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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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