Weekly Update: December 5, 2016

Hope you enjoyed a fantastic weekend!

Staff Meeting:

We do not meet as a staff this week.

Blue Slips Monday:

Please bring your blue slips to lunch on Monday. I will be selecting students’ names for prizes from the wagon.

Hour of Code:

As a reminder Hour of Code is this week. I would like for all Emory students to participate. Please let Araceli or me know if you need any help. Our official day is Friday, however, please make it fit in where it works best for you and your students. 

Here are some resources to get started:

Hour of Code How To

Watch the Video (2 minutes)

There’s even a NEW Moana puzzle! Or try Lightbot.


Winter Break Professional Learning Opportunities:

There are some great opportunities listed here (SELD, CPM, Workshop) along with another full day PD Academy.  Check out the schedule here.


Coach’s Corner:

Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment – Where to start

As you begin to prepare for round 2 of Fountas & Pinnell assessments, you may be asking yourself, “Which levels should I start assessing with?” It is suggested that you start assessing each student at his/her instructional level with the text genre opposite of what he/she had been tested. For example, if the student tested at instructional L with non-fiction, then you may assess at level L with the fiction text. If the student has been assessed with both texts at a level, it is not necessary to assess the student with the same text again. You may then move on to the next level. A benchmark is determined by assessing with previously unseen text. If a student is assessed a second time with the same text, chances are they will do better and you might have skewed results.

Reading Pathways Book Club:

We will begin a Book Club with our focus book being Reading Pathways from the Units of Study Kit. Book Club Members, who attend all sessions, will receive an Emory staff bookclub t-shirt and the opportunity to purchase a book for their classroom library or a professional text. Our first meeting date is Wednesday December 14th. 

Shared Leadership:

Our next Shared Leadership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for the agenda. One topic up for discussion is library use.

Box Tops:


Thank you to all of you for supporting the Box Tops program! Special the following teachers for collecting the most Box Tops this collection.

Benson    226

Muniz      180

Valdivia   148

Sanchez/Acosta  85

Hopkins    73

Please do everything you can to promote this program with our students and families.


PD Survey from Learning and Innovation:

Please complete this survey to provide feedback/input related to PD offered by the Learning and Innovation Team.

Holiday Party:

We hope to see all of you at our Emory Holiday Party on Friday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Holli’s new home.  If you have not already done so, please see the potluck sign-up list in the lounge.  Please RSVP to Angela with a yes/no and number of guests.

Quote of the Week:

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