Team Penn

Dec. 7-11

Curriculum Data Mapping

I am a huge fan of Heidi Jacob Heyes, which if you knew of her, you probably would be as well. She is the guru of Curriculum Mapping. Her expertise in Curriculum Mapping has helped schools become streamlined and focused on what is most essential and helps everyone to see how learning happens in real time! Just in case you were wondering, we are on the cutting edge in the work that we have been engaged in. Enjoy the ride. The process is the fun part. You will be so glad you hung in there! Here are some excerpts from one of Ms. Heyes books on Curriculum mapping!

  1. Definition: A real-time, calendar-based (monthly), ongoing process for collecting, reviewing, modifying, and maintaining of the operational (actual) and planned learning in a learning organization.
  2. Mapping is about establishing and maintaining an ongoing, collaborative curriculum environment.
  3. Why necessary? Curriculum Mapping addresses the need to consider not only what teachers are teaching, but more importantly, what students are truly experiencing and learning. Over time, this process, known as diary mapping, reveals the operational curriculum. If the maps we create are going to help us improve teaching and learning, we need to have an accurate picture of what we are all doing.The curriculum maps have the potential to become the hub for making decisions about teaching and learning.
  4. It is important to create quality maps so that it can used to gain a proper insight into gaps, absences and repetitions.
  5. Curriculum Mapping has a learning curve and for a time the teachers will be students as they learn something new.

School Bus Safety Presentation

All bus riders will participate in a bus safety presentation Tuesday, December 8 from 8:00-8:30a.m. in the cafeteria. Please wait for the announcement before sending your students to the cafeteria.

Academic Enagement work

As a reminder, please remember to fill your blue basket with Reading and Math work for your grade level and turn it in to Ms. Jackson by Friday, December 11th. (1 basket per grade level).

Penn's Basketball Team

After the holidays, Penn will have their own basketball teams! We will be sponsored by the Dream Center and already have a coach! We also need a teacher sponsor. You do not have to coach the team, but If you enjoy encouraging students during their practice and attending Penn games, you may be the person that we need. If you are interested, please let Ms. Jackson know by Thursday, December 10th.

Penn Holiday Party

Join us for the Holiday party at the Cheescake Factory, Friday, December 11 at 6:30p.m. Bring your family and friends. RSVP by Wednesday, December 9th so that we will have adequate seating for all. Details on the gift exchange to come!

"Respect Property"

I'm not sure about you, but I am noticing a lot of trash, paper and wrappers in the hallways long after Halloween. Please make sure to review schoolwide rule #3 "Respect property" with students. Encourage them to place their trash in the trashcans and pick trash up in the hallway when they see it. Thank you!

Interested in teaching a wellness class?

The district received a $50,000 grant from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. Part of the grant allows TPS to provide employee wellness classes. Applications are currently being taken for instructors interested in teaching employee wellness classes. Classes must be one hour in length and subjects can be nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, or any other health and wellness subject. Classes will be provided to district employees at no cost. Instructors will receive a $50 stipend for each one- hour class that they instruct. Interested individuals should complete the google form at by Friday, Dec. 11th.

Additional information is also available at Inside TPS under TSET Employee Wellness Activities.

Kravis Summer Arts Camp

The Kravis Summer Arts Camps are in their fifteenth year of operation and include all arts disciplines (visual art, music, dance, drama). Camp dates for the summer of 2016 are June 13-24, 2016. Fine Arts teachers interested in teaching in the Kravis Summer Arts Camps may download the Application to Teach at the Kravis Summer Arts Camps form and submit it to Ann Tomlins at Deadline for all applications is January 29, 2016.

December Dates to Remember

December 8 - "Pastries with the Principal" in Parent room
December 8 - Grand Canyon University (Lunch and information in teacher's lounge).
December 15 - Santa's Workshop 5:00-6:30p.m. Gym
"Secret Santa" & Staff Christmas party dates to come.
December 14 - 18- Holiday Dress-up Week (Details to come)
December 15 - Jan. 15 Think Through Math Benchmark Testing
December 18 - Last Day of the Quarter
December 21 - Jan. 1 - Winter Break
January 4 - 1st day back after Winter Break
January 4 - 1st day of 3rd quarter