Weekly Update: February 13, 2017

I hope you enjoy a fantastic weekend and return refreshed and ready for a fun week with your students.

Staff PD:

We do not meet this week. You may wish to review reading assessment data, prepare for report cards or anything else valuable to your team.

ELD Rotation Changes:

New ELD Group changes will go in effect as follows:

  • 3rd and 4th grades: Tuesday, February 14.
  • 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades: Tuesday, February 21.

Winter Workshop Planning Meeting:

Join the Learning and Innovation team for the Winter Workshop Planning meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at Emory School from 3:30- 5pm, starting in room 23. We will meet together then break up into grade level teams. This meeting is for ANYONE using the Teachers College Units of Study and is designed to answer questions, offer support, and to provide an opportunity to collaborate with grade level peers about what you are teaching. If you signed up for our cancelled January 31st meeting, no need to sign up again. If you haven’t signed up and would like to attend, please sign up here.

Report Cards:

Reminder report cards go home Friday, February 24th. You must place a copy of each trimester two report card in your student’s cum files.

Below I have included information from Jen Oliveira:

Assessment Data- The report card will no longer contain District Assessment results.  Additionally, reading assessment should not be included on the report card, at this point, as it is a new system for us, and we are still calibrating.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to complete a report card for students every trimester?

A: As a means of communication, the trimesterly report card provides important information for state and federal accountability as well as to a new school in the event a student moves. 

Q: How does it look if I’m using the Units of Study from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project?

A: All of the Teachers College Units of Study for Reading and Writing Workshop are aligned to Common Core State Standards. For the Reading Units, you can find the standards addressed in each session in this document, K-5 CCSS Correlation, which breaks down each unit and each session. For the Writing Units, on the first page of each session the standards are listed at the bottom of the page. They can also be found in the inside back cover of each unit. You can use a variety of resources to determine if your students are meeting grade level expectation in the standards. For example:

  • Reading and/or writing notebooks
  • Reading and/or writing folders
  • Learning progressions, checklists, and rubrics
  • Published writing
  • Running records
  • Post-it notes
  • Conferring and notes
  • Small group observations
  • Informal assessments
  • Formative assessments
  • Post-assessments

Q: I taught the 3rd grade units first, but I teach 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. How does that look on my report cards?

A: Your responsibility is to communicate how your students are doing with grade level standards. In the reading units, the first few sessions in Grade 3 Unit 1 are geared toward the Range of Reading and Text Complexity (RL and RI 3.10). You can look at that as you would normally and ask yourself “Has this student mastered that standard at our grade level (RL and RI 4.10, 5.10, 6.10)? How do I know?” This continuum will help you see each standard set for K-8. Look at the cluster and notice how your students are performing against the standards. The Reading Foundational standards apply K-5.

Q: Why do we need to grade ELD?

A: Besides communicating progress to parents, a score in English Language Development is an important part of our accountability to the state, used most recently in Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) this year. 

Q: Can I add something to Additional Learning Areas and Learning Behaviors?

A: An optional space is provided to add a score for an area you, your grade level or your site has agreed upon. The area must be established in the first trimester, and it cannot be changed. In order to be equitable, a team or school agreement can be made about what the field should say and how they are being assessed for each student. 

Q: Sometimes my comments disappear. What can I do about that?

A: Using a text editor, like Word or Google Docs, is a good way to get your ideas out about your students, then copy and paste your comments to the report cards. If you leave the window open in the Illuminate report card, there is the possibility the application/website might “time out” and log you out prematurely. Make sure you SAVE often.

Coach’s Corner:

Our Upper Grade Book Club is reading chapter 8 of the TCRWP Reading Pathways. If you would like to learn more about different ways to use the Learning Progressions with your students, this is a great chapter to read. If you would like to join the conversation around this chapter, our next book club meeting is February 22 at 1:30, in room 23.

Performance Assessment Window:

*******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.

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. 


Power Outage:

A planned power outage has been scheduled for Saturday, February 11 at 8:30AM for up to 3 Hours to replace overheating equipment in the area (weather permitting and barring any other unforeseen circumstances).

District Champions:

We have two more opportunities this year to recognize students, parents, staff, teams, and community members as District Champions! Thank you to everyone who has already submitted a nomination! If you have not already done so, please consider submitting a nomination today!  We will celebrate new Champions on March 3 and June 2.  You may submit recommendations at this link,

Emory Grade Level Highlights- Due February 14:

We have the opportunity to highlight Emory to families in our community at a recruitment fair on March 11thNo later than February 14th, (the sooner the better) please provide me with two –three things that your grade level/specialist team does that are awesome. Also, anything that you personally think makes our school great. I will prepare a brochure to let families know who we are and want to include your input. Please let me know if you have any questions or any great ideas about promoting (getting the secret out) about Emory!

Footballs, Toys and Other items NOT allowed at school: 

This week in my call to families (and post to our website), I am reminding families to only send items to school that our students need to learn. Please remind students during class and families via any of your home/school communication. 

Lead Testing:

You may have heard about our neighboring school District which is faced with an issue regarding the lead in the water. The news made an earlier assertion that they were South Bay Schools, which by now they have changed to San Ysidro School District. We have not had any issue with our water and nothing has been reported. However, as a precaution, the Facilities Department is contacting all the water authorities in the district to have our water tested.

Military Counselor:

As a reminder, David McGue will visit Emory every Monday. He is available to support your military involved students. His contact information is below.

David McGue
Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
Phone: (619) 403-0686
Email:  Dtmcgue9@magellanhealth.com

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.

Quote of the Week:

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