Weekly Update: May 20, 2019

Staff Professional Development:

We DO meet as a staff in room 23 from 1:40-3:10.

Cleaning out our classrooms for the end of year/new furniture delivery:

Please refer to your email (hard copy placed in your mail boxes) for a timeline for the end of year and delivery of our new furniture.

Classroom Check Out list


Fountas and Pinnell Data Entered- May 24:

Fountas and Pinnell data must be entered by May 24th. I know many of you are almost done assessing your students. I am excited to see the growth our students have made this year!

Summer Learning Academy:


Summer Learning Academy

June 5th and 6th

Sessions presented by teacher leaders to include supporting all students, Math Units of Study, K-2 Phonics, and MORE!

Sign-ups will be available soon!

Report Cards:

from Jennifer Oliveira

The report card window is open for business as of 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 Document talks 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. 


Thank you to Karina, Laura, Monica, RoseAnn, Holli, Angelica, and Dave for representing us at ILT.

By July 1, the first two revised math units of study will be available.

From Angelica…..

I’m currently attending ILT and have been inspired by some great information that has reminded me again of “why I teach”  and how we as a school can  work together to bring out the best in our students. It’s a collaboration of teachers, administration, and community (home). I hope you find a few minutes to browse through this information and especially watch the video that will hopefully fill your heart with joy. Enjoy.

(FYI- have a box of tissues close by)

I Believe in You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxfAvkkUHfA


Students in high-performing urban schools believed their teachers cared, in part because students perceived that their teachers taught challenging academic content, insisted upon good behavior, and demanded high-quality work. ”

Dr. Joe Johnson, National Center for Urban School Transformation, NCUST

What is Collective Efficacy



Below are some inspiring reads:


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.

Focus on Reading Instruction:

Recently, 3-8 grade teachers participated in a three part series of after-school Professional Development facilitated by our Literacy TOSA’s.  The series focused on reading instruction – specifically, how to meet the needs of our diverse readers in responsive small group instruction.  A variety of small group structures were presented, including:

  • Interactive Read Aloud (highly scaffolded to build comprehension).
  • Shared Reading (supports students with the reading process, word study, fluency, and comprehension).
  • Guided Reading (supporting students to move to the next reading level).
  • Strategy Groups (strengthen the work of the unit and support the needs of students).

For continued support with providing small group instruction to meet the needs of all students, contact your Literacy TOSA.

Quote of the Week:

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