Weekly Update: April 29, 2019

Chromebook/Computer Lab Use During Testing- ALL Grades:

During CAASPP testing, I must ask you to refrain from using all technology- ST Math, Dreambox etc. during testing days/times.

Tuesday- Friday        8:15-12:00

Student Model United Nations:

Who: Our students

What: Emory Model United Nations

When: Monday, April 29th 8:15

Where: Cafeteria

Why: Support our Mission of developing leadership and empowering students

It is a wonderful learning opportunity for all students K-8.  We hope you are as excited about the Emory Model United Nations, as we are.  We look forward to meeting your representatives.



Dr. McNamara Visit- Thursday, May 2:

Dr. McNamara plans to visit Emory this Thursday, May 2 from 8:45-9:30 a.m.

Below is our tentative classroom visit schedule.

Leon                   8:45

Martinez            8:47

Shultz                 8:50

Carson                8:52

Acosta                8:54

Wahamaki         8:56

Hopkins              8:58

Hueso                 9:00

Hernandez         9:02

Castellanos        9:04

Ochoa                 9:06

Sherwood           9:08

Seubert              9:10

Lobato                9:12

Brizendine          9:14

Molina                9:16

Major/Benson   9:18

Pehrson/Rolfe    9:20

Valdivia              9:22

Kinnamon          9:24

Perkins               9:26

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. This week is a teacher directed PLC. You may wish to plan for your upcoming Reading and Writing Units small group work, discuss Second Step Implementation, strategize how to teach without our chromebooks (no use 8:15-12:00 Tuesday through Friday) plan for self contained ELD or anything else of value to your team.

TCRWP Summer Institute:

Learning and Innovation is thrilled to announce the fourth annual TCRWP Summer Institute.  The institute will run for four days, June 10th-13th.  The sections offered this year are as follows:

K-2 Phonics (25 Advanced: Participants must have attended a reading or writing institute in the past)

K-2 Writing (25 Beginning: Open to NEW participants)

3-6 Writing (25 Beginning: Open to NEW participants)

3-6 Writing (25 Advanced: Participants must have attended a writing institute in the past)

Please submit your interest through this form.  If there are more participant requests, than spots we will hold a random lottery. Interest Forms are due by Friday, May 3rd.  Teachers will be paid out of contract pay for attendance.  Participants must commit to all four days.

Teacher Leadership Opportunities:

Please click on the links below to express and interest in participating by May 8th.  Most teams will meet on an ongoing basis approximately once a month after school.  We look forward to launching each of these teams in the coming weeks.  Out of contract pay will be provided for participation if the meeting is held after school or during breaks.

Continuing Teacher Leadership Teams:

  • Technology Practices Committee
  • Consultation Committee
  • Math Units of Study Revision Team
  • NGSS Leadership Team

NEW Teacher Leadership Teams:

  • Upper Grade Word Study Team:  Will meet for a series of four to six meetings to learn about and discuss the role of word study in the upper grades and identify most appropriate instructional materials. Team is open to 3rd-6th grade teachers and special education teachers serving students in those grade levels. We hope to begin this team in the next few weeks.
  • Restorative Practices and Behavior Support: Will meet across the 2019-2020 school year to study and discuss the role of Restorative Practices in building relationships with students, encouraging positive behavior, and creating community within classrooms and across a school.
  • Literacy Leadership: Will meet across the year to serve as a “think tank” related to balaced literacy practices, implementation of the Reading and Writing Workshop Instructional Framework and determine professional learning opportunities.

 Save the Date—Summer Learning Academy, June 5th and 6th—Details to Follow

Classroom Mission Statement:

By May 20th, please work with your class to develop a class mission statement. Our United Nations Representatives will discuss this work on Monday 4/29 at the MUN meeting. Please see your email for mentor missions.

CAASPP Testing Schedule for 2019

Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays
Make-ups 3rd (8:15 AM- 9:50 AM )5th (10:25- 12:00 PM) 4th (8:15 AM- 9:50)6th (10:25- 12: PM)
Math CAT April 22 April 23 April 24 April 25 April 26
Math PT April 29 April 30 May 1 May 2 May 3
ELA CAT May 6 May 7 May 8 May 9 May 10
ELA PT May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17PE Data due
May 20-24

Additional Testing time if needed

May 20


May 21 May 22


May 23 May 24

Number Talks Books:

We now have 10 more copies of NUMBERS TALKS. If you would like to check one out, please see Teresa in the library.

Transportation Safety Plan:

The document linked below contains the Transportation Safety Plan. You may wish to read the document to learn more. An important details for those of you who ride school buses on field trips….After exiting the bus (at your destination/return to school) teachers must walk the bus to look for students just like bus driver does. This is mandated by edcode to ensure that students are not left in the bus.

Child Nutrition Super Hero Day:

On Friday May 3rd, 2019 the Child Nutrition Site Staff will be celebrated as School Cafeteria Super Heroes in each of our school site cafeterias. South Bay has celebrated School Lunch Hero Day for the past three years with students and staff showing appreciation for our Child Nutrition Heroes in many creative ways with letters, cards, and posters or just verbally saying “Thank you for all you do”.   It would be great if students and staff can participate again to recognize their Cafeteria Staff on Super Hero day.

District Social Worker:

The Student Support and Accountability Department is excited to announce the addition of  Crystal Escamilla, Educational Social Worker, to the team! Crystal was employed with the Child Welfare Department where she most recently held the position of Protective Services Worker in a specialized mental health unit. She worked with CWD for 12 years after extensive work experiences in conjunction her educational career. Crystal’s vast experience and knowledge regarding supporting children and families is invaluable. She will be the department’s foster youth and homeless liaison, oversee attendance and the SARB process, identify needed resources and services, and work directly with other staff members to uncover underlying trauma that contributes to students’ daily school experiences.

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