Howard Happenings

September 24, 2018

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Chronic Attendance Update

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Year to Date-21.6%

Our goal for the year is 19% or 37 students. Currently, we are at 21.6% or 42 students at an attendance rate below 80%.

We have done a great job shrinking the number of students in severe chronic and should continue to work on shrinking our moderate chronic and increasing our satisfactory attendance.

Please reach out to families when students are absent. Let them know all the great things they missed at school. A day or two makes a difference.

Shout out to 5th grade for having the lowest chronic attendance rate (14.3%).

Shout out to 5th grade for also having the highest satisfactory attendance rate (78.6%).

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SRI Update

Year to Date-28% At or Above Grade Level

Our goal for the year is 41% of 3rd to 5th grade students are reading at or above grade level with only 40% of students multiple years below.

Currently we are at 28% of students reading at or above grade level with 56% of students multiple years below.

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Shout Out To:

Jamie and Breena for leading our zones of regulation work and all the support you have provided

Hammond for having complex text noted on the agenda.

Friedman, Amanat, and Hammond for always seeing the positive in our students.

Plummer for planning a strong complex text lesson that provided opportunities for students to engage in small group academic discussion

Important Information-ALL

There will be no library this week.

All Staff should complete Mandated Reporter Training by September 24th. Please see this memo for more information. Once you complete the training please print the certificate and provide a copy to Mrs. Garcia.

Important Information-Teachers

The updated deadline for F&P scores entry into illuminate is 9/28.

If you have not done so already, please send me an invite for an upcoming complex text lesson.

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Best Practice of the Week - Classroom Newsletters

Classroom Newsletters should:

  • be clear and concise
  • sent out regularly (weekly or monthly)
  • include curriculum information (current and upcoming units, assessments, goals, etc)
  • include important upcoming dates
  • support your classroom procedures and expectations

Please upload your parent newsletters to your individual folder in the deliverables folder. Reach out if you need any support implementing this best practice.

Resources below

Yard Duty

Primary Yard-Amanat

Upper Yard-Baker Nash

Focus-Scholar Skills

Monday 9/24
  • F&P Assessment Window
  • Williams Off Site-Principal Professional Development

Tuesday 9/25

  • F&P Assessment Window
  • Williams Off Site-Principal Professional Development

Wednesday 9/26

  • Minimum Day
  • F&P Assessment Window
  • Hootenanny 1 to 1:30
  • Howard Professional Learning 2 to 3:30
  • Howard Collaboration 3:30 to 4

Thursday 9/27

  • Minimum Day
  • F&P Assessment Window
  • Collaborative Scoring 1:45 to 2:45
  • Faculty Council 3 to 4

Friday 9/28

  • No School for Students
  • Professional Learning Day 8 to 3
  • F&P Entry Deadline

Professional Learning-9/26 to 9/28


Teachers will collaboratively score and analyze assessments

Teachers will create data based instructional plans

3-5 Teachers will be reviewing SRI, IAB, and F&P assessment data

K-2 Teachers will be reviewing F&P and formative (writing samples, running records, etc) assessment data.

Please bring:



Complex Text Aligned to the upcoming unit

Reading and Writing Units of Study for planning

Cycle 1 Overview, Goals, Practices, and Look Fors

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Look Fors

  • Classroom Agendas
  • The Wise Way
  • Positive Student Greetings
  • Daily Complex Text Engagement

Upcoming October Events

10/1--Grocery Giveaway

10/8--Fire/Earthquake Drill

10/8--Staff Meeting

10/10--Hoot and Holler

10/11--Picture Day

10/11--Shoo the Flu

10/15--Faculty Council

10/18--Family Game Night

10/19--No School


10/30--SSC Meeting