Good morning! Here are the updates for our 4-day week:
6th grade Camp:
I want to say “Thank you” to our wonderful 6th grade teachers and their amazing support crew of Eunice and Adriana for making 6th grade camp happen again this year. We are definitely seeing the effects of camp costs and a tough economy but we managed to send all but a handful of students to camp (and we offered to send them all but some parents have a tough time letting go, which is bound to happen) and I received feedback that this group was one of our best! Thanks!
I will be holding our Blue Slip drawings today at lunch so please remember to send your blue slips to lunch with a student.
Our PBS lesson for Monday morning will focus on Cafeteria Expectations. Melinda Seubert has also kindly included the PBS flip chart for Gift Shop expectations as we have our Valentine’s Gift shop open this week. I want to thank all of you for setting and reinforcing expectations for walking in the hallways as I have seen quiet lines in the hallways even when students don’t know I’m watching. Let’s continue to set the bar high with all of our other PBS expectations.
Please continue your work in PLCs around deeply unpacking standards. This week might also include, amongst other things, scoring of your PTAs and completing the Units of Study/Assessments survey that is on our district website under “Feedback” and was included as a link in last week’s Weekly Update. Chris or myself will be making every effort to attend every PLC for at least a portion, if not all, of the time. We are there to support, answer questions, ask guiding questions, and keep on track if necessary so that this precious time can be maximized effectively. We will use your previous week’s PLC minutes to help us understand your agenda for the current week so please try to adhere to your “next steps”. Thank you.
Thank you to those teachers who received visits from Chris, Amy I., and Jen O. last Thursday. I received great and positive feedback from the team as they noticed that all teachers were engaging students in critical thinking and releasing students to do more and more of the “cognitive workload”, as challenging as that may be.
On Friday, I visited just about every, single, classroom for just 5-7 minutes and was equally impressed with the level of instruction and efforts to engage students in independent reading, speaking, writing= THINKING! I also saw more differentiated instruction than ever before in different forms: small group, advanced organizers, challenge problems, etc.
I know as educators we often don’t receive enough praise so I want to say “Thank you” for all of your efforts.
I wanted to give a special “shout out” to Mike H. who generously helps out with traffic duty even when he’s not assigned to. This past week, Mike covered traffic duty for our 6th grade teachers who were at camp because I forgot to find coverage. He didn’t say anything, just did what he did because he is who he is– a great man. Thanks Mike!
Question of the Week:
What ELA standard are you finding to be more confident in teaching which has come from the tough unpacking work that you did last school year?
Quote of the Week:
“What we will remember when we’re old are the things we did for others”. -Will Rogers