Lincoln Lion's Local Buzz

April 12, 2019

We are TNREADY!!!!

Thank you to everyone for your work and support to get our students TNReady for our testing next week. Our kids are working hard, and will continue to do so to strut their stuff on this test. I'm very proud of all the work that each of you have done to pour knowledge and confidence into our students this year.

We'll take one last swing through classrooms on Monday to ensure that all rooms are ready for testing.

Have a great weekend before the rubber hits the road on Tuesday!

Y Surveys --Don't Forget!!

A reminder to all teachers to fill those out the Y surveys that you received recently regarding your students who attend the Y after school. If you did not receive the survey, Please let Karri Sensabaugh know. Be sure to check your SPAM folder too as the surveys may be hiding there! I also have it on good authority that for each survey filled out they are entered into a drawing to win an amazon gift card !!

Book Study for Next Year

We are going to spend our year next year really digging into the standards and making ourselves experts at our grade level standards and understanding the progression of skills that our students must master while with us at Lincoln. I think this truly is our next step in reaching our vision. We have already seen great growth with our DRA scores, improving our understanding of the standards so we can successfully adapt and teach at a deeper level the curriculum standards our students need.

We will be using the books "The Common Core Companion: The standards decoded" for all K-5 ELA teachers and related arts. We will have a different book for grades 3-5 Math teachers. Many of you have this book already. Shasta distributed them earlier this year. Please look for this book and use the link below to alert us if you cannot find it and need it.

Support in Cafeteria

As usually happens in the spring, our students have a harder time in the cafeteria. We DO want them to talk at lunch. They NEED to have time to have conversations and practice appropriate social skills. It is our job to encourage and teach appropriate cafeteria behaviors. It appears that some reteaching is in order as we enter the last few weeks of school. Please take a few minutes next week to review cafeteria expectations with your students. Either in circle time or through discussion. Talk about what it takes to get the golden tray and remind them that volume of the cafeteria also plays a big role in getting their points for that day. I will be doing daily reminders on the morning announcements. We need to refrain from turning the lights off and stopping talking. Students need to have time to talk, and lunch is an appropriate place for that to happen.

We also need some assistance from IAs during the time that students are getting food from the line. Especially the younger students. We do need one person by the milk refrigerator when the younger students are getting their milk/condiments. This helps speed along the process of students getting their lunch. IAs should be helping the cafeteria at large not just their class. Even if it isn't your class getting food in the line, it is expected that the team of adults in the room at that time divide and support the whole room--not just your class or grade. Thank you all so much for all that you do already, we appreciate your time in the cafeteria daily.

Restorative Questions Cards

During circles our behavior team is noticing that our students are not remembering and loosing familiarity with the questions on the RP cards that we use to have conversations with students when addressing students. Predictability is something that our students need and do better with. When they know something is coming, they can calm down, and be prepared to talk. If you have gotten away from the questions on the card please go back to using them with our students. Part of our success here at Lincoln is speaking the same language. The questions are part of a common restorative language that we all should be using as frequently as Zones and our expectations.

  • What Happened?
  • What were you thinking of at the time?
  • What have you thought about since?
  • Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way?
  • What do you think need you need to do to make things right?

This protocol of questioning applies to teachers and IAs. We want to be constant with all adults.

If anyone needs a new card please let me know. I have plenty to give away.

Field Day

Marsha, Martha, and I are meeting on Monday to discuss Field Day. We are always looking to make things better. We would like to know your thoughts about what we have done in the past, what we can do better, and what you would like included that isn't there. I left the questions as short answer so you can write anything that you'd like regarding the day based on the question. Lists or incomplete sentences to get the idea across is just fine. We really would just like your thoughts as we plan for another great day for our Lions!

If you could spare 5 min (or less) to answer the three questions to give your input about the day we would appreciate it!

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