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!"

Friday, February 23, 2018

Responding To School Violence

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the 17 victims as well as the community of Parkland, Florida and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a school shooting had taken place on February 14, 2018. This horrific tragedy and heinous crime has educators, parents and communities asking: "What can be done to prevent these types of things from happening in our schools?" Many constituents are asking their education officials: What is being done to prevent this from happening in their schools?" 

At Colstrip Public Schools we follow a School Crisis Response Plan in order to execute emergency procedures in emergency situations from specific isolated emergencies to major disasters. The objectives of Colstrip school emergency operations program are to protect the lives and well-being of its students and staff through the prompt and timely response of trained school personnel should an emergency affect the school. To meet these objectives, the school has established and maintains a comprehensive emergency operations program that includes plans and procedures, hazard analysis, security audits, training and exercise, and plan review and maintenance. 

In addition to emergency procedures, our district has implemented video surveillance and lock-down technology to secure it's building from outside threats. The staff is trained in first aid, CPR and AED use. The district has also entered into a partnership with the local policy department that provides a School Resource Officer twenty hours a week. Even though the District is prepared, we also need to be preventative.

Probably one of the most significant preventative measures we have implemented is a Quantum Learning concept called Home Court Advantage or HCA. This concept is based on Safety, Support and Belonging. It is a chant our students, K-12 know, but are learning the deeper meaning behind the concept. It isn't enough just to know what to do in an emergency, but more importantly what should we be doing to prevent tragedies from happening. HCA provides a foundation for understanding expectations and actions.

Providing safety, support and belonging to all members of this district is essential to learning outcomes and growth. Abraham Maslow created a frame-work in which people generally move through in order to attain self actualization. Safety, support and belonging must be obtained before a person's full potential can be realized.

HCA is about caring for one another and recognizing basic needs. Basic human needs that surround the human dimensions (see below):
  • Physical: Physiologic needs: breathing, circulation, temperature, food and etc.
  • Environmental: Safety and security needs: housing, community, climate and etc.
  • Soicalcultural: Love and belonging needs: relationships, support, part of a community and etc.
  • Emotional: Self-esteem needs: Hope, joy, happiness, accepting of self.
  • Intellectual/spiritual: Self-actualization needs: thinking, learning, decision making, values, beliefs, fulfillment, helping others.
All basic human needs are interrelated and may require actions at more than one level at a given time. For example, in caring for a person coming into the emergency department with a heart attack, the nurse’s immediate concern in the patient’s physiologic needs (e.g., oxygen and pain relief). At the same time, safety needs (e.g., for ensuring that the person does not fall off the examining table) and love and belonging needs (e.g., for having a family member nearby if possible) are still major considerations.[11]
At Colstrip Public Schools Home Court Advantage is essential in supporting its Core Purpose:
  • SAFETY: Every student will attend a "safe" environment. Students will always be assured that this school is their safe haven from harm's way. Every student's dignity is protected here!
  • SUPPORT: Every student will receive support from every member in this school. We will pick each other up when we are down and will applaud individual and group success. Everyone is a part of this school and everyone will support those in it.
  • BELONGING: Every student is valued in this school! This is our school and our students' home away from home. It is a place of welcome and family for everyone!
 Please know we are working towards perfecting these concepts in our daily work. As we improve, our students, staff and community can be more confident in the safety provided when school is in session.

GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"




 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Core Purpose is Served Through New Partnership

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski


School Resource Officer Monty McNearney
The School District has extended an invitation for partnership with the Colstrip Police Department. Together the organizations will address the challenges and opportunities in protecting, supporting and keeping our schools safe.

The Colstrip school faculty, administration and board believe that law enforcement presence will encourage appropriate behavior and choices throughout the school system.  

During this working partnership, the Colstrip Police Department will provide a part-time officer (20 hours per week) as the school resource officer (SRO) through the end of this school year 2017-2018. This is at no cost to the School District. As a guideline, the officer will spend approximately 50% of his/her time in the high school, 35% in the middle school and 15% in the elementary.  

Officer Monty McNearney will serve as the part time School Resource Officer (SRO). With this in mind, we would like to welcome our new partnership with the Police Department as well as Officer Monty McNearney. 

NOTE: These actions and agreements are supported by the District's Core Purpose:
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!"



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Do You Want to Know Why?

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

The Colstrip Board approved a new Core Purpose. The Core Purpose is at the heart of an organization. It answers the question WHY. It reflects the very reason for our school's existence. It communicates what we are here to do together and what is the business of our business.

The Core Purpose is at the "core" of the golden circle. "Schools that want to produce a healthy learning environment must first and foremost be clear about their collective purpose (Muhammad, Transforming School Culture; p 121).

According to leadership expert Simon Sinek: "People don't buy in to what you do, they buy into why you are doing it."

Colstrip Public Schools does not have a mission statement. It has a Core Purpose statement that is supported by identified Core Values. The Core Purpose is the answer to HOW we make dust!

 
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!"