The GATOR Gazette August 2019

Publication 2 : 8/16/2019

Notes from Dr. Miller

Team Gompers,

Welcome to August!!!!


Let us all extend a big welcome to our new TEAM Gompers members: Kindergarten - Ms. Michelle Beay & Middle School - Mr. Clint Vois.


As iterated in the initial GATOR GAZETTE in June, this will be our weekly bulletin and it will only be available in this online platform. All information about our school community will be housed in this document. The Gator Gazette will be sent weekly via email by Sunday morning for the upcoming week.


The Gazatte will include:

Instructional Focus Expectations

Access to Videos, Google Docs/Slidedecks and Google Forms for upcoming meetings that can be accessed via the bulletin but will also be housed in the Dr. Miller's Staff Google Classroom

School Protocols Expectations: GFS Green

Calendars for IEPS, SST, Assemblies

Notes/Updates from Counselor, Psychologist, PTA, District, etc.


Please note, over the next couple of months, we will "eliminate multiple and duplicate" calendars and information sources previously used.....as this will house all information.


In closing, I have had the opportunity to meet with some parents and some staff members over the past weeks and all I can say, deep love and commitment to Gompers is evident. At the change of principal workshop, one portion of the meeting shared what I needed to know about the Gompers Team:

* Gompers is awesome- we are all here for the long term

* Hardworking and collaborative staff

* Team Players

* Welcoming Staff

* PTA is involved

* We like to socialize and build a team


Gompers, I am ready, I am humbled and blessed to have found a new home and family.


Respectfully,


Dr. Damita Myers-Miller - dmyersmiller@lbschools.net


#studentsaremywhy #180daysofwhy #thisiswhywedothis

School Vision, Mission and Values.......

What is your Why?

Click the embedded link to view a video by Simon Senek on the power of WHY

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Upcoming Meeting Focus.....

1st Duty Day-August 27th:Things to Know

Staff Photo - Let's smile for the camera

Gompers staff/team members: certificated and classified will take a group photo on Tuesday, August 27. The picture will take place @ 10:30 am on Tuesday, August 27th in front of the school. An entire staff picture will be taken along with individual grade levels and departments.


A "new" Gomper Spirit T-Shirt has been ordered and will be placed in your teacher's mailbox, please wear blue jeans to accompany the Tshirt (thanks).

Summer "Selfie" Challenge

Bring your cellphone to the 8/27 "Opening Meeting" and be ready for the Gompers SELFIE "summer" CHALLENGE!

Staff Opening Agenda 8-27 @ 8:30 (draft)

Continental Breakfast provided by PTA @ 8:00amish


Welcome and Selfie Challenge (15 min)


Creating a Caring School Community that embodies Collective Efficacy as a K8 Community - LBUSD Understanding #5 & #6

- Instructional Vision and Focus (25 min)


Going GREEN: Culture of G- R- E - E - N Expectations:

- Creating Grade Level Lessons for Opening Procedures (Sounds Like and Looks Like) (50 min)


Dr. Miller challenge: #WHY #180daysofwhy #thisiswhywedothis: What is your why? (25min)


**Please note this is a 2-hour meeting**

Culture and Climate........

Creating - Common Lessons for School Collective Efficacy and Cohesion

In an effort to support a K8 community, Gompers will have a common language of expectations for our students, Guidelines for Success (GFS) aka as GREEN. Our GFS common language of scholarly achievement, social, behavior and civic engagement expectations supports a school that has the same message for all 750 student's success. Students will be held to the expectation of having Gompers PRIDE by following the GFS as identified through the acronym of GREEN.


Definition for Gompers Gators "go" GREEN

G = GRIT..going the extra mile, persevering to achieve

R = RESPONSIBILITY...accountable to one's actions in scholarship, social and behavior

E = EXPECTATIONS...belief that all can achieve to their maximum potential

E = ETHICS...doing what is right when no one is looking

N = NEIGHBORLY...caring about our community


Gompers’ Effective Implementation Practices: GFS Assemblies, GFS BOY Lessons, Levels of Infractions, Safe and Civil Team, Common Area Expectations w/One Liners, MS & 5th Grade Code of Conduct with Point System (developed over time)


More specific details will be given in the upcoming newsletters for the "how-to" in the creation of the lessons for the implementation for the 1st 5 days of school.


Examples of GFS lessons:

Robinson - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YmmDObcwsovqgwY-Iz1hdaJRMCCd53qLzSOESTA_AbA/edit


**Please note, time will be given at the opening staff meeting for lesson development**

Guidelines for success = Schoolwide Common Language EXPECTATIONS & CHAMPS = Classroom Common Language Expectations

Instructional Focus Area

Clarity of Daily Learning Intentions

Teacher Clarity...How do you know students "got" the day's learning intention?

Initially, your first several weeks' will be working on the beginning of the year procedures and protocols, this will be the perfect time to ensure students KNOW the WHY and the significance of the structure or protocols you are teaching to support daily learning/engagement and maximum results in achievement levels.


Beginning and ending each period (MS) and or portion(s) of the day's schedule(ES) with the learning intention: What, Why and How is key!

Not only is it important for students to know what they are learning, why they are learning and how they are showing understanding(success criteria) but it is equally as important for the teacher to be mindful of knowing if students got it. In daily/weekly planning, assessment of the day's learning is the beginning stage vs the ending stage in planning.


Monitoring instruction during and at the end of a lesson is important to drive instructional decisions and next step planning. What ways do you assess learning? Here are a couple of examples of assessing students learning that are purposefully planned: Turn/Talk with partner, Whole group discussion and share out, STOPLIGHT:Red/Yellow/Green, Post It Notes, 4 Corners, Exit Tickets, Google Forms, application through problem solving, quick writes, quizzes, etc

Data is our friend...Becoming Familiar with the "new" LROIX Data Dashboard...

The NEW LROIX Data Dashboard

Click on the link below to access the video that shows the features of the new LROIX data dashboard. The video goes fast, so I wanted you to have access to watch it as many times as you would like. Please feel free to see me with any questions. Please "play with the new dashboard" in the coming weeks in order to familiarize yourself with the new features. Accessing the data will be important for our 1:1 BOY meeting at the end of September and the development of Grade and Department Action Plans.


Click the embedded link to view the LROIX video:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ftxFukQNdPf8KEdhpAb_YxohS7DvG4Lt/view


Click the embedded link to view the GOOGLE form for the data meeting:

https://forms.gle/HbZ6iBYz2iRrW96j9


Click the embedded link to view the Google doc for the schedule:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bb3Pe3kYxKMSg-3QNRzHSCe3xADphzFs64153YqJ63I/edit

Social Emotional Foundations in School Culture & Climate "effect" Student Achievement

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LBUSD U6 - Creating a classroom atmosphere, where teachers deliberately balance caring relationships and supports for student success, provides a foundation for a safe learning environment that values diversity, trust and respectful communication.


Listed in the embedded link are 10 things to remember in creating and maintaining classroom culture: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eFSwVAX73x0hlnyp9YVCxnSQoPJ_KhsBvfNSVr7RDZc/edit#heading=h.fixb1uxxoeyw
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School Protocols and Structures......

Scholarly Dress Expectations

Each and every day Gompers students are expected to be scholarly dressed for school success. Scholarly dress is defined as school uniform and abiding with LBUSD DRESS CODE (Board Policy):


Tops - Collard Shirts: Red, White, and Blue "uniform" Shirts

Bottom - Uniform pants and shorts No Jeans

Outwear - School Spirit Hoddies/Sweatshirts is highly preferred


Daily School Uniforms - Monday - Friday

or "weekly" School Uniform Spirit Day -

Friday - Gator Nation Day - Wear your Gator T-SHIRT & Uniform Botton/Blue Jeans (Friday ONLY)


SPIRIT WEEK and "special" SPIRIT Days will be announced throughout the year. Spirit Days will include "spirited tops" not bottoms; the uniform bottoms will still apply.



Teachers/Staff must be models of this as well

Cell Phone and Digital Tech Use

Once students walk "into the learning zone" of Gompers campus, electronic devices including cell phones are prohibited at Goper K8 Community. Students are asked to leave all such devices at home. If students need to use a phone in an emergency, they may use the office phones.

Technology Integration with use of Google Platforms


Please complete the Google Form, to support an understanding of the staff's use of technology that will lead to professional development needs :

https://forms.gle/CCH6GbdG8YyhaiSUA

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

Adjunct Leadership Opportunities - HELP, HELP, HELP

1. Per the Change of Principal Workshop meeting held on June 24, 2019, there was some immediate concern related to adjunct duties and responsibilities of staff members. In an effort to support collective ownership for our school's success please help me in completing this list of all the additional supports that teachers, staff or committees do to support our school.


Listed below are the committees that I have been made aware of:

Instructional Leadership Team, Leadership (SDM), Middle School ASB

Safe and Civil Team, Middle School Orientations, Kindergarten Orientation

Family Academic Nights not sponsored by PTA, School Clubs, Music Concerts,

Career Day, Yearbook, Social Committee, LCAP Committees: Parent Involvement, Attendance, Culture/Climate, SSC, ELAC


PLEASE, PLEASE send me additional committee names that are not listed...THANK YOU!


2. Adjunct Responsibilities: It is recognized that in carrying out job responsibilities, each employee shall perform many responsibilities and adjunct responsibilities, which occur outside of the scheduled on-site duty day. Such duties may involve activities such as supervision of pupils, sponsorship of student activities, and participation in school, district-wide and parent-community committees.


The maximum expectancy of any secondary school teacher shall be twenty (20) hours per semester, exclusive of faculty/department meetings. (LBUSD/TALB contract, Article V, A7) Adjunct Duty: Sign-ups for 17 hours by Wednesday, September 4: Sign up online at


SignUp.com: **The link will be provided later**

Please in advance forgive me.......I am not familiar with this process at all????

I am gathering there are NO Morning Supervision and Recess schedules in which teachers support supervision. I am not at all familiar with this structure. Yes, I do know we have recreation team members but in addition too....no teachers in support???


Please, please note, I do not want to come in and disrupt the GOMPERS "flow" but if I could have a voluntary discussion/understanding with a middle, elementary and the site TALB representative on August 23 at 1:00pm....I would truly welcome feedback on this process.

Change of Principal/Leadership Updates/Details - June 24, 2019

The entire Gompers community will be a part of working collectively to support our school change aka "little tweaks" process to support Going GREEN and GREAT through shared leadership opportunities. This is and will not be an overnight process this is a 3 to a 5-year longitudinal plan of collective action.


Change Theory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJDN0cpxJv4


Quick Fixes as identified by "select staff representatives"

* Uniforms and Cell Phone Policy, Communication and Calendars & Adjunct duties


Long Term Fixes as identified by "select representatives"

* Discipline, School Safety, Safe and Civil Training and Application & Beautification

Happenings in Gompers K8 Community......

19-20 Payroll Changes....Be in the Know!

Please review video to understand how this change may affect your personal finances

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.