Inglewood Middle Charter Academy
Home of the Cougars!
I hope that everyone enjoyed their time-off!
As we embark on our last three weeks of the semester (see note below about our semester change), think about the positive impact you have had on your scholars. Consider the success stories your colleagues have shared with you! Approach your classroom with a critical eye that is nestled in love and the understanding that greatness takes time, discipline, and patience!
A LOT is covered in this newsletter, take your time to digest the information.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Keep up the great work Team IIMCA!
Proud to be your leader; excited about the present!
Front Gate/Greeter: Francis, Sam
Zen Garden/Office Area: Camille
Restrooms/Room 8: Terrance
Zen Garden/Office Area: Geoffrey
Restrooms/Room 8: Ericka, Liz
Basketball Court: Security Guard
Adult RR Area: Earl
Zen Garden/Office Area: Emyln
Restrooms/Room 8: Lyndsey, M'Jumbe/Brittanee (8th grade lunch), Earl (7th Grade lunch), Nancy (6th grade lunch)
Basketball Court: Security Guard
Adult RR Area: Bryant
Everyone begins in cafeteria until scholars are dismissed
Front Gate/Greeter: Ava, Nancy, Liz
Zen Garden/Office Area: Brittanee
Restrooms/Room 8: YPI Program
PTO and Sick days
If you are sick and call in within 1.5 of the start of the day, you must provide med documentation. If you are not feeling well and need to call out sick, email Ava and me by 8 pm. It makes it much easier to locate a sub.
Additionally, teachers, you are provided with five PTO days a year that can be used at your discretion. Beyond the allotted time, time-off will result in loss of pay.
If you have any questions about PTO, contact Ava or me.
Welcome to the Team!!!
Ms. Cassandra Hawkins- Long-term RSP teacher
Western Association of Schools and Colleges- WASC
Progress Report and Final Semester Report Cards
IF YOU HAVE A CHILD THAT IS RECEIVING A D, F, or U IN YOUR CLASS, you must contact the parent and provide them with written notice by Friday, Dec 4. A copy of the written notice must be placed in my mailbox by EOD, Friday, Dec 4.
Final Grades for Report Cards are due Wednesday, Dec 16th by 4 pm (EOD). Report Cards will be mailed home during the Winter Break.
A follow-up email with attachments associated to this newsletter will be sent out momentarily.
#1 Priority: Culture (The improvements are Palpable!)
- Continue to enforce the expectations and celebrate successes
- Set the expectation, repeat until your class has it down, proceed with your next expectations
- Frequently use talking points to encourage our scholars and stakeholders
- Culture checklist- members of the ILT and Ops team will be observing and providing feedback this week
TEF Classroom Management: 2.1 A. Value of Effort and Challenge
- A member from the ILT will be coming in to observe this indicator
- Academics must be the primary reason for celebration in the classroom
- Behavior is your second reason for celebration
- How will your system highlight academic and behavioral success in your classroom on a daily basis?
ILT is observing the following:
- Many missed opportunities to connect high expectations to high grades, top colleges, etc
- Lack of scholar work/achievements up in the classroom (Data wall can be used)
- Connect current learning experiences to short and long term goals rather than just completion of the objective itself
- Student of the Day, Week, Month and/or Year- Recognition and incentives
TEF Behavior Focus: 2.2 A
I am observing the following:
- Scholars talking over the teacher
- Scholars are unclear about shifts in their expectations during the different parts of the cycle
- Don't talk over scholars. Stop and make eye contact with the scholar who is talking. Throughout the lesson walk with purpose toward scholar who may have a hard time staying on task
- During the Do Now, I need you to be at level 0, working independently. If you have a question/comment/concern raise your hand and I will come by
- While I am talking I need all eyes on me, level 0, SLANTING
TEF Academic Focus: 3.3 B
- Scholars providing one word answers
- Responding to answers with 3-5 grammatical errors
- Once the scholar answers the question, prompt them to restate the answer using the following academic terms and/or evidence (have scholars refer to notes, PowerPoint slide, etc to determine academic language and facts) in a complete sentence. For scholars who may struggle with using complete sentences, model the correct way to answer the question (with academic vocab/evidence) and allow them repeat. (Note that this is a child that needs small group instruction)
- Provide scholar with sentence starter, example of what can be said
- Pull child aside to discuss the error- especially when it's reoccuring
Data Analysis Sheet
PSAs this Wednesday
ICEF- Wide Benchmark Data and Comparisons
As you look at the doc, review your participation rates- everyone should have been between 95%- 100% and look at your percent correct from Benchmark I to Benchmark II. An attachment will be emailed separately.
We will continue to focus on the data as we discuss our classroom practices.
All environments need to be updated by next Wednesday, Dec 9.
If you need support with lesson planning, reach out to a member of the ILT.
Data and PLCs
***Save The Date***
Month of December
- Wednesday, 2: PLCs Meeting- Will begin together in Tawfik's classroom. Lunch will be served at 1 pm.
- Wednesday, 9: Instruction PD in Tawfik's classroom
- Wednesday, 16: Mentor Wednesday
- Wednesday, 16: Cadre Meeting- Details forthcoming
- Friday, 18: Last day of the semester!
- Monday, 21 - Monday, January 8: Winter Break
- Monday, January 11: First day of the second semester!