Weekly Update: May 1, 2017

Thank you all for working hard this week! Primary grade teachers did a great job keeping the halls quiet. Kudos to upper grade teachers for logging in and monitoring your students. It was a pleasure to visit primary grade classrooms and observe high quality Reader’s Workshops. Enjoy relaxing weekends!

Staff Meeting:

We do not meet as a staff this week. Book Club meets for our final meeting of the 16-17 school year at 1:45 in room 23.

CAASPP Schedule:

Huge thanks to Araceli for coordinating our CAASPP assessment!

Click Here to view the schedule. CAASPP testing continues through Thursday. 5th Grade will facilitate the CAST Science Field Test on Friday.


Please keep the following in mind over the next 2 weeks:

  • Minimize the over-use of ‘streaming media’ sites, such as streaming video
  • Avoid downloading or uploading large files or folders during regular ‘student attendance’ hours, where possible.
  • CAASP-testing Teachers: Because the CAASP SecureBrowser needs to be able to be updated on a daily basis,Ensure a full shutdown and restart early and often to make sure your students’ systems are up to speed and have access to the testing browser.

Coach’s Corner:

One week of testing down and one to go! Thanks to each, and every one of you for making the week an overall success. This week, testing will require high levels of stamina and grit from our students. Let’s continue to encourage them to work hard and do their best! Go EMORY EAGLES!

Summer Writer’s Workshop Professional Development RSVP due May 1:

Congratulations to those of you who were selected for the Summer Writing Institute. I am sorry to those of you who applied and were not selected via the lottery. The institute runs from June 12th-16th. Please confirm your attendance no later than May 1st by responding to the email you received from Cindy Wagner.  If you have not confirmed by this date, they will give your spot to someone on the waiting list. 

School Brand:

The District survey data, and I think my experiential data as well, have shown that families are interested attending a school that has a specific brand (language academy, STEM academy, etc). Over the next few weeks, I will be visiting with your grade level team during PLC to think about our “school brand”.

Parent Class Request 2017-18:

As we approach the end of the school year, you may start to hear from families about their teacher preference for the next school year. Do or don’t have these conversation as you are comfortable. Please let families know that they may submit a teacher request form with Ms. Dani, but that making a request does not guarantee placement. Please DO NOT tell a parent that you will make sure their request is honored.

School Lunch Super Heroes:

A message from Director Sara Mosburg

Once again, the Child Nutrition Cafeteria Site Staff will be honored and recognized on School Lunch Super Hero Day which is the first Friday in May (May 5th ). It would be great if students and staff can participate in some way to recognize the Cafeteria Staff on Super Hero day.   Last year many of the students gave their cafeteria staff handmade cards and letters. The Child Nutrition staff was very grateful to receive the cards and recognition for the work they do each day.  Please consider having your students recognize our child nutrition team on Friday, May 5th.

Shared Leadership:

Our next meeting is May 2nd from 2:40-3:40. The agenda include the following: bell schedule 17-18, Learning Center, School Brand, LCAP Survey data, ACES funding cuts. As a reminder all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Staff Meeting Date Change:

We are moving our staff meeting which was scheduled May 17. It is now scheduled for May 24.

Quote of the Week:

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