Weekly Update: February 11, 2019

Congratulations again to Emory Certificated Employee of the year, Erika Gundermann! and Emory Classified Employee of the Year, Carlos Leon! If you’re available, please join us at the District event to celebrate them on Tuesday, February 12th at 6:00 in Burress Auditorium.

Staff Professional Development:

This week, we meet as a staff in room 23 at 1:40. Jennifer Oliveira and Jennifer Smith will join us. The bulk of our meeting will be dedicated to an update regarding the Emory remodel timeline including our new classroom furniture.

Classroom Hosts for Math Labsite and Upcoming Teachers College Visits:

We will need classroom hosts for our upcoming math labsite and TC visit. Please work with your grade level team and let me know who would like to host which visits. For TC, I will need a host from each grade level and for Math Labsite a host from K/1, 2/3 and 4/5.

Math Labsite                                March 4 and March 5

Primary Grade TC Visit              April 8 and 9

Upper Grade TC Visit                  April 15 and 16

Administrative Intern Guest- Monday February 11

A colleague asked if I would host an administrative intern. Lindsey Conley will shadow me throughout my day on Monday, February 11th. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Fountas and Pinnell-February 19:

The deadline to have the data entered is February 19th.

Thank you for all your efforts to assess our students! Remember to clear your filters, search for “Fountas” 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.

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.

Updates from Learning and Innovation:


TK-2 should use the SBUSD District Performance Tasks which can be found in Illuminate. 3-6th grade may use either the CAASPP Interim Assessments OR the SBUSD District Performance Tasks. Please complete ALL performance task experiences before Spring Break. 


SBUSD Performance Tasks found here scroll to the BOTTOM of the page to access information.

Grades 3-6

CAASPP Interim Assessments found here

***Student MUST access the test via the “air secure browser”

CAASPP LABELS– Labels with student SSID and other testing information can be found in Illuminate in a report named “CAASPP Labels” (creative, I know…). When you open the report, click on “Labels” on the tool bar in the grey banner then click “Download”. You can print directly to label sheets or print to regular paper and adhere them to an index card. THESE ARE SECURE TESTING MATERIALS, and should be locked up nightly.

REPORT CARDS– The window for Report Cards will be open Monday, February 4th. Attendance data will be populated on Wednesday, February 20th by 5pm. Please remember to use a text editor, like Google Docs or MS Word to type your comments and copy/paste to the report cards. Also, remember to SAVE OFTEN.
Read Across America- March 4-8
Please submit Read Leader names to RoseAnn by Monday, Feb 25th. We will have an event kick off on Monday, March 4th during flag salute. Details about the kick off and spirit activities coming soon. Thank you to RoseAnn for her leadership in coordinating this campaign.
Changes to TC Sequence/information about the Test Prep Unit- Upper Grade Only
As promised we’ve made some adjustments to the sequence to make room for the TCRWP Test Prep Reading and Writing Units. This unit is NOT in lieu of a unit, NOR is it meant to insert now before Spring Break. Continue on with your next unit and start the Test Prep Unit in April.
The TOSAs will be having a collab on April 9th around the Test Prep unit and will have a calendar for you which includes time for the practice and training tests. You can sign up for that collab here.
Materials will be distributed for you in March.
The Test Prep Unit is set to be completed by May 3rd, which will be the 2nd week of CAASPP math testing. On May 6th, the week you start CAASPP ELA testing, you’ll begin your final unit on the sequence. 
Other District Professional Development Opportunities:

Join your colleagues and Literacy TOSAs for a series of 3 professional development sessions addressing the needs of your striving readers.  We will focus on readers workshop, taking teachers through the process of planning and scheduling small group instruction that supports the needs of students reading significantly below grade level. Instructional methods and resources will be shared.  

While we encourage you to attend all three sessions, as the information and practices will build on each other, teachers are welcome to attend those sessions that are of most interest to them.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 FROM 3:30-5:00 pm
Out-Of-Contract Pay Provided
LESSON DESIGN FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS is planned for Monday, March 4 from 3:30-5:00 at the Education Center. As in the past, out-of-contract pay will be provided.  It’s an excellent opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and exchange ideas. 
Please take a moment to sign up and mark your calendars.  ALL teachers grades 3-8 are invited to attend.  We will continue to discuss ongoing assessment and lesson design to meet the needs of our diverse population of language learners.  Hope to see you there!
Getting Ready for our Math Labsite:
Our focus will be on Questioning and Conferring with students.  Due to the limited time together, if possible please review Chapter 5 from Thinking Together prior to us meeting.  Michelle Syverson included a graphic organizer that we will use when discussing the chapter.  
Image result for thinking together

Upcoming Events/Due dates:

February 19                           Fountas and Pinnell Data Entered

February 22                           Report Cards go home

March 4/5                               Math Labsite

March 4-8                                Read Across America Campaign

March 11-15                            2-6 Elpac Summative Assessment Week

March 11                                Dr. McNamara Visits Emory

March 22                                 Last day before Spring Break

Soaring to Success

Performance Tasks/Interim Assessments Complete

Quote of the Week:

If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm. - Frank Lane

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