Inglewood Middle Charter Academy

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Hey there,

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!


Director Collins

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Two Semesters

We will be converting back to semester from trimester. Given the challenges we were experiencing with grades, benchmark dates, etc. the organization decided to revert back to the Semester schedule. The semester ends on Dec 18. Reports Cards will be provided to scholars over the winter break! An attachment will be emailed separately.

Supervision- December

Morning

Front Gate/Greeter: Francis, Sam

Zen Garden/Office Area: Camille

Restrooms/Room 8: Terrance


Nutrition

Zen Garden/Office Area: Geoffrey

Restrooms/Room 8: Ericka, Liz

Basketball Court: Security Guard

Adult RR Area: Earl


Lunch

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

Cafeteria: Emyln

Everyone begins in cafeteria until scholars are dismissed


Dismissal

Front Gate/Greeter: Ava, Nancy, Liz

Zen Garden/Office Area: Brittanee

Restrooms/Room 8: YPI Program

PTO and Sick days

PTOs may be used at your discretion however, they must be requested at least two weeks in advance. If they are not, I will not be approving the request. If you are taking time-off and you are teacher, you MUST provide sub plans using the sub template. An attachment will be emailed separately.


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.


Thank you

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Welcome to the Team!!!

Ms. Rushanda Benjamin- Intervention Specialist

Ms. Cassandra Hawkins- Long-term RSP teacher

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iReady Testing

Refer to email sent out by Camille. All iReady testing must be completed by next Wednesday.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges- WASC

It's our renewal year! WASC observers will be on campus this month and for the next few months to ensure that we are progressing towards our academic goals as a school community. We will start the conversation tomorrow afternoon!
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Progress Report and Final Semester Report Cards

All grades should be up to date. Progress reports will be printed by lead teachers and distributed on Wednesday (Date correction for distribution). Refer to emails sent by Camille on Nov 19 and Nov 30.


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)

Action Step:



  • 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

Action Step:

  • 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

I am observing the following:
  • Scholars providing one word answers
  • Responding to answers with 3-5 grammatical errors

Action Step:

  • 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

All sheets must be completed and emailed to me by Wednesday, Dec 2, EOD.

PSAs this Wednesday

Don't forget to administer your PSA this week. Also, if your data is not up to date, update it by Tuesday night.
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ICEF- Wide Benchmark Data and Comparisons

The ICEF- Wide data will be emailed as an attachment. Kudos to Earl for having the highest percentage increase of correct problems from Benchmark I to II, 21% and overall having the second highest math data in the 7th grade, district-wide!


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.

Classroom Environments

A few of our classrooms are no longer parent/picture ready. Review the classroom environment checklist and identify what needs to be changed/enhanced, and/or redone. Nancy will be around this week to provide you with feedback. Utilize Nancy's decorative skills to enhance your learning environment.


All environments need to be updated by next Wednesday, Dec 9.

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Lesson Plans

All lps must be submitted by 3 pm on the day before scholars return to school. I will be reviewing all lps. All necessary revisions must be corrected and resent to me within 48 hours.


If you need support with lesson planning, reach out to a member of the ILT.

Recap--- Reflections

21 Dreams

If you have not stopped by to check in our scholar, do so. The scholars want you to see their improvements. There will be shifts to the program that we will discuss as team soon. Nonetheless, as scholars are ready and have shown improvement, they will be dismissed from the program!

Data and PLCs

IIMCA is embracing data and data talks (during PLCs)!!! This is a huge step for our school community and will help us achieve our goal of being a high performing school. Our weekly PLCs are ground zero for data analysis. Continue to update your data on a weekly basis!

Attendance

Continue to submit attendance at the beginning of every period. If you are having challenges with attendance, reach out to Ms. Corona for support
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***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!

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.