Weekly Update: October 30, 2017

Thank you for your hard work communicating student progress to families (report cards) and helping our school community come together and each other’s company (Fall Carnival).

Google Expeditions Augmented Reality:

Google will be at Emory on Monday, October 30th. Click here to see the schedule. Teachers in the left column meet in 23 and right column meets in 24. Thank you for your willingness to adjust your daily schedules to make this happen for our students.

To prepare:

  1. Mark your calendar we will meet from 7:30-7:55 on Monday October 30th in room 23
  2. Group students into groups of 3-4

Staff Professional Development:

This week we DO meet as a staff at 1:45 in room 23. Please bring your laptop. The Learning and Innovation Team TOSA’s will be here to help further our knowledge and understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Report Cards in Cum Folder:

Reminder– please place a copy of each trimester one report card into your students’ cum folders.

School Safety Plan Update:
We have updated Safe School Plan and Material Safety Data Binders. If you are interested or have the need, you may review the binders located next to the office copier/printer near Ms. Dani’s desk.

Report Card Committee Feedback:

Congratulations on making it through Trimester 1 report cards! Jen Oliveira was hoping you might take one minute to give the Report Card Committee some feedback about the new report card (5 questions, and one of those is your grade level).

A few words about supervision duty:

There is nothing more important to me than the safety of you, our students and families. Therefore, I’d like to remind us all that it is critical that we are on time to our supervision duties and present- not chatting with colleagues, but scanning and moving through the area we are supervising. Thank you for supporting guest teachers and trading duties as needed.

Eagle Pride Reward Tshirt:
Thank you for your hard work developing criteria for your team’s reward t-shirt. . Please be sure you have shared with me your final draft (in paper or via google docs. No later than Nov 3rd, please share this information with your students and families. Cindy Pillado has the t-shirts and will be your point of contact to obtain them for your students.

Imagine Learning:

Thanks to Laura, Connie, Heather, Sharon and Monica for supporting Imagine Learning this year! Licenses may be used during the school day and/or in our before or after school sessions. Thank you for returning permission slips. Last year we purchased 100 licenses, this year, we have only purchased 70. Before and after school sessions began the week of Oct 23.

ST Math:
As a reminder it is recommended that students in grades K-2 use ST Math for 60 minutes per week and grades 3-6 use it for 90 minutes. It is recommended that students use it for no fewer than 20 minutes per session.

Teacher’s College Visits to Emory and Learning and Innovation Labsite Date:

Our Labsite week with Learning and Innovation schedule for Nov 6-10 has been cancelled and a 1 day Writing Workshop Labsite has been scheduled for 11/29.
Grades TK-2 Visit Dates- we share our staff developer with Berry Elem  Staff Developer Beth Hickey
December 7,8 and March 5, 6, 7
Grades 3-6 Visit Dates- we share our staff developer with Sunnyslope Staff Developer Christine Ikin
January 22-24 and April 12 and 13
As the dates approach, I will develop a schedule for the time of day that you will be out of your classroom. Also, rather than meet with grade level bands, you will meet as a grade level team with the developer.
You may click here Staff Developer Bios and find our staff developers’ names on the list to learn a bit about who is coming to work with us.
Please look at any scheduled field trips/events etc and re-schedule ASAP. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Point Loma Upcoming Visits:

We are excited to continue to host students from Point Loma Nazarene. As a reminder, these students are enrolled in an art class and this will be their first time teaching students. We are excited to for these students to provide two lessons about a famous artist to our students.  Thank you Dene, Sharon, Georgina, Maria, Rebecca, Jeanne, RoseAnn, Leslie, Aranzazu, Monica and Erika!

Teacher Meeting            Nov 7    2:30-3:00

First Lesson                     Nov 28 1:30-2:25

Second Lesson                Dec 5    1:30-2:25

Upcoming Events:

Nov 3                 Soaring to Success Awards (re-scheduled from Oct 27)

Nov 6-9              Labsite week at EMORY CANCELLED

Nov 7                 PLNU Teacher Meeting

Nov 9                 Emory Board Presentation (would love to see you at Burress!!!!)

Nov 14               SBUSD Board of Trustees visits Emory

Nov 29               Learning and Innovation Labsite @Emory

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: October 23, 2017

Thank you for a fantastic bosses’ day! You are an amazing team to lead!

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. You might join us at Book Club at 1:45 in room 23. We are reading Guide to the Writing Workshop Ch 1-4. You might finalize your report cards or you might help Erin and Shelly get set up for the Haunted Hallway (1:30-5:30) in the cafeteria.

Report Cards and IEP Goal Progress:

As a reminder, you will send report cards home on October 27.

IEP Goal Progress reporting:
Any student receiving Special Education services must have their progress on IEP goals updated and sent home along with the report card.

Report Cards:

Here is a link to all of the report cards Watch this video for info about ELD Grades. The Assessment and Report Card document has a lot of the same information as the ELD video check pg 9

I sent an email letting you know that you may select “na” using the drop down menu for students who are fluent in English.

* Attendance and other heading data will be populated by 5pm on Wednesday, October 25th.

Google Expeditions Augmented Reality:

Google will be at Emory on Monday, October 30th. You will receive your scheduled 25 minute time slot by Tuesday. Thank you for your willingness to adjust your daily schedules to make this happen for our students.

To prepare:

  1. Mark your calendar we will meet from 7:30-7:55 on Monday October 30th in room 23
  2. Group students into groups of 3-4

Imagine Learning:

Thanks to Laura, Connie, Heather, Sharon and Monica for supporting Imagine Learning this year! Licenses may be used during the school day and/or in our before or after school sessions. Thank you for returning permission slips. Last year we purchased 100 licenses, this year, we have only purchased 70. Before and after school sessions will begin the week of Oct 23.

ST Math:
As a reminder it is recommended that students in grades K-2 use ST Math for 60 minutes per week and grades 3-6 use it for 90 minutes. It is recommended that students use it for no fewer than 20 minutes per session.
Red Ribbon Week:
Red Ribbon Week will be Oct 23-27. The theme is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free”. See the email from Laura Acosta with lesson ideas and other helpful documents. See excerpt of message from Laura below:
 “please remind students of the theme for each day, or send in class dojo.  Some students might not realize until they see everyone that day.  I will put posters around, but if you can put reminders in your class it would be great.
Here are the themes for each day:
Monday: Kick off day-  “Red Day”- wear red (you can even let students write in red that day, up to you 😉
Tuesday: “Turn your back on drugs”- wear clothes backwards day
Wednesday: “Team up against drugs”- wear jersey or team shirt
Thursday: “Follow your dreams, don’t do drugs” – wear pajamas
Friday: “Superheroes have the power to say NO”- wear your favorite superhero shirt
********Door decorating Winner Announced  today
Eagle Pride Reward Tshirt:
Thank you for your hard work developing criteria for your team’s reward t-shirt. As a reminder, they must be finalized by Wed. Oct 25th. Please be sure you have shared with me your final draft (in paper or via google docs. No later than Nov 3rd, please share this information with your students and families. Cindy Pillado has the t-shirts and will be your point of contact to obtain them for your students.
Restraining Orders Update Office:
This week I attended a meeting about revising our site safety plan. We were advised by the Sheriff’s Department to let staff know that if you have a restraining order against any person, to please provide that information to me so that we may support your and our safety.
Steam Maker Fest:
See information below about the Delmar Steam MakerFest
http://www.steammakerfest.org/ It is being held this year on Saturday December 2nd. There are really cool Team Challenges Let me know if you would like to attend or are interested in preparing teams from your class to compete.

Teacher’s College Visits to Emory and Learning and Innovation Labsite Date:

Our Labsite week with Learning and Innovation schedule for Nov 6-10 has been cancelled and a 1 day Writing Workshop Labsite has been scheduled for 11/29.
Grades TK-2 Visit Dates- we share our staff developer with Berry Elem  Staff Developer Beth Hickey
December 7,8 and March 5, 6, 7
Grades 3-6 Visit Dates- we share our staff developer with Sunnyslope Staff Developer Christine Ikin
January 22-24 and April 12 and 13
As the dates approach, I will develop a schedule for the time of day that you will be out of your classroom. Also, rather than meet with grade level bands, you will meet as a grade level team with the developer.
You may click here Staff Developer Bios and find our staff developers’ names on the list to learn a bit about who is coming to work with us.
Please look at any scheduled field trips/events etc and re-schedule ASAP. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Computer Lab:
It is recommended do not hang headphones on the tower.  Either lay them down on the keyboard or hang them on the side of the table. Connie has taken time to put zip tags on each headphone to organize the long cord.  Please do not let students remove the zip tags. Please do not let student take off the soft headphone cushions. Please email Teresa with any problems with a computer that needs a work order.  
Point Loma Upcoming Visits:

We are excited to continue to host students from Point Loma Nazarene. As a reminder, these students are enrolled in an art class and this will be their first time teaching students. We are excited to for these students to provide two lessons about a famous artist to our students.  Thank you Dene, Sharon, Georgina, Maria, Rebecca, Jeanne, RoseAnn, Leslie, Aranzazu, Monica and Erika!

Teacher Meeting            Nov 7    2:30-3:00

First Lesson                     Nov 28 1:30-2:25

Second Lesson                Dec 5    1:30-2:25

Upcoming Events:

Oct 27                Fall Carnival

Nov 3                 Soaring to Success Awards (re-scheduled from Oct 27)

Nov 6-9              Labsite week at EMORY CANCELLED

Nov 7                 PLNU Teacher Meeting

Nov 9                 Emory Board Presentation (would love to see you at Burress!!!!)

Nov 14               SBUSD Board of Trustees visits Emory

Nov 29               Learning and Innovation Labsite @Emory

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: October 16, 2017

I hope that you enjoyed this beautiful San Diego Weekend!

Flag Salute:

Our outdoor sound system is on its last legs. Therefore, we will be doing flag salute old school style. We will meet on the playground, but lead the flag salute from the office. A new system has been ordered. Fingers crossed that it will meet our needs.

Staff Pd:

We meet this Wednesday as a full staff at 1:45 in room 23. Please bring your computers. Agenda includes CAASPP results, reward t-shirt criteria, primary intervention group placement.

Workshop–personal reflection:

As we get better and better at using the TC Units of Study and the workshop method to help our students learn and grow, I challenge you to ask yourself these questions:

How mini are my mini lesson? (8-10 minutes is recommended)

Am I seeing all of my students each week during Reading and Writing in a conference?

Am I fitting in Reading and Writing Workshop (45-60 minutes each) each day?

Have I done any running records with my students since we administered the Fountas and Pinnell R/A to help me know which books to give them or how to place them in small group?

Teaching is hard work. Continue to challenge yourself and reflect on your practice every day, If you need support in any of these areas, please let me know can spend time with you or schedule time for you to meet with our ELA TOSA ELMA. 

Report Cards and IEP Goal Progress:

As a reminder, you will send report cards home on October 27.

IEP Goal Progress reporting:
Any student receiving Special Education services must have their progress on IEP goals updated and sent home along with the report card. The SPED department is happy to support anyone that has questions on updating the progress on goals, navigating through SEIS, or any other questions at our next SEIS Open Lab that will be held on Tuesday, October 17.  Please use the link to sign up below.

Report Cards:

Here is a link to all of the report cards Watch this video for info about ELD Grades. The Assessment and Report Card document has a lot of the same information as the ELD video check pg 9

 

* Attendance and other heading data will be populated by 5pm on Wednesday, October 25th.

Imagine Learning:

Thanks to Laura Acosta for supporting Imagine Learning this year! Licenses may be used during the school day and/or in our before or after school sessions. Thank you for returning permission slips. By Tues. Oct 17, please let me know if you are interested in supporting Imagine Learning after school (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday 2:30-3:00).Last year we purchased 100 licenses, this year, we have only purchased 70. Before and after school sessions will begin the week of Oct 23.

Red Ribbon Week:
Red Ribbon Week will be Oct 23-27. The theme is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free”. See the email from Laura Acosta with lesson ideas and other helpful documents. See excerpt of message from Laura below:
“please remind students of the theme for each day, or send in class dojo.  Some students might not realize until they see everyone that day.  I will put posters around, but if you can put reminders in your class it would be great.
Here are the themes for each day:
 
Monday: Kick off day-  “Red Day”- wear red (you can even let students write in red that day, up to you 😉
Tuesday: “Turn your back on drugs”- wear clothes backwards day 
Wednesday: “Team up against drugs”- wear jersey or team shirt
Thursday: “Follow your dreams, don’t do drugs” – wear pijamas
Friday: “Superheroes have the power to say NO”- dress up like a superhero  ********Door decorating Winner Announced  today 
Steam Maker Fest:
See information below about the Delmar Steam MakerFest
http://www.steammakerfest.org/ It is being held this year on Saturday December 2nd. There are really cool Team Challenges Let me know if you would like to attend or are interested in preparing teams from your class to compete.

Teacher’s College Visits to Emory and Learning and Innovation Labsite Date:

Thanks to your hard work and investment in teaching the Units of Study for Reading (and now Writing), we were selected to be a Teacher’s College Affiliate School. You may be thinking, what does this mean? A staff developer from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York will visit our school meet with us, demonstrate for us and answer our questions. The model will be similar to the Learning and Innovation Labsite from last year.
Our Labsite week with Learning and Innovation schedule for Nov 6-10 has been cancelled and ma 1 day Writing Workshop Labsite has been scheduled for 11/29.
Grades TK-2 Visit Dates- we share our staff developer with Berry Elem  Staff Developer Beth Hickey
December 7,8 and March 5, 6, 7
Grades 3-6 Visit Dates- we share our staff developer with Sunnyslope Staff Developer Christine Ikin
January 22-24 and April 12 and 13
As the dates approach, I will develop a schedule for the time of day that you will be out of your classroom. Also, rather than meet with grade level bands, you will meet as a grade level team with the developer.
You may click here Staff Developer Bios and find our staff developers’ names on the list to learn a bit about who is coming to work with us.
Please look at any scheduled field trips/events etc and re-schedule ASAP. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Book Club Details:

Book Club meets on October 25thAll are welcome to join. For our first meeting we will be reading chapters 1-4 of the Guide to the Writing Workshop Book included in your Writing Units of Study Kit. See full details at this link.

Federal Survey Cards:
This Wednesday (Oct 18) every teacher in the South Bay district will receive a class roster (STU409) and Teacher Verification Form along with Federal Impact forms for each student. As the students return their cards to school, teachers should check off the student’s name on the roster. When all cards are received, teachers will return the cards, class roster, and signed verification form to the school Attendance Secretary. Currently the district receives funds for children whose parents are active military, live in federal housing, or work on federal property. Thank you for your efforts to get the forms completed.
DISTRICT CHAMPIONS PROGRAM:
Nominate Someone Today!

Superintendent Katie McNamara is excited to honor District Champions. These quarterly awards recognize students, parents/guardians, staff, teams, organizations, and community members that demonstrate outstanding work, dedication to the District’s mission and goals, commitment to our community, and strong support for the South Bay Union School District. The 2017-2018 District Champions will be honored at evening events on October 13, December 8, March 9, and June 1.  Please use the Nomination Form and help us honor and recognize team members and partners that champion our work, our community, and our District.

Shadow A Student Challenge:
South Bay is launching the Shadow a Student Challenge, which is a fun and interesting way for leaders to experience an entire school day through the eyes of a student.  The purpose is not to observe classes, but to be immersed in a student’s experience including bus stops, campus arrival, recess, lunch,trips to the library, Impact rotations, and more. Educators and researchers have long known that shadowing can lead to powerful observations and insights. The Shadow a Student Challenge provides methods and a network to help school leaders achieve Deeper Learning for all students. Let me know if you have a suggestion for who I might want to shadow.
 
Grant Opportunity:
Classroom Projects
North Island Credit Union has a Teacher Grant Program, which provides $500 to educators for special classroom projects and innovative learning opportunities.  Applications must be submitted online by October 20, 2017.
New Resources from Learning and Innovation:
Podcasts are a great way to learn new things! Here are some podcasts that Learning and Innovation is listening to:
Thinking about becoming a Google Certified Teacher? National University and the Educational Technology Team are offering Level I Google Certification in December.
Upcoming Events:

 Oct 20               Coffee with the Principal 8:15 in Volunteer Center

Oct 27                Fall Carnival

Nov 3                 Soaring to Success Awards (re-scheduled from Oct 27)

Nov 6-9              Labsite week at EMORY CANCELLED

Nov 9                 Emory Board Presentation (would love to see you at Burress!!!!)

Nov 14               SBUSD Board of Trustees visits Emory

Nov 29               Learning and Innovation Labsite @Emory

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: October 9, 2017

I hope that you are enjoying a fantastic weekend. For those of you who were wondering…… the sprinklers DID NOT turn on during the campout! Success!

Flag Salute:

Our outdoor sound system is on its last legs. Therefore, we will be doing flag salute old school style. We will meet on the playground, but lead the flag salute from the office. A new system has been ordered. Fingers crossed that it will meet our needs.

Site Shared Leadership:
Site Shared Leadership will meet on Tuesday, October 10th. All are welcome and will be compensated for attendance. Please let me know if you have ideas for the agenda.

Teacher’s College Visits to Emory:

Thanks to your hard work and investment in teaching the Units of Study for Reading (and now Writing), we were selected to be a Teacher’s College Affiliate School. You may be thinking, what does this mean? A staff developer from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York will visit our school meet with us, demonstrate for us and answer our questions. The model will be similar to the Learning and Innovation Labsite from last year.
 
Our Labsite week with Learning and Innovation schedule for Nov 6-10 has been cancelled and may or may not be re-scheduled depending upon their availability.
 
Grades TK-2 Visit Dates- we share our staff developer with Berry Elem  Staff Developer Beth Hickey
December 7,8 and March 5, 6, 7
 
Grades 3-6 Visit Dates- we share our staff developer with Sunnyslope Staff Developer Christine Ikin
January 22-24 and April 12 and 13
 
As the dates approach, I will develop a schedule for the time of day that you will be out of your classroom. Also, rather than meet with grade level bands, you will meet as a grade level team with the developer.
 
You may click here Staff Developer Bios and find our staff developers’ names on the list to learn a bit about who is coming to work with us.
 
Please look at any scheduled field trips/events etc and re-schedule ASAP. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
 

TOSA ELMA:

We are excited to have our ELA Teacher On Special Assignment, Elma, in PLC this week Oct 9th-13th.

Arts Assembly Friday, Oct 13: 

We are so excited to have Matthew Schwartz of Cold War Kids (and Karen Tomlinson’s son) perform for us Friday afternoon (10/13).
 
Matthew will share a bit about his love of reading and writing while a student and perform for the students. He has another engagement shortly after our assemblies. Following the show, please return to your classrooms with your students so that we can allow Matthew to leave immediately after he finishes with our kids.
 
When: Friday October 13th
Where: Cafeteria
Why: To help our students make the connection that reading and writing helps rock starts be successful. To enjoy beautiful music and lyrics.
TK-3
1:15-1:40
Grades 3-6
1:50-2:20
South Bay Education Foundation Gala:
YOU’RE INVITED!  THERE IS STILL TIME TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN!  
 
Gather your friends and share an evening of food, music, dancing and celebrating all the great work you do for South Bay.  
 
SBUSD Education Foundation Stars Under the Stars Roaring 20’s Gala.
 
The site with the best attendance at the gala will receive 5 opportunity tickets for each attendee. Fill up a table or two. 
 
You can pay using PayPal at sbusdef.org .  Just click the Donate button.  Reservation information can be emailed to sbusdef@yahoo.com.

Book Club Details:

Book Club meets on October 25thAll are welcome to join. For our first meeting we will be reading chapters 1-4 of the Guide to the Writing Workshop Book included in your Writing Units of Study Kit. See full details at this link.

DISTRICT CHAMPIONS PROGRAM:
Nominate Someone Today!

Superintendent Katie McNamara is excited to honor District Champions. These quarterly awards recognize students, parents/guardians, staff, teams, organizations, and community members that demonstrate outstanding work, dedication to the District’s mission and goals, commitment to our community, and strong support for the South Bay Union School District. The 2017-2018 District Champions will be honored at evening events on October 13, December 8, March 9, and June 1.  Please use the Nomination Form and help us honor and recognize team members and partners that champion our work, our community, and our District.

Grant Opportunity:
Classroom Projects
 
North Island Credit Union has a Teacher Grant Program, which provides $500 to educators for special classroom projects and innovative learning opportunities.  Applications must be submitted online by October 20, 2017.
New Resources from Learning and Innovation:
 
Podcasts are a great way to learn new things! Here are some podcasts that Learning and Innovation is listening to:
Thinking about becoming a Google Certified Teacher? National University and the Educational Technology Team are offering Level I Google Certification in December.

Assessment Document- Revisions:

Upcoming Events/Updates:

Oct 10                Site Shared Leadership

Oct 11                Dr. McNamara visits Emory 11:30-1:15

Oct 13                Matthew Schwartz from Cold War Kids Assemblies (thanks Karen T)

Oct 27                Fall Carnival/Soaring to Success Awards

Nov 6-9              Labsite week at EMORY CANCELLED

Nov 9                 Emory Board Presentation

Nov 14               SBUSD Board of Trustees visits Emory

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: October 2, 2017

Welcome back!! I hope that you enjoyed relaxing and refreshing fall breaks. I am excited to be back and look forward to seeing all of you.

Staff Professional Learning Network:

This Wednesday, October 4th, we have our first Professional Learning Network meeting from 2:00-3:10 at BAYSIDE  Elem 490 Emory St. IB. As a reminder, we were assigned to a PLN this year to provide an opportunity for cross school collaboration. We will discuss utilizing the PLC structure to assist in planning for reading and writing workshop.

Impact Teacher Rotation:

Our impact teachers rotate to new classrooms this Tuesday, Oct 3rd. Please prepare your students and help your new impact teacher be successful. As a reminder, Bradley Allen is teaching Art, Mayra Gomez is teaching STEM and Karen Tomlinson is teaching Music. Click here to view the schedule.

Respect:

Our new character trait for Respect and the award assembly will be on October 27thThe video is available on the connect with kids website (http://sbusd.connectwithkids.com/). The video can be reached by going to Student Resources-> Elementary->Character/Life Skills. Lesson plans to use/modify are right below the video and the K-2 lesson plans are available on the previous page.
Site Shared Leadership:
Site Shared Leadership will meet on Tuesday, October 10th. Please let me know if you have ideas for the agenda.
 

TOSA ELMA:

We are excited to have our ELA Teacher On Special Assignment, Elma, back in PLC the week of Oct 9th.

Book Club Details:

Book Club meets on October 25thAll are welcome to join. For our first meeting we will be reading chapters 1-4 of the Guide to the Writing Workshop Book included in your Writing Units of Study Kit. See full details at this link.

Advice from the Behavior Support Team about the transition back from Fall Break: 

With the two week break from the school routine, it is critical that our students are provided with supports so as they may be able to settle back into their school and classroom environment. The Behavior Support Team (BST) believes that during this time it is imperative to provide positive reinforcement for our students, especially our students with behavioral concerns.

Here are some ways to get all students, especially those with challenging behaviors, back on track after a long break:

1 – Review whole class expectations

2 – Review classroom behavior management system

3 – Review class classroom incentives and consequences

4 -Provide positive reinforcement multiple times during the student’s day (whole class acknowledgement as well as individual recognition)

Genius Hour:

Thinking about Genius Hour in your classroom? Check out some of these articles from the author of Launch, A.J. Juliani, about how to get started and how the entire school community can benefit from Genius Hour.

Assessment Document- Revisions:

The Learning and Innovations team have been revising this document to include information about grading ELD (pages 7-8). This will be followed up with more information from L & I and a site discussion. Additional updates include:

  • Changes to the report cards (pages 3-4)
  • When is it appropriate to give a 4 (bottom of page 5)
  • A word about homework (top of page 9)
  • Testing to Hard (middle of page 11)

Upcoming Events/Updates:

Oct. 6/7              PTA Family Campout

Oct 10                Site Shared Leadership

Oct 11                Dr. McNamara visits Emory 11:30-1:15

Oct 13                Matthew Schwartz from Cold War Kids Assemblies (thanks Karen T)

Oct 27                Fall Carnival/Soaring to Success Awards

Nov 6-9              Labsite week at EMORY CANCELLED   

Nov 9                 Emory Board Presentation

Nov 14               SBUSD Board of Trustees visits Emory

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: September 4, 2017

Thank you so much for your hard work. I hope you enjoyed the long weekend with your family and friends!

TOSA Elma will visit PLC during the week of September 5th -7th:

Elma will be at our PLC’ meetings Sept 5-7. She is available to further our small group, conferring or calendaring the unit work. I encourage your team to use her as a resource for calendaring your reading and writing units of study.

Parent Conferences:

Thank you for taking the time to prepare for your parent conferences. Your students will benefit from and your families will appreciate your hard work! The District created a Parent Communication guide– Copies arrived on campus Friday afternoon. Here are links to the  English and Spanish version of this brochure for families. Here is a link all of the report cards. You may select yours and print it to show parents. They are meant to be back to back on one page.

Assessment Document- Revisions:

The Learning and Innovations team have been revising this document to include information about grading ELD (pages 7-8). This will be followed up with more information from L & I and a site discussion. Additional updates include:

  • Changes to the report cards (pages 3-4)
  • When is it appropriate to give a 4 (bottom of page 5)
  • A word about homework (top of page 9)
  • Testing to Hard (middle of page 11)

Impact Teacher Update:

Please welcome Heather Ecker our newest Impact teacher, she will begin supporting our students on Tuesday, Sept 5. Mayra Gomez, our newest Impact teacher started last week. As a reminder, Karen Tomlinson will be teaching Music and Bradley Allen will be teaching Art. Jennifer Hurtado will be subbing in an impact position through the Veterans Holiday in November.

 

 

Prodigy Math Games:

Check out https://prodigygame.com/ to see a math drill site which is highly engaging for students. Thanks to Aranzazu for sharing this link.

Book Club Details:

Book Club meets again on October 25thAll are welcome to join. For our first meeting we will be reading chapters 1-4 of the Guide to the Writing Workshop Book included in your Writing Units of Study Kit. See full details at this link.

Genius Hour:

Thinking about Genius Hour in your classroom? Check out some of these articles from the author of Launch, A.J. Juliani, about how to get started and how the entire school community can benefit from Genius Hour.

Discovery Education Cancelled:

The District made the decision to not renew our Discovery Education contract for the 2017-18 school year. As the Learning and Innovation team reviewed usage reports, it became apparent that only a handful of teachers were using the service at the levels which would justify its heavy financial price tag. The Learning and Innovation Team is currently researching and getting quotes from other resources such as Digital Content Portal from SDCOE and a similar service from Follett.

Parent Patrol:

Parents have been patrolling the Saturn side of campus before and after school. Please thank these parents for their support and let me know if you identify anything related to this which needs to be addressed.

Tijuana Estuary:

The Tijuana Estuary offers an extraordinary opportunity for students to experience hands on activities with science in our community’s backyard. They have a mandatory class you must attend and they are offering it on September 12, 2017. See email from Angelica with the flyer.

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Weekly Update: August 28, 2017

Thank you for all your hard work. I hope that you feel like you are making connections with your students and getting into routine that works for your class. I have thoroughly enjoyed my visits to your classrooms-your hard work planning and preparing for your students is abundantly evident. I hope that your weekend was relaxing and you are ready for the week ahead.

Staff PD:

We do not meet as a staff this week. You may wish to prepare for your conferences, enter your fountas and pinnell data, planning or anything else which helps you be ready for your students.

Fountas and Pinnell:

Below you will find an excerpt from page 8 of the assessment document linked here. In the Reading Assessment Section you will find the following:

“Fountas and Pinnell suggest to start with student choice of genre for each assessment session. Alternate fiction/non-fiction within the session. Next round, allow for student choice again and alternate.”

  • Reading Assessment input– Please use the Fountas and Pinnell or DRA 1stadministration assessments labeled “2017-18 SBUSD Fountas & Pinnell 1st Administration” or “2017-18 SBUSD DRA Assessment- 1st Administration”. DO NOT TYPE IN THE ENTIRE TITLE. Clear your filters, then in the search bar type “fountas” or “DRA” then click Search and choose the 2017-18

As a reminder, grades 1-6 must complete Fountas and Pinnell assessments by Friday, September 1st.

Impact Teacher Update:

Mayra Gomez, our newest Impact teacher started on Friday. Please be sure to welcome her as she will be here again on Monday as a prep day and then begins rotations on Tuesday, August 29th as our Science teacher. As a reminder, Karen Tomlinson will be teaching Music and Bradley Allen will be teaching Art. We are still looking to fill two open impact positions.

Parent Patrol:

At our first Coffee with the Principal of the school year, a small group of parents volunteered to support students safely entering and exiting school each day. Beginning. Monday, August 28th, parents will patrol the Saturn side of campus before and after school. Please thank these parents for their support and let me know if you identify anything related to this which needs to be addressed.

TOSA Elma will visit our PLCs during the week of September 5th -7th:

Elma will be at our PLC’ meetings (except 3rd grade) Sept 5-7. She is available to further our small group, conferring or calendaring the unit work.

6th Grade Breakout Box Party:

Lindsay is hosting our first Blueslip Breakout game on Friday September 1st during 6th grade lunch recess. It will start at 12:35 to give students a chance to eat. She will be announcing it during Monday flag salute and reminding students that they must bring with them 25 blueslips to be allowed to join the game. If your class keeps the blueslips in one container, please give the students a chance to fish their’s out before Friday so they know what they have and what they might still need. Please let Lindsay know if you would like he ro visit your class to explain further.
Teacher’s College Videos:
For those of you who are interested in checking out more of the videos which we looked at last week with the Learning and Innovation team, please see the link below.

https://vimeo.com/tcrwp/albums

Discovery Education Cancelled:

The District made the decision to not renew our Discovery Education contract for the 2017-18 school year. As the Learning and Innovation team reviewed usage reports, it became apparent that only a handful of teachers were using the service at the levels which would justify its heavy financial price tag. The Learning and Innovation Team is currently researching and getting quotes from other resources such as Digital Content Portal from SDCOE and a similar service from Follett.

Military Family Roundtable:

Mr. David McGue or Military Family Life Counselor will be hosting a Military Family Roundtable for our families. They will meet on Aug 28th, then again after fall break.

Williams Safety Protocols:

Some South Bay Schools were visited this week to assess their compliance with Williams legislation. Please note that the Williams Legislation applies to ALL SBUSD schools, regardless of whether or not you are visited.

Below I have shared reminders provided by the District.

-Hand sanitizer AND handi-wipes that say “keep out of reach of children” must be stored high or in a locked cabinet – we learned that many red emergency backpacks had them in the Ziploc baggies containing gloves and bandaids

-Many hand lotions have the same wording and must be stored accordingly

White board cleaning spray and Liquid Paper also say “keep out of reach of children” on the label– and cannot be left out on teacher desk

-The portable potty (white bucket with black lid) provided to each classroom for use in a disaster or lockdown contains a few items that have similar wording and should be stored high on a cabinet, not under a sink or desk

-Cleaning products must be stored in a locked cabinet – under the sink cabinet that does not lock is not sufficient

-Extension cords cannot be plugged into addition extension cords or power strips (we learned the “technical” term for this – daisy chain)

-Teacher offices and/or supply rooms must have closed/locked doors if any materials or supplies are piled higher than the height of students

-Mini lights strung on classroom walls can be considered a fire hazard due to the heat they emit

Drapes, curtains, and other long pieces of material can be considered hazards– both a fire hazard and obstructing the path to exit during emergencies

-If 75% of classroom walls are covered, it can be considered a fire hazard

The Williams Team did actually score a couple classrooms lower for room environment related to clutter, walls being covered, electrical panels being obstructed (they require 3 feet of clearance all the way around them).

Playground Balls:

Please do not send students to lunch with classroom balls/p.e. equipment. If students bring equipment from home, please do not allow it out at lunch time. 

Book Club Details:

Book Club meets again on October 25thAll are welcome to join. For our first meeting we will be reading chapters 1-4 of the Guide to the Writing Workshop Book included in your Writing Units of Study Kit. See full details at this link.

Genius Hour:

Thinking about Genius Hour in your classroom? Check out some of these articles from the author of Launch, A.J. Juliani, about how to get started and how the entire school community can benefit from Genius Hour.

ID Badges:

Our Human Resources Department is excited to announce the launching of employee ID badges. If you are new to our district or are in need of an updated ID, please come visit us at any of our satellite locations or district location convenient to you.

Satellite Locations:

Mendoza School    August 22nd        2-4pm 

Nicoloff School      August 24th         2-4pm

Central School       August 29th         2-4pm

 Education Center (HR Department – Building H)

  • Walk-ins – Monday & Wednesdays 2-4pm starting August 28th, 2016

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