Waterville Primary School

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Events for the week of May 9th-May 13th

Formative Assessment Techniques

At our GLC meeting this week we discussed possible professional development topics and instructional tips that would be helpful to provide to staff. Formative assessment techniques was an idea mentioned on the staff survey I sent out in July as a topic that staff is always interested in learning more about. I will plan to use this section of our weekly staff update to list 2-3 instructional strategies each week. I am sure that you are already familiar with some of these, but hopefully this can serve as refresher or a way to spark new ideas to use with our students. Please share any great tips you have so I can include them! Thanks!

Formative Assessment Strategies for:

There are so many amazing and free tech resources that allow us to consistently formatively assess our students throughout the natural flow of the lesson in order to make real time adjustments. Below are 3 more that I have had experience with and recommend or have just found and am anxious to share their potential with all of you! Please give them a try and let me know how they go! (resources this week found at: http://www.teachthought.com/critical-thinking/questioning/metacognition-50-questions-help-students-think-think/)

Questions to Help Students to Think about What They Think:

(1) Connections


1. How does this relate daily occurrences?

2. Which ideas make the most sense and why?

3. Which problems feel familiar? Why?

4. How does this relate to current events?

5. What kinds of examples make this problem workable?

6. What other problems fit this style or example?

(2) Literary Questions

1. How did any of the characters or events remind you of yourself? Why?

2. How did the character’s actions affect you? Explain.

3. If you were this character, how would the story change?

4. What surprised or confused you about the characters or events? Explain.

5. Why do you think the author wrote from this character’s view?

6. What do you think the author is trying to accomplish?

7. How is the author thinking about the world?

8. How would the story change from another character’s view?

9. Why do you think this story could actually happen, or not?

10. How can this story teach us something about our lives?

11. How do you think the characters resolved the major conflict in the story?

12. How would you have resolved it?

13. How would you change the end of the story and why?

(3) Science and Social Questions

What’s the purpose for this experiment or argument?

1. Would you elaborate on the purpose of this?

2. What issues or problems do you see here?

3. What evidence or data are given that help make this worthwhile?

4. What are some of the complexities we should consider?

5. What concepts help organize this data, these experiences?

6. How can you justify this information?

7. How can we verify or test that data?

8. What details can you add to make this information feel more complete?

9. Which set of data or information is most relevant or important?

10. How is all of this consistent or inconsistent?

11. How am I seeing or viewing this information? Objectively or subjectively? Should I then change my view?

If you use any of these strategies, please share with me how it went! Student work samples are also welcomed! Thank you for your commitment to professional growth!

Dates to Remember

Monday, May 9th: Tornado Drill @ 2pm

Monday, May 9th: BOE meeting @ 6pm

Monday, May 9th: WPA meeting @ 7pm

Tuesday, May 10th: IS meeting with Jen KT @ 8am

Wednesday, May 11th: Library visits Waterville!

Wednesday, May 11th: Jamie @ Primary Principal Mtg

Thursday, May 12th: Muffins for Moms 7:30am-8:30am

Thursday, May 12th: Staff Mtg @ 3:45pm

Thursday, May 12th: Kindergarten Music Program

Friday, May 13th: Muffins for Moms 7:30am-8:30am

Saturday, May 14th: Art Show 10am-5pm

Monday, May 16th: Fire Drill @ 2pm

Monday, May 16th: LEAP meeting with parents 6pm

Tuesday, May 17th: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast @ 7:45am

Tuesday, May 17th: School Wide Flag Raising Ceremony @ 2:15pm

Tuesday, May 17th: Mini Relay for American Cancer Society

Wednesday, May 18th: Walk to School Day

Wednesday, May 18th Fourth Grade Music Program

General Information

*Please remember to thank WPA for this amazing week. Considering sending a representative to the meeting on Monday, May 9th, and thanking them in person.

*The Waterville Methodist Church is hosting a luncheon for all of Waterville staff on our Teacher Workday, May 27th. The lunch will be served at approximately 11am in the Media Center. I spoke with a member of the church who expressed such gratitude for all that our staff does to care for the children of the community.

*Please remember to use the Google Calendar Room to reserve the conference room for meetings. See Lori if you have questions. Thanks!!

*The Shadow Day for the 8th graders is the same day as our building-wide Spring Spectacular. Please do not commit to allowing 8th graders to come over and shadow on such a busy day without first speaking with me about it. We want to make sure that the experience being provided is a realistic look at our profession.

Fused Glass Pendant Making Party-BE THERE!

You are invited to a Fused Glass Pendant Making Party!

Facilitated by our very own "Art Teacher of the Year"!!!!

What: Create a fused glass pendant or two

Where: The art room

When: Tuesday, May 10th after school

Cost: $5.00 for each pendant

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OTES timeline and Year End Building Results

We have officially completed our entire OTES process for every teacher (26 total evaluations) in our building this school year! All of our summative post conferences have occurred and holistic/summative ratings have been pinned! Thank you so much to everyone for all of you preparedness and professionalism throughout it all. I continue to be so impressed with everyone.

I am providing an overall summative report of our building results below:

*My SGP ratings are compiled from 3 measures (which are the building median SGP ratings):

(1) STAR Early Literacy Reading kindergarten Median: 69 (rating of 4, Above Average Effectiveness)

(2) STAR Reading Median: 65 (rating of 4, Above Average Effectiveness)

(3) STAR Math Median: 66 (rating of 4, Above Average Effectiveness)

*Student Growth Results:

3 classrooms showed a composite of Average Growth (based on historical STAR Ohio data, about 40-50% of teachers earn this rating in the state)

19 classrooms showed a composite of Above Average Growth (based on historical STAR Ohio data, about 25-30% of teachers earn this rating in the state)

4 classrooms showed a composite of Most Effective Growth (based on historical STAR data, about 1-5% of teachers earn this rating in the state)

*Final Summative Ratings:

14 teachers received or maintained their rating of Skilled (54% of our staff)

12 teachers received or maintained their rating of Accomplished (46% of our staff)

Thank you again for all of your expert teaching and commitment to learning.