Pow Wow Principals Press

January 6th

Amazing News!!! Our Specials Areas teachers are INCREDIBLE and will be providing each grade level an entire week of recess coverage for planning!

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Here's what we need from you to make this happen

Grade levels-
During your designated week of coverage, please adjust your schedule so recess is at the end of the day from 2:40-3:35. This will give you from 2:45-4:00 to plan each day that week!!!

HUG A SPECIALS AREA TEACHER WHEN YOU SEE THEM.
This schedule is going to give, at the least, each grade level 12 extra hours of planning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We will need a list of the students that are Car, Bus, and Walker from each grade level to go to the special area teachers- along with your afternoon duty locations- the specials area teachers will be covering that for you.

Report Cards, IPDPs, and Formals!

Please turn your report cards in to your administrator by the end of the day on 1/6 so we have time to write comments before they go home on the 11th.

It's time for the IPDP Interim Update! Please complete this section of your IPDP and submit it to your evaluating administrator by January 15th (this is the district deadline). Be sure to sign it before you turn it in!

Begin thinking about when you would like to do your 2nd formal observation and schedule it with your administrator!

Great job, Ms. Swink, on these report card comments! Thank you for sharing! You were the FIRST to turn in your report cards to admin!!!!

2nd Quarter Report Card Comments:


Satisfactory Progress:


Saiddy C B B C

Saiddy asks such great questions in class! She does an awesome job showing our VIBE! On district benchmark tests, she scored a 79% in reading and a 26% in math. I am so proud of Saiddy for making it into the green zone on her district reading benchmark! On the last writing essay, your child scored a 5/10 on the cold write and a 7/10 on the rewrite. Moving forward, we're going to focus on the look back to learn strategy in reading, writing a high scoring essay, and the CUBE strategy in solving math word problems. Looking forward to seeing some great gains in both math, writing, and reading this upcoming 3rd quarter.


Angeli B A B B

Angeli is doing a superb job in the 4th grade! She is a role model to other students. On district benchmark tests, she scored a 95% in reading and 47% in math. I am so proud of Angeli for making it into the green zone on her district reading benchmark! On the last writing essay, your child scored a 7/10 on the cold write and an 8/10 on the rewrite. Moving forward, we're going to focus on the look back to learn strategy in reading, writing a high scoring essay, and the CUBE strategy in solving math word problems. Looking forward to seeing some great gains in math and writing this upcoming 3rd quarter.


Unsatisfactory Comments:


Daniel d c d d

Daniel is a hard working student and can always be counted on to follow our VIBE! Daniel would benefit greatly from attending school on a regular basis; he is missing a great deal of instruction. He has been present for 52 days and absent for 25 days of school this year. On district benchmark tests, he scored a 54% in reading and 31% in math. On the last writing essay, your child scored a 4/10 on the cold write and a 5/10 on the rewrite. Moving forward, we're going to focus on the look back to learn strategy in reading, writing a high scoring essay, and the CUBE strategy in solving math word problems. Looking forward to seeing some great gains in reading, writing, and math this upcoming 3rd quarter.


Curtavion c c d d

Curtavion is a hard working student, but seems to be rushing through his work this past semester. I'm encouraging Curtavion to slow down on his course work and ask more questions when he doesn't understand a concept. On district benchmark tests, he scored a 70% in reading and 21% in math. I am so proud of Curtavion for making it into the green zone on his district reading benchmark! I am strongly encouraging Curtavion to memorize all his multiplication facts as this is hindering his performance in math. On the last writing essay, your child scored a 0/10 on the cold write and a 2/10 on the rewrite. Moving forward, we're going to focus on the look back to learn strategy in reading, writing a high scoring essay, and the CUBE strategy in solving math word problems. Looking forward to seeing some great gains in reading, writing, and math this upcoming 3rd quarter.


Carter D B D D

Carter is a hard working student, but seems to be rushing through his work this past semester. I'm encouraging Carter to slow down on his course work and ask more questions when he doesn't understand a concept. On district benchmark tests, he scored a 50% in reading and 15% in math. I am strongly encouraging Carter to memorize all his multiplication facts as this is hindering his performance in math. On the last writing essay, your child scored a 3/10 on the cold write and a 2/10 on the rewrite. Moving forward, we're going to focus on the look back to learn strategy in reading, writing a high scoring essay, and the CUBE strategy in solving math word problems. Looking forward to seeing some great gains in reading, writing, and math this upcoming 3rd quarter.

Multiple Response Strategies - Next Steps

It is so exciting to hear about the many uses of MRS throughout our school. Way to go VBE! If you find yourself wondering, “What are some next steps?” I’d love to work with you on Monday mornings. Starting Monday, January 9th, I will be going through the process of establishing student grouping based on data. Please join us at 7:45 in my room (2-209) if you are interested. – Kate Fiori


PS - Send me an email if you plan to come so I can be sure to have enough copies! :)

Beginning 2017 with High Expectations by Elaine Ragley and Sharon Keeley

Just as we are reviewing our classroom routines and procedures with students, we should also review our teacher ones too.

As you transition to the STEM block get students' minds ready with a specific transitional routine such as four square journal, number talk, problem/number of the day, short math song etc. The more routines we have set in place, the calmer the atmosphere. For example how are the four square journals passed out, does everyone have a colored pencil ready, is the question already on the board for students to ponder, do students know where to go to access station work, manipulatives, a sharpened pencil?

Four square is a non-negotiable to be done daily. Teachers should read the questions and solve them for teacher preparation prior to class starting. As you walk around the room, you should be noticing and documenting common errors being made by students and those students that are struggling.

Math RTi has been embedded into the schedule as a separate time during the day to work on specific standards that students are not mastering during tier one instruction. This should be in a SMALL GROUP setting . This time is sacred and needs to be for the full 30 minutes. Data collected during this time can be used for MTSS. Just as in ELA RTi, there should be documentation of which students you are seeing and what you are doing with them.

We cannot wait to see the growth on the upcoming iReady mid-year diagnostic. By going over the expectations prior to students being administered the test and energizing them with classroom and school incentives that they will SHOW WHAT THEY KNOW!!

The 100th Day of School is on Friday, January 20th.

Students may dress up as if they were 100 years old or wear a collection of 100 items - for example 100 stickers on a shirt. Classes with 100% participation and a picture posted on Twitter #100dayvbe will receive 100 day snack.

Click on this link for 100th day activity ideas https://www.pinterest.com/jnase1/100th-day-activities/

Are you ready to get down with GRAVITY? January 24th is our K-2 STEM night 5:30 - 8:00.

5:30 - 6:15 Dinner

6:15 - 8:00 STEM Night - Each grade level will read a book using story nuggets. Each family will act out the story nuggets - yes moms and dads as well. Each family will then build a lunar lander from an assortment of given items. The challenge is - Can you make a lunar lander that is dropped from a specific height land onto a specific target (the moon) with no injuries to the astronauts (marshmallows) that are in the lunar lander?

Flyers will be going home with RSVPs so that we know how many dinners and supplies are needed. Please talk it up with your K-2 students. (3-5 will be having a STREAM night on February 22nd)

A Message from Ms. Hearndon

I just wanted to let staff know about a business that has stepped up for our homeless families in December. Wendy and Dawn from Nan’s Arcade at 755 27th Avenue S.W. donated over $400.00 cash for families at Christmas time.


I purchased 9 gift cards from Walmart, met each family on Friday the 23rd, and gave them a $50.00 gift card, 5 of the families were from VBE and 4 were from VBHS.


This is the second year they have made a donation. Please be sure that if you go by their place of business you mention and thank them, and Maryann Kalin for sending them my way!

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