Good morning! Thank you for a great first week. Here are our week 2 updates.
Positive Behavior Supports:
Thank you for teaching, practicing and reinforcing our school-wide expectations. I appreciate all of your efforts to keep our campus safe. Please continue to follow the PBS expectation schedule and devote time toward setting the stage for a successful year. I encourage you to continue to distribute blue slips to help reinforce the expectations for our students.
Goal Setting Meeting with Jenn:
Please contact Eunice to schedule a meeting with me to help me learn about your strengths and areas where you would like to grow this school year. I would like to meet with each of you for 10-15 minutes before August 31. During this meeting, I would like you to share with me an area of professional strength as well as an area where you would like to grow in your teaching practice.
Back to School Nights:
We have our “Back to School Nights” on Wed. Aug. 5 (grades 4-6) and Wed. Aug. 12 (grades 1-3) (TK/Kinder already had their orientation/open house.) Be thinking about some of the info you might want to provide to parents:
-checking in with ID at the office
-Common Core Math and ELA now (have samples of CC Math examples and/or handout to give them of grade level standards)
-combination classes (if you are lucky enough to have one 🙂 and explain how neither grade level will “miss out”)
-discuss the classroom supplies that you would appreciate them donating if they care to
-review PBS main rules
I will also be reviewing much of this in my “spiel” before they head to your classrooms but I will be speaking quickly to cover a lot of info and it will be even more powerful if they hear it again from you.
Establish Instructional Routines:
This is the time to explicitly teach routines around embedded standards (ie partner talk, fluency writing, etc.) As well as math routines (writing to explain, number talks, games, etc.). Doing this now will provide time later for differentiated instruction. This will pay off in the long run.
Impact Teacher Update:
At this time, Laura Acosta and Malina Watyl are scheduled to return and we need to fill three open positions. I will be out on Wednesday at interviews to fill our open Impact teacher positions. Devin was hired by Keillor Leadership Academy and Caitlyn by San Ysidro.
Thank you for walking students to dismissal and staying to supervise every day last week. This week we will begin our regular supervision schedule. Please walk your students to their dismissal area. I encourage you to stay at least one extra day this week. This will provide extra adult eyes and order as we ensure students leave campus safely.
Our first Instructional Leadership Team meeting of the school year will be this Thursday, August 6th. Thank you to our leaders for their commitment to learning and sharing back with the team—Karina, Rebecca, Jeanne, Maria, Holli, Angela, Erin, Dave and Chris.
Chris and I will visit classrooms on Tuesday and Friday this week. I cannot wait to see you in action with your students!
Question of the Week:
What was a highlight from your first week of school?
Video of the Week: