Principal Weekly Notes

January 18-22, 2016

PARCC Practice Tests for teachers to help familiarize students for upcoming assessments

PARCC | Practice Tests

Portal for all of the resources required by states and districts to administer the PARCC Assessment.

Tasks to Accomplish this week:


Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. Jan. 18th:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* Learning Walks w/Ava - 12:00-3:00 p.m.

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

* Student DigiDog iPad Camp - 3:30 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.

* Problem Solving Committee Mtg - 4:00 p.m.

* 5th Grade Parent iPad Night - 5:30 p.m.

Tues. Jan. 19th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Serio (pm)

* Staff Meeting, 3:40-4:40 p.m.

* PAC Mtg, 4:40 p.m.

* 3rd Grade Music Program, 6:00 p.m., Cafeteria

* DAC Mtg, 6:00 p.m.

Wed. Jan. 20th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Cognitive Coaching in Steamboat (Kamisha, Jen, Rebecca) - All Day

* School Bd Work Session, 5:00 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 21st:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* Cognitive Coaching in Steamboat (Kamisha, Jen, Rebecca) - All Day

* Counselor's Collab - 9:00 a.m.

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m

Fri. Jan. 22nd:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Jeans for Misha - Jeans and Professional Tops

* Cognitive Coaching in Steamboat (Kamisha, Jen, Rebecca) - All Day

* No Deep Planning - Kamisha, Jen, Rebecca @ Cognitive Coaching

* Bldg Collab, 2:20-3:45 p.m.

* SR Holiday Party, 6:00-10:00 p.m., Center of Craig

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Events Happening Next Week (January 25-29)

Monday, Jan 25th

  • PAWS Assembly, 3:10 p.m.
  • Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan 26th
  • Technology Camp for Teachers, 4:00 p.m.
  • District Parent iPad Camp, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan 27th

  • Admin Team Mtg, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • New Teacher Induction, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Admin Bldg

Thursday, Jan 28th
  • Counselor Collab, 9:00 a.m., Sarah attending
  • CST, 10:00 a.m.
  • School Bd Meeting

Friday, Jan 29th
  • ACCESS Testing, Kindergarten
  • Science Explorers Field Trip to CNCC, All day, Rebecca and Vera with kids
  • Deep Planning, Reading
  • Bldg Collab, 2:20-3:45 p.m.

MCSD 5 Non-Negotiables

1. Unwrapping the Standards - This is a stand alone in the 7 Best Practices because it is so critical. If you don't unpack the standards correctly and focus in on the nouns and verbs, your learning targets will not be focused on the right stuff!

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process (see below)

3. Non Fiction Writing - At the elementary level, we should always have high expectations for students in writing (including grammar, punctuation, etc). Non Fiction Writing means students should be writing more often, not just during writing time. Students should be writing in other subject areas and teachers should still holding students to the high standards of writing. The provisional writing is really for those teachers who teach outside of the "regular" classroom like PE, Music, Art, etc. These teachers should be having students reflect and write in journals about their learning. In this instance, it is really about getting the students to write at least once a week.

4. Assessment Matrices - In Reading, Writing, and Math. Other subject areas are optional this year.

5. Lesson Design - that includes these 4 components (See chart below):

What do we expect our students to learn? (Standards, Goals, Expectations)

How do we best teach? (7 Best Practices, Marzano's 9, Schlechty's 10 Engagement

Strategies, Non-Fiction Writing)

How do we know they learned it? (Formative assessment, Classroom assessment,

Summative assessment)

What if:

- We teach it and they already know it? (Using pre-assessment to determine)

- We teach it but they don't learn it? (Re-teach)

Don't forget that you must use the District Scope and Sequence! Most updated versions are on the district website.

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Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

1. Post it/Publish it - Daily Learning Target - Remember, this is primarily for the teacher. Get zeroed in on what you are going to teach and what you are going to assess.

2. State it and Unwrap it - Do this with the students. They need to understand why they are learning this.

3. Give it Relevancy - Students need to understand why they need to learn this.

4. Bring it back, Bring it back, Bring it back! - Bring students back to the learning target multiple times during the lesson. "Remember what our learning target is...."

5. Assess it - Each day, in some way, assess student learning connected to the learning target.

Learning targets are to be posted for each content area and correlated to the learning occurring at that time. They should be displayed in the following format:

"I can ________ (verb) ___________(content) by ___________________ (assessment or product)."

7 Best Standards Based Practices

1. Unit/Lesson Design

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

3. Unwrapping the standards (nouns/verbs) for both teacher and students

4. Exemplars

5. Classroom Assessment

6. Assessment Matrix

7. Standards based Feedback, Grading, and Reporting

Weekly Video

Don't give up! Keep on trying!
Sesame Street: Bruno Mars: Don't Give Up