Wednesday, October 27, 2010

By the Numbers

I wanted to share two impressive numbers from Sioux Trail.

The first number is 95.13%.  We completed our 2010 fall parent-teacher conferences last week and Sioux Trail teachers met with 95.13% of families.  This equals 374 successful conferences and goes a long way towards student success.  As I have written before student success is not going happen as well by one or two people, but will be more easily accomplished by many of us working together.  I call this "the triangle of success" and the triangle is composed of three groups (the student, parents / guardians and school staff) working in tandem towards the goal of increased student achievement.  At our fall conferences teachers focused on reviewing student data and setting goals for improvement and identifying the roles of three sides of "the triangle of success".  Thank you for being an active participant in our work towards student success.

The second number is $10,900.  $10,900 is the first total of money raised for Sioux Trail from our fall PTO organized fundraiser and it will only get larger as online orders are finalized. The order pick-up was at Sioux Trail on Tuesday, October 26 from 3-6pm and the fund-raiser liaison from the Chippe Shoppe (Denise) commented that she had never seen a pick-up go as well as ours did.   Thank you to everyone who participated in this fundraiser and made it the wonderful success that it was. The PTO will decide how to spend the money, but you can be guaranteed that it will directed towards one group - Sioux Trail students.  If you want to have input on how the money is spent please join us at a Sioux Trail PTO meeting.  The next meeting is on Thursday, October 28 at 6:30 pm in the Sioux Trail Media Center. Thank you for your ongoing support.  The photo is of students who received the reward of a lunch in a limo.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sioux Trail Clean Up Day

 I think this qualifies as our third school-wide clean up and it was another terrific success!  As you can see from the photo we had a small, but very powerful team of volunteers.  Mr. Khamratthanome also joined us, but you can't see him because he was the photographer for our group shot.  During our afternoon we completed several projects:
  • Pulled weeds from all of the landscaping beds
  • Shortened two of the landscaping beds because shorted landscaping beds = fewer weeds to pull!
  • Cut down all of the plant life to prepare for winter and then new growth in the spring
  • Ate some terrific homemade treats
If you missed this event stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to help take care of your school. Thanks to everyone who donated their time, tools, energy and treats.  Sioux Trail looks better because of you!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Burnsville Firefighters Visit the Trail

Burnsville firefighters were at Sioux Trail today promoting fire safety with students in Kindergarten, second grade and fourth grade.  Firefighter Tim did an outstanding job and encourages families to visit the Burnsville Fire Department Open House.  The Open House is on Tuesday, October 12 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Bursnville fire Station #1.  Use the link fior more information.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Day Made Better

Yesterday at 10:20 a small group of adults interrupted Miss Mulvahill's 4th grade classroom to deliver good news!  Katie was the recipient of approximately $1,000 in classroom office supplies.  The photos that are included with the blog do a job highlighting the some of the supplies that were donated by Office Max and the chair was one of the items.  The box included items like a camera, scissors, computer software, tape, post-its chalk, pencils, paper and many other wonderful items. 

Anyone can nominate a deserving teacher and Office Max makes the donations to recognize the large amount of money that individual teachers invest in their own classrooms.  The organizers hope that over time they will be able to provide adequate supplies so that teachers do not have to purchase classroom supplies out of their own pockets.The nominations are made through the Adopt a Classroom organization at:

Katie was nominated because as a new teacher she doesn't have the same level of materials an experienced teacher has access to.  Katie is a dedicated and hard working teacher with the natural ability to gain the respect of her student and push them to their full ability. Congratulations Katie!