Roosevelt Weekly Memo

Roosevelt Bears...Dream BIG!

March 20, 2016

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Important Reminders

Instructional Rounds at Roosevelt and Lincoln have been rescheduled for April 20th. We will complete both schools in one day--I will be sending our schedule very soon.


Roosevelt Problem of Practice: Use goal setting with effective feedback to positively impact student comprehension across content areas.


Rationale: We know that student goal setting (where I am going) coupled with effective feedback (how am I going to get there) can positively impact student achievement across subject areas. We chose this POP because we hope to enhance the benefits of student goal setting by providing students with effective academic feedback on a regular basis.

Where we are stuck:

To build upon our work from last year with accountable talk and goal setting; we are seeking to incorporate academic feedback in supporting student goal setting. Based on conversations during grade level meetings and faculty meetings we know that teachers are not consistently having students set goals which in turn means inconsistency in providing effective academic feedback.


Questions:

*What evidence of student goals do you see?

*Do students know the current goal they are working towards? Is the goal challenging?

*Was there evidence the academic feedback was….related to the goal? clear?

*Does the academic feedback offer suggestions for next steps in student growth?



Remember to be stationed at your door greeting students as they arrive to your room each morning.


Thank you for continuing to make positive contacts each week--it absolutely makes a difference.


Evaluation Update-We have had a change in the way self-scores from evaluations are entered into TNCompass. Administrators no longer have access to enter your self-scores. So, teachers will need to do this themselves by logging onto the TNCompass website and entering their own self-scores for the evaluation. If you have not already registered on TNCompass, please go to TDOE.tncompass.org to register. If you need help let us know.


We will have a tornado drill sometime this week.


Worksheet Use Reminder- We were reminded in our principal meeting this week to consider how often worksheets are being used, the rigor and quality of work being produced when completing a worksheet and our initiative to reach our 21st learners by embedding technology into our lessons. Students should not be spending their time completing worksheets that only require lower level thinking skills (ex: word searches, coloring sheets, busy work, etc.) Please assess the rigor and relevance of any worksheet you are considering students complete.


As warmer weather is on the horizon, keep in mind the KCS Coordinated School Health Wellness initiatives:

1. Denying student participation in recess or other physical activities as a form of discipline is discouraged; furthermore, the use or implementation of physical activity as a form of discipline is discouraged"

2. Encourage the use of “non-food" items when rewards are used.

Gracias!

-to Val for her organization and planning for a SMOOTH 1st round of TCAPs

-All proctors and test administrators for flexibility and positive attitudes

-to all of you for the positive relationships you have established with our parents--they really trust us and that is making a WORLD OF DIFFERENCE!!!!!

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From the ASC...

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Friendly Reminder

Please remember and share with KCS staff that, according to the Employee Handbook, the use of scented perfumes, lotions, etc. is discouraged in all KCS buildings. Spring is a time when allergies really flare up, so anything we can do to reduce allergens in a building is appreciated!

Thank you for sharing this reminder with your staff.

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Learnng Sessions Announced


The Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit will be held May 17-18, 2016 in Nashville, TN. Summit sessions are designed to provide attendees opportunities to interact with educational leaders and practitioners who are seeing success with integrating STEM practices in their classrooms and communities.

For more information or to register, click here.

Last Day for the Spring Grounds and Maintenance Survey!

Please distribute the second semester Grounds and Maintenance Survey to your staff. Remember, this is completed twice each year as a part of the KCS Strategic Plan. Please ask staff to have this done by today, Friday, March 18.

For the survey, please click here.

Pre-Kindergarten Screenings for the 2016-2017 school year will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., located at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Screenings only and NOT registration.


Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at all KCS Elementary Schools.

Apply to Join the 2016 TNCPE Board of Examiners

Want to be a part of the best professional development program in the state? The TNCPE Board of Examiners forms an elite group of business leaders who drive continuous improvement in their organizations. Apply now to join them in making a lasting difference in the lives of thousands of Tennesseans.

Serving on the Board of Examiners is an enormously powerful leadership and performance excellence experience. Examiners have the opportunity to:

  • Receive training in the internationally acclaimed Baldrige Excellence Framework™,
  • Sharpen their leadership skills,
  • Broaden their business acumen,
  • Experience best-practice benchmarking,
  • Develop relationships with other quality professionals, and
  • Learn from the best professional development program Tennessee has to offer.

Deadline for applying is Monday, April 4.

2016 Essay Contest


Every year, the TDOE hosts an essay contest to honor talented teachers through student voices. This year’s contest celebrates how great teachers inspire their students daily with the prompt: "My teacher has inspired me to …" All Tennessee public school students in grades kindergarten through twelve are eligible to participate. The complexity of the essay will vary by age; K–2 students should record their thoughts on video. One winner will be selected from each of the following grade bands: K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12, and the winning students and honored teachers will be celebrated during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6.

All submissions must be received by the Tennessee Department of Education office by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 8. For contest details, click here.

Contact Educator.Communications@tn.gov if you have questions.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH

  • Fri. 3/18: Insight KCS Session 6, ASC, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Fri. 3/18: Grounds and Maintenance Survey Due
  • Sat. 3/19: RNR Band/Orchestra Instrument Placement, Robinson Middle School, 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon. 3/21: Kindergarten Registration, All Elementary Schools, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Mon. 3/21: Pre-K Screening, Civic Auditorium, 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Fri. 3/25-Sun. 4/3: SPRING BREAK!!!!

APRIL

  • Mon. 4/4: Deadline for TNCPE Examiner Application
  • Wed. 4/6: College/Career Shirt Day
  • Thu. 4/7: BOE Meeting, TN Room (ASC), 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 4/8: Deadline for 2016 TDOE Essay Contest, 5 p.m. CDT
  • Thu. 4/21: BOE Work Session, TN Room (ASC), 6 p.m.