Weekly Update: May 6, 2019

Staff Professional Development:

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, discuss/plan for small group work, discuss Second Step Implementation, plan for self contained ELD or anything else of value to your team.

CAASPP Testing:

Thank you teachers in grades 3-6 for your thoughtful work in ensuring that our students are ready for the state assessments. Thanks to all for keeping students quiet in the hallways and teaching without using our chromebooks/the lab. Big thanks to Erin for coordinating our efforts.

I pasted the testing schedule below, however, please see the hyperlink to access an easily read copy of the, slightly adjusted, schedule for next week.  

May 7

3rd, Perkins


May 8

3rd, Perkins

5th, Perhson (Ka Co w/ Lindsay or Monica)

May 9



May 10


6th, Ka Co (w/Tracy)



District 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.  Please see your email for mentor missions.

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.

Report Cards:

from Jennifer Oliveira

This email is to let you know that the report card window is open for business on MONDAY, MAY 13. Here are a few reminders:

  • Here is my extensive Assessment and Report Card documentwhich is designed to answer all of your questions. This document is updated often.
  • Remember all report cards this year will use 8.5 x 11 paper and are 2 sided with grades on BOTH sides.
  • TIP: Use a text editor (like Word or Google docs) to type your comments, then copy and paste into Illuminate.
  • Remember to SAVEoften!
  • If you’re new to Illuminate and report cards check out more informative videos about entering grades – Learning and Innovation website, click on the Assessment tab, then Illuminate Resources.
  • Chrome, Chrome, Chrome
  • You will have 750 characters (including spaces) to write your comments. It may look like you have more space but you’ll only have 750 characters.
  • If you are using the Standards-based Gradebook, this document will help you connect the grades to the report card.
  • Attendance and other heading data will be populated by 5pm on Wednesday, May 31st.
  • Reading Assessment Data– Please CLEAR your filters then search “fountas” or “DRA”. Use the 2018-19 3rd Administration.
  • Reading Assessment Data should NOT go on the report card as in: “Jennifer has improved her reading level from level 12 to level 16.” You can include behaviors students ARE exhibiting, and are not yet exhibiting, to support family understanding about reading process and development, as in: “When Jennifer is reading, she uses sounds and meaning to help her read fluently.” OR “When Jennifer is reading, she uses sounds, pictures, and meaning to help her read fluently.” Page 11 of the Assessment Documenttalks a little bit more about this rationale.
  • NEW! 6th Grade Teachers– Sweetwater has requested any reading assessment information we can provide. Plan on placing in the CUM folder the most recent DRA or F/P running record assessment, the summary page (including texts and scores), and any other information you think necessary.

If you anticipate having any trouble meeting the June 4th report card closing date, please schedule time with your principal to input report card scores after that date. 

Multicultural Fair:

We will have our Multi-cultural Fair on Wednesday, May 29th from approximately 8:15-11:00 (more details to come). We are currently organizing the day’s activities, however, it will be similar to our Health and Safety Fair.

If you would like for your class to create art, dance, demonstrate anything, please let me know by Wednesday, May 8th the following information:



Display (may be visited without you/your students present examples- art work, display boards, etc)

Demonstration (you/your students would need to be there- dance, other student presentation, etc)

I know that it is a VERY busy time of the year and do not expect that you will present something, however, if you are interested, we would love for your class to participate.

Also, our TOSA’s will be supporting the event. By Tuesday, May 7th, if you have the time, please let me know if your students would like to learn about a particular country. I will share this information with our TOSA’s and they will design activities for our students.

Quote of the Week:

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