Weekly Update: May 14, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO meet as a staff this week. Our meeting will begin with information about the Apex Leadership/Fundraiser/Fun run.  We will also build classes for the 2018-19 school year.

Blue Slips: 

Please bring your blue slips to lunch on Monday, May 14.


Thanks to Karina, Laura, Jeanne, RoseAnn and Angelica (sorry Holli and Erin) for attending ILT. Linked below is the presentation from the day.


Fountas and Pinnell Assessments:
“Fountas and Pinnell will determine reading level of all students in order to support independent reading at their level and provide appropriate instruction to progress. In Illuminate, report Instructional Level (shows what students are working on) andIndependent level, and collect information on accuracy, fluency, comprehension, and genre on Instructional Level. It is ideal to test to Hard in order to ensure students are not actually reading at a higher level. Use of the WORD LIST is not considered a level, and is used to determine a starting point for students without prior scores.
·        First round completed by September 1
·        TK/K teachers to complete first round by November 3
·        Second round completed by February 2 (all grades)
·        Third round completed by May 25 (all grades)
Fountas and Pinnell suggest to start with student choice of genre for each assessment session. Alternate fiction/non-fiction within the session. Next round, allow for student choice again and alternate.
·        What do I put in Illuminate?– For Instructional, put whatever is going to be most
helpful to you.
English Language Learners:
·        Newcomers:  For newcomers 3rd – 6th grade in an SEI program and primary language is Spanish should be tested in DRA Spanish to gauge their reading level.  This is one  indication that they are at grade level or not.  All newcomers 3rd – 6th grade newcomers regardless of primary language  should then be tested in English using F & P.  Caution: Newcomers should not be placed in A/B books.  A/B books are for concepts of print and generally our 3rd – 6th grade newcomers read in their primary language.  The lowest possible level a newcomer in 3rd – 6th to be place in F & P is level C and DRA is level 4.  
Independent Reading Level Benchmarks: Teachers will use the benchmarks according to  Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project which can be foundhere.  (Schools administering DRA, can use this correlation chart to determine levels).
TIP: Here is a cheat sheet on how to enter scores in Illuminate

Apex Fun Run:

If you have a few extra moments, please watch this two minute video https://vimeo.com/224550215

Apex Leadership Kick Off Assemblies

Tuesday, May 15

TK-2   1:05-1:40

3-5       1:50-2:25

Teacher Huddle

Wednesday, May 16

1:45 Room 23

Apex Leadership Daily Activity

Daily May 16-24

Show 5-7 minutes video, receive 2-5 minutes visit from Apex leadership staff

Apex Fun Run

Friday, May 25           Run the course

8:15-9:05        4th/5th

9:15-10:05      K/1

10:15-11:05    2/3rd

5th Grade Physical Fitness Testing:
Great job Angelica, Don, Erika and Melinda getting our kids fit and completing the PFT testing.
Just a reminder all PE testing must be done and entered into Illuminate by May 18th.
·         Here is the PFT Resource Page.
·         Here are directions for entering data into Illuminate. (Nothing has changed about the data you are collecting, even though Illuminate has fields for EVERYTHING. You do not have to collect BMI, for example.)
·         Here are some additional resources you might need.
·         Please do not enter 4’ 12”…
·         Please do not use decimals for weight.
·         Please enter height in feet and inches, NOT inches.
Math in Practice:
If you are interested in joining the 2018-2019 Math in Practice Cohort OR need to make-up a session from the 2017-2018 school year, PD will be offered. See schedule below.
TK-2nd Grade: 
Need to attend 2 out of the 3 sessions listed below in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
Summer Learning Academy: Wednesday – June 6   Session #1 Counting and Cardinality  & Session #2 Understanding Place Value
Summer Learning Academy: Thursday – June 7  Session #3 Addition/Subtraction
3rd-5th Grade:
Will be offered on Monday: July 16 from 8-2:30pm which will cover Sessions 1-3 (Multiplication/Division/Fractions) in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
SDC & RSP Teachers are more than welcome to attend either grade level spans. However, you will only be able to receive 1 set of grade level materials.
Please complete the RSVP form by clicking HERE if you choose to attend


Summer Learning Academy:

When: Wednesday, June 6th and Thursday, June 7th


Where: Ed Center (601 Elm Ave Imperial Beach 91932)

What: Professional Learning Conference-Style, based on your feedback and interests.

What’s new:

  • Slightly shorter sessions, with some built in time to chat with colleagues about what you learned and how you will implement.
  • Sessions for parents and students on June 6th
    • How to support literacy, math, technology, and movement over the summer

New Schedule:

Meet in Burress

Session 1

Session 2

Give and Get Session- share what you’ve learned with colleagues, and learn something new from your colleagues

Session 3


Session 4

Give and Get Session

Meet in Burress for Evaluation and Opportunity Drawing


Upcoming Dates:

Principal Roundtable: May 15

Last Day 5/6 ELD: May 17

Last Day TK/K ELD: May 18

Last Day of Imagine Learning: May 18

Last day of PLC: May 24

Last Day 1-4 ELD: May 24

Fountas and Pinnell Data entered May 25

Quote of the Week:

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