Staff Weekly

Published January 5th

Grade Level Behavior Expectation Meetings

6th grade: We'll keep them in the gym at 7:30 dismissal. Come meet us there.

7th and 8th grade: We'll call you over the intercom. We'll meet in the cafe.

8th grade may run into the first UA. We'll try to prevent that, though.

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All grades must be in IC by Sunday, January 12. Report cards will be run on Monday, January 13. As a reminder, fill out the work skills reports sent in November as well. There are 230 responses in the form so I'm thinking two grade levels need to work it this sometime this week. Link below...

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome to THREE new custodians who got our place looking like new again over the break. I was in late Friday night and everything was looking really good.

Judd Starr started before break. Anna Besselman and Chris Besselman (yep, they are married) started during the break.

We're excited to have them.

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This Week's Meetings

Monday: Faculty Circle in the Choir Room. There's a sheet in your mailbox on Monday that will help you prepare. Sped Meeting after Faculty Circle.

Tuesday: KIC Team at 7, Science meeting after school, PLC DAY--only one this week (Traci B. training you on how to use IC gradebook) Bring laptops.

Wednesday: Team Leader (pineapple chart)

Thursday: Math Meeting after school, office staff meeting at 10:45, School Board Meeting

Friday: I don't see anything on my calendar

One Word

If you select One Word (#oneword) to guide your year this year instead of a resolution (or maybe in addition to), I'd like to make something for you. Send Erika your chosen One Word.

Upcoming Assessments


CASE Reading: January 15th

CASE Math: January 16th

CERT 8th grade: Last week of January in cores

ACCESS: January 6-February 7


CASE Algebra: February 10-14


  • Online Test Timing Guidance
    • Reading Field Test – 60 minutes (6, 7, 8)
    • Mathematics Field Test – 60 minutes (6, 7, 8)
    • Editing and Mechanics Field Test – 60 minutes (8 only)
    • On-Demand Writing Field Test – 90 minutes (8 only)
    • Note: Field test will include an additional 20 minutes for the Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey.


CASE Reading: March 3

CASE Algebra: March 4

CASE Math: March 23


Star Reading and Math: April


K-Prep: 5 of the last 14 days of school

CERT 8th grade (possibly): Last 2 days of school

2020 Planning Meetings (1, 2, 5, 7)


January 7: Traci Barton is the us how to use SBG passback with Canvas to keep all of our grades on IC for 2nd semester (Praise the Lord)

January 17: Writing a Constructed Response PD (both plans)

January 21: Unit/Proficiency Scale Planning Session with Stacie

January 23: Unit/Proficiency Scale Planning Session with Stacie

January 28: Advanced Decoding the Prompt Check in Day--in person, bring student samples

January 29: Reading and SS ATM

January 30: Math and Science ATM


February 4: Writing an Extended Response PD (both plans)

February 12: Behavior PLC

February 14: Behavior PLC

February 18: Co-Op Accommodations and Modifications Training--ELA, SS, UA (both plans)

February 19: Co-Op Accommodations and Modifications Training--Science and Math (both plans)

February 25: Unit/Proficiency Scale Planning Session with Stacie

February 27: Constructed Response Check In Day (in person, bring samples)

Vertical Team PLCs Goals


  1. Monthly, bring and analyze student work that shows evidence of writing that matches the unit expectations. Calibrate thinking on what constitutes a 1, 2, and 3.
  2. Create a school writing plan focusing on one component of the plan each month. Begin with the school writing policy.


  1. Complete CUBES word problems 4 times per week and complete 1 written writing prompt per unit explaining how to correctly solve a math problem with appropriate vocabulary.
  2. At least weekly, use CASE question bank to administer checks to maintain rigor of priority standards/calibrate.


  1. Implementation of 3D instruction as evidenced in lesson plans.
  2. Collaboratively write summative assessments that measure mastery of disciplinary core ideas through the practices and cross-cutting concepts.

Social Studies

  1. Monthly, bring and analyze student work that shows evidence of inquiry practices. Calibrate thinking on what constitutes a 1, 2, and 3. (QFT, DBQ, extended response, because, but, so).

PLC Notes


  • Discussion of the CASE data analysis.
  • Eye-opening to look at writing for another grade.
  • Discussion about science collaborating with the math teachers to emphasize the math for the unit that's also used in science.
  • Need to practice timed writing. Kids are not handling timed writings well.
  • Need to practice giving kids a set amount of space to put their answer in.

Team Leader

  • Work skills report--will do like we did last year though Google Form.
  • Behavior adjustments to make: Full school reward, visiting classrooms to unveil new BF, adjusting points
  • Teams need to identify what they would like the PTSO to purchase for them this year
  • ipads and doc cameras are ordered for those who requested them


  • Based on CASE data, going to begin giving kids CASE questions to dissect and answer weekly and score together.
  • Also looking for other ways to up the rigor into the DOK 2 and 3 levels.