Bulldog News

Week of February 1, 2016

Thomas D. Gregg 2015-2016 Goals

ISTEP ELA: 60.00%

ISTEP Math: 60.00%

IREAD 3: 61.00%

Attendance: 96%

OSS: - 20%

BE THERE! Dates and Times to put in the Calendar

Workday- 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Supervision Spots by 8:35(am) and 3:40 (pm)

Feb. 5-20 - Grades 1-6

Feb. 29 - March 11 - ISTEP+ Testing Part 1

March 14 - 18 - IREAD 3

Apr. 18 - May 6 - ISTEP+ Testing Part 2

If you have any dates or events that you would like to include on the Bulldog News please send them to Mr. Pippin.

IN THE KNOW! Information to Plan By....

One powerful way to improve classroom culture is to connect with a student that struggles in your class. Making a connection with a struggling student will strengthen the relationship and build a rapport that can and will lead to great things. Try having lunch with the student or taking a few minutes to just chat and get to know them.

Air Slates: Please think hard about your willingness to use this helpful classroom tool. Many teachers have learned to love their Air Slate. If you have ny questions see a local expert: Mrs. Miles, Ms. Unger, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Nixon, Mrs. Jones Ms. Denton or Mrs. Pearson.

The Near Eastside Education Summit this past weekend was attended by 240+ of our neighbors. Lots of work went to our hosting of the event. Big THANKS to all those who helps set-up and attend the event.

Students are not to be placed in the hallway as a means of discipline. Students in the hallway are without supervision and this is not allowed. As outlined in the staff book, please follow the House Behavior Plan and utilize buddy rooms. If a student needs to be sent to Ms. Jenkins the teacher must complete a transmittal form.

ISTEP+ Practice: Have students proactice with the ISTEP+ practice test during the school day. Download the practice assesment at http://download.testnav.com

DOK: It is a good practice to place Higher order questions into your lessons plans. Often times we get stuck questioning students at low levels. Remember, students will encounter high DOK questions on ISTEP. Make sure you are teaching to these levels in all grades, all day. https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/developing-better-questions

ADM attendance is still going on.
This means that we are still to be using the 1 code for students that are here or if they are absent and we have seen them. As of right now we do not have any missing students.

Our very own Robotics Club competed this past weekend in the INDY VRC Robotics Competition.
The Bulldogs took 16th place out of a strong field of 40 teams. I was very proud of the students they represented us well during the two day event.

*******Critical Reminder********Bulletin Boards displays in the hallway provide a window to your classroom. The information and student work that is posted should be recent and updated regularly. Please make sure bulletin boards were updated and current by 1.22.2016. Please use the schools bulletin board information card that was shared in your teacher handbook and in back to school emails.

ISTEP+ Support Plans should be in full swing again this week. There are 24 instructional days left before ISTEP+ Part 1.
Please make sure we are covering the material outlines by the district. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Scores from last week should be submitted to either Ms. Jackson or Mrs. Carlisle no later than EOD on Tuesday.

Observations continue this week. I will be in rooms throughout the week. When I enter your room for the observation I will ask to see your lesson plans.

PIVOT Groups continue this week. The focus this week will be Checks For Understanding. Copies of the PIVOT form will be placed in your mailbox. I hope you are seeing some great things happening at your school. Remember to turn in your completed PIVOT forms to Ms. McCutcheon.

SLO's and TLO's are due to be reviewed by 2.15.2016.
Once again I will post a sign-up sheet with available time this week.

WIDA Testing: Kindergarten is complete. Remaining grades will test from February 8th-19th. Schedule will be shared via email this week.

Continue to focus on the components of gradual release in your lessons, particularly on the focus of your lesson. What do you want them to learn? How do you model this for students? How do you allow them to practice what you are teaching? How do you know they are getting it??

Teacher Feature

Great things are happening at Thomas D. Gregg! I would like to share the awesome with everyone. Please send me the great things you see and would like to share with everyone. I will share celebrations and achievements right here weekly.

Gloria Carter: What a week Ms. Carter had! She hosted two sucesssul and well attended events here at Thomas Gregg. Thank you for taking care the school and community this past week.

Angel Jackson: Huge turnout for Family Math Night! Thank you for all the hardwork planning and promoting the awesome event.

Mrs. Goud: She is always up for learning a new skill and open to coaching. She also is a great House Leader.

Ms. Unger: Fantastic use of technology in her reading lessons. Students are engaeed and participating as a result of the careful panning.

Ms. Barlowe: Great use of videos to build background knowledge. Students were engaged and activley particpating due to the inclusion of relevenat videos throughout your lessons.

Mrs. Carlisle: Great activity in PLC's last week. Teachers beniffited and enjoyed the change of pace the meeting. PLC's are improving!

Dana Stockton: Working hard to get students involved the best Guided Reading groups. Students reading at their level is the most powerful way to help students grow!

Teacher feature is always looking for your stories of great things happening around the school. Please submit stories to Mr. Pippin either through email, note, or text.

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