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Acton Weekly Update 12/20/19

Things to Know

Infinite Campus Grading: For our gen-ed students who receive accommodations on assessments or is allowed to redo an assignment, please note that in the comment section in IC for that assignment/assessment. We are noticing that some students who "struggle" actually have decent grades due to the supports teachers are naturally giving the student. By documenting that in IC, it allows the parents, student support team ,administration, and school psych to have a better understanding of the specific needs of the student.


AM Breakfast:During our last principals and coaches meeting we met with Betsy Willard, director of Star Express. She shared that they do not believe elementary schools are allocating enough time for students to eat breakfast. They would like for us to plan for at least 20 minutes to get students through the line and completing their meal. Right now we give them about 15. So, starting in January Jen and I will be going out to buses at 8:30 and directing breakfast students in from the buses that have arrived. We hope this little bit of extra time will help. Next year we will adjust schedules to accommodate for more breakfast time.

Thank you!


Parent Requests for testing: Since PTC's this year we have had several parent requests for an educational evaluation. Whenever a parent gives a verbal or written request we have 10 school days to respond to that parent. Please send an email to me (Brook) and Dr. Welch, aerin.welch@ftcsc.org, immediately. We appreciate you continuing to share with families the SOS process and how we can learn how to best service the student through that process first, but we do need to be made aware. There are excluding factors that we need to explain to families and we can take care of those things for you.



Grading Window: Just a reminder to do your best to have grades entered and posted before we leave for winter break. You will not be required to report to school (you may work from home) on Jan. 3rd if you need to finish posting. Please let Sarah know as soon as your grades are ready to be checked. This will be your check off for not having to be in the building on Jan. 3rd. Anyone whose grades are not correctly posted on/by January 3rd will have a disciplinary action. So, please get them posted as soon as you can and Sarah and I will check for you so you know you are good to go!


Greetings Reminder: Please be sure you are at your classroom door when students are arriving. Your greetings to students make their day. In PBIS and CD training this is one of the top ways to build a relationship with your students.


January GR Training Dates: January 13-17th

Carolyn Gwen will be back in Franklin Township for one week for continued Guided Reading training. Please review the schedule below and plan accordingly. Sarah already has everyone's subs scheduled. (GREAT JOB SARAH!)

Jen Pryor will be at each training.

January 13th- Third Grade/Renee Alger

January 14th- Fourth Grade/ Jessica Curtis

January 15th-Fifth Grade

January 16th- First and Second Grade/ Megan Davis

January 17th- Kindergarten





Paper: We are eating through our paper supply at a faster pace than ever before. We only have 4 cases of white paper left and it will need to last us until mid January. PLEASE only copy a minimum of what you need and copy 2 sided every chance possible. Sarah is placing our January-June supply and we will purchase more than normal, but whatever we pay extra for paper we will have to cut back on other supplies.


PLEASE refer to the January Schedules email I sent out this week. It has several important dates, schedules and coverages listed that we want to ensure everyone is prepared for.

English Language Learners Spotlight

We will be sharing information and strategies on ways to support our EL learners. However, these are GOOD strategies for ALL students.
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The Acton Link

Click here for a list of helpful school specific links.

PBIS Central

Click here for anything and everything Acton PBIS.

19/20 SOS Form

Print this off and fill it out or make a copy and send to Brook.

Coaches Corner



Upcoming Dates:

Q2C2 data entered by 1/3

Data discussed on 1/8

Guided Reading MOY assessments given and data entered: Jan 6th-Jan 20th

Carolyn Gwynn: Week of January 13th

Half day planning: Week of February 24th


EDM:

Begin teaching Unit 5: 1/6

Classes entered and students added into EDM by: 1/24

Pre-test for Unit 6 (EDM Math Boxes 5-14) given: 1/29-2/4


Guided Reading Reminder

Thinking Ahead: The Middle of Year Guided Reading Assessment window is right around the corner, January 6-17. Just to be thinking ahead, here are some guideline tools to use to help plan for this. Keep in mind that you are able to use time at your Victory Table to complete assessments. Ideally we will still meet with our most frequent groups.



Link to a one pager for GR and lesson planning resources (Please checkout)!


Link to GR ASSESSMENTS Tips and Tricks


Have a relaxing and wonderful Christmas with your friends and families!

19/20 Collaboration Schedule

Tuesday and Wednesday PD Schedules. This may change and will be updated throughout the year.

Counselor Corner

We made it! I thought this week's conscious commitment could be applied to the upcoming holiday season and the stress or chaos that sometimes follows. Find some time to relax and rejuvenate over break, you all have earned it x100.


Upcoming Counselor Things:

-Over the break, I will be reviewing and entering all the data from the parent surveys. From that information and my personal list, I will be creating the small groups for next semester. I may need your help in deciding who is of the highest need once we get back.


-Just from looking at the needs assessments as they come in I've noticed a ton of parents saying their child needs a small group for stress and anxiety. This tells me the whole school could use some lessons on coping skills for worry/stress/anxiety especially with the testing season beginning soon. Once we get back from break I will work with you on creating time to get in your classroom.


Counselor Request Forms:

-I know these seem like it is creating more work, but it is SO helpful for me to have written requests so I am not just trying to remember who asked to talk to me when I walked in the cafeteria.


-I've noticed many teachers put these forms in their calm down corners or safe places, which I think is a great place for them to live.


-These also will help me keep track of how many students I am meeting with individually #data


Happy Holidays!

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Coming Up

Guided Reading MOY Assessments 1/6-1/17


Friday 1/3: Teacher Work Day- GRADES MUST BE CORRECT and POSTED ON-TIME


Monday 1/6: Welcome Back

PBIS Lessons:

9:45 Fifth Grade

10:40 Fourth Grade

2:50 First Grade

2:30 Evacuation Drill


Tuesday 1/7:

Collaboration: CFA Data Entry time

PBIS Lessons:

9:10 Second Grade

9:40 Third Grade

11:45 Kindergarten


9-11 Kindergarten GR Coverage

Emerine: Amber

McMaster:Stevens

Froning:Holly


1:40-3:40 Third Grade GR Coverage

(assess study hall kids during recess or use an alternative recess time)

Simmons- Holly

Jewell-Mariah

Milholland-Jennifer S


Wednesday 1/8:

Collaboration: CFA Data Discussions

2:15-2:35 Fifth Grade GR Coverage (to make up for a shorter time due to 5th grade lunch/recess)

Scott- Amber

Greene- Mariah

Gilliland-Holly


Thursday 1/9:

AI/Principals Meeting

9-11 First Grade GR Coverage

Gilkerson-Stevens

Elliott-Thurston

Miller-Sutton


1:40-3:40 Fourth Grade GR Coverage

Reynolds- Jennifer S

Rigsby-Holly

Beechler-Mariah

6:30 PTO Meeting


Friday1/10:

9-11 Second Grade GR Coverage

Krug-Mariah

Parsons-Sutton

Brooks-Stevens


2:10-3:40 Fifth Grade GR Coverage

Scott- Amber

Greene- Mariah

Story-Holly


January GR Training Dates: January 13-17th

Carolyn Gwen will be back in Franklin Township for one week for continued Guided Reading training. Please review the schedule below and plan accordingly. Sarah already has everyone's subs scheduled. (GREAT JOB SARAH!)

Jen Pryor will be at each training.

January 13th- Third Grade/Renee Alger

January 14th- Fourth Grade/ Jessica Curtis

January 15th-Fifth Grade

January 16th- First and Second Grade/ Megan Davis

January 17th- Kindergarten



January 21,2020

Cafeteria Lock Down Practice with Officer Rizzi


9:40 First Grade

10:00 Third Grade

10:20 Second Grade

10:40 Fourth Grade

10: 50 Kindergarten

1:45 Fifth Grade



January:

3 Teacher Record Day

6 Evac Drill

6 Students return

6-17 MOY Guided Reading

7 grades post for parents

9 PTO Meeting

10 Bus Driver Appreciation day

13-17 Kindness Week/Library Lessons K-2

13-2/28 WIDA

14 Skating Party

17 All Pro Dads

17 Mother Son event

20 MLK Day (make up day if necessary)

22 Field Trip forms due


22 Counselors meeting

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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