Weekly Update: September 4, 2017

Thank you so much for your hard work. I hope you enjoyed the long weekend with your family and friends!

TOSA Elma will visit PLC during the week of September 5th -7th:

Elma will be at our PLC’ meetings Sept 5-7. She is available to further our small group, conferring or calendaring the unit work. I encourage your team to use her as a resource for calendaring your reading and writing units of study.

Parent Conferences:

Thank you for taking the time to prepare for your parent conferences. Your students will benefit from and your families will appreciate your hard work! The District created a Parent Communication guide– Copies arrived on campus Friday afternoon. Here are links to the  English and Spanish version of this brochure for families. Here is a link all of the report cards. You may select yours and print it to show parents. They are meant to be back to back on one page.

Assessment Document- Revisions:

The Learning and Innovations team have been revising this document to include information about grading ELD (pages 7-8). This will be followed up with more information from L & I and a site discussion. Additional updates include:

  • Changes to the report cards (pages 3-4)
  • When is it appropriate to give a 4 (bottom of page 5)
  • A word about homework (top of page 9)
  • Testing to Hard (middle of page 11)

Impact Teacher Update:

Please welcome Heather Ecker our newest Impact teacher, she will begin supporting our students on Tuesday, Sept 5. Mayra Gomez, our newest Impact teacher started last week. As a reminder, Karen Tomlinson will be teaching Music and Bradley Allen will be teaching Art. Jennifer Hurtado will be subbing in an impact position through the Veterans Holiday in November.



Prodigy Math Games:

Check out https://prodigygame.com/ to see a math drill site which is highly engaging for students. Thanks to Aranzazu for sharing this link.

Book Club Details:

Book Club meets again on October 25thAll are welcome to join. For our first meeting we will be reading chapters 1-4 of the Guide to the Writing Workshop Book included in your Writing Units of Study Kit. See full details at this link.

Genius Hour:

Thinking about Genius Hour in your classroom? Check out some of these articles from the author of Launch, A.J. Juliani, about how to get started and how the entire school community can benefit from Genius Hour.

Discovery Education Cancelled:

The District made the decision to not renew our Discovery Education contract for the 2017-18 school year. As the Learning and Innovation team reviewed usage reports, it became apparent that only a handful of teachers were using the service at the levels which would justify its heavy financial price tag. The Learning and Innovation Team is currently researching and getting quotes from other resources such as Digital Content Portal from SDCOE and a similar service from Follett.

Parent Patrol:

Parents have been patrolling the Saturn side of campus before and after school. Please thank these parents for their support and let me know if you identify anything related to this which needs to be addressed.

Tijuana Estuary:

The Tijuana Estuary offers an extraordinary opportunity for students to experience hands on activities with science in our community’s backyard. They have a mandatory class you must attend and they are offering it on September 12, 2017. See email from Angelica with the flyer.

Quote of the Week:

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