Weekly Update: January 14, 2019

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope that your vacation was fantastic and that you are ready for 2019!! There is a lot included in this update. Please be sure that you take note of the upcoming dates included at the end. 

Emory Staff United Nations (formerly known as Shared Leadership):

We meet Tuesday, January 15th at 2:40 in room 23. Out of contract will be paid to those who attend. Agenda topics include: New money 2018-19 Budget, Budget 2019-20 and EAGLE next steps.

Staff Professional Development:

We DO meet as a staff this week.

Math Labsite:

I just received our spring Math Lab Site dates- March 4th and 5th. Please let me know ASAP if you have any conflict (release day, field trip etc).

Classroom Library Funds:

$1,000 per grade level

Order due to Eunice by Jan 18, 2019

Book Source, Scholastic, Teachers College, Follett and Delaney- NOT AMAZON

Fountas and Pinnell-deadline updated-February 19:

The deadline to have the data entered was moved to February 19th.

The assessments are available now. Remember to clear your filters, search for “Fountas” or “DRA” and look for the 2018-19 2nd administration. Here’s the GIANT assessment document to answer your additional questions about other assessment dates, A/B book clarification, and other exciting information.

Even more Fountas and Pinnell Information:

  Here a few of the reminders when assessing students in Fountas & Pinnell:

  • Kinder teachers do not give the Wordlist because it might not allow you to start assessing students in A books
  • A and B are for meant for Concepts of Print
  • When asking the comprehension questions for levels A and B start with “What is the story about?” or “What did you learn?”
  • In A and B, students only need to score a 2 or 3 for the literal question to move on to the next level
  • Beyond the Text questions will not be used when determining placement in A and B levels
  • Test in both Fiction and Non-fiction books during the assessment window (Ex: if you test Afiction, then test B non-fiction, etc.)

Entering F and P data in Illuminate in February:

  • 2018-2019 Fountas and Pinnell 2nd administration
  • Enter students’ both INDEPENDENT and INSTRUCTIONAL levels in Illuminate
  • For levels C and above enter all scores: instructional level, instructional accuracy, instructional fluency and instructional comprehension scores, instructional genre, and independent level

Handouts from Teachers College Visit- grades TK-2:

Elma has compiled most, if not all of the handouts from Beth Hickey’s visit and placed them here–resources and materials.  The focus of Beth’s visit was small groups.  Would you like to plan small groups with Elma?  Please email Elma or complete the TOSA request.

Military Family Life Counselor:

Sandra Nunez- Mondays- Room 1

Classroom Lessons

Push into classrooms and provide lessons on conflict resolution, social skills training, and other topics. Lessons per topic would be covered in about 1 to 3 sessions, and approximately 15 to 20 minutes in lengths.

Military Kids Club

Military kids club on campus in small group settings. Participating military children must have a signed permission slips to attend.

Short Term Individual and Group Counseling

Short-term, non-medical, solution focused, education and support to military children on campus. Must have signed permission slip to participate.

Join the Comic-Con and SDCOE Educator Book Club:

Grow your ability to teach using comic books and graphic novels through a new collaboration between SDCOE, San Diego Comic-Con International, and the San Diego Comic-Con Museum. The SDCOE Educator Graphic Novel Book Club aims to increase your exposure to great reads, interesting conversations, positive collaboration, and a sense of community. The SDCOE Educator Group will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month beginning Jan. 23 at the SDCOE main campus at 6401 Linda Vista Road in San Diego. Discussions will be facilitated by club members with SDCOE curriculum and instruction experts available to offer guidance on research-based best practices.

Learn more about the club here and sign up for the interest list here.

NPR Podcast Challenge:

National Public Radio (NPR) is inviting San Diego County students in grades 5 to 12 to create a podcast and compete for a chance to win the grand prize. Winners will have their podcasts featured in segments on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on NPR. Students are asked to put together a podcast with their class or extracurricular group, and then submit it to NPR with help from a teacher. Each podcast should be between three and 12 minutes long. Click here for more information. The deadline for submissions is March 31 and winners will be announced in April.

New-training required to host a Student Teacher:

The January 2018 CTC guidelines require all Master teachers to have “recent” training in various areas of coaching and classroom pedagogy.

The San Diego County Office of Education built an online training to help universities satisfy these Common Standards and Preliminary Credential Program Standards (Common Standards, Standard 3, bullets 3 and 4, pg. 3-4; Program Standards – Standard 3, letter D, pg. iv).

The training is 8 hours completely online that the Master Teacher can begin before receiving their Student Teacher or during the weeks the Student Teacher is in their classroom. 

Please see the link provided for information:  https://www.sdcoe.net/human-resources/teacher-prep/Pages/master-teacher-training.aspx

The course is open to them for one month from the time they enter it.  The cost of the program is $50 which would need to be paid by the teacher if they are interested in receiving and being paid for overseeing student teachers.

Each Master Teacher receives a certificate of completion that is portable as evidence of having been trained (for future service as a Master Teacher), and any university participating will have access to a growing database of Master Teachers who have been trained (for accreditation purposes).

South Bay Centennial Celebration- community members needed:

As we begin preparations for our 100 Year Anniversary in the spring of 2020, The district is establishing a committee to plan events, activities, and recognitions.   Ideally, they want to include teachers, classified staff, administrators, parents, and community members.  By January 23rd, please let me know if you would like to represent Emory.  The first meeting of the Committee will take place in March.

ST Math Webinar:

Thanks to RoseAnn for sharing details about a ST Math Webinar with information about how to use ST Math to prepare students for CAASPP tests. See dates/links below.


  • January 15 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific Register
  • January 24 7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific Register

Upcoming Events/Due dates:

January 15                             Site Shared Leadership

January 16                             Staff PD

January 18                             Classroom Library Order due to Eunice

January 23                             District PLN- ELPAC training webinar- meet in 23

January 24                             Dr. McNamara visits all Emory classes 11:30-12:15

January 25                             RFEP Celebration

January 30                             Principal Directed PLC- Elma here for guided reading K-2                                                   3-6 TBD

January 28-Feb 1                  Global Kindness Challenge

Quote of the Week:

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