Weekly Update: April 25, 2016

SBAC/CAASPP testing week is here! The best part is, I know that we are prepared. We have worked hard-primary grade teachers- preparing our students for next year 🙂 and upper grade teachers for the assessments. You have done amazing work! Be proud and do your best to be relaxed and happy.

Workshop Cohort:

I strongly encourage you to consider joining the next cohort of workshop teachers. Click here to learn more about this commitment.

Jen Oliveira has curated a web site with TONS of information about the workshop model. Click here Info about Workshop to learn more.

 

CAASPP/SBAC: (primary grade teachers should read this, too)

Click here to view the schedule.

Recess Change: From April 25-May 6, students in grade 3 will go out for upper grade recess. On duty days, third grade teachers will assist in supervising upper grade recess. Eugenia Salazar will support primary grade supervision. When/if you are her partner, please help her out.

ELD Changes:Students in grades 1/2 who report to room 8 for ELD should report to room 6 (April 26-May 6). ELD will be canceled April 26-May 6 for all students in grades 3-6.

Band Lessons: all beginning band will be combined into one class at 11:30 AM. Students will leave their instruments & belongings in the music room at the end of their lesson and go straight to lunch. After lunch recess, please allow them to swing by to pick up their belongings. Classes in the afternoon should not have any conflict with testing.

PLC in Room 28 during testing:To allow us to use room 23 for student assessment make ups, during CAASPP/SBAC testing (April 25-May 6) please use room 28 for PLC.Sorry for the inconvenience.

Shutdown Chromebooks Daily:Because the CAASP SecureBrowser needs to be able to be updated on a daily basis, please ensure that students actually SHUT DOWN their device at the end of each day. Many students have a habit of only closing their lid or letting their device “sleep,” but this is insufficient to allow necessary updates to the system or the testing browser.

As a reminder to all, please avoid using the internet to allow our students or to use the teacher computer to stream any video content (brain pop, youtube etc) before lunch.

(Okay, primary grade teachers, you probably don’t need to any more in this topic- skip down to Staff Meeting)

Upper Grade Teachers, More Helpful Tips from Chris:

  • Room environment:  all reference material that students can refer to on the walls should be covered or removed, student desk layout should be set for testing
  • Testing materials:  all students should have a student label card, teachers should have the directions and script readily available, chromes charged and headphones ready, scratch paper and pencils for students should be available (math)
  • Quiet activities:  a quiet activity for students should be planned for early finishers.  Remember, do not have students on the computer / internet.
  • Late/tardy students:  students will be sent to class for testing.  After 8:45 late/tardy students will be sent to room 23 to test for the day.
  • Teacher needs assistance:  if you need support or have a question or concern, please call Eunice in the office.  She will then contact Chris or Jenn.
  • Encourage your students to be here on time and ready to try their best!!

The script is in the ‘Day of Test Administration’ beginning on page of 57 of the link below.

http://www.caaspp.org/rsc/pdfs/CAASPP.online_tam.2016.pdf

Staff Meeting:

No Staff Meeting this week. Please use the time to plan by yourself or with your team.

 

Playground Closure:

The sandbox portion of the playground will be closed for the remainder of the year beginning, Tuesday, April 26th. Students will be able to use the field, and all asphalt areas. Remember to use blue slips to reward appropriate behavior. I will attempt to hold more frequent drawings.

Blue Slips at Lunch on Monday:

To encourage a smooth transition to the smaller playground, I will hold blue slips drawings on the next two Mondays (April 25 and May 3). Please pass them out two students demonstrating appropriate playground behavior.

Coach’s Corner:

It’s assessment time!  We all want our students to score well and be proficient, but we have to remember that this is just one assessment.  The data from the CAASPP will provide valuable data about what our kids can do and what they are challenged by.  And just like all teachers do, we’ll take the data and plan instruction to meet students’ needs.  Student data drives instruction.  We know that this assessment is important, but the formative and summative assessments that you give your students throughout the year are just as vital in providing the instruction that will push our students further.  Everyone, at all grade levels, has done their best to prepare.  Positive results and improvement are bound to happen.  Be proud of all the work that you’ve done (and continue to do) for our kids.  I am.

 

Online Resources:

As we explore tools to support differentiated teaching and learning that allow us to maximize the potential of our student technology, please check out the web- based, adaptive programs listed below.  Look by yourself, with your students (as possible) or with your grade level team. We may be able to have some of the programs to use next school year to support our instruction.

 

CELDT Trainer of Trainers:

The CELDT Trainer of Trainers professional learning to support the administration of the 2016-17 CELDT will be held on Tuesday May 31st from 8:30 – 3:00.  There will be an overview of CELDT for 2016-17. You are all welcome to attend. Please sign up below.

Register here for  CELDT Trainer of Trainers.

Box Tops:

Thank you very much for encouraging your students to collect and return box tops.  Mr. Brizendine’s class brought in the top count of 232!  Mr. Erlbeck had 102, and Ms. Hernandez had 90.

Please announce to your students and communicate to your families a reminder that  for each 25 box tops you get 1 chance in the drawing.  Right now we have 19 names in the drawing for a gift card.

Thank you:

Thank you for coming together to support each other and Chris as I was off campus for the ASU GSV conference. It was amazing, it is hard to be away, but so very exciting. I visited E3 Civic High School, an innovative campus in the SD downtown library.(they use Petco park for PE), heard Carol Dweck(growth mindset), Sal Khan (Khan Academy) and Bill Gates (Microsoft). Click here to read a summary of Bill Gates’ remarks. 

Here is another article that will give you an idea of what the conference was about.

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Weekly Update: April 18, 2016

I hope that you had a fantastic weekend. Enjoy the week with your students and colleagues.

Jenn off campus Monday-Wednesday:

I have the opportunity to attend the ASU/GSV conference this week. While I am very excited to have this opportunity, I will be off campus Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Chris will be serving as our admin designee in my absence.

Staff Meeting:

On Wednesday, April 20th, grade 3-8 teachers and specialists, should plan to attend the SBAC/CAASPP training meeting in room 23.

CAASPP/SBAC Testing Schedule:

CAASPP testing begins April 25th and concludes May 6th. We will continue to conduct make ups, and administer the grade 5 assessments through May 20th. If you will be administering CAASPP/SBAC assessments, please review your emails from Chris and ensure that you and your students are prepared for a smooth administration. Let us know ASAP if you have any questions. Please DO NOT wait until the last minute to get yourself and your students comfortable with the log in process. You have worked so hard this year to ensure that your students are ready for this, please be sure to give us the best opportunity for our students to show how very much they have learned from you and know.

Click here to view the schedule.

PLC in Room 28 during testing:

To allow us to use room 23 for student assessment make ups, during CAASPP/SBAC testing (April 25-May 6) please use room 28 for PLC.Sorry for the inconvenience.

LCAP Student Survey:

As a reminder to teachers of 3rd -6th graders, by April 22, please have your students complete the LCAP student survey.

Student Survey Link

http://goo.gl/forms/dPn3H3EqA6

Padres Winners:

Congratulations to Erin and Connie! They each won four tickets to upcoming Padre’s games.

Million Word Challenge:

Thank you for submitting your students’ reading logs to Teresa. Readings logs are due this Monday, April 18.  The final reading log will be due Monday, May 2.Thank you to the classes that are participating.

SBUSD Ed Foundation Mini Grants:

Spring mini-grant applications are now available! Please click the link below for additional information, including instructions and deadlines.

http://goo.gl/forms/YBo7jX0R1p

Coach’s Corner:

Walking through classrooms, the work that’s been done to classroom libraries is evident.  Books are labeled and in bins ready to be read.  We have been learning how effective independent reading can be.  Establishing a classroom library / reading area is an important step.  With all the time and effort to create and organize libraries, don’t forget to invest time in the routines and procedures that will maintain books for as long as possible.  Have students practice how to respectfully visit the library and choose book.  Discuss what it looks like and sounds like.  Create charts and signs to remind everyone of the expectations.  Get students involved.  It is the end of the year, but trying it now will present opportunities to consider any changes for the next school year.  If you’re interested in establishing routines and procedures around classroom libraries and independent reading, l would be happy to help.

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Weekly Update: April 11, 2016

Happy Monday! Here’s hoping that you are on the internet reading our blog and that you do not hear rain in the background J Thank you for your flexibility this past week. I hope that you (and your students) enjoyed the opportunity to go “old school”.

CAASPP/SBAC Testing Schedule:

Click here to view the schedule.

As a reminder to all, please avoid using the internet to allow our students or to use the teacher computer to stream any video content (brain pop, youtube etc) before lunch. Also, teachers of students who are testing, please communicate with your parents about the dates of testing and times of testing. Encourage regular, on time attendance.

LCAP Student Survey:

As a reminder to teachers of 3rd -6th graders, by April 22, please have your students complete the LCAP student survey.

Student Survey Link

http://goo.gl/forms/dPn3H3EqA6

LCAP Staff Survey:

This is the same survey that we took at the staff meeting this week. If you were absent from the staff meeting, please take a few (10) minutes to complete the survey before the end of the day on Wednesday (April 13). If you took the survey on Wednesday, please do not do it again J

Staff Survey Link:

http://goo.gl/forms/VRQ54GGMAu

Parent/Guardian LCAP input survey:

Many of you send home a digital newsletter or communicate electronically (dojo, google, etc). As we are in the process of collecting input from families (and the more responses the more valid the data), please share the links below which will take our families to the annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) survey.

English: http://goo.gl/forms/Gk94HEIAOU

Spanish: http://goo.gl/forms/UjYVj11bvc

Staff Meeting:

No staff meeting this week, though we have a School Site Council meeting at 1:30 in the staff lounge. If you have not placed your trimester two report cards in student cum files, please use the time this week to get that done.

Monitoring reclassified English learners:

Teachers of students in grades 3-6 may have received RFEP monitoring forms in your mailbox.  It is a legal requirement for us to monitor RFEPs for two years after reclassification. These forms are very similar to the initial reclassification forms. Please complete the forms, attach student work if necessary to show progress (if PTA criteria wasn’t met) answer criteria question (yes if the student is making adequate progress/ no if intervention is needed) and sign. If intervention is needed then Intervention Plan needs to be filled out.  Place completed forms in envelope to Chris’s mail box by Friday, April 22.  Please check with Chris if you have any questions.

ELD Awards:

We are going to schedule a VIP continental breakfast for our English Learners who have moved up at least one CELDT level and for students who have Re-classified as English Proficient. We will hold the continental breakfast during ELD time. Date TBD.

New Impact Rotation:

Friday, April 15th is the last day for our current Impact rotation, you will have a different Impact teacher for your students beginning on Tuesday, April 19th. click here to see the schedule.

SBUSD Ed Foundation Mini Grants:

Spring mini-grant applications are now available! Please click the link below for additional information, including instructions and deadlines.

http://goo.gl/forms/YBo7jX0R1p

School Calendar 2016-17:

At their meeting on March 10, the Board approved the 2016-2017 Student School-year Calendar.  You may access the calendar here.

Quote of the Week:

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscaglia

Weekly Update: April 4, 2016

Welcome back!! I hope that you enjoyed a fantastic vacation and are rejuvenated and ready to have fun working hard alongside each other and our students.

April Character Trait Focus-Kindness:

For your use during your PBS lesson this week. The video is available on the connect with kids website (http://sbusd.connectwithkids.com/). The video can be reached by going to Student Resources-> Elementary->Character/Life Skills. Lesson plans to use/modify are right below the video and the K-2 lesson plans are available on the previous page. I am hoping we don’t run into the same problem with accessing the videos like we did last time, but please let Lindsay know if anyone can’t access the website.

Staff Meeting:

We will have a staff meeting this week, much of our time will be spent providing input related to the Site and District LCAP/Single Plan for Student Achievement Process. As always, please plan to bring your laptops. See you in room 23 at 1:45.

Parking near portables:

Don Visnick, Director Facilities and Services, informed me today that as of Monday, April 11th, staff will no longer be allowed to park in the areas adjacent to the portables. Per the fire marshal, all staff will be required to park in the Emory parking lot. Understanding this impact, I asked about parking at the warehouse, and was told that they would not be able to accommodate this as the parking there is very limited.

New Technology:

During spring break, three of you should have received a new projector. The rest of our classrooms are due for an upgrade next school year. We will receive updated information about the planned laptop replacement soon. Based upon previous projections, most Emory staff will receive a new laptop this school year. Details to follow. For more information about the new projectors, click here.

Classroom Libraries:

I enjoyed seeing the before and after pictures of your upgraded libraries. Thank you for spending time enhancing your libraries for your students’ access and enjoyment. If you came in over break, please see Eunice on Monday to complete your timesheet.Prior to being compensated for your library upgrade (6 hours), you must take and share with me a before and after picture of your library. Remember that you have a $50 budget to purchase bins and supplies (keep the receipts).

Coach’s Corner:

The home stretch.  Now that we are back from Spring Break, the end of the year is fast-approaching.  Before we know it, testing will be over (CAASPP and benchmarks) and report cards will be sent home.  Before that happens, take the time and reflect on successes and challenges so far.  What do you feel proud of?  What do you feel needs some attention?  If you set a goal at the beginning of the year, evaluate your progress.  If you didn’t set a goal, think about making one for the end-of-the-year.  It can be a professional goal or personal goal.  I, for one, am going to commit to trying the reading workshop model in a primary and an upper grade classroom.  I’d like to work with a couple of teachers that are willing to try incorporating reading workshop in their day.  Another goal of mine is to work with someone to meet a goal he or she has set.  It is always helpful to have support with achieving goals.  I look forward to hearing from anyone that may be interested.  

Parent/Guardian LCAP input survey:

Many of you send home a digital newsletter or communicate electronically (dojo, google, etc). As we are in the process of collecting input from families (and the more responses the more valid the data), please share the links below which will take our families to the annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) survey.

English: http://goo.gl/forms/Gk94HEIAOU

Spanish: http://goo.gl/forms/UjYVj11bvc

Fountas and Pinnell:

Wow! So many of you have administered the Fountas and Pinnell and entered your scores into Illuminate. Thank you!!! I learned that there is a letter in Iluminate which you might send home to your students’ families. If you think this is helpful, please use it. Or think about how you might use it next year. To view a copy of the Illuminate parent letter, click here. To access the letter, you must have entered Fountas and Pinnell scores into Illuminate and then you should access it on the reports screen. Please let Chris or me know if you need help finding this letter or any other information. Click here for Directions for Entering Fountas and Pinnell Scores into Illuminate

Artbox Fundraiser:

You will find the artbox fundraiser personalized order forms in your mail boxes. Please send them home with your students ASAP. All order forms will be collected by the company on Thursday. PTA will receive approximately 30% of the proceeds from each order.

Million Word Challenge:

The challenge continues….

Who: Our students, their families and us

What: Million Word Challenge

When: February 22-April 29

Where: Library and our community

Why: Reading is an important skill to succeed in school and life. Practice makes perfect.

How: Please encourage students to read, complete their reading logs and return them to Teresa in the library.

Week of April 4

Teresa collects reading logs and distributes new logs or returns partially completed logs

Students who submit a Second reading log (with reading documented) will receive a pencil. (first time submissions will receive a sticker)

All of us continue to promote the Million Word Challenge with our students and families

Students Read

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