Week of January 19, 2016
We had a very busy yet productive and successful week. Midyear conferences confirmed what I knew all along. We have reflective, dedicated professionals that understand the importance of focusing on quality instruction. I want to thank you for your honesty and your willingness to take the necessary next steps to ensure not only your success, but our students' as well. We all have the power to influence the culture of our school. Thank you for demonstrating through your actions this week, the commitment you have made to ensure that Henry W. Longfellow has a culture focused on student achievement. Have a great week of teaching and learning.
Lorena G. Hernandez
T.A.G. Teacher of the Week
Problem of Practice
This week begins the small learning community approach to staff development. Come prepared with a problem of practice revealed by your ACP data that you can share with your team.
Although we will not have clubs this week, it is important that you begin to prepare for next week. Mr. Whisenhunt and Ms. Thompkins will be taking over the club tutoring list responsibility. You will email the student names of all students that will need to attend tutoring during clubs by next Wednesday so that the coaches can provide a list to everyone. The tutoring list may change weekly and therefore it is important that you use this list to cross out any students off your club list. Afterschool tutoring will begin on January 26 from 3:30-5:00.
Breakfast in the classroom
We begin breakfast in the classroom this week. If you haven't viewed the short training video regarding BIC please do so at your earliest convenience. Once completed, print out your certificate and place in your primary evaluator's box. Breakfast will be delivered to your door by 8:00 AM. All you have to do is check off the number of students that grab a breakfast. Please be reminded that the bell will ring for students to report to class at 8:15. All students should be in their classrooms and beginning breakfast by 8:20. Thank you for encouraging all students to participate. Don't forget you as the teacher also receives a free breakfast.
Problem of Practice
Breakfast in the classroom
Key Action #1
Promote a college and career going culture
Key Action #2
Provide differentiated professional development, individual support plans and effective feedback and coaching.
Key Action #3
Increase the advanced levels through data driven rigorous instruction and progress monitoring.
Our vision is to create a nationally recognized academy of 21st century learners equipped with the necessary academic and social skills to make a positive impact in an evolving global society.
MissionOur mission is to empower Henry W. Longfellow learners to excel in an evolving society through a challenging academic and collaborative environment that includes specialized courses, leadership development, enhancement of critical thinking skills, and career exploration.
Commitment Statements by Department
As ELAR educators we commit to:
Reading complex text;
Incorporating strategies that prompt critical thinking;
Student generated questioning;
Having students reference quotes in writing;
Giving students multiple opportunities to respond to text orally and written; and
Effective annotation strategies according to genres.
As MATH educators, we commit to:
effective facilitation in a student-centered classroom;
more student-led discussions;
Bloom’s Taxonomy and higher order questioning;
students creating math problems;
the discussion of essential questions;
multiple representations of both problems and solutions, multiple response strategies, and student voice; and
connect to interdisciplinary courses (real-life application).
As SCIENCE educators, we commit to:
providing a safe space where students can make mistakes, ask questions, challenge existing ideas, develop new ideas, and critique explanations and solutions; and
giving students opportunities to learn in different ways including student-driven instruction, labs, exploration, research, modeling activities, and connecting learning to pre-existing knowledge.
As SOCIAL STUDIES educators, we commit to:
an environment of collaboration, challenge, and relevancy through passionate instruction;
fostering discussion; and engaging students with meaningful dialogue candidly relating to real-world experiences.
Important Dates to Remember
Breakfast in the Classroom begins
PD @ 3:45
Happy Birthday Ms. Gerst!
No Clubs today!
SBDM@ 5:00 PM
deadline to submit video interest to Teaching and Learning department
Afterschool tutoring begins
Deadline to Acknowledge receipt of district policies on Oracle
Valentine's Dance and In and Out Burger