Wright Jet News

Week of January 11

Cline's Corner

Thank You

A big thank you for taking care this morning and offering extra help unloading students from the buses and cars. I really appreciate how everyone pulls together to support each other and our students.

Vocabulary Instruction

I wanted to give a quick reminder of Marzano's Six Step Vocabulary process. Vocabulary has a direct relationship to comprehension and supports not only learning to read, but also reading to learn. Direct vocabulary instruction supports learning in all content so it should be embedded in all parts of your day. The following six steps supports Marzano's strategy.

1) Provide a description, explanation, or example of term

2) Ask students to restate the description, explanation, or example in their own words.

3) Ask students to construct a picture, symbol, or graphic representing the word.

4) Engage students periodically in activities that help them add to their knowledge of the terms in their notebooks.

5) Periodically ask students to discuss the terms with one another.

6) Involve students periodically in games that allow them to play with terms.

I like this strategy because it engages the student and it extends their vocabulary learning over a few days to give students time with new words.

Research shows that students of poverty have a 30 million word gap by age 3 from an average child from a professional family. Vocabulary instruction can increase IQ and increase student achievement. I know vocabulary instruction is happening in classrooms. We need to continue to be diligent in teaching and expecting our students to increase their vocabulary. We are also seeing vocabulary as a need in our building when looking at our most current MAP scores.

Please check your mailbox for an article supporting this instruction in your classroom.

Have a great week.

Number Sense and Student Achievement

Watch this short video clip that addresses how strategy choice when solving problems can effect student achievement.

What Is Going On At Wright?

Admin Schedule:

Tracey: Wednesday, 1/15 (AM and PM)



Hettie: Thursday 1/14 (PM)

Donna: Tuesday 1/12 (AM) and Friday 1/14 (AM and PM)

Dates To Remember

Student Leadership Team: Thursdays, 1/14, 1/21,/1/28 (7:30-7:57 AM)

PTO Meeting: Tuesday, 1/12 (6:30 PM)

FireDrill/Lockdown Drill: Wednesday 1/13 (10:30)

Conservation for 5th grade: Thursday, 1/14 (1:00-2:15)

I-Team Meetings: Friday, 1/15

Martin Luther King Day: Monday, 1/18 No School

bby Math: Wednesday, 1/20 and Thursday, 1/21

Wacky Wednesday: Wednesday 1/20 Beach Day/ luau

SBDM: Wednesday, 1/20 (3:15)

MAP Testing Window closes 1/22 Friday - All make-ups must be completed by this date.

Tornado Drill/Earthquake Drill: 1/22 Friday

4H in Gym for 4th grade: Monday, 1/25 (1:30-2:15)

Fiber Artist -4th and 5th grade: 1/19-1/29- See Google calendar for individual class times

Born Learning: Monday 1/25

Access Testing : Monday,1/25- Friday, 1/29 Schedules will be sent to teachers.

Hagan's Hotline

Many of you have already met my Counseling Intern, Taylor Shaw. She will be completing her practicum at Wright through April. Taylor graduated from Georgetown College, where she played softball. We are very happy to have her at Wright, and she looks forward to serving our students.