Pink Points Week 6

Pink Elementary Staff Weekly News: Sept 26-30

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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.
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Collective Committments

The fourth pillar of a PLC is Shared Values: Collective Commitments. The gurus of professional learning community have done extensive research on the importance of establishing collective commitments or shared values that define how the members of a professional learning community must behave to create the school that they wish to create. Clarity on our collective commitments guide the individual work of each member of our PLC and outlines how each person can contribute to our mission statement and our improvement efforts.

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

We are starting something new this year to recognize staff members who exemplify Think Pink in their daily work at Pink and who go above and beyond to support students and colleagues. We will notify staff members of the nomination window and send out the link to the nomination form. All nominations received during the window will be collected and placed in a bucket. One nomination form will be drawn from the bucket and the staff member receiving the award will be announced during Good Morning Pink. The staff member will be presented with a certificate to display, a gift card to Jason's Deli and an hour lunch.

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.

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Sheets

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.


Are you following Pink on Twitter? If not, you should! We are tweeting announcements and pictures of classrooms, students, & activities throughout the week.

Follow us: @PinkElementary

T-TESS Training Materials

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!

Office Communication

Please make sure check your email for messages from Angela. She will email you with information to communicate to students (get lunch bag from office, change in after-school transportation, etc.), so that your instruction is not interrupted with a phone call. Please be diligent in communicating the contents of the email to students.
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Classroom Meeting: Monday, September 26th

Our last week about curiosity!

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!

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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).

SST Documents on GoogleDrive

Click sheet information on how to access students' forms are included!

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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.

Sign up here:

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.

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Pink Staff Hub

You can find all pertinent FISD Elementary expectations as well as Pink policies on Google Drive in a folder designated for Pink Staff. Take some time to peruse the documents in the folder. We will be adding more information to the folder throughout the school year and will refer you to this folder if/when necessary. You can access the folder by clicking on the button below.

If you have trouble accessing the folder, please let us know.