The GATOR Gazette

Publication 23: 2/3/2020

Gompers journey...#180daysofwhy..#students

THEORY of ACTION - If Gompers teachers engage in standards-based instruction with increasingly higher levels of DOK (Depth of Knowledge) tasks and provide opportunities for collaborative work, then students will think critically and strategically, which will positively impact their conceptual understanding and transferable skills.

Happy Counselor's Week Mrs. Frank...You are Appreciated and Valued!!!!


It is an honor each day to walk through the gates/doors and know that I have a great team of educators, who are working and striving to ensure our GATORS have the best educational experience. I appreciate and value you....this past month has beennnnnnn quite busy and I want to acknowledge your nose to the grind in getting it all done.

Ooooh WEEE and Yikes!!!

There is no harder job than being a classroom teacher....THANK YOU for all you do!!!

As you know lots of new opportunities are coming this semester...we will work to do our best to implement, risk take, reflect and revise as we go along....that's what we want our kids to do each day and what better way than to lead by example. Additionally, the SDM and Safe and Civil teams (subcommittees)will be working behind the scenes to present viable options for Quarter 4 implementation of supervision schedules for staff. Lastly, master schedule changes for ES and MS are inevitable for 2020-21; but an amazing opportunity to really dig deep to enhance and move our site to possibilities of GREATNESS will unfold.

Looking forward to a powerful week of collaboration opportunities for reflection around where we are in relation to our Action Plan and end of year goals in the Professional Release days. The ILT or as we have nicked named ourselves "learning leaders" is supporting and owning the work of modeling and applying DOK understandings to advance daily learning intentions to transferrable skills.

On Monday, 2/3 Ms. Frank and I will be with all counselors and principals across our district at a Master Schedule Symposium dealing with Equity and Access. Dr. Brown from Poly High School will be on-site as the Administrator for the Day; he may even pop into classrooms. On 2/6, Mr. George Tsai from the MSK8 office will also be on-site as Administrator for the day!

Enjoy the 3rd Gator Nation Broadcast:

Please view/show the broadcast at some point this week with your classroom/students.



Dr. Miller

Ps...Don't forget your spirit and dress attire for the 100th Day!!

Day 100 is Feb. 7th and it's time to CELEBRATE...Students and Staff "Spirit Day" Dress

Dr. Miller welcomes you to Room 18 on Friday, February 7th for a SPECIAL LUNCHEON treat

Nacho Party (with all the fixings)...Yummmm...Yummm

FFF????....of course its' Fabulous Fridays in February

Click the embedded link to view the FFF??!!

February Collaboration Opportunities working toward consistency of instructional best practices = CTE

February 4 - 6 - Professional Release



February 6 - Grade/Department Meeting (continued work form Professional Release - Led by ILT)

February 13 -Grade Department Meeting (Grade Level provides agenda topics)

February 20 - Grade/Department Meeting (Dr. Miller provides agenda topics)

February 27 - Band Meeting - Equity and Instructional Excellence (Led by ILT)

Just a friendly reminder:

As we attend all collaboration meetings the following should be a part of standards items to bring:

Standards, LBUSD Continuum

Lesson Plan Book

Digital Device

Preparation Documents

and of course, we respect each other's time by being on time!!!

Celebrating Culture - February is Black History Month

Click the embedded link for resources for possible classroom use

Rising Voices Literature (supplemental) - K-5

You received a box of multicultural literature that supports our district's efforts for equity and inclusion in daily application with curriculum resources. The resources are a part of RISING VOICES, and how do we create, support and enhance the voices for children through their daily learning opportunities. One way is to see and visualize themselves in text.

Please review this slide deck:

Please note, this is the second set of "supplemental text" resources that you have received this year.

At this time, We will not go over this collectively as a staff but as grade level, you may do so and how it may be implemented into your classrooms additional reading opportunities.

GFS: Going GREEN...Be a Neighbor..Be a Friend

Neighborly Brainstorming Video Exercise:

Neighborly activities:

Culture and Climate

Relationships, Relationships, it's the Relationship that matters and makes the difference =.72 in student achievement increases

Kill'em with Kindness to build those Relationships - 2 x 10 Relationship Challenge

Spending 2 minutes a day for 10 consecutive days talking with your most disruptive student is a way to establish a great rapport and build a positive relationship. Teachers who've used this strategy report that it helps to establish a positive connection with disruptive students, who are sometimes seeking attention due to unfortunate circumstances in their personal lives. This quick conversation could take place before school, on the way out of the door at dismissal, on or on the way to recess/lunch. Engage the student in conversation about anything that interests them. Your questions should extend beyond "How are you today?" to questions like "What are your favorite things to do outside of school?" Please see the link below for a quick video "informercial" with more information on this effective strategy for building relationships:

LBUSD - U6/SEL - Building Relationships with Students - Elementary Via Sanford Harmony

Thank you to the many ES teachers who have begun to "pilot/try" the Sanford Harmony lessons: Community Circle and Buddy Up are emerging practices at Gompers...yeah!!!

Kate Komatz, Head Counselor for ES will be back on-site to support us in implementation opportunities:

March 3 @ 8:00 in the library (Virtual trainer and resources by the company)

March 17 @ 8:00 in the library (Implementation of Best Practices)

These are voluntary opportunities, buttttttt ohhhhhh so worth it!!!

Mindset Monday and Tune Up Thursdays for Middle School students.....begins 2/3 & 2/6

We will embark on a new "pilot journey" with our middle school students to support LBUSD U6 and SEL foundations.

Our entry point for SEL for MS will be through the Thrively "online learning platform". ES entry point for Sel is Sanford Harmony and using Community Circle and Buddy Up Cards.

Why do we need to engage in SEL:

How/to Access:

When - Calendar of Dates:

I believe you received an introductory welcome email from Thrively(company) on 1/15 last week, welcoming you into the program.

Don't forget to turn in your "spotlight" informational sheet....thanks!!

School Leadership...........


Safe and Civil:

GAME Room for 4-8

Playground Expectations

Duty/Playground Schedules (Quarter 4)


Next Meeting - 2/4 @ 8:00


Meeting 2/12 @ 3:30

Help Desk Ticketing Information

Click the video to watch the new process for submission

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Gompers Bulletin "parent news"

This parent bulletin is sent via email and text message to parents each week. It will also be available on our school's website.

Continue to support KINDNESS into the month of February and beyond!!!

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2/3 - Miller and Frank off-site (all day)

2/3 - Dr. Mathew Brown on Site for Admin Coverage

2/4 - SDM in Knowlton's room @ 8:00am

2/4 - 6 - Professional Release Days

2/5 - Knotts Berry Farm/Algebra students

2/5 - Achievement Reports Available to parents (Elementary)

2/5 - Miller @ Powell 8 - 9:30am

2/6 - Staff Collaboration via Grade Department (information given @ Professional Release)

2/6 - George Tsai on-site for Admin Coverage

2/6 - BB @ Bancroft vs Stephens @ 4:30

2/6 - Coffee Hour @ 6;30

2/7 - Report Cards available to parents (Middle School)

2/7 - FFF

2/10 - No School/President's Holiday

2/12 - Female Leadership Academy

2/12 - 7:45 ILT

2/13 - 8th-grade Fieldtrip to Holocaust

2/13 - BB @ Bancroft vs Franklin

2/14 - Achievement Celebration MS

2/14 - FFF

2/17 - No School/President's Holiday

2/19 - Miller @ Coaches Meeting 8 - 12:00

2/19 & 20 - 7th Grade Filed Trip/Assistance League

2/19 & 2/20 - CORE Survey for Students to be done in ES classrooms with 2nd period for MS

2/20 - BB @ Newcomb vs Newcomb

2/22 - FFF

2/22 - Empowered Learning - Tech Summit opportunity with COTSEN (Saturday)

2/22 - Girl's Track @ Wilson

2/26 - Dept. Head Meetings @ TRC

2/26 - Female Leadership Academy Meets in Library

2/27 - Dr. Lund on site

2/28 - ES only SOM and Achievement Celebration time TBD)

2/28 - FFF

2/29 - Saturday School (tentative)