Happy New Year- wow, 2014!! I wish all of you a happy and healthy 2014 and thank you for your collaboration in our PD today/yesterday (depending on when you read this).
Please remember to bring a trophy, if your class currently has one, to the the flag salute Tuesday morning. We will be announcing the attendance winners for the month of December.
We will have PLCs this week with a couple of changes that you are already aware of but I will post them again.
Tuesday: 5th grade in a.m. at 8:55 and 3rd grade (instead of 2nd grade) at 10:35.
Thursday: 2nd grade instead of 3rd grade at 10:25a.m.
Friday: 1st grade and 4th grade at normal times (make-up from Monday) This will occur next week as well.
Please continue to use your PLC time to unpack standards and do chaptering for Unit 5 if you haven’t already. If you are still working on Unit 4, that’s ok, but be talking as a team about Unit 5 and how you will pace yourselves to make sure you begin Unit 5 sooner than later. Some teams might be using their time in January to finish scoring PTA (3rd grade) or looking at upcoming PTA (2nd grade is soon and other grades are approaching in later January)
Chris has posted our January PLC calendar onto this site under “PLC Calendar” tab.
There will be no staff meeting this Wednesday. Please use part of the time to meet with your grade level team- using as much time for grade level planning is crucial right now and feel free to use a little bit of time to prep and get back into your routines.
I didn’t get a chance to ask for a grade level volunteer at our Monday meeting so I will ask now. Is there a grade level that is willing to be observed by another Emory grade level for our next installment of “instructional rounds” which will take place on Wed. Jan. 29th? We will visit each classroom for no more than 15 minutes each and address some of the district goals that we reviewed on Monday PD. (alignment, instruction, students engaged in speaking, listening, reading, writing including ELLs). Please let me know as soon as possible. If I don’t have any volunteers, I will choose from a hat. Thank you to our 1st grade team that already hosted visits by our 2nd grade team earlier this year.
Upper grade PD will take place on Jan. 22 in Rm. 21 here at Emory. I sent an email with the agenda and requests of what to bring today. (Monday)
I will be highlighting Emory School at the Jan. 23rd Board Meeting at 6p.m. I would love to see you there if you can make it. You are not expected to stay for the entire board meeting and as I will be first to present, I should be finished around 6:15p.m. If you have any pictures that you think would be great for me to include in my presentation (student work samples around Common Core, PBS, community partnerships, etc.) please send them my way this week as I will be working on my powerpoint that needs to be submitted by next Monday.
Please see Adriana’s email regarding start time and details with regards to Imagine Learning that was sent to you on Jan. 7th. (Begins again on Jan. 23rd)
We will resume PBS school-wide lessons on Monday, Jan. 27th. Feel free to review past lessons with students for the next two weeks.
Principal Round Table:
We will have our first round table meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28th. If you have any challenges that you would like to address, please place them in the box in the copy room. Remember, we always like possible solutions to be included. 🙂
Resource for the Week:
Here is another great site from which to get ideas about possible Common Core units and performance tasks. You can filter by checking on the grade level of your choice as well as by subject area. It will give you an overview of the unit and if you click on the little red “pdf” link in upper right-hand corner, it will give you the Unit/task in detail along with black line masters.
Question/s of the Week:
1) What is one new idea or learning that you walked away with from our PD on Monday, Jan. 13th?
2) We would love to hear about a highlight from your Winter break! Please feel free to share.
Quote of the Week:
“You will always miss 100% of the shots you do not take.”
What professional “risks” or “shots” are you willing to take in 2014? (No need to answer, just something to reflect on)