Blair Bulletin

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Inspiration of the week

“Planning can be done in many ways, but the most powerful is when teachers work together to develop plans, develop common understandings of what is worth teaching, collaborate on understanding their beliefs of challenge and progress, and work together to evaluate the impact of their planning on student outcomes.”
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THE BLAIR WAY- School-wide monthly focus:

  • Increase your usage your " Paws"itives" with precise praise, remember 4 positives to one re-direct. Depositing positive framing to allow to build relationships.
  • Positive calls home, 3 celebration calls a week and document, don't let the first time you talk to parents be at Parent Teacher Conferences coming up. It is building relationships so we can maximize our conferences to talk about progress.

Grade level focus during your common prep time or one committed time this week

ESAIL walkthrough: Do you want to know about what the look for's are for Math/ Literacy ESAIL walkthrough? What does beginning, approaching and meeting mean? Where are is your class falling this year, and what are your next steps for your scholars?

Share out with your team some ideas, learning from each other is powerful! We are all learning together.

Check it out: click below

2016-17 Literacy ESAIL Continuum
2016-17 Math Big Rocks/ESAIL Continuum

Guided Groups: How you use your continuum's to intentionally plan for LT for guided groups ( share planners that you use to document and support intentionally planning targeted instruction. ASW lesson planning and planners are key in ensuring INTENTIONAL planning and INSTRUCTION is happening not just checking in and supporting. Keep sharing there is AWESOME small group instruction is happening!! Great resources on BB9 so you don't have to recreate the wheel.


Get started with your scholars profiles and get to know your students. Launch conferring in your schedule and get comfortable with using the continuum. Remember you have to teach scholars how to goal set before you can expect them to do it! We will be sharing a plan for PD and support on how to use in Epiphany but don't wait to get structures in place for success!

BLAIR’s VISION and 5 Strategies Moving forward and putting into action school improvement MAKING the IMPACT to get double digit GAINS:

5 Blair Strategies :
  1. College Focus--

  2. Teaming--

  3. Innovation and Diversity -

4. Maximizing our instructional time-

Research has demonstrated that student achievement is higher in classes where instructional time is maximized (see, for example, Taylor et al., 1999; Walberg, 1984). The effective teacher prioritizes instruction, a process that is accomplished partially through allocation of time. One illustration of how effective teachers best use the scarce commodity of time is in smoothly orchestrated classroom transitions; they remain involved with the students during the entire class period from start to finish, allowing for no idle or down time.

  1. Routines, Procedures, & Transitions

  2. Instructional Pacing

  3. Classroom Management

Effective time management is one of the skills necessary for success in school as well as in everyday life and in the work world. Students need time to practice, rehearse, review, apply, and connect new learning and relate it to their everyday lives. Teachers who effectively manage time give their students the best opportunity to learn and to develop personal habits that lead to wise use of time.

  1. Allocated time. The total time for teacher instruction and student learning

  2. Instructional time. The time teachers are actively teaching

  3. Engaged time. The time students are involved in a task

  4. Academic learning time. The time teachers can prove that students learned the content or mastered the skill

Please read the article really highlights what our 100% goal is: Read the entire Article

5. Relationships and Connections with families and Community.

This Week : Maximizing every minute :BLAIR STAFF google Calendar

B Week

Monday, Oct. 17 - Follow Up PST, 9:45-10:30am, Room 208

  • Newscast crew, 12:15-1:00pm
  • Weekly Office Mtg, 2:15-2:45pm
  • Student Council Meeting, 3:45-4:30pm, Room 210

Tuesday, Oct. 18 - Community Learning - Core Instruction, 7:45-8:30am

  • SST meeting, Rtl, PBIS, Data Work, 12-1pm
  • Newscast crew, 12:15-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 - Happy Birthday - Tahereh
  • ESAIL walk through, 9-10am
  • K/1 Team Meeting, 11:15-11:55am, Room 117
  • ESAIL walk through, 1-2pm
  • DL Leadership PLC, 2-4pm
  • Blair Does Broadway, 3rd,4th, 5th grade, 3:45-4:45pm

Thursday, Oct. 20 - PLC Meetings, 7:45-8:45am

  • TACO BAR, staff luncheon
  • Newscast crew, 12:15-1:00pm

Friday, Oct. 21 - SPIRIT DAY---Community Events Team Meeting, 7:45-8:30am

  • Pawsitive Winners, 8:40-8:50am, Office
  • Elementary Numeracy EC's, Bethesda, 9am=12pm
  • Elementary Numeracy EC's, Meadowbrook, 12-3pm
  • Newscast crew, 12:15-1:00pm
  • Halloween Family Night "Book Fair", 5:30-7:30pm

Reminders/ Important updates

  • ALL teachers/ certified staff should be completing Self- rating in the My Learning Plan and discussing with their focus coach, remember all Summary year should invite me to the meetings before the week of Oct. 24th. All Self-Rating and SLO/ PPG need to be submitted by Oct. 31st. Click here for EE year at a glance resource.