school year. Our teachers are extraordinary people who love and care for each and every one of our kids.
On Wednesday we begin our 2017-2018 journey with a focus on two of our overarching goals for the school year. As we met throughout the summer, the focus was not only on our goals but also on how we were going to reach our goals. Teachers took part in 4 days of intensive Math training in June, a 3-day Professional Learning Institute in July, and they just finished up with 2 days of Literacy Intervention training in August. These resources have provided teachers with a great foundation to build on as we move into the new school year.
Last year we kicked off our "PRIDE" (Patience, Respect, I-Matter, Determination, Excellence) initiative. We will continue to grow that Spartan PRIDE initiative with the learning that will take place around PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports). Part of that work will include more communication with our stakeholders on how you can catch kids showing their Spartan PRIDE outside of school. The system will teach kids how to utilize these skills in-school and outside of school. Look for more information as the year goes!
Kids will continue to receive a Spartan PRIDE Ticket when they are caught displaying one of these characteristics. Make sure you celebrate with your child when he/she brings one home!
I am looking forward to another great year at Collins-Maxwell Elementary!
Summer is always an exciting time of year for everyone; playing outside, going to the pool, family vacations, and sleeping in are only some of the benefits summer provides for our students. I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this time you have during the summer months to do all of those things!
Summer is also a time for us to learn and grow! Your teachers spend time during the summer learning and preparing for the upcoming year. We had the privilege of learning from Vickie Borich, Heartland AEA Math Consultant, during the week of May 29. Teachers spent 4 days digging into Math instruction and finding ways to improve instructional practices and gaining fresh ideas from Vickie. Her expertise was extremely beneficial for our team and the teachers are eager to implement their new learning this fall.
Our next learning opportunity comes during the last week of July when nearly all of our staff at Collins-Maxwell will be attending a 3 day conference in Minneapolis to learn and begin implementation of Professional Learning Communities. It will be an intense 3 days of learning but I am certain we will come back charged up!
The final summer learning opportunity for our teachers happens August 10th & 11th when we will have representatives from the 95% Group in Collins working with our teachers on high quality literacy interventions. Along with the learning, our teachers will leave the training with an abundance of resources and expertise to meet student needs efficiently.
Your incredibly hard working teachers will be spending a lot of time this summer preparing for the 2017-2018 school year!
Along with all of this learning, we are also seeing a few facelifts around Collins-Maxwell Elementary! We will be finishing up the installation of our new playground soon, our gym and locker rooms have a fresh coat of paint, our vegetable garden is beginning to produce vegetables that were served to the students during our Summer Enrichment program and will be served to students this fall, the pollinator garden has a great start, and our outdoor classroom is looking fantastic and full of life!
The Collins-Maxwell Elementary office will be closed during the month of July with the exception of the following times for Registration:
Enjoy the remainder of your summer!
2016-2017 Building Goals
It's hard to believe that we are in April and planning for Grandparent's Day, Elementary Relays, and end of the year field trips! As we head into the final stage of the 2016-2017 school year, it's important to remain focused on our building goals that the teachers set in August.
Our teachers have been working tirelessly to ensure all of the new curriculum components are in place and students have multiple opportunities to practice the new skills. I am encouraged by the amount of growth we are seeing in academic achievement around literacy and am looking forward to the upcoming Spring FAST benchmark period. I think we will see great outcomes!
Our Math committee has spent several afternoons working with Heartland Area Education Agency representatives discussing our math initiative and beginning work on the purchase of a new math curriculum to be implemented in 2018-2019. The teachers will be spending several days this summer in training to help us incorporate new math strategies and focusing on building-wide consistency in Math.
Teachers continue to find new ways to utilize data so they can intervene quickly if a student indicates he/she is not understanding a concept. This quick response has shown improvements on student scores and overall achievement.
As we head into April/May, it will be vital that you continue to support your child's learning at home as well! Spend time reading with your child, practice sight words, practice math skills, etc. It is truly a team effort with students first!
I came to Collins-Maxwell Elementary to serve as the PK-5 Principal in the Fall of 2014. Prior to CM, I served as an Assistant Elementary Principal in Cedar Falls, 2nd Grade Teacher in Cedar Rapids, and 4th Grade Teacher in Parkersburg.