Haas Elementary Staff Bulletin
April 2015 Vol. 3
4th Grade M-STEP Testing Begins
Teachers in the Park Meeting
Book Study This Wednesday
- Look at the descriptions of struggling readers and developing readers on pages 105-106. Put a check next to each element of the description that is true in your classroom. (Are struggling readers asked more often to read aloud?) If your reading instruction mimics what researchers have found as distinguishing the lessons offered to good and struggling readers, select one aspect that you could alter. Can you bring the reading lessons you offer to good and struggling readers closer together? Would someone be able to tell who was a good reader and who was not just by observing your teaching?
- Try using the Pause-Prompt-Praise strategy when working with your struggling readers. Use it for three consecutive days. Do you see any changes in the struggling readers behaviors?
Staff Input Reminder
- Identify the concerns/issues that you believe should be addressed by the school improvement team.
- Identify your top 3-5 professional development needs.
Remember that everything is on the table and open for discussion, with the following expectations:
- Concerns must be specific to programs/procedures - not specific to any individuals.
- Concerns must be accompanied by potential, plausible solutions.
First Grade Donuts with Dad!
End of Year Assessments
As a reminder, beginning/end of year assessments in ELA and Math are used to demonstrate student growth in the evaluation process. These assessments include DRA (Or beginning/end of year MLPP assessments as appropriate), MAISA Writing assessments, and EnVision math assessments. In addition, for our local and school improvement purposes, we will need social studies and science unit assessments. Again, it is not necessary to create separate spreadsheets for submission. Photocopies of grade books, or any other system you have used to track your students' progress can be submitted, just please make sure I am able to identify the unit/topic.
Once we can fully utilize Illuminate it will be much easier to disaggregate our local data for school improvement purposes. Until then, I will disaggregate the data based on your submissions. If you have any questions about data submission please contact me directly.
I will share out a dismissal schedule through Google Drive that will bear some resemblance to our exit strategy for fire drills. The biggest change will be keeping students in classrooms rather than having them waiting in the hallway. Borrowing from the first grade procedure, each grade level will move bus riders to one classroom and parent pick up students to the other just prior to their exit. Please review the dismissal plan. My intent is to meet briefly with each grade level on Monday to answer any questions.
Our building team can look at more permanent solutions as part of our improvement process. Thanks for your cooperation and assistance with the remainder of the year!