Weekly Update: 1/26/2014

Happy Monday! Here are the updates for this week:


This week we will revisit Hallway Expectations.  Please make sure you take Chris’ suggestions and advice via his PBS email and really practice reinforcing this with not only your class, but other classes as well.  This will make a difference if ALL students know that ALL staff members are making this a priority expectation.

CC Orders:

Thank you for your hard work and diligence in getting Eunice your orders for the CC money that was provided to you and your team.  We will not get a clear picture of any remaining money and move forward with building a leveled reader resource room!

Newcomer Impact Teacher interview:

We will be interviewing one candidate on Monday, today, for the Newcomer open position.  Fingers crossed….

Lesson Plans:

Thank you for your hard work around lesson plans and turning those in.  I will be reviewing a few more for those who were out last week.  I need to turn the first two weeks’ worth in tomorrow so please make sure you have made any corrections that I asked of you and resubmit today, Monday.

I will also need this week’s lesson plans by this Wednesday afternoon.


In your PLCs this week, please continue to unpack standards, chapter Units of Study, and look at student work, especially if you have some results this week from your PTA, though that might be more of an agenda item for next week.  Looking at specific student work/data will give you a better understanding of where your instruction needs to go next.  This is the best data to use when thinking about your teaching- please don’t minimize it’s power.


Amy Illingworth will visit PLCs on Wednesday as a means of continued support with Common Core and PLCs.

Asst. Supt. Cindy Schaub’s visit has been rescheduled from last week to February 25th from 8:30a-10:30a.

Question/s of the Week:

What challenges would you like more support with around CC Math?

What are you experimenting with that you are liking and seeing as successful for student learning?

Quote of the Week:

“Bring joy to one person in the morning and ease the pain of another in the evening.”  – Buddhist saying


Weekly Update: 1/19/2015

Hello and hear’s to hoping everyone enjoyed their 3-day weekend! Here are the updates for this short week:


Please continue to work around unpacking standards.  You will see that Chris has placed a couple different templates that can help you truly unpack the standards on the table in our new PLC room. Along with these, you will find the PLC minutes page.  Please make sure to complete this and turn into Chris.

Additionally, we have upcoming PTA#2 for Writing so you may want to spend some time discussing how you will administer and score these in the near future.  Comparing your students’ work will be an invaluable way of aligning your practices as instructional leaders in your classroom AND of driving future instruction.

New PLC room 23:

As you will notice in our new room, Chris has created a board on the North side of the room that will serve as a great avenue to post relevant info for each grade level. (current Unit of Study, date of PTA’s, etc.) Thank you Chris!

Additionally, there is a white board when you first walk into the room that will be used for the purposes of communication regarding different committees.  If you serve as your grade level lead, or as ILT rep, or serve on ILD, or serve on SWTA working together, or any other committee for that matter, please take a few moments to write up or type up a short summary of any relevant info from this year or your latest “learnings” from any recent meetings.  You can also email Chris with your summary and he will post it on this white board.  Thanks!

Staff Meeting:

In lieu of a staff meeting this week, please use this as an additional opportunity to meet with your grade level.  Please let me know where your team will be meeting.

Please also turn in your second week of lesson plans to me (Eunice) by this Wednesday.  This will allow me to look over two weeks of lesson plans before I meet with each of you this Friday.  I began looking over some from last week and will send some examples of possible and acceptable “styles” for you to see on Tuesday morning.  This does not mean that the ones you turned in are NOT acceptable.  I just know that some people are wondering what their lesson plans should look like.

Board Meeting:

As mentioned before, I will be highlighting Emory at this week’s Board meeting at 6p.m. at Burress.  I would be honored if you could attend.  Additionally, two of our Student Council members will be leading us in the flag salute and I am sure they would also appreciate your support.

Asst. Supt. Schaub visit:

We will be rescheduling Cindy Schaub’s visit this Friday to another time as this conflicted with our roving sub for lesson plan review.  I will let you know as soon as I know as to the new date and time.

Instructional Rounds:

Due to the PTA that begins next week, Instructional Rounds that were scheduled to take place Monday, Jan. 26th will be rescheduled to another Monday in the near future.  This next time, 2nd grade will be visiting 3rd grade.  

Running Club:

It was brought to my attention by the Extended Learning personnel who still oversee our morning  Running Club that some students are saying that their teachers are not collecting their running club laps anymore.  I can assume this might be because I have not communicated a clear plan for passing out necklaces and “little foot” this year as our PE teacher used to be in charge of this and we do not have that position anymore.  Please take the time to have a process in place for this as we still want to encourage and reinforce this practice of walking, jogging, or running every morning before school.  

For those of you who might have forgotten the details, each student will receive a necklace, if they don’t already have one, for the first 50 laps they complete AND a little foot charm.  For every additional 50 laps, they will receive another charm.  Many of you have made this a classroom “job” which takes the burden of responsibility off of you and gives students some responsibility for doing this each morning.  However you choose to handle this, please continue to do so OR begin to do so immediately.  Last year, Dana generously offered to take over the necklace and little foot charms distribution but if she is unable to do so again this year, I am hoping that someone else might be able to step up and do so.  I think we had one day per week where we took care of this.  Thank you!

Evaluation Time: 

As to not be overwhelmed in late March, I will begin to schedule formal observations, which are part of the evaluation process, with those staff members who are scheduled to be evaluated this year.  Please be on the lookout for this email and please respond in a timely manner.

Question of the Week:

At the upcoming Board meeting where I highlight Emory, I will be making reference to Disneyland.  If you have been to Disneyland, please share one of your favorite memories or favorite ride OR both…

Quote of the Week:

“Pursuing anything valuable or important means you need to be willing to fail.” – Don Wettrick

Weekly Update: 1/12/2015

Welcome to 2015!! I hope everyone had some nice “down time”- here the updates for this week:

Flag Salute:

Please remember to bring your trophies to the blacktop in the morning as we will be announcing the December attendance winners.


As mentioned on Monday in our meeting, our new PLC room is Rm. 23!  We are working on getting it keyed so that your classroom key will open it.  Thank you to Chris who has been working over break, and will continue to work, on creating a welcoming and resourceful environment for your planning time.

In PLC’s, we will continue to move forward in our work around our primary goal of deeply unpacking standards.  Chris and I will be doing our best to attend each PLC and help facilitate this challenging work.  I want to remind everyone that it is very helpful and efficient if your team can come to your PLC prepared and with a predetermined agenda and goals/next steps from your previous meeting.

Chris will have a couple of templates available to help guide this work and will also now be in charge of collecting the PLC minutes so from now on, please email them to him OR place them in the bin that he has established for this in Rm. 23.

Minimum Days:

Tuesday and Wednesday are both minimum days.  We will not have any meetings so please use this time to meet with your grade level team and plan and prep.

Lesson Plans:

As I mentioned, I will be collecting your weekly lesson plans for the rest of January.  This week’s plans need to be turned into Eunice by this Friday.  You are more than welcome to turn them in sooner.  Once I get some plans turned in, I will select a couple that are good representations of what I need and am looking for, and I will black out the teacher name and send you all a picture of these “anchor” lesson plans if it might be of use for you.  You will not be required to have yours look exactly like these, but since I have already had some inquiries about what is expected so I will offer these as examples that might help you.  I will be scheduling a roving sub sometime next week to meet with you to briefly review your lesson plans.   In the future January weeks, please plan to turn your plans in to Eunice by every Wednesday of that respective week.  Please do not email them to Eunice.

Daily Schedule:

If you have not yet turned in your daily schedule with your own name on it, please do so this week to Eunice.


As mentioned, Teresa will be out on Tuesday and had hoped to post a “special” sign up sheet in the lounge so that every class could visit for just 15 minutes this week to check out books since all books were returned before break.  Since she is out, she will post this first thing in the morning when she returns on Wednesday so please be looking for this and sign up for a library time for this week.


Computer Lab:

The new computer lab schedule is posted on the door in the lounge for you to sign up in any of the “open” time slots.

Classroom Visits:

As mentioned briefly on Monday, Barb Montfort will join me in visiting classrooms this Friday afternoon.

Board Meeting to recognize Emory- please mark your calendars!:

I forgot to mention at the Monday PD/Staff Meeting that I will be presenting “All About Emory” at the next board meeting on Thursday, January 22nd at 6p.m.  I know you all have busy lives but I would be honored if you could attend as it would afford me the opportunity to recognize my wonderful staff in person, as you all are the reason that I will be able to proudly share all the good things that take place at our school.  Our presentations are expected to be 10 minutes or less so if you can attend, you should be able to leave by 6:15ish.

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment:

As mentioned in our Monday meeting, I have asked Asst. Supt. Cindy Schaub to order this assessment tool for us to pilot in grades K-2.  Today, I inquired if our upper grades could also pilot this and she is more than willing to support this and said it’s not too late but did specify that she is looking for entire grade levels to pilot as opposed to one teacher from each grade level.  If your 3-6 grade level team is interested, please let me know as soon as possible- by the end of this week if not sooner.  I have included a link here which describes the assessment and includes different tabs to give you a comprehensive look at the assessment.  This is not a reading program.  It is an assessment which can provide a lot of useful and detailed information for you about your students and guide your reading instruction and intervention.

Employee Lounge issues:


Carlos and Alex did not get a chance to clean out our fridge or freezer over break but will be doing it on Tuesday afternoon.  Please, please look to make sure that your old food is thrown out.  There are multiple boxes of Capri Sun so please take these if they belong to you as they do not need to be refrigerated and I don’t want to throw them away either.

-Sink area:

I was saddened to see that our sink area is full of dirty dishes.  This is not the responsibility of our custodians who have lots to do over their shortened Winter Break days.  These dishes are left over from our Employee of the Year celebration before break so please do you part to clean what is yours- always.

Question of the Week:

What is something (little idea or big idea) that your learned from our PB(I)S professional development on Monday that you are committed to trying in your classroom THIS WEEK?

Quote of the Week:

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules.  You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

-Richard Branson