Weekly Update: September 14, 2015

Thanks for your flexibility with the rainy day lunch schedule this week. Enjoy your weekends! Get rested and try to stay cool.


This week during your PLC time, Chris and I will join your team to facilitate a discussion about our Smarter Balanced Assessment/CAASPP results. Results from the 2014-15 administration of the Smarter Balanced (SBAC)/CAASPP are available in Illuminate and at the California Department of Education (CDE) website. Additionally, you may wish to discuss a timeline for administering the upcoming benchmark assessments.

English Learner Committee:

I am still looking for additional members of our English Learner Committee.  Responsibilities include attending release day meetings, reviewing student data/placement and discussing best practices or English Learners. Please let me know if you are interested.

Classroom Visits:

I will be on campus all five days this week! WooHoo! Amy Illingworth, Director of Educational Services will visit on Tuesday and we will be walking classrooms beginning at 11:00. Katie McNamara, Superintendent, will visit Wednesday from 8:45-10:30. She also intends to visit classrooms. I will join Katie and Amy on their visits and will come to see your classrooms on Thursday.

Reward/Party Schedule:

There is much to celebrate at Emory. Thank you for working hard to promote student attendance, positive behavior and PTA sign ups. See the reward schedule below. Let me know if you have any concerns about times/dates ASAP.

PTA Winners Popsicle Party Monday 9/14 at lunch

Blue Slips Monday 9/14 at lunch

Please send your blue slips with your students to lunch on Monday. TK/K I will visit your rooms with the wagon on Monday between 9:30-10:00

Attendance Reward Popcorn Party and Reading Friday 9/18

Kinder   Leon                                      8:30-8:405

Grade 1 Erlbeck                                9:00-9:15

Grade 2 Lobato                                 9:15-9:30

Grade 3 Ochoa                                  9:30-9:45

Grade 4 Kinnamon                          9:45-10:00

Grade 3 Castellanos                        10:30-10:45

Grade 4 Perkins                                10:45-11:00

Grade 5 Muniz/ Brizendine          11:00-11:15

Grade 5 Goulding                             11:15-11:30

Grade 6 Major                                   11:30-11:45

Grade 6 Molina                                 11:45-12:00

Rock and Roll Recess Friday 9/18 1:05-1:25 (send students with backpacks)

School Site Council:

Our first School Site Council meeting of the year is Tuesday, Sept. 15th at 1:40. Thanks to Angela, Erika, Angelica and Eunice for representing the Emory staff.

Calibration Workshops:

Ed Services will offer calibration workshops during your Benchmark Assessment Window this Fall (10/5-10/20).  These are optional [paid] workshops teachers may attend to get support with scoring student writing. See email from Amy Illingworth for the fine print.  Please click here to see the dates and register yourself for the Math and/or ELA calibration workshop.

PTA Movie:

Encourage your students and their families to join us Wednesday, Sept 16th for a free showing of Big Hero 6. The party starts at 5:30 with the movie beginning at 6:00. Feel free to join the party, too.

Impact Update:

Please be sure to welcome Kriza Casem who joins our team this week as our newest Impact Teacher. Try to connect with and welcome all of our newly hired Impact Teachers. Eugenia Salazar is supporting English Learners and newcomer students. Gina Pierotti provides intervention to our primary students and support to combo classes. Cathryn Clabaugh and Kriza provide enrichment during your collaboration. We are still seeking our final Impact teacher and therefore will continue to have Liz Desmond with us until we find our final team member.

SDSU ELD Stipend:

Earn a $1,500 attend an online graduate certificate program at San Diego State University. Choose one of two certificate program options, Dual Language or English Language Development, and receive graduate level credit while preparing yourselves to better serve your English Language Learners and address the Common Core State Standards. November 1 deadline for the SPRING SEMESTER. Email scajigas@mail.sdsu.edu for more info or go to   http://go.sdsu.edu/education/projectcore/    

Food for Thought:

How engaging are your essential questions? Click here to read a summary of an article from Wiggins and Wilbur.

Quote of the Week:

Question of the week:

How will you spend your fall break?

Dear Teacher:Heartfelt Advice to Teachers from Students


8 thoughts on “Weekly Update: September 14, 2015

  1. I plan on doing the following in this order: BTSA, relaxing, professional reading/planning, playing with sister/hubby when they come to town on the 1st. May be tired when we return on the 5th….

  2. Las Vegas with my adorable hubby without the Kids !!! Yahoo !! Disneyland to celebrate my eldest son Grant turning 6 and I plan on volunteering in my son’s Kinder classroom at Vista Grande as “Mommy” instead of teacher. 🙂

  3. Mini road trips work for me………we will make our way to Ventura County (Oxnard) my hometown….then go a little further up to Santa Barbara….”family reunion”…..plus sleeping in is always such a pleasure! 🙂 ….my Granddaughter’s BD party, some PD, and treat myself to massage, pedicure, etc……..make time to laugh and walks are great!…:)

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