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Acton Weekly Update: 5/12/2017

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Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Twitter: @bwesselburke

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Click on the link below for this week's PLC Feedback Form.



Link to the SOS Form for any students you need to start the SOS process.


Fourth Quarter PD and PLC schedule

Click HERE for the PD and PLC Schedule.

All dates are subject to change if necessary.

Nuts and Bolts

Field Day is Monday!!! Feel free to dress casually or comfortably for the events.

As far as I know this has not been an issue here, but it was discussed at our principal's meeting recently. No staff members can tutor on school property and charge for their services. You can tutor for free before or after school in the building. If you charge a fee, you must do so in another location. This is a district wide policy and must be followed. Those services can be considered a third party business and schools can in no way be involved. This also includes sending out staff emails to sell an item. If you have a fundraiser or small business to promote, you can put that information in the lounge with a note, but please do not send out emails.

Please get those Awards turned back into me ASAP so we can get those sorted, lists made and filed in folders.

Please see the Awards Week RA schedule.

May 22 and 23

Monday and Tuesday

9:30-10:15 Awards

10:15-10:45 5th grade RA

10:45-11:15 4th grade RA

11:15-11:45 3rd Grade RA

11:45-12:45 RA Lunch and Prep

12:45-1:15 2nd grade RA

1:15-1:45 1st grade RA

1:45-2:15 K RA

2:30-3:15 Awards

May 24


9:30-10:15 Awards

10:15-10:45 5th grade RA

10:45-11:15 4th grade RA

11:15-11:45 3rd Grade RA

11:45-12:45 RA Lunch and Prep

12:45-1:15 2nd grade RA

1:15-1:45 1st grade RA

1:45-2:15 K RA

2:15-3:00 Awards

Curriculum and Instruction

PIVOT Goals: If you have your PIVOT growth goal data, you may go ahead and submit it into PIVOT. If you are waiting on DIBELS EOY data or another piece of data, that is fine but please put it in as soon as it is available.

Thinking ahead to next year: If you are wanting to make any changes to your district curriculum team assignment, please notify me so I can begin planning.

FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85%and Fluency 80%

Boost those Skills:

Fluency develops as a result of many opportunities to practice reading with a high degree of success. Therefore, your students should practice rereading aloud texts that are reasonable easy for them-that is texts containing mostly words that they know or can decode easily. A text with about 95% accuracy or above will help your students focus on their fluency. The text your students practice rereading orally should also be relatively short-probably 50-200 words. You should also use a variety of reading materials including stories, nonfiction, and poetry. Poetry is especially well suited to fluency practice because poems for children are often short and they contain rhythm, rhyme, and meaning, making practice easy, fun and rewarding.

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Reaching ALL Learners

At every grade level, use a variety of classroom strategies that strengthen social and emotional skills.

Embed turn-taking skills in class, even at the secondary level. You can introduce and embed these skills using strategies such as learning/work stations, partner work, and cooperative learning.

Remind students to thank their classmates after completing collaborative work.

From: Eric Jensen’s Teaching With Poverty in Mind


Tuesday PD will be Nadine presenting Google Classroom! 7:45 in the LGI Room.

From Nadine and Mark: Folks our EdCamp will be on June 1st at Franklin Central Freshman Academy from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The morning will consist of breakout sessions based upon the needs teachers have requested. (Google Classroom, Hyperdocs and Canvas have been requested several times by teachers via our survey). The afternoon will have Matt Miller (the author of Ditch that Textbook) giving a presentation to all who attend. Sean Fahey, teacher in Paoli and Hyperdoc guru will be a part of the breakout sessions in the morning discussing Hyperdocs more in depth.


An EdCamp is a professional development conference designed around the specific needs of its attendees.

Please fill out the following survey so we can begin to discuss what sessions would be most helpful to our teachers. https://goo.gl/forms/V233LqEFanSDDiVv1

Click on the video below to learn more about EdCamp.


What's Coming Up

Weekly Updates 2016-2017


8 Fire Drill ONLY-revised!

9 5th gr field trip Symphony

10 Kindergarten Assessments

12 Kindergarten Assessments

12 4th grade field trip to the zoo

17 Grading window opens

18 5th graders visit to East 9:30-11:30

19 5th graders field trip to Southeastway Park 10-1

19 5th grade jam 4-6

22 Kindergarten (AM) and First Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

23 Second (AM) and Third Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

24 Fourth (AM) and Fifth Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

25 Grading period ends

25 Last Student Day (pending no snow days)

26 All Grades posted & Verified


2 Report cards mailed

*All events are tentatively scheduled and could change throughout the school year. Please follow the newsletters, Facebook posts and Teacher updates for possible changes.