Tiger Beat

Acton Weekly Update 2/1/19

FTCSC Hedgehog Focus

The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.

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Coach's Corner

I hope everyone was able to stay warm this week and had a moment to relax or catch up on unfinished projects! I am so excited to be visiting classrooms, meeting students, and answering questions. Now that you have finished the whole group assessments, please feel free to email or stop by and ask any questions that you may have. These assessments will help you know each individual reader on a deeper level. They will help you understand your readers' decoding strategies, strengths and weaknesses in the area of phonics or word knowledge, and their strengths and weaknesses in various comprehension strategies, among other things.

On Tuesday, February 5th I will be showing a brief PowerPoint during our PD time to help point you to various helpful places in our guided reading resources. Please bring your kits, your yellow books, your classroom profiles, and any questions about these whole group assessments and the data you have gathered from them. After the presentation, I will help support you with any questions you have. We won't be talking about grouping students or the guided reading table, since we are not there yet. Our next step is running records. Many of you are scheduled for me to model running records in your room. If you are not on the schedule and would like for me to model running records, please contact me and I would be happy to get you on my calendar!

Curricular Updates:

Good morning, the Q3 Midterm grading window is now open, scheduled to close for teachers on 2/6/19 at 5pm.

eLearning! You guys did great! Thank you for making these two days a huge success! Please let Katie and I know of any complications or ideas for the next time. Also, Just a reminder, no grades are taken on e-Learning days. Participation is to be monitored but grades should not be recorded for these days due to unstructured instruction. Assignments are held accountable by attendance. Please check in today with students who have not submitted assignments. See if they need the paper versions. On Monday if neither online or paper pencil have been turned in please reach out to parents to see if they need help. If day 1 has not been turned in by Wednesday, please email Krissy and I names of "absent" students. If day 2 has not been turned in by Thursday, please email Krissy and I names of "absent" students.

HEre's the link to the Next Steps Forward Guided Reading Online videos, downloads and many other resources: Next Steps Forward Password is Results. I suggest bookmarking this on your computer and using it regularly to plan and find support.

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DOE Resources

The DOE has released items to practice with your students. Take a look at the way the questions are worded, the new formatting, new tools, and the rigor of the ILEARN test. Click on the link below to get started.

ILEARN Released Item Repository Grades 3 -5

Answer Keys: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

Planning Lessons by Standard ~ The DOE has provided many valuable resources

to help plan your mini-lessons and even questions your quick checks. Click on links.

Literacy Framework ~ (All Grades & all subjects) ~ Provides Learning outcomes, I Can

Statements, Question stems, vocabulary, & EL/SPED learning considerations

Item Specifications Database ~ (3rd - 5th Grade all subjects tested on ILEARN) ~ Provides clarity to how each standard could be accessed on ILEARN, a breakdown of the standard that gives insight into the DOK and specific skills needed, reading passage excerpts, sample questions and expected student responses to those questions.

Performance Level Descriptors ~ (3rd - 5th Grade all subjects test on ILEARN)

~Provide learning progressions for each standard from below, approaching, at & above proficiency.

Vertically Aligned Specifications: ELA & Math (All Grades) ~ This document allows the teacher to see the learning progression across grade levels for the same standard.

Writing Scoring Rubrics for ILEARN

~New Rubrics & Guidelines

  • Organization/Purpose (4 points) & Evidence/Elaboration (4 points) ~ These 2 scores are averaged.

  • Conventions Rubric (2 points)

  • Students read 2 sources in 3rd & 3 sources in 4th-5th to plan their writing.

Link to all Writing Rubrics

Link to Scoring Explanation

ILEARN ONline Practice Test Teacher Scripts

Counselor's Corner

Applied Educational Neuroscience

Give your kids the opportunity to take deep breaths.

Breathing is the greatest strategy to CALM.

Focused Attention Practice: A focused attention practice is an exercise to quiet the body and focus the mind. The practices calm and soothe the limbic brain and allow us to return to a calm baseline.

Check out this resource on Focused Attention Practice.


Weekly PBIS Focus Expectations:

Work Together- All areas- Lesson Plan HERE

PBIS Central

Click here for anything and everything Acton PBIS.

Weekly Collaboration Schedule

Choose the tabs at the bottom to view each quarter

Ohana Calendar

WIDA Testing Window

DIBELS Progress Monitoring- RED DIBELS Students

Monday 2/4/19

  • SOS Day
Tuesday 2/5/19
  • AM Collaboration-Guided Reading Assessment Check In with Jen

  • Dr. Stevenson walk through (rescheduled from last week)

  • PTO meeting

Wednesday 2/6/19
  • AM Collaboration- Team Focus

Thursday 2/7/19

  • Culture Team in the Conference Room

Friday 2/8/19

  • Midterm grades posted for parents at 3:00

Coming Soon:


13 Robotics

14 1st grade field trip

14 Friendship Celebrations

15 All Pro Dads

15 March field trips due

18 President’s Day -e-learning day

20 Robotics

21 Kdg field trip

21 4th grade field trip

21 STEM scouts

22 PBIS Convo

22 Father/Daughter Dance

25 Book Fair Week

25 Read Across America week

26 Children’s Museum outreach night

27 Hot Box Pizza fundraiser

27 Robotics

Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Twitter: @bwesselburke

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