Weekly Update: March 14, 2016

Hope your weekends were restful and fun!

Staff Meeting:

We do not have anything planned for you this Wednesday afternoon. Please plan by yourself or with your colleagues.

Golden Eagle Awards:

Thank you for collecting student data, completing student raffle forms, notifying families and completing your certificates. I look forward to our Golden Eagle Award Ceremony this Friday, March 18th. See bulletin for schedule.

Classroom libraries:

As we focus on our goal of refining our current library and incorporating our new titles into an accessible library which will allow our students to access “just right” books. Remember that you have a $50 budget to purchase bins and supplies (keep the receipts). We are able to compensate you for 6 hours of time (out of contract) during spring break working on your library.  You must take and share with me a before and after picture of your library.

VIP Attendance Party:

This Thursday, March 16th, we will celebrate our students with outstanding attendance during trimester 2. Be on the look-out for VIP tickets to our lunch time pizza party.

Coach’s Corner:

Seeing all the books that are going in classrooms, it is exciting to imagine what our classrooms could be like in the next few of years.  Developing a classroom of readers doesn’t happen overnight.  Putting labeled books in bins and creating a classroom library is just a part of the equation.  Creating an environment where kids value and protect books, cherish independent reading and engage in rich conversations about what they read takes time and effort.  The book “Simple Starts – Making the Move to a Reader-Centered Classroom” is a very informative and easy-to-read guide.  If you haven’t read the chapter that was given at the last PD, please dedicate some time to do so.  Read it while your students are reading (it is never a bad thing to model reading and writing to your students).  Take a look at the Table of Contents to see everything that is presented.  Kari Yates, includes ‘Step inside the Classroom’ examples that are very insightful.  If enough teachers request the book, we could form a book club and support each other.  I’m in.  Anyone else?

CAASPP Testing:

Reminder to our 3rd-6th grade teachers and specialist team, please email Chris by Wednesday to let him know that you have completed your headphone check and looked on each chromebook to see the “Air Secure Test” icon. To review the presentation from Wednesday’s meeting, click here.

Chris made some modifications to the CAASPP schedule. (affects 5th and 6th grade) Click here to see the revised schedule.


Jose Montano Change for Change:

Thank you for supporting our Change for Change campaign. Boxes will be collected this Friday, March 18th.

Everyone a Reader:

We will train interested 5th and 6th graders to serve as reading tutors this Tuesday, March 15th from 11:30-approximately 1:00/1:30. These students will volunteer their time during their morning recess (maybe 1 day per week or maybe more) to read to and with students in primary grades. Thank you 5th and 6th grade teachers for collecting applications. I will send you a list of students who will participate in Tuesday’s training by the end of the day on Monday (March 14th).

Noon Time Supervisor Training:

On Tuesday morning, we will provide another training to our noon time supervisors and special education instructional assistants who keep our kids safe during lunch time.

Fountas and Pinnell Questions and Answers:
Which score do I enter into Illuminate?
         You should enter the student’s instructional reading level into Illumina
Which do I administer first, fiction or non-fiction?
          At this point, whichever you administered first is the best one, however, according to           Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas, best practice is to administer non-fiction first.


Fountas and Pinnell into Illuminate:

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


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