Weekly Stallion Update
Notes from Mr. Carter
Cooper Allison Named 2023 Horizon Award Recipient
The State of Kansas announced the recipients of the 2023 Kansas Horizon Award. Ms. Cooper Allison, 6th grade ELA teacher at WSMS was notified through a phone call from Commisioner of Education Randy Watson that she has received this recognition. The Horizon Award recognizes 32 first-year teachers from around the state for their exemplary performance during their first year of teaching. We are proud to have Ms. Allison as a member of the WSMS and USD 230 community of educators.
What is PLC all about?
The answer is simple. PLCs are about our students.
Wednesday is a Late Start PLC Day. During this time our staff will be meeting with all content area teachers at the middle school level to continue to meet our students academic needs. They will be studying our essential standards, and looking at data to plan quality instruction for our students, as well as plan for intervention and enrichment for students.
Some may wonder why we believe so strongly in Professional Learning Communities. We believe that PLCs give our students the best opportunities to learn. As we build teacher collective efficacy, our students benefit. John Hattie, an education researcher studied thousands of research studies on the factors that influence student achievement. The one factor that had the greatest impact on student achievement was collective efficacy. The number one goal of PLCs is to build collective efficacy.
That is all great but how does that apply to Woodland Spring Middle School? We are very early in our development as a PLC and we have a lot of work to do in building our expertise as a PLC. This work is focused on four questions;
What do we want our students to learn?
How will we know if they are learning?
What will we do if they did not learn?
What will we do if they have already learned it?
The PLC process is completely driven by student data. For the first time, our teachers are able to collaborate with the right tools in place to effectively meet our students needs. The data paints the best picture. We are excited about the future for our students and are grateful for the opportunity to work as a PLC to get there.
We Need you!
At Woodland Spring Middle School we need paraprofessionals and Nutrition Services Workers. If you are interested in a rewarding opportunity to work with great students and staff, we would love to talk with you. WSMS is a great place to work. If you would like to find more information about employment opportunities in our district you can apply online at Job openings: Classified Instructional Support Webpage or you can reach out to Mr. Carter at email@example.com and he would be happy to visit with you about the opportunities at WSMS.