Weekly Update: 4/21/2014

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weekend spending time with family and friends.  Here are the updates:


Please spend your time unpacking Unit 7 standards and if you are the rep for your grade level lead meetings, please make sure to share what is being reviewed and discussed at these meetings.  If you are soon to begin the CAASPP assessment, please feel free to take some time to review, discuss, etc.


Thank you again to 3rd grade for being the “guinea pigs” last week.  We ran into glitches and learned a lot, but everyone perservered and we are better for it now.  Thank you to Chris for checking in to the classrooms regularly to help with any issues.  Thank you for your patience and thank you for documenting any issues and giving these notes to Chris.  He will be bringing these to his “post-CAASPP” testing coordinators meeting to share.  Barb Montfort will then share these with the state testing committee.  Another shout out to the Chrome Book teachers who are sharing their CBs and having them charged and ready (with headphones).

Writing PD:

We will have upper grade writing Pd on MOnday at the district office.  (8-10:40a.m. in conference Rm. 4)  Please bring any ELA mentor texts you are currently using (stories, CORE lit, non-fiction text, etc.)

SBUSD Foundation Basket:

Our basket is due May 1 and Maria and Cindy will need a little time to shop and put the basket together so we really need to have donations in this week.  Please, if you can, donate a little money to this worthy event.  Eunice will collect in the office.  Thank you!

Board Visit:

Our SBUSD Board and Exec. Team will be visiting this Friday.  I will meet with them for 15-30 minutes and then we will begin to visit classrooms.  As I mentioned before, they are very interested in seeing how the district instructional goals that they established are being put into action in the classrooms.  Realistically, we usually aren’t able to visit more than 4-5 classrooms and I try to bring them to different grade levels.

Summer Professional Development:

If you haven’t had a chance to read the detailed email from Amy Illingworth regarding the exciting summer PDs that are being offered, I encourage you to do so.  Some of you have inquired about the Illuminate training.  (this will be our new DataDirector but will encompass even more that will be useful to our district office personnel as well.)  I had 3 teachers who expressed interest to me immediately after reading the email and I was able to get them all approved as our site’s “experts”.  The district is now allowing 2 reps per site so we were lucky to be the first ones to inquire and were approved for 3.  Thank you to Shelly, Erin, and Connie will be attending the training and then helping the rest of us!!  I know many of you have signed up for the Math CC training and know that this will be give you more confidence going into the new school year.

Upcoming Events:

Please pay close attention to the bulletin that Eunice posts weekly as well as the white board, PLC calendar, and emails as it’s going to be a busy upcoming 7 weeks.  Find 5-10 minutes daily to read your emails and write important items into your planner and/or calendar.

Question of the Week:

If you were to write a book, what would you write about?

Quote of the Week:

“Our job is to teach the students we have.  Not the ones that we would like to have. Not the ones we used to have. Those we have right now. All of them.” — Dr. Kevin Maxwell



25 thoughts on “Weekly Update: 4/21/2014

  1. I’d like to write a book on doing inexpensive things (mostly) together as a family to help newer families. I would also include a chapter on the importance of “date night” for parents.

  2. I have one in my head that I’ve told to my children many times. It’s a kid’s book about a little boy whose sisters picked on him until he shaved them bald in their sleep. I made it up for Anthony when he was about 3 and couldn’t stand being the “little brother” all the time. Fortunately, the story was enough, and he never carried out the boy’s revenge.

    1. I include “long term” in order to study and report on the later years in children’s lives hoping to reveal connections to their early childhood experiences culturally and educationally.

  3. A kids book
    *surviving incest/child abuse
    *death of loved one
    *family member in jail
    Books that might help kids get through a hard time and maybe ease the pain. I’ve written a few in my head and someday they may actually happen.

  4. A book about all of the funny things students (AND TEACHERS) have said and done in my 20 plus years of teaching. Names will be changed to protect the innocent!

  5. Possible titles- “Growing Up with the Lermas”, “My Life in a Kindergarten Class”, “A Loved One with Dementia”

  6. I’m with Shelly………..I have so many funny, interesting clips, writings I’ve saved through the years that kids have shared.
    Also, Passages: The Live of a Teacher

  7. I wrote a children’s book with a friend in high school…it was our version of The Magic School Bus with a class on a field trip to learn about the human body. I always wanted to try and get it published.

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