Watt's Up

September 8, 2015

Back-to-School Night

Back-to-School Night is this Thursday from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. A message will be posted on our Facebook page and I will send an email to all parents within QuickSchools.

The lab with the best turnout will be awarded with a donut or pizza party on Friday.

September Safety Drill

We will practice a Lockdown Drill on Tuesday, September 17th. Please review the safety procedures. You may use this video to help prepare your students for the drill.


Teachers, on prep, will participate in a walk-through exercise with me during each drill. I will send additional information later in the week.


Elkhart Community Schools

Elkhart Community Schools' Adult Education Program will be offering ELL classes in our building. Teachers will utilize three rooms Monday - Thursday from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. They will use Lab 2, Lab 3 and Room 9 beginning Monday, September 14th.

Cluster Reflection

During cluster cycle 4 (14-15), we focused on diagnosing our students' individual learning errors. We used running records, assessment data, and observational data to identify error and develop student strategies to improve academic and behavior performance. Our rubric focus centered around our instructional plans and Carrie provided a tiered intervention model.

We do not have the same kind of lesson plans as the traditional classroom teacher. Our instructional plans are more broad. Our lesson plan must include goal-setting, ways to improve self-efficacy, and developing strategies for dealing with the unique academic and behavioral needs of our students.

Our lesson plans should ensure that all students can:

navigate Apex Learning curriculum

utilize Apex Learning resources and tools

demonstrate effective use of PACE strategies

identify ways he/she can increase performance

reflect on behaviors that influence (good or bad) performance

utilize problem-solving skills (i.e. Think through the Problem)

set and achieve goals

Reflection for Kristen:

As I walk through classrooms this week, what evidence of an instructional plan would I be able to identify? How does your lesson plan reflect a tiered intervention model?