Weekly Update: January 30, 2017

Staff PD:

We meet this week at 1:45 in room 23. We will begin by sharing our Reading/Writing Units of Study trajectory for the 16-17 school year. We will spend time exploring the If/Then book from the reading Units of Study. BRING YOUR IF/THEN BOOK. District Superintendent Dr. McNamara will lead us in an activity to elicit input for the District Future Ready Committee.

Flag Salute:

Following Flag Salute Monday morning, Grade 4-6 classrooms will stay on the black top for brief student council speeches.

Tolerance:

We start our new character trait today, Tolerance.  The award assembly will be on February 24th. 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.

CAASPP/TOMS Login:

Teachers received an email from CAASPP. This password is time sensitive. Please login and change your password (write it down) ASAP. If you have not done so DO IT NOW. 🙂

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment:

Your reading assessment data should be entered by Feb 3rd. Please let Araceli or I know if you have any questions or need any help meeting this deadline. 

Entering Fountas and Pinnell Data:

Click here for instructions for entering Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate. You will select 2016- 2017 SBUSD Fountas & Pinnell 2nd Administration to enter data.

As you enter student data, please be sure that for each student you indicate the Instructional Level, Independent Level, Accuracy, Fluency and Comprehension and note the Genre. 

Coach’s Corner:

As we approach the deadline for the second round Fountas and Pinnell assessments, you may be feeling the stress of the procedures and mechanics in administering the test. During your assessment conferences, I would like to encourage you to focus on the reader and the unique reading behaviors that they each possess. Remember that the assessment provides you with information and it’s what you do with that information that really matters.

Integrated Professional Learning System Pilot:
The Integrated Professional Learning System pilot is for the 2017-18 school year for our new evaluation process focused on professional growth. Participating teachers will receive a $1,000 stipend.
They are offering informational meetings to be held at 3:30 p.m. on:
January 30, 2017 at Mendoza School Library
February 7, 2017 at Pence School Library
Please view this one minute video and, if interested, attend one of the meetings being offered.

English Learner Update:

Please use illuminate and look at the recently released CELDT data and ELD formal and informal assessments and discuss any recommended changes.

Teachers of English only groupings should focus on providing instruction and practice in speaking and listening skills.

Performance Assessment Window:

Important Dates:

*******ELA PT/Interim Benchmark must be administered before spring break. You will not administer a MATH District assessment.

Shared Leadership Team had a great conversation about our plan. We will, likely, administer the CAASPP interim assessments to students in grades 3-6 and the SBUSD benchmarks/Performance Tasks to students in grades TK-2. Click here to check out the Interim Assessment Page. You will need your TOMS login to access.

 

 

Where can we find the resources? All of the resources are in Illuminate labeled “Optional [grade level] ELA Performance Task”. You can clear your filters and search for “optional”, “opinion”, “narrative”, or “informational”. Then click Download Materials.

How are scores reported? You will not have to input any scores into Illuminate but do take the time to score the work, or work with your students to determine their progress. You can use the TC Writing Progressions to score the writing portion, but use the scoring guides in the directions to score constructed responses.

District On- Demand Writing Assessment:

On Tuesday, March 7th, we will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August. Plan accordingly with your performance task.

 

Canned Food Drive:

Thank you for encouraging your students to support our canned food drive. We will provide the donated items to the Good Neighbor a local community organization.

Optimist Speech Contest:

The 2016-2017 Optimist International Oratorical Contest is here This year’s topic is, “What the world gains from optimism.”  The contest is open to 4-8 grade students.  Applications are due by March 3.  The club Oratorical will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at the Ed Center.

Box Tops:

Box tops will be collected this Tuesday. Thank you to all teachers who are encouraging your students to bring in Box Tops. Remind your students each month from January to May any student who brings in 25 Box Tops will have a chance to put their name in a drawing.

Copies:

Xerox copies made from TK-6 classrooms up to date comes to a total of    –  2 million 73 thousand copies. Kudos to the 6th grade team for only making 19,000 from the beginning of the school year.  Share your tips on how to save a tree.

Classroom Printer Changes:

The district entered into a Printer Pilot Program with MRC.  They are the same company that services our Xerox copy machines.

The Printer Pilot Program is a service that repairs the printers when they break, supplies all the printer toner and issues a monthly report of how many copies every printer is printing each month.

  1. Each printer now has a sticker on the it with a MRC printer number.
  2. If you need repairs or toner for your printer, email SDEDU@mrc360.com, and tell them your needs.  Do not enter an OPRA workorder.
  3. This program is run on a per copy charge, not the cost of a toner cartridge.  Each time your printers are used your school will be billed $0.015 a page for a black print and $0.09 a page for a color print.
  4. Each month, the Admin Secretary will receive a report showing how many prints each printer made.

San Diego Area Writer’s Project:

If you are interested in attending the San Diego Area Writer’s Project Spring conference, please let me know by February 11th. ‘Why Students Write’ • TK-16. Saturday, March 11, 2017 • 8:00am – 12:00pm • UC San Diego. Please visit our website for more information and to download the registration flier: http://sdawp.ucsd.edu/programs/year-round/index.html

Computers to Kids San Diego:

Registration for the SBUSD Computers 2 SD Kids (C2SDK) has begun.  Information about this affordable technology for SBUSD families can be found on our web and the location for distribution this year will be at Nicoloff Elementary. Please send all applications to Jennifer Oliveira at the Education Center.

More Info:

Computers 2 SD Kids (C2SDK) is a non-profit organization that assists qualified children and their families to obtain computers, software, training and support in order to help them become computer literate as well as increase their access to educational, occupational and financial resources and the related skills to effectively use that technology.  C2SDK’s prime goal is to place the needed computers into the homes of 28% of San Diego County families who cannot afford this essential educational tool. For more information, please see the flyer.  The application may be completed online or printed and filled-out by hand.  Please note the deadline for application submission is Monday, February 13, 2017.

Innovation Caravan:

Innovation Caravan Schedule

Time Room 23 Room 24
10:05 Kinnamon Pehrson
10:25 Pehrson Kinnamon
10:45 Perkins Muniz
11:00 Muniz Perkins
11:15 Goulding Brizendine
11:30 Brizendine Goulding
11:45 Benson Benson

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: January 23, 2017

I hope that you enjoy a fantastic week with your students! Thank you for all your hard work and flexibility with our rainy days. There is a lot of information included in  this blog post . Please be sure to read thoroughly and help your colleagues.

Book Club Update:

As a reminder, Book Club will meet this Wednesday, January 25 at 1:45 in room 23.

The Great Kindness Challenge:

Thanks to Angela and our students leaders THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE starts nationwide and at Emory Elementary on Monday, January 23.  Teachers have all received a KINDNESS KIT in your mailbox!!  

What’s included:

*A super well-written welcome letter explaining what the GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE is about 😛

*A schedule of events (hang it up by your desk so you don’t forget!)

*A tasty treat to enjoy

*Kindness coins to hand out to your students on Tuesday (or use them however you wish!  You know your students best!)

*Flyers for the students: Spirit Days and the GKC Checklist (hand out on Monday)

CAASPP/TOMS Login:

Teachers will receive an email from CAASPP in the next few days. This password is time sensitive. Please login and change your password (write it down) , then you won’t have to worry about it.

Shared Leadership:

Shared Leadership will meet this Tuesday from 2:40-3:40 in room 23. All are welcome to join us to discuss the items listed below and other topics of interest.

Shared Leadership Agenda Items:

  1. Performance Task/Interim Benchmark Assessment?
  2. Reading Celebrations- how do we celebrate the our students who have made progress in their reading?
  3. Other Academic Celebrations?
  4. Other?

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment:

Your reading assessment data should be entered by Feb 3rd. Please let Araceli or I know if you have any questions or need any help meeting this deadline. 

Entering Fountas and Pinnell Data:

Click here for instructions for entering Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate. You will select 2016- 2017 SBUSD Fountas & Pinnell 2nd Administration to enter data.

As you enter student data, please be sure that for each student you indicate the Instructional Level, Independent Level, Accuracy, Fluency and Comprehension and note the Genre.

Coach’s Corner:

Administering the Comprehension Conversation for Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment:

  • Follow the general prompts on the Recording form for the key understandings:
    • Within the Text, Beyond the Text, About the Text
  • Note: It is acceptable for a student to search back in the book for answers.
    • If the student reads directly from the book, prompt the student to say it in his/her own words.
  • Coding
    • As the student responds, place a check next to the key understandings he/she mentions.
      • Does not need to be a word-for-word response.
    • Scoring
      • Use the rubric in the Comprehension Scoring Key to score the student’s understanding of the key ideas.
      • If the student has additional understandings that are not listed as responses under the key ideas, then add an additional point for each valuable understanding.

If you have any questions, please ask. If you would like to do some calibrating or would like a second opinion for specific student responses, I would be happy to help.

English Learner Update:

Please use illuminate and look at the recently released CELDT data and ELD formal and informal assessments and discuss any recommended changes.

Teachers of English only groupings should focus on providing instruction and practice in speaking and listening skills.

 

San Ysidro Health Clinic Bus:

On January 25th, and once a month through the end of the school year, the San Ysidro Health Clinic bus will park in the Emory school parking lot and see patients in their mobile clinic. They need to use the four staff spots in our upper parking lot. Please promote this with our families and let me know if you have any questions.

Integrated Professional Learning System Pilot:
The Educator Effectiveness and Evaluation Committee is excited to present information about our Integrated Professional Learning System pilot for the 2017-18 school year.  This is a pilot for our new evaluation process focused on professional growth.
They are offering informational meetings to be held at 3:30 p.m. on:
January 30, 2017 at Mendoza School Library
February 7, 2017 at Pence School Library
Please view this one minute video and, if interested, attend one of the meetings being offered.

Classroom Printer Changes:

The district entered into a Printer Pilot Program with MRC.  They are the same company that services our Xerox copy machines.

The Printer Pilot Program is a service that repairs the printers when they break, supplies all the printer toner and issues a monthly report of how many copies every printer is printing each month.

  1. Each printer now has a sticker on the it with a MRC printer number.
  2. If you need repairs or toner for your printer, email SDEDU@mrc360.com, and tell them your needs.  Do not enter an OPRA workorder.
  3. This program is run on a per copy charge, not the cost of a toner cartridge.  Each time your printers are used your school will be billed $0.015 a page for a black print and $0.09 a page for a color print.
  4. Each month, the Admin Secretary will receive a report showing how many prints each printer made.

Performance Assessment Window:

Important Dates:

*******ELA PT/Interim Benchmark must be administered before spring break.

*******District Writing Day: March 7

Purpose of Assessment:To measure application of skills and strategies as well as give students an opportunity to practice online assessments similar to the format and content of SBAC before CAASPP testing in the spring.

Which one should we give? Depending on your current unit of study in reading and/or writing, as well as past units, you and your team can decide which SBUSD performance task seems appropriate to give- narrative, informative, or opinion/argument.

When do we have to give it? According to our Assessment Calendar, you can administer the Performance Task between January and Spring Break.

In TK-2, will we receive copies? Since you and your team are making the decision about which assessment you’ll give, you’ll need to make whatever copies you’ll need.

Where can we find the resources? All of the resources are in Illuminate labeled “Optional [grade level] ELA Performance Task”. You can clear your filters and search for “optional”, “opinion”, “narrative”, or “informational”. Then click Download Materials.

What about 3-6?  Students will take the assessment online. Here is a video about how to set up a testing window for your students. You will also go to Illuminate, find the assessment you want to give, and you can download the instructions.

How are scores reported? You will not have to input any scores into Illuminate but do take the time to score the work, or work with your students to determine their progress. You can use the TC Writing Progressions to score the writing portion, but use the scoring guides in the directions to score constructed responses.

Are there alternative assessments we can give? If your site is giving the CAASPP Interim Assessments you do not have to give a SBUSD Performance Assessment. This is a site decision.

What about Math? You are welcome to use any of the math assessments from previous years to check progress for your students. 3rd– 6th grade teachers can use the Key Data System (KDS) Checkpoints in Illuminate. This year, no official math assessments need to be administered.

District On- Demand Writing Assessment

On Tuesday, March 7th, we will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August. Plan accordingly with your performance task.

Canned Food Drive:

Thank you for encouraging your students to support our canned food drive. We will provide the donated items to the Good Neighbor a local community organization.

Optimist Speech Contest:

The 2016-2017 Optimist International Oratorical Contest is here This year’s topic is, “What the world gains from optimism.”  The contest is open to 4-8 grade students.  Applications are due by March 3.  The club Oratorical will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at the Ed Center.

Soaring to Success- Kindness:

Thank you for your support of our Soaring to Success student recognition program and thanks to Holli for helping us remember to provide our names and write ups to Eunice. Names and write ups for Kindness are due to Eunice Monday, January 23rd. Our Kindness assembly is scheduled for Friday, 1/27.

Peachjar:

The District is working with a FREE email based flyer system. They used the email addresses which families provided on their registration forms. Not all families provided email addresses and not all addresses are still active. To refer families please send them to the Emory Web Page. 

Whew-you made it. There’s a lot going on 🙂

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: January 16, 2017

I hope that you enjoyed a nice three day weekend!

Flag Salute: 

We will NOT have flag salute this week.

Staff Meeting:

We have PLC this Wednesday. Perhaps you might spend time further calibrating your Fountas and Pinnell assessments, or look at some of your data together. Or maybe review ELD groupings (see next item).

English Learner Task Force Update:

Thanks to Angela, Karina and Rebecca for meeting this week to look at the recently released CELDT data and make recommendations about our student’s needs. In early February, I will meet with each of our designated ELD teachers to review ELD groupings. Please use illuminate and look at the recently released CELDT data and ELD formal and informal assessments and discuss any recommended changes. Teachers of English only groupings should focus on providing instruction and practice in speaking and listening skills.

Coach’s Corner:

Before winter break I had the opportunity to visit a school site for professional development from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project staff developers. The following are some insights that the staff developer shared in regards to Reading Workshop student notebooks:

  • Reading Notebooks should show a progression in writing about reading.
  • Students should be jotting thoughts, not necessarily writing full paragraphs or essays.
  • A teacher’s notebook should be a model to what a student’s notebook should look like.
  • Reading notebook may include printouts of charts (glued to pages).

“A notebook is a place to capture ideas that are worthy of a conversation.” –TCRWP Staff Developer

Soaring to Success- Kindness:

Thank you for your support of our Soaring to Success student recognition program and thanks to Holli for helping us remember to provide our names and write ups to Eunice. Names and write ups for Kindness are due to Eunice Monday, January 23rd. Our Kindness assembly is scheduled for Friday, 1/27.

Peachjar:

The District is working with a FREE email based flyer system. They used the email addresses which families provided on their registration forms. Not all families provided email addresses and not all addresses are still active. To refer families please send them to the Emory Web Page. See additional information below from Amy Cooper.

 Our new electronic flyer communication system, Peachjar, is live!  Notification emails to parents have been sent and Peachjar buttons have been placed on the District and school webpages.
 
“Peachjar School Administrators” have been designated at each school to upload internal site-specific flyers (i.e., PTA meeting schedule, Principal’s weekly message, etc.).  District flyers, flyers from external vendors/organizations, and flyers for more than one school are managed at the Ed Center.  Please refer anyone wishing to upload these types of flyers to the Ed Center or Amelia Pillado. 
 
For more information, please visit the Peachjar page on our Website. 

Family Events this Week:

Tuesday, January 17            4:30 Military Family Night- resources for military involved families

Tuesday, January 17             5:00 PTA Family Bingo Night

Friday, January 20                8:15 Coffee with the Principal

Friday, January 20                8:30 Nutrition Classes for families (offered in Spanish)

San Ysidro Health Clinic Bus:

On January 25th, and once a month through the end of the school year, the San Ysidro Health Clinic bus will park in the Emory school parking lot and see patients in their mobile clinic. They will need to use the four staff spots in our upper parking lot.

Gate Testing:

Gate Testing begins this week. Thanks to Lindsay for coordinating, Jeanne, Melinda, Georgina and Monica for helping students and Shelly for supporting.

Sherwood         Jan 17 8:15-9:30 computer lab

Lobato/Hueso  Jan 17 12:45-2:10 computer lab (Molina sends 5 kids to support)

Seubert               Jan 18 8:15 classroom

Integrated Professional Learning System Pilot:
The Educator Effectiveness and Evaluation Committee is excited to present information about our Integrated Professional Learning System pilot for the 2017-18 school year.  This is a pilot for our new evaluation process focused on professional growth.
 
We are offering three informational meetings to be held at 3:30 p.m. on:
January 17, 2017 at Imperial Beach School Library (main campus)
January 30, 2017 at Mendoza School Library
February 7, 2017 at Pence School Library
 
Please view this one minute video and we hope you will attend one of the three meetings being offered.

 

Book Club Update:

As a reminder, Book Club will meet next Wednesday, January 25 at 1:45.

Planned Power Outage:

A planned power outage has been scheduled for Saturday, January 21 at 8:30AM for up to 3 Hoursto replace overheating equipment in the area (weather permitting and barring any other unforeseencircumstances). Please advise the appropriate personnel of the above power outage.  A response to this email would be appreciated to confirm that the appropriate personnel has been notified. Please advise us if a generator will be used during the outage.
Video of the Week:
If you’ve never seen Kid President, you must watch this!! Linked here, you will find Kid President’s take on MLK.
Quote of the Week:
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Weekly Update: January 9, 2016

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed relaxing and fun vacations!

Staff Meeting:

We will meet this Wednesday (1:45 in room 23) to discuss the Fountas and Pinnell assessment and meet our new Military Family Counselor.

Fountas and Pinnell Assessment Data entered by February 3rd:

Many of you began assessing your students and found some of them had made great growth. If you have not yet begun assessing students, please do so soon. All students must be assessed and have data entered by February 3rd. Let Araceli or I know if you need any assistance. Click here for instructions for entering Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate. Different than last year, you will select 2016- 2017 SBUSD Fountas & Pinnell 2nd Administration to enter data. As you enter student data, please be sure that for each student you indicate the Instructional Level, Independent Level, Accuracy, Fluency and Comprehension and note the Genre.

Fountas and Pinnell District Benchmarks:

The District created a benchmark chart to support our understanding of our students’ progress toward the goal of having all students reading at grade level by third grade Click here to view the chart.

Kindness- New Character Trait:

We will be starting our new character trait this week- Kindness. The award assembly will be on January 27th. 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.

Learning and Innovation visit grades 4,5, 6 PLC:

After spending a week with Teacher’s College, the Learning and Innovation team has new thinking about the sequence of the Units and they will come by and chat with teachers in grades 4, 5 and 6  for about 20 minutes during PLC this week. 

 

Team Emory news:

Patty will be home for a few weeks recovering from a recent hospitalization.

Baby Citalie was born December 19th and is home with Leslie and their family.

Military Family Counselor:

David McGue from Magellan (an agency that supports our Military Involved students) will join the Emory team Monday, January 9th. He will be stationed in room 1. He will arrive at 7:45 and stay through the end of the school day on Mondays. Most of his work will occur on the playground during our morning and lunch and recesses. At our staff meeting on Wednesday, we will learn referral procedures.

Upcoming Dates:

January 16th                                       School Holiday- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17th 4:30 p.m.                   Military Family Evening Presentation

January 17th 5:00 p.m.                   PTA Family Bingo Night

January 18th                                       PLC/Minimum Day

January 20th 8:15 a.m.                    Coffee with the Principal

January 25th 1:45                               Emory Book Club

Quote of the Week:

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