Tiogue Faculty & Staff Bulletin

At-A-Glance January 5, 2019 #18


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Important Information and Key Dates


January 2019

January 7 - Off-Team Special Education Mtgs. today - Please check your Google calendars for specific invites/times; RI LEGISLATIVE MTG RE: BUDGET THIS EVENING

January 9 - Behavior Data Mtgs. with grades 5, 1, and K

January 10 - Team Day - Please check your Google calendars for specific invites/times; Dom on a call with NAEP Representative at 11:15am; School Committee Mtg., 7pm Town Hall

January 15 - Gr. 3 Behavior Data Mtg.

January 16 - MTSS/RtI mtgs. 7:30am & 8am; Behavior Data Mtgs. with grades 4, 2; Faculty Mtg. 3:20pm

January 17 - Team Day - Please check your Google calendars for specific invites/times

January 21 - NO SCHOOL Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 22 - PBIS Station Rotation - student learning about our "updated" expectations throughout different locations in the building - this will continue on Jan. 23rd

January 23 - MTSS/RtI mtgs. 8am; Continuation of PBIS Event -and- Feinstein Foundation Sponsored Assembly: Iguana Adventure Program, Grades K-2 -and- this is our mid-trimester date

January 24 - Team Day - Please check your Google calendars for specific invites/times

January 25 - Cultural Arts Bubble-Mania Assembly for grades K-2 and grades 3-5

January 28 - PTA Mtg. 6:30pm


January 31 - NAEP TESTING GRADE 4 ONLY; NO Team Day Today

February 2019

February 7 - Progress Reports go home

February 13 - Faculty Mtg., 3:20pm

February 16 - February Break Begins

February 25 - Back to School; PTA MTG. 3:30pm

Our Mission and Motto:

At Tiogue School, we believe that students can achieve their personal best and become responsible and productive citizens by embracing all learning opportunities each day.

"Everybody is somebody at Tiogue"


We would like faculty/staff representation at each PTA meeting. Talk with your team and colleagues about scheduling a time to come to a meeting this year.

Upcoming PTA Meeting Schedule:

1/28/19 at 6:30pm

2/25/19 at 3:30pm

3/18/19 at 6:30pm

4/22/19 at 3:30pm

5/20/19 at 6:30pm

June TBD at 3:30pm


STAR TESTING, Mid-Trimester Reports and other Dates

-The Winter STAR Testing window has opened

Mid-Trimester is already coming upon us quickly on January 23rd

-Progress Reports are due to me between January 29th-31st

-Progress Reports go home on Thursday, February 7th



Grade 4 – Mathematics and Reading assessments

Assessment will take place on: January 31, 2019

Dear 4th Grade Parent or Guardian:

Tiogue Elementary School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Thursday, January 31, 2019. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Your child will take an assessment in mathematics or reading. In addition to subject-area questions, NAEP survey questionnaires are voluntarily completed by students. The questionnaires provide valuable information about participating students’ educational experiences and opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. As part of the 2019 National Indian Education Study, American Indian and Alaska Native students may receive additional questions tailored to their educational experiences and their opportunities to learn about their culture and traditions. More information about NAEP survey questionnaires is available at https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/parents under the section “What Questions Are on the Test?”

The assessment takes about 120 minutes for most students, including transition time and directions.

The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

· Your child’s grades will not be affected.

· Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.

· While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by Friday, January 18, 2019.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do his or her best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf.

Contact Domenic M. Giusti at (401) 822-9460 or at giustidomenic@coventryschools.net if you have any questions.

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Tiogue Elementary School’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.

Upcoming Behavior Data Meetings with Kim, Sue Lyons and Dom

January 9:

Grade 5 - 9:00am

Grade 1 - 1:30pm

Grade K - 2:15pm

January 15:

Grade 3 - 10:30am

January 16:

Grade 4 - 9:45am

Grade 2 - 11:15am

Articles and other news

Behavioral Specialist and Math Intervention Schedule:

*Kim Sturdahl will be at Tiogue Monday through Friday*

Referrals: Please turn in all referrals to Kim within 24 hours of the infraction or incident.

Infractions involving the location of bathroom trended downward this past week; however, incidents outside on the playground and during other unstructured times increased slightly.

MATHEMATICS: Mary V. will be at Tiogue the week of 1/7/19!

-Article of the week-

January 5, 2019: Education Week's Growth Mindset Showcase site

December 22, 2018: Why "B" Students Make the Best Leaders - interesting article. Hit home for me for various reasons.

December 15, 2018: From Practical Ed Tip of the Week: How to Add Videos to Google Slides Without Using YouTube

December 8 2018: 52 Education Blogs you could be following - TeachThought

December 1, 2018: QR CODES- How to Create a QR Code for Just About Anything &

How to Create a QR Code for a Google Form

November 22, 2018: How Meta-cognition Boosts Learning - By, EduTopia

Previous articles can still be found in the other bulletins.

RICAS State Testing Results Update

We will take an in depth look at the data, trends and growth index for each student over the next several months. Grades 3-5 have take an initial look at the data. We will continue this work as a faculty and within our grade level groups.

At the district level, we have already begun to examine some correlations to STAR results.

We have a lot of work ahead, but I am sure that we are going to move up in a positive manner.

To see the public RICAS site, click here. RIDE has already put out "released items" for our use as well.

Professional Development Corner

Remember, if you need any PD hours you can sign up for district offered PD opportunities this year. Follow this link to get connected to the Google Form of offerings.
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SEL/Restorative Practice's Corner

SEL/Conscious Discipline/PBIS and other important info.


Week 18:

#1 The Conscious Discipline video found below centers around coaching students through episodes of "anger" - Our struggling, SEL students, can benefit from all of these types of minimal interventions. Time spent on these interventions will pay dividends in the future for all of us.

Reminder: Don Cowart will be speaking with us about RI/MTSS at our Faculty Meeting on January 16th. We will also view another Conscious Discipline Video Tutorial on that day.


Coventry Resource and Senior Center Newsletter - January 2019 (From Sue Pajak and Julie Leddy)

Nurse's Corner of important information


Thank you for all of your contributions to our Tiogue Feinstein Giving Tree this year!

Thank you,

Gina D'Aguanno RN



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