Weekly Update: April 2, 2018

Welcome back! I hope that you enjoyed your spring vacation!

Staff Meeting:

We DO meet as a staff this Wednesday at 1:45 in room 23.

Health and Safety Fair:

Thanks to Ms. Cindy, our Health and Safety Fair is scheduled for this Friday, April 6th from 8:15 to 11:15 on the blacktop and dirt field. Thanks to Erika and Holli for, again, coordinating ur flashmob and to all of you for practicing the dance moves during p.e. time with our students. Additional details will be shared at our staff meeting on Wednesday.

Dr. McNamara Visit:

Dr. McNamara will visit Emory on Thursday, April 5th from 9:00-11:00.

Jump Rope For Heart:

Thanks to Karina for coordinating our Jump Rope for Heart campaign! On Tuesday, April 3 we will jump. Please have your students bring their chairs to the blacktop for the event. In advance of the event, you will need to number your students from 1-5. Remind your students to wear sunblock and comfortable shoes and to bring the envelopes with donation $ by Monday, April 2 or 3rd. Teachers please send the envelope to K-1 or place in Karina’s mailbox. Tell your students they will get Jax/ clasp if they donate $5.

 

PLNU:

Thanks to K.C., Erika Pehrson, Angelica Goulding, Melinda Seubert, Shelly Molina, Erin Major, Dave Benson, Patty Valdivia, and Don Brizendine. 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.

Teacher Meeting            April 5   2:30-3:00

First Lesson                     April 19 1:30-2:25

Second Lesson                April 26    1:30-2:25

Learner Profiles:

During vacation, I placed a copy of the new district “Learner Profile” poster in your mailbox. Please post this in a visible place in your classroom. The Learner Profile was created through a collaboration of certificated teachers, management, and classified staff and the University of San Diego (USD). Future Ready Team members included:
Carlos Jimenez, Technology
Susy Chavez, Academic Coach, Bayside
Gina Maestre-Chavez, Teacher, Sunnyslope
Angela Muniz, Teacher, Emory
Melinda Rose, Teacher, Nicoloff
Edythe Solis, Teacher, Berry
Angelica Goulding, Teacher, Emory
Becky Jarrett, Teacher, IB Charter
Clinton Anderson, Assistant Principal, Mendoza
Ken Quisenberry, Director, Technology
Katie McNamara, Superintendent
Jennifer Oliveira, Coordinator, Learning and Innovation

Budget Update:

We will receive an additional $23,240 into our school Title I budget for the 2017-18 school year (our current year). We will be allowed to carryover 15% of our full allocation which is $11,050. This leaves $12,190 to spend by April 14th, 2018. This money is allocated for services and materials above and beyond the regular school program. I invite you to attend our next Site Shared Decision Making meeting or speak to a School Site Council Representative about things to purchase with the additional funds

Shared Decision Making                           Tuesday, April 3rd

School Site Council                                    Thursday, April 5th
ELPAC Testing:

 

The ELPAC testers will return April 2-4 to continue administering the 1:1 assessments to students in grades 3-6. They return in May to administer the ELPAC to students in grades TK-2.

Teachers College Visit:

As a reminder Christine Ikin returns to Emory to support the teachers of grades 3-6 on Thursday/Friday April 12th and 13th. See the schedule below.

 

Thursday/Friday

3rd                                8:00-9:45

4th                                10:05-12:00

5/6                               1:05-2:40

Supervision:

All before and after school supervision duties happen even if it is raining. Morning- report to cafeteria.

Teachers College Test Prep Unit Grades 3-6:

How to access the Test Prep Units in the Treasure Chest

Login to www.readingandwritingproject.org/member/treasure-chest .  Go to “Member Dashboard”

 

  • Suggested timeline- 2-3 weeks
  • Where to fit it in:
    • Option A: Finish the current unit then start the next
    • Option B: Start current unit, after Bend I or II, start test prep, then return to current unit (not ideal)
  • Stick to Workshop structure using the teaching points provided.
  • Teaching points used should be targeted at what your students need
  • Use accessible texts for kids to teach the THINKING STRATEGIES needed to attack the testing
  • Test prep unit is in place of Reading and Writing Workshop for those 2-3 weeks you’re doing test prep.

A week could go like this:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Workshop:Shared Experience(will be like Shared Reading, longer than a mini-lesson and more whole group than normal) Mini-lessonPartner work around a new passage

 

Mid-WS Teach: something you’re noticing students could get a reminder about

 

Small groups on test structure and language and conferring

Mini-lessonIndependent work around same passage

 

Mid-WS Teach: something you’re noticing students could get a reminder about

 

Small groups on test structure and language and conferring

Mini-lessonMid-WS Teach: something you’re noticing students could get a reminder about

 

Small groups on test structure and language and conferring

Marathon Readingonline 60-70 minutes

 

Small groups on test structure and language

Writing Workshop: Mini-lessonMWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lessonMWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lessonMWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lessonMWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lessonMWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Practice Test

Release Items

Online practice texts

My adaptation summary

 

Innovation Expo- April 25:

The District Innovation Expo is April 25th from 4:30 – 7:00.

Student Speaker application process.  If you have anyone interested in applying, they will need to submit an application which includes a one-minute video.  Student speaker video submissions are due April 6th  The topic is:

         Tell the story of a moment when you realized: *

         You inspired yourself; OR

         You inspired someone else

Click here to access the student speaker application.


Here is the RSVP for any Student/family that is attending.  Dinner will be offered so they need to know who will be attending!  I’m guessing we would need to do this for student speakers as well but we need to see if student speakers get selected.

If Then Unit Planning for grades 1 and 6:

Join your Literacy TOSAs and plan your upcoming If… Then.. unit!

Thursday, April 5th from 3:30-5:30

Ed Center, Conf. Rms 1, 2, and 3

Click here to SIGN UP

Out of contract pay provided.  Bring your computer, If…Then… unit book and a collaborative spirit!

 Physical Fitness Testing:

Grade 5

This year you will be collecting all PE Data in Illuminate. Here are the directions for entering your data, along with a way to download a data collection chart. Please have ALL data entered by Friday, May 18th.

Here are some training modules and videos.

Here’s a link to the cadence files.

Here’s a link to the manual.

Education Foundation Grants:

Need $MONEY$ for a special project? The SBUSD Education Foundation has grant  money available for the 2018-2019 school year.  Applications are available at sbusdef.org beginning April 2, 2018, with submissions due on or before April 27, 2018.   These grants are for up to $500.00 for each person listed on the application. Certificated and classified employees of SBUSD are encouraged to apply.  Grant applications will receive a blind read by a committee of community members, and an announcement of recipients will be made on May 15, 2018. Contact Karen Tomlinson at sbusdef@yahoo.com with any questions.

LCAP Parent Survey:

Parents:

Thank you very much for sharing the LCAP family survey link with our families. As appropriate, please continue to do so through Friday, April 6th. 

Emory families, please use the link below to provide feedback about your child’s educational experience. English and Spanish Parent Survey   https://goo.gl/forms/x6rwkQ0dmIOWQ9d32

 Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: March 12, 2018

Enjoy the last week before vacation with your students! Thanks for your flexibility and patience as we survived our very busy week!!

Staff Meeting: 

We DO NOT meet as a staff. Book Club meets 1:45-2:45 in room 23. We are reading chapters 5-10 in Writing Pathways.

LCAP Surveys:

Students:

By Friday, March 16th, please have all students in grades 3-6, complete the survey linked below. LCAP Student Survey Link

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFk5MtOWb75_FVL3c7AgX2AWOWNqH9YUxBP2a6059h2fl-vg/viewform

Parents:

As possible, please share the LCAP survey link with your Emory families.

Emory families, please use the link below to provide feedback about your child’s educational experience. English and Spanish Parent Survey   https://goo.gl/forms/x6rwkQ0dmIOWQ9d32

PBIS/Character Trait:

We will be starting our new character trait for Perseverance-the award assembly will be on April 20th.

The 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.

Sock Drive:

Thanks to Holli and Dave for coordinating our Sock Drive!! Please encourage your students to donate to Emory’s first Sock Drive. 

Sock spirit days all week:

Monday- rainbow socks

Tuesday- neon socks

Wednesday- animal socks

Thursday- mix and match

Friday- the crazier the better

Each day, please email Holli the number of people participating in sock spirit day out of the total number in the class  (22/30) or the %. Classes with the highest totals win a Rock ‘N Roll recess Friday hosted by Holli and Dave.

**Remember, only donate new socks.

Teachers College Test Prep Unit Grades 3-6:

How to access the Test Prep Units in the Treasure Chest

Login to www.readingandwritingproject.org/member/treasure-chest .  Go to “Member Dashboard”

 

  • Suggested timeline- 2-3 weeks
  • Where to fit it in:
    • Option A: Finish the current unit then start the next
    • Option B: Start current unit, after Bend I or II, start test prep, then return to current unit (not ideal)
  • Stick to Workshop structure using the teaching points provided.
  • Teaching points used should be targeted at what your students need
  • Use accessible texts for kids to teach the THINKING STRATEGIES needed to attack the testing
  • Test prep unit is in place of Reading and Writing Workshop for those 2-3 weeks you’re doing test prep.

A week could go like this:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Workshop:

Shared Experience (will be like Shared Reading, longer than a mini-lesson and more whole group than normal)

Mini-lesson

Partner work around a new passage

 

Mid-WS Teach: something you’re noticing students could get a reminder about

 

Small groups on test structure and language and conferring

Mini-lesson

Independent work around same passage

 

Mid-WS Teach: something you’re noticing students could get a reminder about

 

Small groups on test structure and language and conferring

Mini-lesson

Mid-WS Teach: something you’re noticing students could get a reminder about

 

Small groups on test structure and language and conferring

Marathon Reading

online 60-70 minutes

 

Small groups on test structure and language

Writing Workshop: Mini-lesson

MWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lesson

MWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lesson

MWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lesson

MWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lesson

MWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Practice Test

Release Items

Online practice texts

My adaptation summary

Spring Learning Academy:

We are excited to announce sign-ups for Spring Learning Academy which will be held at PENCE ELEMENTARY, Friday, March 30th from 8AM- 3PM! Sessions will incude:

  • Leveraging Donors Choose to support your classroom
  • Using Google Apps with Littles
  • Getting to know our new video streaming service CCC! Streaming
  • And more!

Use this form to sign-up. The link to the brochure will be published soon!

Innovation Expo- April 25:

The District Innovation Expo is April 25th from 4:30 – 7:00. There are out of contract stipends available for teachers interested in working at the event. Let me know if you would like to help.

We must identify activities for the Emory Booth as well as identify student speakers.

 Innovation Expo webpage

Student Speaker application process.  If you have anyone interested in applying, they will need to submit an application which includes a one-minute video.  Student speaker video submissions are due March 16th! The topic is:

         Tell the story of a moment when you realized: *

         You inspired yourself; OR

         You inspired someone else


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSciDaqNL6YHaDNoXrpofU_a-IDKyYAKglIvTJzFHf__wq1URw/viewform?pli=1

 

Here is the RSVP for any Student/family that is attending.  Dinner will be offered so they need to know who will be attending!  I’m guessing we would need to do this for student speakers as well but we need to see if student speakers get selected.

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcuAw71UIFzAb4VxlV9y4pDTk8Zw-5ONpxOYB_8rSmeKONFw/viewform

Budget Update:

We will receive an additional $23,240 into our school Title I budget for the 2017-18 school year (our current year). We will be allowed to carryover 15% of our full allocation which is $11,050. This leaves $12,190 to spend by April 14th, 2018. This money is allocated for services and materials above and beyond the regular school program. I invite you to attend our next Site Shared Decision Making meeting or speak to a School Site Council Representative about things to purchase with the additional funds

Shared Decision Making                           Tuesday, April 3rd

School Site Council                                    Thursday, April 5th

Recommended Resource:

From Angelica-

Some of you are probably already using Newsela and TweenTribune for non-fiction reading with your students. I want to highly recommend ReadWorks https://www.readworks.org You can create an account and have students sign up to your class with a code via Google. You can assign articles and view their results while also monitoring their annotations and highlights all for FREE.

I have found ReadWorks (lots of great features available) and TweenTribune (no annotating available) to be the best for their price- free. Newsela is a great too, but teachers don’t have access to each students results, unless you pay the premium account. Teachers can monitor students, but they literally have to walk around to each students dashboard to document each article’s quiz result and student average. Sorry, but I just don’t have time. Something to consider for next year. 

Overall, my students’ opinion is that they love the choices on Newsela (highlight, annotating, quiz) and like ReadWorks (annotation, masking, highlighting, teacher can monitor each student, testing results).

I hope this helps those that are undecided on which one to use.

Physical Fitness Testing:

Grade 5

This year you will be collecting all PE Data in Illuminate. Here are the directions for entering your data, along with a way to download a data collection chart. Please have ALL data entered by Friday, May 18th.

Here are some training modules and videos.

Here’s a link to the cadence files.

Here’s a link to the manual.

Quote of the Week:

Image result for life is good quotes

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Update: March 5, 2018

Hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend! Thank you in advance for your hard work and flexibility as we enjoy and survive all that we have scheduled to do in the ten school days between now and spring break!

Flag Salute:

We will NOT have flag salute Monday morning.

PLC DOES NOT meet in room 23:

I will send an email and let you know where PLC should meet this week 🙂

Staff PD:

We do not meet as a staff this week it is a PLC Wednesday. You might meet with your grade level team to prepare for the benchmark/interim assessments or maybe review the writing assessments from District Writing Day. Perhaps you want to review the test prep units. Use the time in the best way to meet your team’s needs.

ELPAC:

Bertha Lopez, Estela Mora and Ruben ? will be at Emory all week to support the administration of the ELPAC assessment.

Individual Speaking Assessments Begin Monday-grades 2-6:

They may be calling your classroom and asking you to send students to room 24 where they will administer the Speaking section.

ELD Cancelled- all week

Late Arrivals (English Learners only) grades 2-6:

Heather Ecker will supervise late arriving English Learners in the cafeteria

Assessment Schedule

8:20-9:20 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Grade 2  Reading Parts 1 and 2  Listening  Writing Parts 1 and 2
Grades 3,4, 5 and 6  Reading Part 1  Listening and Reading Part 2  Writing Part 1  Writing Part 2

Teachers College:

We are excited to have Beth return to Emory. 3-6 Coach, Christine is back April 12th/13th. See this week’s schedule below. We will meet in room 23.

Kindergarten/Shultz

7:50-9:45

Approximate schedule

7:50-8:40 pre-meeting

8:40-9:25 labsite

9:25-9:45 debrief

Second/Sherwood

10:00-11:40

Approximate schedule

10:00-10:40 pre-meeting

10:40-11:25 labsite

11:25-11:40 debrief

First/Aguilera

12:15-2:25

Approximate schedule

12:15-1:00         Wednesday (12:15-12:45)           pre-meeting

1:00-1:45           Wednesday (12:45-1:25)             labsite

1:45/1:25-2:25                                                         debrief

District Writing Day:

Tuesday, March 6th is District Writing Day. During a 45 minute period students should respond to the narrative prompt. Print the prompt for yourself, then consider the paper you’ll need. Please have students write this by hand, rather than type. Students can have access to the prompt either via projector, computer, or paper copy. If you’ve done a very recent on-demand for your narrative writing unit of study, that will suffice. Scores will not be recorded in Illuminate. With all that we have going on this week, you may postpone to the best date for your students. If you plan to change the date, please let me know- if you have not already done so.
Paper Choice
District Hosted Test Prep Unit Preview/Planning Session:
3rd-6th grade teachers
In preparation for SBAC Learning and Innovation is offering a Test Prep unit based on the Reading and Writing Units of Study for your consideration. Join us to preview and plan on Thursday, March 8th from 3:30- 5:30pm at the Ed Center in Conference Rooms 1-3. Please RSVP.

T.C. Test Prep Units

Reading Test Prep Unit

Writing Test Prep Unit

Newsela:

Resource for grades 3-6

During PLC this week, we discussed providing opportunities for students to marathon read on their chromebooks. Many of you already use Newsela. You may be aware of this, but the free version of Newsela allows students to annotate text (non-fiction only). I WOULD NOT use this solely for marathon reading, however, if you are already signed up, this is a good resource to use.

https://newsela.com

“Newsela’s Leveled Texts are the most unique, automatically differentiated material you’ll find. We incorporate our own process to infuse the texts with important features that help students grasp complex concepts more effectively across all subjects, regardless of reading level.”

Spring Learning Academy:

Teachers, Principals, IMRTs, RSP, SDC, Impact Teachers Welcome!

Spring Learning Academy

Friday, March 30th 8AM- 3PM
Pence Elementary School
Lots of new sessions including California Arts Project, Using Wixie in TK-2, math, science, technology, writing, reading, and MORE!
Quote of the Week:
Image result for some people feel the rain others just get wet

 

Weekly Update: February 26, 2018

Get ready, we have lots of great things happening at Emory between now and spring break!! Thanks in advance for your hard work and dedication to our students!!

Read Across America:

We kick off our week-long celebration of reading with a Reading Rally in the Cafeteria at 8:05 a.m. on Monday, Feb 26. The Padres Pad Squad will join us. Please pick up your classes, drop off backpacks and immediately report to the cafeteria. Thanks to RoseAnn, Karina and Aranzazu, we have a variety of activities to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and our love of reading!!

Staff Meeting:

On Wednesday, February 28, we were scheduled to visit Central for a network Wednesday. The decision has been made for us to meet at Emory as a staff (1:45-3:15).We will address a variety of topics- primarily, to provide input into the development of the Emory School Site Plan and the District Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

ELPAC:

Access Practice Tests

Visit this site to view the ELPAC practice tests. ELD teachers, please consider presenting portions of these to our students.  

Assessment Schedule

8:20-9:20 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Grade 2  Reading Parts 1 and 2  Listening  Writing Parts 1 and 2  
Grades 3,4, 5 and 6  Reading Part 1  Listening and Reading Part 2  Writing Part 1  Writing Part 2

 Teachers who are Administering the ELPAC- before March 1, test sound.

To access TOMS visit elpac.org

Log into elpac toms

Audio along the left

              Play the Sample

 Scroll to the bottom

              Listening Module

Summative

your grade span and

standard test

District On- Demand Writing and Benchmark Assessments:

On Tuesday, March 6th, you will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. (I emailed you the instructions). Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. As a reminder, all grade levels must administer at least one of the Illuminate Benchmark assessments or an Interim Block Assessment (3-6 only) before we leave for spring break. Please let em know if you need any assistance.

Newsela:

Resource for grades 3-6

During PLC this week, we discussed providing opportunities for students to marathon read on their chromebooks. Many of you already use Newsela. You may be aware of this, but the free version of Newsela allows students to annotate text (non-fiction only). I WOULD NOT use this solely for marathon reading, however, if you are already signed up, this is a good resource to use.

https://newsela.com

“Newsela’s Leveled Texts are the most unique, automatically differentiated material you’ll find. We incorporate our own process to infuse the texts with important features that help students grasp complex concepts more effectively across all subjects, regardless of reading level.”

Soaring to Success:

Names and write ups are due to Eunice Monday, Feb 26.

Soaring to Success Assembly Schedule
Friday, March 2, 2018
8:15                    First Grade
8:35                    Second Grade (Carson, Hueso)
9:00                    Third Grade
9:20                    Fourth Grade
9:50                    Fifth Grade
2:00                    Sixth Grade

Burress Bulletin Board Update:

We have been asked to update the Emory Bulletin Board in Burress Auditorium.

Please send me interesting work samples, such as:

Student art, Student writing, Student projects, Photos of student art, projects, other.

Please also send me any suggestions for things you think we might highlight about our school.

Student Safety Reminders:
A few reminders about student safety-
·       To avoid injury, please remind our students that cartwheels and other gymnastics feats are not allowed at school.
·       To prevent injuries and conflict, tag and all games which are like tag, but not named tag (involves running and tagging/touching others) are not allowed
·       To avoid injuries, complaints etc, DO NOT microwave food/water for student snacks or lunches

 

T.C. Test Prep Units:

Reading Test Prep Unit

Writing Test Prep Unit

Embedded Supports Request:

CAASPP Testing Teachers

See email from Erin to request embedded designated supports for your students on the CAASPP tests. It may take up to 24 hours from the time I submit the Excel sheet for your students to see the supports on their practice tests (as long as you’re having them log in with their SSID).  If you are making requests, please email Erin the form by Friday, March 2nd

Placement Cards:

Placement Cards will come populated from the Student Support and Accountability Department. You will send them home with students on Monday, March 5th. The card color this year is green. The cards are designed to fold in half with the student/parent information on the top half and the student/teacher information needed for creating rosters on the bottom. (Please do not cut in half.)  Most of the information will be populated directly from Illuminate.  Please note that all of the populated information related to academics and student behaviors are from the February 23rd Report Card, that go out and will already been seen by parents. 
 

Spring Learning Academy:

Teachers, Principals, IMRTs, RSP, SDC, Impact Teachers Welcome!
 
Spring Learning Academy
Friday, March 30th 8AM- 3PM
Pence Elementary School
 
Lots of new sessions including California Arts Project, Using Wixie in TK-2, math, science, technology, writing, reading, and MORE!
Do you have something you’d like to present? Contact Jennifer Oliveira
Quote of the Week:
Image result for caring about doing it right quote

Weekly Update: February 20, 2018

I hope that you enjoyed a long and relaxing weekend. Thank you for your hard work preparing report cards for our students!

Staff Meeting/ELPAC:

We DO meet as a staff this Wednesday, Feb 21 at 1:45 in room 23. Please bring your laptops. Jennifer Oliveira will present information about the new ELPAC assessment which we (Emory Teachers) will administer whole group to English Learners in grades 2-6 on March 6-9 from approximately 8:20-9:20 each morning. The District will send a team of credentialed teachers to administer the entire assessment to grades TK-1 and the speaking section to grades 2-6. To better prepare for the ELPAC, please start covering up your bulletin boards, charts and anything that students can read in English, this includes ELA (Readers and Writers Workshop), Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Network Wednesday-Now Emory Staff PD:

On Wednesday, February 28, we were scheduled to visit Central for a network Wednesday. The decision has been made for us to meet at Emory as a staff (1:45-3:15). We will address a variety of topics- primarily, to provide input into the development of the Emory School Site Plan and the District Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

PLC:

I will visit your PLCs this week to work with your grade level on a variety of exciting things :).

Grades K-2

LLI Group Check ins (Also Grade 3)

Plan for TC Coach Beth’s visit March 5-7 (host classrooms, preferred PD topics)

Update and Post Reading/Writing Calendars

Grades 3-6

Access the Teachers College Treasure Chest

Plan to get an Overview of the 2018 Reading Test Prep Unit

Reading Test Prep Unit

Update and Post Reading/Writing Calendars (consider Test Prep Timeline and Interim Block/Comprehensive Assessments)

This is an additional resource Writing Test Prep Unit

Report Card Update:

In collaboration with the Report Card Committee and Consultation, language has been added to the Assessment document clarifying how to show progress on the report cards using end of year standards. Please see the bottom of page 5 (green font below).

NEW! Our grading procedures must be consistent across grade levels. Because we do not have district granular benchmarks for each trimester, we must base progress on end of year standards. Therefore, if a student is meeting expectations for what was taught during a trimester, and not all of that standard or group of standards has been taught, a student will receive a 2, as they are approaching end of year standards. Because the TCRWP Units of Study spiral, it is possible a student might receive a 2 in the fall and winter. In our SBUSD Units of Study for math, several standards appear again, which might also prompt a 2 for a set of standards. Conversely, you may not come back to a standard, like geometry, so consider grading for end of year standard. N/A is used if you have not taught or assessed a concept or set of standards.  

Grading- Progress towards end of year standards based on these tools:

Literacy

  • TCRWP Writing Progressions
  • TCRWP Reading Progressions
  • Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum
  • CCSS

Math- CCSS

ELD- ELD Standards

(Language developed in collaboration with the Report Card Committee and Consultation, Winter 2018)

District On- Demand Writing Assessment:

On Tuesday, March 6th, you will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August.

Benchmark Assessments:

from Jennifer Oliveira’s email…

Which one should we give? 

Depending on your current unit of study in reading and/or writing, as well as past units, you and your team can decide which SBUSD performance task seems appropriate to give- narrative, informative, or opinion/argument. 3-6th grade can also choose to give the CAASPP Interim Assessment IAB, or block assessments.

When do we have to give it?

According to our Assessment Calendaryou can administer the Performance Task between January and Spring Break. 

 

Where can we find the resources? 

All of the resources are in Illuminate labeled “Optional [grade level] ELA Performance Task”. You can clear your filters and search for “optional”, “opinion”, “narrative”, or “informational”. Then click Download Materials.

 

Burress Bulletin Board Update:

We have been asked to update the Emory Bulletin Board in Burress Auditorium.

Please send me interesting work samples, such as:

Student art, Student writing, Student projects, Photos of student art, projects, other.

Please also send me any suggestions for things you think we might highlight about our school.

 

Long Distance available in classrooms:
You will now be able to call families with out of area phone numbers from your classroom phones (not Mexico).Emory is serving as a pilot school for making this resource available to all teachers in the district. The District will be monitoring our use of long distance calling and, at the end of the school year, will make a decision about whether or not the availability will continue and/or be expanded.
Student Safety Reminders:
A few reminders about student safety-
·       To avoid injury, please remind our students that cartwheels and other gymnastics feats are not allowed at school.
·       To prevent injuries and conflict, tag and all games which are like tag, but not named tag (involves running and                 tagging/touching others) are not allowed
·       To avoid injuries, complaints etc, DO NOT microwave food/water for student snacks or lunches

Read Across America Feb 26-March 2:

Thanks to RoseAnn for her leadership in coordinating this fun week for our students. We will kick off next Monday, February 26 with a visit from the Pad Squad during flag salute. Thank you to those of you who have submitted the names of your reader leaders! If you have not already done so, please submit names to RoseAnn ASAP. 

Quote of the Week (more like laugh of the week):

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Weekly Update: February 12, 2018

Staff Professional Development:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Mark your calendars….. Staff PD Feb 21 

District On- Demand Writing Assessment:

On Tuesday, March 6th, you will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August.

Benchmark Assessments:

from Jennifer Oliveira’s email…

Which one should we give? 

Depending on your current unit of study in reading and/or writing, as well as past units, you and your team can decide which SBUSD performance task seems appropriate to give- narrative, informative, or opinion/argument. 3-6th grade can also choose to give the CAASPP Interim Assessment IAB, or block assessments.

When do we have to give it?

According to our Assessment Calendaryou can administer the Performance Task between January and Spring Break. 

In TK-2, will we receive copies?

Since you and your team are making the decision about which assessment you’ll give, you’ll need to make whatever copies you’ll need. NO

Where can we find the resources? 

All of the resources are in Illuminate labeled “Optional [grade level] ELA Performance Task”. You can clear your filters and search for “optional”, “opinion”, “narrative”, or “informational”. Then click Download Materials.

How are scores reported?

You will not have to input any scores into Illuminate but do take the time to score the work, or work with your students to determine their progress. You can use the TC Writing Progressions to score the writing portion, but use the scoring guides in the directions to score constructed responses. If you are giving the CAASPP Interim Assessments, hand score any items, discuss with your team, and feel free to share with students.

Report card window opens 2/5/18

Fire Drill Protocols:

FYI-any time a student is not with their homeroom teacher (upper grade science rotations, ELD, lunch etc) students should line up for a fire drill with their home room teachers. Please be sure to communicate this to your students regularly.

SAVE the DATE- Read Across America Spirit Week:

February 26-March 2

Please submit the name of your READER LEADER to RoseAnn no later than Thursday, February 15th (Now that F/P almost over, teachers should use their own judgment to select a representative from their class to receive a certificate at the Monday, February 26th, Kick Off with Padre Squad.

Attendance Protocols Update:

 

A few reminders/clarifications:

  • Please remind your students to use the restroom during recess. Also, please tell them NOT to use the restroom during the transition back from ELD. They should return to their homeroom class, then ask their homeroom teacher to use the restroom (they may use the restroom during the ELD block, but not during the transition)
  • Please remind students that they MAY NOT return a borrowed class ball immediately following recess if they are not in your ELD class. They should send the ball back with a classmate.

Next Steps:

  • The lower playground gate (near sand box) will remain locked until a teacher unlocks it at 2:25
  • The Campus Search team will practice a search for a missing student

STUDENT AWARD Opportunity:

This March, in celebration of Women’s History Month, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher will host her 5th Annual Women & Girls of the Year Awards. The Assemblywoman will honor women and girl leaders of all ages, backgrounds and interests, who exemplify courage and vision and are passionate about empowering our community. All women and girls who live, volunteer, attend school or work in the 80th Assembly District are eligible. Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher strongly believes that it is important to support and nurture our promising young women leaders who are excelling in different areas – arts, athletics, STEM, community activism, just to name a few! The nomination process is quick, simple and can be completed here: https://a80.asmdc.org/women-girls-year-nominations. The nomination deadline is Monday, February 19, 2018, 12 Noon.

Burress Bulletin Board Update:

We have been asked to update the Emory Bulletin Board in Burress Auditorium.

Please send me interesting work samples, such as:

Student art, Student writing, Student projects, Photos of student art, projects, other.

Please also send me any suggestions for things you think we might highlight about our school.

Plumbing Back Ups:

You may have noticed that we had a few plumbing back ups this week. Diaper wipes were found in the plumbing line. These are not flushable and should not be flushed, even if they say flushable they do not work well when they go through our sump pumps.

Updated Daily Schedule:
If you have made changes to your daily schedule, please send me or deliver to Eunice, an updated copy. We use this information to locate your class when parents arrive to pick their children up early.
District Wellness Policy:
Please be sure that you, as the teacher and role model, adhere to the District Wellness Policy as well as ensuring our families do as well. We have a brochure in the office for you to share with families or you may consider including in your class communication with families the information below.
 Choose nutritious time-saving foods such as air popped popcorn – you can distribute popcorn bags for the kids to decorate!  Whole grain tortilla chips with salsa or guacamole, or whole wheat pita bread with hummus, are also easy and fun.
  • Toss together a simple trail mix made with whole grain cereal, pretzels, mini dark chocolate drops, and dried fruits for an energizing mix.
  • Make it fun! Presentation is everything when serving nutritious party foods for kids. Try cutting finger foods such as mini sandwiches or fruits into fun shapes using cookie cutters. Another idea is to cut small pieces of different fruits and put them on a stick, like a rainbow fruit Kebab.
  • Build a colorful fruit and vegetable tray. Aim for a variety of colors and textures – this ensures kids are getting a wide range of nutrients. Serve with a low-fat ranch or yogurt dip.
  • Other options include dark chocolate dipped strawberries or bananas, granola bars, apple slices with honey, squeezable yogurt or apple sauce, and pure fruit popsicles.
  • Don’t forget to serve a hydrating drink. Instead of soda or other sweetened beverages, serve 100% fruit juice, or try infusing water with fresh fruit, such as strawberries, oranges or lemons.
With these tips, you can make the next celebration an opportunity to teach your child that eating healthy can be fun – and delicious.
Quote of the Week:
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Weekly Update: February 5, 2018

Fountas and Pinnell:

Thank you for your hard work assessing your students and entering the data into Illuminate.

Staff Meeting:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Mark your calendars….. Staff PD Feb 21 

ELPAC:

Lisa Celaya will visit us this Friday. She will walk Designated ELD teachers through the ELPAC release questions. My hope for this time is we gain a greater awareness of what our students will face when they take the ELPAC for the first time (March 5-9) and we have a plan for how to use the release questions to support our students. We will meet in room 23. Lisa has time available from 11:15-12:00. Please let me know if you would also like to meet with er at that time.
8:00-8:55
Aranzazu
Leslie
Erika
8:55-9:40
Patty
Melinda
9:40-10:25
Maria
Sharon/Monica
Dene
10:25-11:15
Connie
Mayra

School Site Council:

SSC meets this Wednesday at 1:30 in the lounge. Thank you to Cindy P, Angelica, Shelly and Christy for representing us.

ELD Roster Updates:

Thank you for quickly helping me update our ELD rosters. Click here to access the updated rosters. A copy has been placed in your mail box.

Attendance Protocols:

Beginning Monday, February 5th, you must, again, take student attendance following each transition (return from lunch, return from recess, start of ELD, end of ELD etc). If you identify that a student is missing, you should immediately contact the school office. As always, please be in the hallways supervising students as they transition to and from ELD. As always, you must take attendance each day by 9:00 a.m. We will develop a missing student search team and update our protocols for the search procedures.

If you have any questions, concerns or great ideas, please let me know. I will host an optional Open House on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30 in the lounge to begin our conversation and we will discuss further at an upcoming staff meeting.

 Topics we have been directed to  discuss include the following:
·       the process and time when a student is reported missing
·       supervision during transition
·       taking attendance following each transition (ELD, recess, etc)
·       identify weak spots
·       gate security and supervision
·       how to strengthen connections for students and school adults
·       what is typical when a student is crying
 Classroom Library Book Order- due Feb 7:

Once again the District has provided money to support the growth of classroom libraries. Some of you need books more desperately than others. Feel free to decline the resource if you feel like your library is sufficient. Each grade level has a budget of $750. By Feb 7, please email me details about your requested books. You may identify shelves of books which you would like from the Heinemann (link below), you may decline the books, or you may request specific types of books (example-non-fiction levels k-l, or fiction level r-t fantasy etc).

Discovery Education Alternatives:

Thanks Erin for sharing the resources below….

The two options for replacing Discovery Education are CCC Streaming (http://cccstreaming.com/) and the Digital Content Portal (https://dcportal.sdcoe.net/).  The links will get people to a page where they can do a free trial.

District On- Demand Writing Assessment:

On Tuesday, March 6th, you will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August.

Benchmark Assessments:

from Jennifer Oliveira’s email…

Which one should we give? 

Depending on your current unit of study in reading and/or writing, as well as past units, you and your team can decide which SBUSD performance task seems appropriate to give- narrative, informative, or opinion/argument. 3-6th grade can also choose to give the CAASPP Interim Assessment IAB, or block assessments.

When do we have to give it?

According to our Assessment Calendaryou can administer the Performance Task between January and Spring Break. 

In TK-2, will we receive copies?

Since you and your team are making the decision about which assessment you’ll give, you’ll need to make whatever copies you’ll need. NO

Where can we find the resources? 

All of the resources are in Illuminate labeled “Optional [grade level] ELA Performance Task”. You can clear your filters and search for “optional”, “opinion”, “narrative”, or “informational”. Then click Download Materials.

How are scores reported?

You will not have to input any scores into Illuminate but do take the time to score the work, or work with your students to determine their progress. You can use the TC Writing Progressions to score the writing portion, but use the scoring guides in the directions to score constructed responses. If you are giving the CAASPP Interim Assessments, hand score any items, discuss with your team, and feel free to share with students.

Report card window opens 2/5/18

Fire Drill Protocols:

FYI-any time a student is not with their homeroom teacher (upper grade science rotations, ELD, lunch etc) students should line up for a fire drill with their home room teachers. Please be sure to communicate this to your students regularly.

SAVE the DATE- Read Across America Spirit Week:

February 26-March 2

Please submit the name of your READER LEADER to RoseAnn no later than Thursday, February 15th (Now that F/P almost over, teachers should use their own judgment to select a representative from their class to receive a certificate at the Monday, February 26th, Kick Off with Padre Squad.

 
Updated Daily Schedule:
If you have made changes to your daily schedule, please send me or deliver to Eunice, an updated copy. We use this information to locate your class when parents arrive to pick their children up early.

 

Kindness Coins:

If your students have completed their Kindness Challenge papers, please put them in Holli’s box and she will exchange them for a Kindness Coin.
District Wellness Policy:
Please be sure that you, as the teacher and role model, adhere to the District Wellness Policy as well as ensuring our families do as well. We have a brochure in the office for you to share with families or you may consider including in your class communication with families the information below.
 Choose nutritious time-saving foods such as air popped popcorn – you can distribute popcorn bags for the kids to decorate!  Whole grain tortilla chips with salsa or guacamole, or whole wheat pita bread with hummus, are also easy and fun.
  • Toss together a simple trail mix made with whole grain cereal, pretzels, mini dark chocolate drops, and dried fruits for an energizing mix.
  • Make it fun! Presentation is everything when serving nutritious party foods for kids. Try cutting finger foods such as mini sandwiches or fruits into fun shapes using cookie cutters. Another idea is to cut small pieces of different fruits and put them on a stick, like a rainbow fruit Kebab.
  • Build a colorful fruit and vegetable tray. Aim for a variety of colors and textures – this ensures kids are getting a wide range of nutrients. Serve with a low-fat ranch or yogurt dip.
  • Other options include dark chocolate dipped strawberries or bananas, granola bars, apple slices with honey, squeezable yogurt or apple sauce, and pure fruit popsicles.
  • Don’t forget to serve a hydrating drink. Instead of soda or other sweetened beverages, serve 100% fruit juice, or try infusing water with fresh fruit, such as strawberries, oranges or lemons.
With these tips, you can make the next celebration an opportunity to teach your child that eating healthy can be fun – and delicious.
Quote of the Week:
Image result for quotes role model