JM Staff Bulletin

Week of September 8, 2015

Welcome to Week Three!

Greetings Amazing JM Teachers!

I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day Weekend! We have another packed week ahead with Back-To-School Night on Thursday night from 6:00 - 7:30. Please let me know if you need any help or if you would like me to read over anything you will be handing out that night.

If you haven't been on Konstella yet, please do try it out soon. Several teachers were in attendance at the Konstella training this past week, and I'm sure they would be more than willing to provide assistance if you need it.

SBAC results will come out in the media this coming Wednesday, September 9th. We will be looking at the overall results at Wednesday's meeting, as well as generating common language around how we speak about the results to the parents.

I have arranged to have subs come again so you can finish your F & P assessments this week, and I will need your help with scheduling them. If you don't need a sub, just let me know.

Have a wonderful week!


This Week

Tuesday: Informal Observations (9:00 - 11:30)

Wednesday: Data Analysis PD

Thursday: Informal Observations (9:00 - 11:30) BTS Night (6:00 - 7:30)

Friday: Fire and Earthquake Drills at 9:00 (Earthquake first, then fire)

Saturday: Optional Saturday Morning of Math PD (highly recommended) or Optional TGDS training

Weekly Deliverables (To-Dos)

  • Submit weekly instructional schedules if you haven't done so already
  • Sign up for Committees. We will review these at Wednesday's meeting.
  • Submit any missing textbooks/teacher's manuals to Sara, Ray (Math), Ife (Science), Sylvi (ELA)
  • Look at materials in the Book Room and take what you need.
  • We still need a couple of classrooms for enrichments classes. It looks like we need two classrooms on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 2:30 and 1 classroom on Thursdays from 3:10 - 4:00. Please email Abbie at if you you are interested. Thank you to those of you who have already volunteered your classrooms!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 14th: ILT meeting

Tuesday, September 15th: COST meeting (8:00 - 9:00), K-1 PLC

Wednesday, September 16th: Principal PD (8:00 - 12:00), Classroom Culture PD/OETF Teacher Training, PTA Meeting

Thursday, September 17th: Principal PD (all day), 2-3 PLC

Friday, September 18th: 4/5 PLC

Saturday, September 19th: JM BTS Picnic at Robert's Park

Tuesday, September 29th: Family Reading Night

A Note on Informal Observations

I will be conducting informal 15 minute observations on every teacher throughout the year as part of the Teacher Growth and Development System (TGDS). I will be using an online program called Teach Boost to record notes during the observations. I will basically be scripting everything I see and hear without judgement or opinions. The goal of these observations is to provide teachers with valuable information and feedback that you can use to reflect on your teaching practice and develop meaningful SMARTE goals.

Once I have completed the observation form in the system, I will hold 10-15 minute post-observation conferences with you each teacer. I haven't yet figured out how the scheduling of these conferences will work, but I will let you know as soon as I do. At our PD on September 16th, we will be discussing the Oakland Effective Teaching Framework and TGDS.