Testing Season In Here!

This week the annual migration of students to their computers for required state testing takes place. Students will share their knowledge about skills in Reading, Math and Science. Some will handle it with ease. Some will struggle with this form of showing what they know and it all adds up to a score that represents…
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An Act Of Kindness Can Fill Your Bucket

Several years ago there was a staff member at our school that promoted often the phrase “fill someone’s bucket today”. The idea was to pass along an act or word of kindness that could be placed in someone’s “bucket” to help guide them through the day or give them energy to get past a difficult…
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The Annual Apples To Apples Measurement

Last week the Minnesota Department of Education made public the testing scores that each school district achieved this last spring. There is the usual flurry of press releases from both the state and local schools regarding their explanations as to why their scores either went up or down. Overall, the state showed very slight improvement…
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Sharing Schoolcraft Success Stories

This last week we were notified that the 1st Grade Spring expedition entitled “Transportation, A Moving Experience” was selected to be published on the EL Schools website. Schools can submit these for review for consideration to be included in EL’s Center for student work. The work presented here is considered to be exemplary and used…
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Have You Had A Good School Year?

What decides a good school year? Im many conversations I’m asked that question. I’m thinking it depends on many different perspectives. From the Administrators view, I’m sure it ties into what the recent test scores are all about as well as how much money the state is (or isn’t) giving us the next year. If…
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