Enjoy your 3 day weekend!
We will recognize classes with best attendance for the month of August at flag salute on Tuesday. Additionally, we will begin the practice of celebrating three students with perfect attendance for the week at Flag Salute each week. I will roll out the red wagon and we will announce three student names and have them select a prize from the wagon.
Conferences are Sept. 9 through Sept. 18 with Friday, Sept. 11th being a “no students” work day to allow for conferences all day long. Please make sure to to give a copy of your conference schedule to Eunice as you cannot imagine how many calls we receive from parents needing reminders about what time their conferences are, even though we know you have sent them the information in at least one form of communication. If you have any students with attendance concerns tardies or absences, I encourage you to discuss this with the family. Click here to review tips from Attendance Works for addressing absences with families during your conferences. Parent Handout English Parent Handout Spanish You received an email from Jen Olivera indicating that we will receive revised copies of the Report Card Parent Guides to share with all of students’ parents during conferences. Full versions of the document for ALL grade levels will still be available on the website for you and parents (Under Parents and Students > Report Cards). Please also try to remember to sign up parents to volunteer for fall carnival (Friday, October 30th).
I was able to visit more classrooms this week than last, but I still did not make it to all of you. This week I visit classrooms on Thursday. Asst. Supt. for Ed Leadership, Cindy Wagner will visit on Tuesday, I believe that she intends to visit with me in the office.
Eugenia Salazar Newcomer Impact Teacher
Gina Pierotti Primary Intervention Impact Teacher
Cathryn Clabaugh Art/Literature PLC Rotation Impact Teacher
Thank you for making our new team members feel so welcomed. Substitute Teachers here this week to support PLC are Alan Salazar and Liz Desmond and I have Impact Teacher interviews (again) Tuesday morning.
As you may recall, our new state assessment system is called CAASPP. Results will be released publicly on September 9 and I expect we will have access via Illuminate next week. In the coming weeks, individual student score reports will be sent home. The video below will preview for you the individual student score report. Here is a very clear chart about Claims and the Achievement Levels in Math and ELA. and here is a link to some Parent Guides with sample questions and test description.
If you receive questions from families here are some talking points:
- This is baseline information.
- This is one tool we use to measure student achievement.
- We are asking students to show us critical thinking, reading, and writing every day.
- These test results cannot be compared to previous state tests.
Monday, Sept 21 and Tuesday, Sept 22
ELA/ELD Framework and ELD Standards
- Please sign up here for ELA/ELD
Wednesday, Sept 23
Systematic English Language Development (SELD)
Thursday, Sept. 24
Google Boot Camp 2– from 8:30- 11:30 AM. This training is for 3rd – 8th grade teachers, Principals, Coaches, and IMRTs. We will have opportunities for Basics and Beyond. Some content will be repeated from the summer Boot Camp.
Friday, September 25th
Google Apps for Teacher Productivity– from 8:30- 11:30 AM. This training is for TK- 2ndgrade teachers, Principals, Coaches, and IMRTs wanting to learn more about using Google Apps (Docs, Slides, Forms) with their teams and school site.
You may have noticed that I set up a twitter account for Emory. I also added a feed to the webpage (well, actually Ken Quisenberry did when I couldn’t figure it out). I am hoping to use twitter as a vehicle to communicate with families and our community more about how great we are!! Please feel free to share pictures with me of student work or activities. Additionally, I use twitter as another way to access professional learning. I encourage you to consider getting your own twitter account, too.
Quote of the week:
Question of the week:
There is no question, please comment with a shout out to a colleague. Feel free to show gratitude or celebrate a success.
Bonus– Video of the week:
Change is the only constant in the 21st century: