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September 23, 2018 9:33 am

Planning our Whole-School Service Day #2

During the 2015-16 school year, we planned and held our first whole-school service day.  [Visit my April 20, 2016 post to learn more http://blogs.wws.k12.in.us/williamss/2016/04/20/a-great-day-for-wwes-and-our-community/]  The staff consensus was that this was a good and appropriate project for our school, but that it might be more manageable as an every-other-year event. This is that year.  We’ve held […]

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Student-Led Conferences 2017

A key part of our Leader In Me work is helping students take ownership and responsibility for their own learning.  After all, that’s how they’ll be successful students now and successful lifelong learners once they finish school.  This was our second year using student-led conferences in place of the traditional parent-teacher conference model.  Using their […]

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The podcast learns to walk.

I blogged earlier about Three Woods Minutes, our new student-led podcast.  The idea to host a podcast came from adults, and adults have been working to teach students the various reporting and technical steps required to publish an episode.  But our goal–with this leadership activity and all our other ones–is simple: put the students in […]

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Leading with Compassion

Much of the western world is reeling from the news, if not the actual impact, of all the recent natural and weather disasters.  Hurricanes, flooding, fires, earthquakes–we can understand why many of us experience compassion fatigue.  Even the most caring adults struggle to feel afresh our concern for those affected when every day seems to […]

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Reflections on a tragedy

Our school and our community suffered a tragic loss of life last week.  A former Washington Woods student, still in the district as a sophomore, died unexpectedly at his home, apparently by his own hand.  My reflections will not be an attempt to understand or explain this loss–certainly that’s beyond me, and it’s not where […]

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Three Woods Minutes

We are always looking for new ways to connect with our parents.  Newsletters, emails, texts, flyers sent home in children’s hands . . . all ways are good, nothing is perfect.  We try to keep up with new ideas, so we’re on Twitter (@WWESLeaders and @27swilliams27), I write this blog, and now we have something […]

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Top Ten 4th Grade Questions

At the end of Day One of the school year, our 4th grade teachers gathered their four classes together to see what questions these new 4th graders might have.  What had they heard, wondered about, worried about–ask away! You might be interested in what was on their minds, so here are the first ten questions […]

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First day 2017-18

We are excited and pleased to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year.  We hope that your first days have met your expectations.  From our perspective, we’re really happy with the smooth start and with how well students are stepping up to their new responsibilities. Our school opens this year with 50+ more students than […]

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