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December 12, 2017 6:19 pm

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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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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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Student-led Conferences

A major part of our leadership work is preparing and allowing students to lead their own parent conferences.  With a little bit of organization, this is much easier than one might imagine.  All students currently have leadership binders, the place where they keep track of academic growth and goals.  Since they keep that up-to-date regularly, […]

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Your thoughts on our service day

Please share your thoughts on any or all of these statements about our whole-school service day.  Just write in the comment box below.  Thank you!   Overall, student reaction to the whole-school service trip was positive. Strongly agree       Agree          Unsure                Disagree         Strongly disagree    This kind of service day aligns well with The […]

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A great day for WWES and our community

420 students, five community locations, countless lives touched–Our student leaders rocked the whole-school service day!  Here’s one parent’s perspective: My husband and I wanted to thank you and all those who planned and coordinated the school’s service activities last Friday for providing our children with the wonderful opportunity to serve in their community.  Our children  […]

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Whole-School Service Day Projects

The earlier post tells about our plan for a whole-school service day on April 15.  Here are the projects planned for each grade level. Kindergarten travels to Maple Park Village near our high school.  Students will visit with the people living there, “helping people who are like our grandparents.”  Students will make crafts and placemats […]

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