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.


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.


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.


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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