Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Middle School Principal Interviews To Take Place

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

On May 18, 2018 the District posted a Middle School Principal position on the OPI, Handshake and the District website. The position was vacated by the resignation of Pax Haslem that was accepted on May 16, 2018.


The District has three candidates that have submitted applications.  We will interview on May 29, 2018. Due to the late resignation and time-line, we are working very quickly. At this juncture in the hiring process for principals, time is of the essence.


Here is the schedule:


DATE
CANDIDATE
INTERVIEW TIMES
BUILDING TOUR
MEET & GREET
May 29, 2018
Nicole Hanson
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
May 29, 2018
Darlene Hartman-Hallam
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
May 29, 2018
Ken Larson
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

The “Interviews” will be conducted by the administrative cabinet in the Central Board Room. The interviews will be posted and are held in public, but this process restricts public interaction during the interviews  in order to maintain EEOC compliances. For this reason, if staff or community members would like to informally meet the candidates, we have scheduled an opportunity “Meet & Greet” in the Middle School Conference Room. Tashel Brunmeier will host the “Meet & Greet” and see that the candidates are available at the scheduled times.


Building Tours”  will be hosted by middle school students selected by Pax Haslem.


After all interviews, the interview committee will meet and provide a recommendation; as superintendent, I will contact the selected candidate for acceptance. Once the candidate has accepted the recommendation, it will be presented to the Board for consideration at the June 5, 2018 Special Board Meeting starting at 6:00 PM in the Central Board Room.

GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Unofficial School Election Results

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

I am happy to announce that unofficial election results indicate that both the Elementary Levy and the High School Levy passed. 

Elementary Levy PASSED 285 to 203
High School Levy PASSED 274 to 215

Two new trustees were also elected to serve on the Colstrip School Board: Brent Burton and John O'Toole. Congratulations to both candidates. 

I would also like to thank all of the candidates that ran for a trustee position. Their efforts and interests in serving the students and community of Colstrip is certainly appreciated and noteworthy. Well done! Way to make dust!

Trustee Election:Brent Burton - 315
John O'Toole - 174
Shaunna Borge - 149
Bryan Wier - 143
Steve Craig - 101
Steven Williams - 51

GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Understanding Emergency Closure Make-Up Days

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

Sometimes things seem more complicated than they should be. This is the case with emergency school closures or "snow-days" as in this case.  This past winter (I am using the word "past" hoping we don't have any more weather related closures), we dismissed school on the following days due to extreme weather conditions:
  • January 10 - Early Dismissal
  • January 15 - Full Day
  • February 5 - Full Day
  • February 8 - Early Dismissal
  • February 9 - Full Day
  • February 20 - Late Start
According to Montana school law, these days represent aggregate hours of instruction and need to be made up by the District as each school is required to meet a minimum of aggregate hours of instruction (see MCA 20-9-806).

Without going into the aggregate hour details, our schools will make up some of the aggregate hours without a vote by the Board of Trustees in the following manner:
  • The District built in a snow day on April 27, 2018, Students and staff will be required to come to school on April 27, 2018.
The District must make up additional hours and is recommending on doing so at the end of the school year, pending Board approval. This will require a majority vote by the Board of Trustees. Here lies the proposal that will be brought before the Board at its regular May meeting:
  •  WHEREAS: These hours will be made up by changing May 24, 2018 from a part day to a full day and at the end of the year by moving the last day of school from May 30, 2018 to May 31, 2018. Students will come a full day on May 30, 2018 and there will be an early release on May 31, 2018 (PBES 12:15 PM, FBMS 12:30 PM, CHS 12:20 PM).
I offer this information for transparency and planning.The District is required to make up aggregate hours missed and the Board must approve changes to the school calendar. At this time, these are the recommendations of the administration to meet those required hours. By sharing this information, before the fact, it should help everyone understand the process and plan for the proposed changes.

GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"



Thursday, April 12, 2018

Transforming School Culture

Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

On behalf of Colstrip Public Schools, I am pleased to announce that we have secured Anthony Muhammad PhD for the District-wide Pupil Instructional Related Day (PIR) on September 24, 2018.  Dr. Muhammad will join us from 8:00 AM until 2:45 PM in the High School Commons for this professional development. If you are unfamiliar with Anthony Muhammad's work here is a quick biography:
Anthony Muhammad is one of the most sought after educational consultants in North America. He currently serves as the CEO of New Frontier 21 Consulting, a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge professional development to schools all over the world. He served as a practitioner for nearly twenty years. Dr. Muhammad served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal. His tenure as a practitioner has earned him several awards as both a teacher and a principal.
Dr. Muhammad is recognized as one of the field’s leading experts in the areas of school culture and organizational climate. His work has allowed him to work with schools in all 50 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Dr. Muhammad is a best-selling author. He is the author of the books The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach; Transforming Schools at Every Level (2011); Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division (2009); and a contributing author to the book The Collaborative Administrator: Working Together as a Professional Learning Community (2008). He has published 26 articles in education journals and publications in seven different countries.
Teamed with Solution Tree, Dr. Muhammad has presented several times to our administration at Professional Learning Community Institutes.  His latest book is in its second edition Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division. To find out more, here are a few links to help: 
We are excited about this opportunity and hope that his presentation will help us "create schools that provide adequate guidance and support for all students and that schools aspire to become transformational institutions that make the community a better place to live in and our world a better place" (2018, Transforming School Culture; Muhammad, A., p. 156).

The Core Purpose of Colstrip Public Schools is to effectively focus on learning and growth for all students in a safe, healthy, caring and collaborative environment that ensures each student achieves intellectual and personal excellence, and is well prepared for college and career pathways. 

GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"

Emergency Lock-down Drill

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

Tomorrow, Friday, April 13, 2018 our schools will undergo emergency lock-down drills. The drill will take place at each building and will be happening at different times throughout the day. This is NOT an active shooter drill. It is only a lock-down drill. Students and staff will be asked to respond to a lock-down alarm. The District believes that practicing emergency drills will best prepare our students and staff in the case of an actual emergency.

Upon completion of each drill the administration team gathers to provide evidence of our efficiency of lock-down procedures. We log this data as it is our goal to improve each time we drill. Furthermore, we are trying to drill at different times during the day to enhance our student and staff's understanding of each drill at it applies to different situations.

GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Trustees Select Calendar for 2018-2019

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

The Cosltrip School Board of Trustees unanimously selected the 2018-2019 School Calendar as presented by the District Calendar Committee at the regularly scheduled March meeting. 

There were three calendars surveyed with 112 responses submitted: 
Responses were collected through the following: Superintendent Blog, email, District Website and social media. All three calendars were presented to the Board. After a lengthy discussion and questions, the Trustees selected the "Black" or "Base" Calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year.   The "Black" Calendar received the popular vote with 37.5 % of the votes. 



The 2018-2019 Board Approved Calendar (See Graphic Below): This Calendar is the same basic calendar that is utilized this school year. The Calendar length is 177 student contact days. School begins on Aug 23 and ends on May 29. It has (1) Snow Day; (8) Winter Break Days; (3) Spring/Easter Break Days. It has (139) Full Days; (37) Part Days; and (1) Half Days. There are (185) Professional Days and (8) PIR Days (Pupil Instructional Related Days).


DEFINITIONS:


Full Day: (WHITE COLORED DAYS) This is a regular day of school.Typical days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during the following times:
Elementary School: 8:15 AM - 3:30 PM
Middle School: 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM
High School: 8:05 AM - 3:35 PM

Partial Days: (GREEN COLORED DAYS) School is dismissed early. These days are scheduled on Thursdays. Staff will remain in school and continue with their professional responsibilities meeting with parents, school improvement teams, data collection and planning and preparation. These days will also be used for delivery professional development to the staff. These days will focus on school improvement through communication and collaboration efforts. Partial day times:
Elementary School: 8:15 AM - 2:30 PM
Middle School: 8:15 AM - 2:45 PM
High School: 8:05 AM - 2:35 PM

Half Days: (PURPLE COLORED DAYS) Half-days often occur right before holiday breaks. Half-day times:
Elementary School: 8:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Middle School: 8:15 AM - 12:30 PM
High School: 8:05 AM - 12:20 PM

Student Days: Days students will be in attendance at school.

Staff Days: Days scheduled for the professional staff.

PIR Days: (ORANGE COLORED DAYS) Pupil Instruction Related (PIR) or professional development/training days. No school is scheduled for students.

Vacation or Holidays: (YELLOW COLORED DAYS) Days recognized as holidays or breaks. There is NO SCHOOL on these days.


GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"

Monday, March 5, 2018

Requests for 2018-2019 Calendar Input

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

The Colstrip Public School District #19 Calendar Committee would like to invite all of its stakeholders/constituents to to provide feedback on three different calendars developed by the Committee. We ask that you identify your relationship to School District #19 and then select your favorite calendar of those provided.
NOTE: We are also utilizing several collectors to categorize responses: Social Media (Facebook); Website (http://colstrippublicschools.org/); and Email.

THIS SURVEY WILL CLOSE AT NOON MARCH 9, 2018.

To take the survey, go to the following link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QZTHFPG

 

GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"