The Week Ahead Memo

State Road Elementary School

Monday, January 4, 2016

WELCOME BACK!!! I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I know we are all well rested and ready to tackle the rest of this school year! :-)

Events This Week!

State Road Newsletter

The next State Road Newsletter will be going out this Wednesday. If you have anything that you'd like me to include, please send to me by Tuesday night. Thanks!!!

Tiger Leadership Meeting

Please help remind your Tiger Leadership class reps (grades 3-5) that the next Tiger Leadership Team Meeting is this Wednesday, January 6 from 3;45-4:30pm in the Media Center. Thanks!!!

Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible!

As we get started in this new year, I want us all to make the extra effort to promote, practice, and model our Daily Affirmation of being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible. Please continue to escort your students to/from Specials and remind them of our shared expectations while working independently in the halls or travelling with a friend to other locations throughout the building. Thank you all for your continued help with this!


I will be out of the building:

Wednesday for a NGSS training at GISD


Round 1 of our Observations are done and I will continue with Round 2 this week. The 'Noticings’ and ‘Wonderings’ sections will focus on the Dimension of (CP) Curriculum & Pedagogy and (CEC) Classroom Environment & Culture for our Round 2 observations. If I have my laptop it will be an observation; if I'm in the classroom without it, I'm just visiting! :-)

  • Observations - We will again conduct a minimum of 3 observations for the year (district continuity).
  • Observation Time - 10-30 min of lesson scripting and another 15 minutes of coding.
  • I should be able to access or view your daily lesson plans with assigned standards.
  • The first two observations will be unannounced. The third observation may be scheduled as agreed upon by the teacher and administrator.
  • We will have a Dimension focus during each observation (up to two dimensions). The dimension focus areas will be the areas that the Noticings and Wonderings will be derived.

Culture of Learning

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What's Happening Next Week?

  • NWEA Testing Window begins for the Winter Benchmark. The testing window is Jan. 11-27.
  • Our January Staff Meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 12 beginning at 7:35am in the Media Center
  • School Improvement Team Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14 beginning at 7:30am
  • Brainstormers Assembly, Thursday, Jan. 14 in the Cafetorium (K-2 at 9am, 3-5 at 10am)
  • Hungry Howie's Pizza Night on Thursday, Jan. 14
  • Popcorn Day is Friday, Jan. 15


  • No School on Monday, January 18 for MLK Day
  • There are Half Days for students on Thursday, Jan. 28 and Friday, Jan. 29
  • The end of Semester 1 is Friday, Jan. 29