Pink Points Week 6
Pink Elementary Staff Weekly News: Sept 26-30
Week At A Glance
Collaborative Learning in Room 409 (Tuesday-Thursday)
1st CL Block: 8:05-8:50
2nd CL Block: 8:50-9:35
- We will focus our time on learning how to write SMART goals to begin the process for determined essentials.
Monday, September 26th
- Vision and Health Screening 8:00-2:00 p.m.
- SST Meeting @ 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 27th
- POWER 30 @ 3:15 in the gym
- Pink Curriculum Night (K-2) @ 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Pink Curriculum Night (3-5) @ 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 28th
- Mrs. Record Out for training 8:00-1:00 p.m.
- Pink Out Day
- K-5 Small Group Enrichment PD @ 3:00 p.m. in the library
Thursday, September 29th
- Ms. Dawkins Out for AP Meeting 7:00-11:00 a.m.
- ARD @ 10:20 a.m.
- Progress Reports Sent Home
- POWER 30 @ 3:15 in the gym
Friday, September 30th
- Sunshine Money ($30) due to Krista Post
- ARD @ 8:30 a.m.
- ARD @ 11:05 a.m.
- 504 @ 2:00 p.m.
Attention to clarifying and revisiting the collective commitments often is one of the most important strategies in building and maintaining a PLC. Here's what some of the research says regarding Collective Commitments:
- "Clear shared values, collectively reinforced, increase the likelihood of teacher success." (Louis, Kruse, & Marks, 1996, p. 181)
- "Systems successful in improving student learning are characterized by articulated norms and values," (Garmston, 2007, p. 55)
- "The three strands of strong school cultures are academic focus, shared beliefs and values, and productive professional relationships." (Saphier, King, & D'Auria, 2006)
- "Culture and core values will be increasingly recognized as the vital social glue that infuses an organization with passion and purpose." (Bolman & Deal, 2000, p. 185)
Take some time to reflect and review our develop collective commitments above and choose one commitment that may be a bit challenging for you at times. We all have moments, you know. Think about how you might challenge and hold yourself accountable to this commitment in the upcoming week.
Staff Leader of the PAC
This is being implemented as a way to recognize staff members for their hard work and dedication to Pink students and colleagues.
The first nomination window will be Monday, September 26th - Friday, October 7th. The nomination form will be sent out by email on Monday, September 26th. So, begin thinking about nominating one of your very deserving fellow staff members.
Click here for documentation forms that you may use. (Although you may use your own.) The first page is for K-2, and the second page is for 3-5.
Click here for additional training materials on T-TESS. When on the site, click the tab for Teachers. There are videos and other helpful resources. Highly recommended!
Classroom Meeting: Monday, September 26th
Talk with your class about how curiosity has helped them learn something, got along with a classmate, or feel good about wanting to know more!
Who are some curious people and how do you know they were curious?
Here is a book about a very curious person, Albert Einstein. Watch this video of a book about his life and how being curious changed the world!
Let's Talk More about SST
The SST Committee meets bi-monthly to help classroom teachers provide interventions for individual students that are struggling in a specific area. The committee uses data to determine measurable interventions to help students become more successful with the help of the classroom teacher. The committee will create an action plan of intervention(s) that the teacher will implement for at least 4 weeks. The instructional coach, Shantiel McGowan, will meet with the teacher to check-in on the student’s progress with the interventions.
It is the committee’s goal to support teachers and facilitate all students in reaching their full potential.
Step 1. My student is struggling. What should I do?
Discuss your concerns at your grade level meeting
Step 2. My student is still struggling. What should I do now?
· Contact the parent(s)
· Discuss your concerns at the “Name and Need Meeting” during Collaborative Learning (Be sure to bring interventions you’ve tried.)
· The Instructional Coach, Shantiel McGowan, will perform progress check-ins with you to see how the interventions are working.
Step 3. You’ve implemented the interventions with fidelity and talked with the IC, but the student is still struggling. It’s time for SST!
If a student is performing below grade-level & not progressing at the expected rate with interventions in place OR if his social/emotional behavior is affecting his own learning...
· Email Paige that you will be completing a “Starting Form” in Aware
· Upload and complete a “Starting Form” (This will allow the SST committee time to prepare for the meeting.)
· Email Paige when you have completed the “Starting Form”.
· Begin documentation (for at least 4 weeks).
Online PD Opportunities!
All Levels: All Roads Lead to Web 2.0 (Online)
Want to expand your repertoire of various online Web 2.0 tools/apps and to utilize these tools (hands-on) in the classroom but just do not have the time to sit or the opportunity to apply what you learned in an after school staff development? Join us for this ONLINE technology workshop conducted through the FISD Staff Learning Hub. This course will consist of three (3) modules utilizing two online Web 2.0 tools/apps per module. Each module will allow you to explore specific online Web 2.0 tools with resources on how to use these tools as well as integration ideas. You will be required to submit products utilizing these online tools (per module). You may complete as many modules as you would like and two (2) hour of non-contract professional development hours for each module completed will be earned. This course is designed for classroom teachers only.
Online Class starts on:
November 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM to December 16, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Please know, on 01Nov @ 4:30 PM, we will have an online session through Blackboard Collaborate (more information will be forthcoming). This session is important as we will be discussing the Moodle platform as well as general questions and answers. Please know if you cannot make the online session – it will be recorded for you to view later.
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot brings a heartfelt story of actual events during the Berlin War. Your students will truly understand what it means to have hope and enjoy simple things in life, small things like a piece of chocolate. Great nonfiction read!
Battle of the Books Club-- FINALLY!
Battle of the Books Club begins on Monday, September 27th. 5th grade teachers, please let students know we are meeting in the library. They can sign up for battle of the books at any time, just send them down to the library to talk with me. Thank you!
Special thanks to...
Big thank you to the 5th grade boys that come to the library in the morning. They have helped me assemble the flexible seating you all have noticed in the library. Almost 12 chairs! I appreciate those teachers who let them come down and work!
Battle of the Books Club-- FINALLY!
Pink Staff Hub
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