The Friday File
September 26, 2014
Fall ELA Benchmark Window Open
HS out all day
7:45 a.m. BLT meets in Learning Lab
TBA Shelter in Place
Spirit Day/Lee Denim Day
Instructional Calendars due to HS
NO SCHOOL-- Professional Development Day
Double Starbucks Day
Unity Day-Wear Orange
Double Starbuck Day
6-8 p.m. Riverroll Skating
1st quarter ends
SIP due to Central Office
7:45 a.m. SBC
6-8 p.m. Mercury Gym Night
Certification Clarification from CO
You may have received an email regarding a workshop on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in St. Louis for Certification Exam workshops. We contacted the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and discovered we should disregard any email from this individual.
Just as a reminder, if an educator is adding an additional endorsement to an existing teaching certificate, Missouri requires completion of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments by the individual certification area, test code, and title. The registration for this test can be completed thru https://www.mo.nesinc.com. This information can be found on the DESE website under Educator Certification – MEGA (Assessments).
Fall ELA Benchmark
Lee Denim Day-Oct. 3
We will participate in Lee Denim Days on Friday October 3rd, 2014. If you would like to donate online we can track our progress as a team.
Also, if you would like to Donate in Memory or in Honor of a friend or family member I will have printouts of Denim Pockets (Memory Patches) that will be kept in my box in an envelope after you donate you can just come up and fill one out to hang on the wall in the teachers lounge.
You have 2 options you can either pay online with a debit card
You can also bring your donation to Cody to participate you can participate with a $5.00 Donation Or larger -
The Link to Donate is below!
Please let Cody know if you have any Questions!
Team Code 253263
Instructions for online Debit donation:
The screen will prompt you to answer the following:
What kind of donation would you like to make?
- Join a Team by Donating
- Individual donation to the cause
How would you like to donate?
- By Mail
You will be brought to the page that you can put in the Team Login ID : 253263
You will click the above and it will then give you these options
How did you hear about Lee National Denim Day?:
Grade Card Timeline
Grading Period Ends Oct. 10
Grades and Comments due by noon on Oct. 13
All changes need to be made by 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 14
Grade Cards go home Oct. 17
*Please see the attached checklist as a guide to help you!
School Board Meeting Sept. 25th
More News from the Board Meeting!
In a first step to ensure use of technology as an exemplary learning tool districtwide, the Board of Education approved a measure at its meeting last night to pay off the current lease for 6,000 Apple MacBook Airs while also keeping 4,000 student devices for use at the middle and elementary level. The district would then enter into a new lease agreement that would continue the 1-to-1 initiative at the high school level with 6,200 new devices through the 2018-19 school year.
The need for enhanced technology has been apparent at the elementary and middle school level for quite some time, with district staff investigating options to expand access to student devices beyond the high schools. With the first round of benchmark testing this fall, the absolute need for more and newer computers for younger students became an issue of critical importance.
The 4,000 MacBook Airs will be shared at the elementary and middle schools based on student enrollment at each building. All schools will see an increase in the number of mobile computer labs, hopefully before second semester.
Again, this is just the first step in providing student devices to elementary and middle school students. This is not the end of the process and efforts will continue to increase access to technology for all students. If all goes according to plan, high school students will have the new devices by the end of November, and the 4,000 existing MacBook Airs will be in the elementary and middle schools prior to Winter Break.
October Module-Classroom Teachers
Part of our work on October 6th will be going through the October Module (Modeling, Demonstrating, and Thinking Aloud). Each classroom teacher will need to record themselves teaching a FOCUS LESSON, in its entirety, in either reader’s or writer’s workshop by the end of the day on October 3rd.
You will be the ONLY ONE viewing this video during the module on Oct. 6th!! This is a great opportunity for you to be a reflective learner.
A few suggestions to support capturing the video:
- Record using QuickTime on your Mac
- Schedule a time with Heather Tate or a colleague to help record the focus lesson
Regardless of how you record the video, you must have video and audio on a device in which you can watch it. In addition, you will need to bring the lesson plan that accompanies the focus lesson you recorded. Don’t forget your earbuds, earphones, or headphones too!! :-)
See me if you have questions!