Weekly Update: May 30, 2017

I hope that you enjoy a fantastic long weekend. Make sure you wear your sunblock for your field day, rehearsal, field trip or other outdoor activities this week. Thanks for your hard work creating these opportunities for our students.

Staff Meeting:

We do not meet as a staff this week. You might use your time to meet with your new grade level team, work on report cards etc.

Summer Academy:

Summer Academy is June 7th and 8th (Wed and Thurs) attend both days or just one. Click here to see the brochure.

Shared Leadership:

Shared Leadership meets Tuesday, May 30th at 2:40 in room 23. All are welcome to join us.

Bottled Water:

The District requested that all South Bay Schools (including Emory) have their water tested. We have NOT received the results from the water testing here at Emory yet. Out of an abundance of caution, the District has made bottled water available in the cafeteria at breakfast and lunch, on the playground during recesses (we will keep a supply in the ball room) and in your classrooms. Students MAY use the water fountains or they may drink bottled water. Click here to see the letter which was sent electronically to families on Wednesday.
Please email Eunice and Jenn when you have fewer than 15 bottles of water in your classroom and we will have Carlos deliver more to you.

Summer Shared Leadership:

I invite all interested colleagues to join us at summer Shared Leadership Meeting Monday, July 17 from 9:00-12:30. Agenda details to follow. You will be compensated for your time.

Professional Development/Teacher Prep Week:

You are due to return to work on July 18th. You will have Tuesday and Wednesday available for teacher prep. We will meet together as a staff on Thursday and Friday. I am awaiting details regarding the District Kick Off and will share them with you when available.

Summer Book Club:

Our Summer Book Club Books have arrived!!! Sharing Book Talking Science was selected to be our next read. If you are interested, stop by and let me know. We will meet to discuss the book on Monday, July 17th from 8:00-9:00 a.m. If anyone wants to host a summer book club meet up, please let me know.

 

Report Cards:

A report card provides a means by which to communicate student progress. In order to build consistency about student progress below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about scores and expectations from Jennifer Oliveira

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. 

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.

 

Feedback SBUSD Learner Profile:

The future Ready Task Force would like your input on a Learner Profile For more information about how and why this was developed, watch this video Provide feedback via this survey.
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Weekly Update: May 22, 2017

What a team we have at Emory. This week, our families had so many wonderful things to say about all that you do for their children. Thank you. Please enjoy a relaxing weekend with your friends and families- you deserve it!

Staff PD:

We DO meet as a full staff this Wednesday, May 24th at 1:45 in room 23. We have a few new things to share, though the bulk of the meeting will be creating class lists.

Enrollment/Site-Reassignment Update:

This Wednesday, May 24th, we will place students onto class rosters. I do not anticipate having decisions made about teacher grade level placement. I am sorry for the worry this is causing. Thank you to those of you who I met with this week. I appreciate your flexibility, creativity and focus on our students.  We are still closely monitoring enrollment and I will wait to make grade level placements to minimize the possibility of making any changes. We have seen slight changes to enrollment across most grade levels. I appreciate your patience and understanding. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or would like to chat about this process or anything else.

Last Day for……

As we wind down the school year, we have many programs, etc ending this week:

Reading Intervention Groups (Ms. Michael)- FINISHED May 19th

Imagine Learning-May 26th 

Independent Reading Club-May 26th

PLC/Rotations-May 26th

ELD-May 26th

ELD Celebration Breakfast:

Like last year, we will celebrate our English Learners who have made progress. With certificates from Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez’ office, we will honor our English Learners who moved up a proficiency level on the CELDT test and our students who reclassified as English Proficient. There will be a breakfast in their honor this Thursday, May 25th at 8:15. By Wednesday, your students will receive an invitation to the breakfast in your mail box.

Reading Assessment Data Entered- May 26th:

New Instructions for entering Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate.Please let me know ASAP if you need any assistance completing your assessments or entering your data by our deadline. I am so excited about the growth that you have seen in your students. You (and they) have worked hard this year.

Coach’s Corner:

 

The end of the year count down has begun and it’s the perfect time to reflect and set goals for our personal and professional growth. As you look back on this year, consider all the things you could celebrate and be proud of, as well as an area in which we would like to grow. It is easy for us to focus on the many challenges we faced and dwell on our struggles, so make sure to take the time to think about all of your success, and remember that you made a difference this year!

District Retiree/Service Awards Tuesday, May 23rd Burress Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.:

Please join me this Tuesday at Burress to celebrate Connie, Angelica and Sabina’s service to our students and families. 

Shared Leadership:

Hope to see you at our next Shared Leadership meeting on Tuesday, May 30th.

Agenda Items

Learning Center

ELD- next year

Bell Schedule

School Brand- Science Academy?

Other

As a reminder all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Summer Learning Academy:

Check out Summer Learning Academy with over 40 sessions and 25 different topics! You can choose which sessions you’d like to attend from topics in Science, Literacy, Technology, and a lot of other topics. Click here to view the brochure. Please sign-up here. You will NOT need to sign up for the sessions you want to attend. It’s conference-style, you can decide when you want. Just let us know you’re coming. Please wait to sign-up if you’re not sure you’re able to make it.

 

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.

 

Resources to Explore:

If you have time, you may want to explore a few of the resources listed below. Some you may be familiar with or already using.

Defined Stem

from their web site…”Defined STEM provides online, authentic project-based lessons for PreK-12 students and teachers. Our engaging real-world content empowers students to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to be successful”. You can search their resources by Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

I created a free trial. You may get your own or use my login information (below)

Username: jgrondek@sbusd.org
Password (case-sensitive!): STEM8783

 

Mystery Science

Thanks to Maria, some of you may have check out or started using Mystery Science. It looks interesting and is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Mystery Science Five Minute Questions

Thanks to RoseAnn for sharing this resource. “It looks great for K-5 teachers and it’s free forever. Sign up and you get a short video every week. I think it will inspire kids to keep asking questions. It looks like a good 5-minute break or any transitions in your day.

Report Cards:

A report card provides a means by which to communicate student progress. In order to build consistency about student progress below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about scores and expectations from Jennifer Oliveira

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. 

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.

Summer Shared Leadership:

I invite all interested colleagues to join us at summer Shared Leadership Meeting Monday, July 17 from 9:00-12:30. Agenda details to follow. You will be compensated for your time.

Professional Development/Teacher Prep Week:

You are due to return to work on July 18th. You will have Tuesday and Wednesday available for teacher prep. We will meet together as a staff on Thursday and Friday. I am awaiting details regarding the District Kick Off and will share them with you when available.

Summer Book Club:

Our Summer Book Club Books have arrived!!! Sharing Book Talking Science was selected to be our next read. If you are interested, stop by and let me know. We will meet to discuss the book on Monday, July 17th from 8:00-9:00 a.m. If anyone wants to host a summer book club meet up, please let me know.

Student Google Accounts:

STUDENT Google accounts no longer expire as of July 1st each year for any students remaining in the District.  Accounts for 6th graders will be cleared as of July 1st. Reminders for Student Accounts:

  • Teachers may want to consider making copies (in Google Drive) of any student Google Drive files that you may like to retain as exemplary work to share with future classes and students. Remember that files shared with you, but not “owned” by your account, will disappear if the original owner deletes them in the future.
  • While not required, the following link provides instructions for any teacher wishing to move all student work files into their own staff Google Drive:TEACHER MOVE OF ALL STUDENT GOOGLE DRIVE FILES

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Weekly Update: May 15, 2017

Thank you for all that you do each and every day! The growth that your students have made this year is incredible! The growth that you have made as educators is incredible- implementing ST Math, Reading and Writing Workshop- oh my goodness, it is no wonder that we are tired 🙂 This week we will celebrate you with our Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday in our lounge. Lunch will be catered by our favorite taquero.

Staff Meeting:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week.  

Jump Rope for Heart:

Thanks to Karina for coordinating this fun and healthy opportunity for our students to give back to the community! Thursday, May 18th the Jump Rope For Heart event will be on the blacktop.         TK-3 8:15-8:45              4-6 8:50-9:20

Teacher please:

1) Number your students 1-5

2) Have students bring chairs to the blacktop

3) Remind students to wear sunblock and comfortable shoes

4) Remind students to bring the envelope with donation $ by next Friday or sooner.  Send the envelope to K-1 or place in my box.

5) Tell students they will get a Rory the lion with a lanyard if they donate $5.

Summer Learning Academy:

Check out Summer Learning Academy with over 40 sessions and 25 different topics! You can choose which sessions you’d like to attend from topics in Science, Literacy, Technology, and a lot of other topics. Click here to view the brochure. Please sign-up here. You will NOT need to sign up for the sessions you want to attend. It’s conference-style, you can decide when you want. Just let us know you’re coming. Please wait to sign-up if you’re not sure you’re able to make it.
 

Reading Assessment Data Entered- May 26th:

Click here for instructions for entering Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate.

Please let me know ASAP if you need any assistance completing your assessments or entering your data by our deadline.

School-wide Clean up:

Thanks to Angela and your Student Council, this FRIDAY, MAY 19TH
There will be a SCHOOL-WIDE CLEAN UP ORGANIZED BY STUDENT COUNCIL during all recesses. And the LAST STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING is this Friday, May 19th at 11:30 in RM. 23.

Coach’s Corner:

Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility during CAASPP make ups. State testing is officially complete! PLC meetings will continue in room 23 this week and I’m so excited to join you again!

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.

Shared Leadership:

Last week we had the opportunity to work as a team to discuss school “brand” ideas. After thinking about needs of our students, interests of our families and strengths of the Emory team, we focused on learning more about becoming a science academy. As we learn more about how to integrate the next generation science standards into our school day, especially our work with the Reading and Writing Units of Study, please be on the lookout for alignment. My vision would be an exploratory year 17-18 and implementation in 18-19. At our next Shared Leadership meeting on Tuesday, May 30th, I would like to continue this discussion as well as focus on Learning Center,  LCAP Survey data, ACES funding cuts. As a reminder all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Resources to Explore:

If you have time, you may want to explore a few of the resources listed below. Some you may be familiar with or already using.

Defined Stem

from their web site…”Defined STEM provides online, authentic project-based lessons for PreK-12 students and teachers. Our engaging real-world content empowers students to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to be successful”. You can search their resources by Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

I created a free trial. You may get your own or use my login information (below)

Username: jgrondek@sbusd.org
Password (case-sensitive!): STEM8783

 

Mystery Science

Thanks to Maria, some of you may have check out or started using Mystery Science. It looks interesting and is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Mystery Science Five Minute Questions

Thanks to RoseAnn for sharing this resource. “It looks great for K-5 teachers and it’s free forever. Sign up and you get a short video every week. I think it will inspire kids to keep asking questions. It looks like a good 5-minute break or any transitions in your day.

Staff Meeting Date Change:

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

 

Enrollment/Site-Reassignment Update:

At this time, I am working closely with the District to update them regarding our enrollment. I am waiting for information regarding class changes. As soon as I receive this information, I will post on our bulletin board and via email site-re-assignment opportunities. If you have any questions, please stop by or email me.

Units of Study 17-18 Calendar:

The Learning & Innovation team will be meeting with a cadre of teachers to DRAFT T.C. Reading & Writing Units of Study template calendars for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, May 10th

Photo ID Badges:

Please be sure to always wear your photo id badge. 

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Weekly Update: May 8, 2017

I hope that you enjoy relaxing weekends and that your garden enjoys the rain! Thanks for all your hard work as we approach the end of the school year.

Emory Staff Appreciation Celebrations:

I hope you know how much I appreciate you each and every day. I do not always have the opportunity to say thank you, but I am grateful for all that you do to support our students, families, me and each other. On Wednesday, May 10th, the SBUSD Leadership team will host a breakfast at 7:30 in our lounge. On Tuesday, May 16th, we will host a special staff appreciation luncheon catered by the taquero here also in our lounge.

Staff Meeting:

We do not meet as staff this week. It is a PLC week, please check in with your grade level team.  Perhaps your team would like to review some of what was shared during ILT, plan for the final Fountas and Pinnell assessment, review Emory bell schedule etc. Please use this time to best meet the needs of your students and team.

Bell Schedule/ELD time Review:

By the end of next week (May 12th) , please work with your grade level team to review your daily schedules and our school bell schedule. Please consider how the ELD time works for your grade level also, as you think toward next year and the addition of implementing the T.C. Units of Study for teaching writing. Please email me feedback from your team by Friday, May 12th. Depending upon your feedback, we will have further conversation about our bell schedule for the 17-18 school year.

Coach’s Corner:

It has been a long 7 days of testing, but we can now celebrate that we are finished! Beginning Monday, I will be calling students for make ups before, and after recess. Make ups will continue until Friday if needed. Please wait to send students until they are called. Thank you in advance for your flexibility this week.

Professional Development Opportunity:

Through our partnership with USD, the Learning and Innovation Department is offering a teacher academy to learn about creating engaging opportunities for students using technology as a tool. This will be a 2 day commitment. Day 1 will be Thursday, May 25 (sub provided).  Day 2 will be Monday, June 19 (after the TCRWP Writing Institute) and you will be paid to attend. Our agenda for the two days will include a deep look into how we’re using technology in our classrooms, and retooling some of our learning experiences for students. Please let Jennifer Oliveira know if you are interested and able to make it to BOTH days. We have openings left. If more than 10 people are interested we will create a lottery.

Blue Slips at Lunch:

Please bring your blue slips to lunch this Thursday, May 11th.

Reading Assessment Data Entered- May 26th:

Click here for instructions for entering Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate.

Please let me know ASAP if you need any assistance completing your assessments or entering your data by our deadline.

6th Grade Camp:

We will miss our 6th graders and their teachers as they will be off at 6th grade camp next week. I will be off campus Wednesday morning visiting with our kiddos. Thanks to the 6th grade team for accompanying our children and to our Emory team for supporting the students who will remain here with us.

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.

Shared Leadership:

This week we had the opportunity to work as a team to discuss school “brand” ideas. After thinking about needs of our students, interests of our families and strengths of the Emory team, we focused on learning more about becoming a science academy. As we learn more about how to integrate the next generation science standards into our school day, especially our work with the Reading and Writing Units of Study, please be on the lookout for alignment. My vision would be an exploratory year 17-18 and implementation in 18-19. At our next Shared Leadership meeting on Tuesday, May 30th, I would like to continue this discussion as well as focus on Learning Center,  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.

Volunteer Luncheon:

Please send names of the people that have gone above and beyond volunteering for your class to Teresa by Wednesday, May 10th.  Field Trips do not count. The Volunteer Luncheon is Thursday, May 25 and there will be a Taquero coming.  Due to the overwhelming interest in the Taquero aroma last time they were here for the Health and Safety Fair we would like to know who would be interested in enjoying a delicious plate of Mexican food for only $8.00. Please let Teresa know by Monday, May 15 if you would like to pay for your meal.  Some people might be getting an invitation if they are nominated for doing volunteer work at Emory.

Enrollment/Site-Reassignment Update:

At this time, I am working closely with the District to update them regarding our enrollment. I am waiting for information regarding class changes. As soon as I receive this information, I will post on our bulletin board and via email site-re-assignment opportunities. If you have any questions, please stop by or email me.

Units of Study 17-18 Calendar:

The Learning & Innovation team will be meeting with a cadre of teachers to DRAFT T.C. Reading & Writing Units of Study template calendars for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, May 10th

Photo ID Badges:

Please be sure to always wear your photo id badge. 

Quote of the week:

 

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