Weekly Update: February 8, 2016

Wow! What a beautiful weekend. I hope that you relaxed in the sunshine. Thank you for all that you do for your Emory family and our students!

Flag Salute:

We will continue with an extended flag salute. Please bring your trophies to the blacktop Monday morning. If you brought them out this Monday, I will bring them back to the blacktop for us.

Performance Task Assessments (PTA):

Administration Dates: February 1-16. Enter scores by Friday, February 19. 

Hope everything is going well for you and your students. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance.

3rd– 6th grade: directions to access the online assessment as a teacher, preview the assessment, and login as a student. USE ONLY SIMPLE LINED paper for TK-2 Assessments. Videos and job aides to access assessmentmaterials and scoring are available on the Units of Study websites. Visit the Educational Services website to view Anchor Papers for your grade level.

Staff Professional Learning:

We will meet this Wednesday at 1:45 in room 23. After a great meeting with the English Learner Task Force, we have decided to devote our time together this week to discuss who our English Learners are and how we best meet their needs during designated ELD time and throughout the school day.

School Website:

In the past two few weeks, I have had a few parents comment to me about how disappointing our website is. After spending a minute, being offended, I realized that after receiving feedback that many Emory families do not visit the website, I have not devoted much time to making it spectacular. I will be updating the school level website. Let me know if you have any suggestions for content. I encourage you to consider what is on your Emory teacher website. Many of you use dojo, Jupiter grades or something similar, if you have not done so, you may wish to add a link to your Emory site.

Digital Learning Day-February 17th:
Digital Learning Day is a global celebration for educators to share how they are integrating technology and how using technology is not “about the app”. It is about giving students choice, communicating with experts, collaborating with peers, creating something new to show their learning and to practice being a global citizen. Click here for some lesson ideas. You may use your twitter account to follow @officialdlday to see what other teachers are doing. Let me know if you’re doing something fun as I would love to stop by.

Response to Intervention/Multi Tiered Systems of Support/Intervention/Learning Center/Co-teaching Task Force:

Thank you for your interest in joining this committee. We are not able to meet on 2/22. I will send an updated timeline as I have more information. It’s not too late, if you are still interested in working with us, but forgot to let me know, please do so.

Lifting Student Learning: 

Click here to learn more about a professional learning opportunity offered by SDCOE. I believe that this opportunity will help teams refine their collaborative planning. Please let me know by Friday, 19th, if your team is interested in attending. This opportunity was not designed to meet the needs of individual teachers.

Optimist International Oratorical Contest:

Thank you to those of you who have been working so hard to assist our students in preparing for this event!! Speeches are due March 4th and the Contest is March 8th.

The topic for this year is, “How my best brings out the best in others.”  Students under the age of 18 may enter.  The deadline for entries is February 2016 and the event is scheduled for March 2016.  For more information, please see the application.

Coaches’ Corner:

As I reflect on the past week I have to say that what comes to mind is I very much appreciate my wife, Jocelyn.  She was at camp with her class this week.  Man, does she do a lot that I sometimes take for granted.  I am so grateful for her.  Coincidentally, gratitude was addressed at the ILT meeting.  Taking time to think about what we are grateful for helps our well-being.  We can do this personally and professionally…  I am grateful not only for my wife, but for my teenage girls that help when they want to 😉 and provide me with much happiness.  I am grateful for the teachers, staff and parents of the Emory community for doing what is best for our students.  I am grateful for the chance to learn to be more patient while my daughter is behind the wheel and I have no control.  I am grateful for the students that didn’t achieve the learning goal I planned for it made me think of other ways to reach them…  It was a long week and I got through it.  Can’t wait for Jocelyn to get home..  🙂

Fountas and Pinnell into Illuminate:

Click here for Directions for Entering Fountas and Pinnell Scores into Illuminate


Quote of the Week:

Question of the Week:

How is the PTA administration going for you? Do you need any support? Did you learn anything that you might want to share with your colleagues?

Video of the Week:

All about gratitude…not an essential watch, but about ten minutes and will probably make you smile. In my opinion, it gets REALLY good at 4minutes and 50 seconds.

Click Here



5 thoughts on “Weekly Update: February 8, 2016

  1. After all the accomodations and adjustments I can make for my sp/ed population how can I administer a test that is two or more grade levels above their abilities?

  2. It’s nice to see what the students can do. The test is time-consuming, and the students are tired of taking the tests 🙂 but we keep going and encouraging them to do their best.

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