Professional Development Newsletter

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What is this newsletter about?

Each month, we will be sharing tips, strategies, information, and ideas for your classroom. If you are in need of resources, materials, etc., let one of the instructional coaches or Ms. Greiner know and we will help in any way!

Virtual Learning Tools Folder

We are constantly adding and updating resources in the Virtual Learning Tools Folder in the AMI-X Plans 2020-2021 Shared Drive. Make sure you check this often!


If you find a resource that you feel would benefit other teachers, please let Ms. Greiner or Ms. Ward know and we will check it out!

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Choice boards: an effective in-person and virtual learning strategy to help keep students engaged in learning.

Educators everywhere have been given a unique set of new challenges this year due to COVID-19; this requires us to make changes to how we teach and present information through in-person classes, as well as virtual learning platforms, such as Google Classroom. Choice boards are a strategy that can be used within every grade level and content. A choice board consists of 6-9 tasks within a table format for students to perform during the school day; you can choose to project it to the entire class or hand out individual copies to the students to have with them throughout the week and turn in with the completed tasks at the end of the week. You can create a choice board within Google Docs, PowerPoint, or Microsoft Word. Once the choice board is completed, you can upload it to your Google Classroom for students to access the required tasks and assignments they must perform. Choice boards also can foster student accountability and engagement, as students do not have to wait for the entire class to be finished with a task or project before working on something new.


If you teach all subject areas, such as myself, you can make different choice boards per subject area. I make two choice boards weekly for students, one choice board over the subject of ELA with social studies and science integrated within it, and one choice board over Math. I include the activity or task name, the learning standard that the task is linked to, and a student friendly description of the activity, as well as a check box to mark that they have completed the task. I can also easily upload this to my Google Classroom so that parents and students can access the choice board so they know the expectations and assignments that must be completed.


You can create and modify a choice board to fit all of your students' needs; below are some different examples of choice boards that others have made.


By: Rebekah Wann

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SLO's Instructional Strategies List

Below you will find 49 instructional strategies compiled in a list format by the Washoe County School District. The strategies are broken down further with examples and/or similar strategies for each. If you would like any assistance in implementing these in your classroom, please let us know!

Important Dates in January

Below are important dates and events in history that happened in the month of January. There are links embedded to use for some of the events. Enjoy!


National School Board Month - A school board is made up of people like the school's principal and a few teachers and even parents or community members that live in the school district. The purpose of a school board is to make sure that all the students in the school needs are met including the student's education, safety and even their health. The school board is a very important part of what makes a school run smoothly.


January 1st - New Year's Day - New Year's Day has been celebrated for over 4000 years. The celebration of the New Year in the United States has been around since the early settlers who fired their guns to "ring" in the New Year. Each country celebrates the New Year on a different date depending on which calendar they use. The United States uses the Georgian calendar. There are a lot of traditions and celebrations, and even some superstitions, about New Year's Day!


January 1st - Paul Revere's Birthday - The man who worked as a silversmith by day and took the infamous "midnight ride" to warn the American people that the British were coming during the Revolutionary war was born on January 1st 1735. You might be amazed at all things he did in his lifetime and how popular he was!


January 2nd - Georgia becomes the Fourth State and Ratifies the U.S. Constitution - On January 2, 1788, Georgia joined the Union and became the 4th state. Georgia ratified the U.S. Constitution before joining the Union.


January 3rd - Alaska becomes the 49th State - On January 3, 1959, Alaska joined the Union and became the 49th state. President Eisenhower endorsed Alaska as a state. Several incidents prevented Alaska from becoming a state, including a war that lasted nearly 10 years. Alaska's early years are really interesting and if you want to learn more click on this link to learn all about it.


January 4th - Isaac Newton's Birthday - Isaac Newton was a genius and one of the most influential men in history. He was a mathematician, inventor, astronomer and a philosopher, among many other things. He was born on January 4, 1643. He was credited with several scientific advancements, in addition to all the other skills he had and used, to better the scientific community.


January 4th - Utah Joined the Union - On January 4, 1876, Utah became the 45th state to join the Union. Utah was one of the last states to join the Union because of the Mormon beliefs.


January 5th - Zebulon Pike's Birthday - Zebulon was born on January 5, 1779. He was known as an explorer and an American solider. He is most famous for expeditions, which included a large mapped area for the Southern Louisiana Purchase.


January 6th - New Mexico joined the Union - On January 6, 1912, New Mexico joined the Union becoming the 47th state. There were many reasons why it took so long for New Mexico to join the Union-a few of the reasons include: the people voted against it and many of the people did not speak English. In addition, many of the people were Native Americans who were not ready to join the Union believing it would separate them and that their land would be taken.


January 7th - Announcement of the Hydrogen Bomb - on January 7, 1953, President Harry Truman made the announcement that the United States had developed a Hydrogen Bomb or an H-Bomb. This was later used to bring about a swift end to World War II.


January 7th - Galileo's Discovery - Galileo discovered not one but four moons on planet Jupiter on January 7, 1610. Galileo was an amazing man of his time; discovering four moons on a planet should have been enough, but he made several other fascinating discovers in his lifetime.


January 9th - Connecticut joins the Union - On January 9, 1788, Connecticut ratified the US Constitution and became the 5th state to join the Union. To learn more about the events that lead to Connecticut joining the Union and about the state of Connecticut, visit this website.


January 10th - Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" - Thomas Paine was a famous author. On January 10, 1776, he published a booklet called "Common Sense" that helped to spread the word about independence and the American Revolution.


January 11th - Amelia Earhart Day - Every year on January 11th people celebrate the brave woman named Amelia Earhart who ventured out in 1935 for a 2-day solo plane ride across the Pacific Ocean and, sadly, was never heard from again.


January 11th - The Grand Canyon is named a National Monument - On January 11, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument. Later in 1919, it became a National Park, which means it cannot be harmed or destroyed in any way.


January 12th - Charles Perrault's Birthday - Charles was born on January 12, 1682. He was a popular French children's book author; his books included "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Sleeping Beauty."


January 14th - The American Revolutionary War Finally Ends - The war ended on January 14, 1783 with a peace signing. For more information on the Paris Peace Treaty of 1783 visit this website where you can read all about it.


January 14th - Benedict Arnold's Birthday - Benedict Arnold is probably one of the most famous men in history. He was born on January 14, 1741. He is most remembered as being a general in the Continental Army and a traitor.


January 15th - Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday - Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He is one of the most important African American men in history. He was a leader of the Civil rights movement and his speech "I Have Dream" will always be a part of history.


January 17th - Benjamin Franklin's Birthday - Benjamin Franklin was another man who had a huge impact on American history. He was a founding father, an inventor and a writer, among other things. He was born on January 17, 1706. To learn even more about one of America's founding fathers, checkout this website.


January 18th - A.A. Milne's Birthday - Born on January 18, 1882, A. A. Milne was an author that created some of the best loved characters of all time Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and the rest of the gang.


January 19th - Edgar Allan Poe's Birthday - Edgar Allan Poe was an American poet and story writer whose work includes some of the most famous poems of our time, including "The Raven." His work is still taught in classrooms across America today over 160 years after his death! He was born on January 19, 1809. To read some of his work and learn more about his life, visit this website.


January 23rd is Measure Your Feet Day


January 23rd is National Handwriting Day


January 25th - The California Gold Rush Begins - On January 25, 1848 flakes of gold were discovered by James Marshal. Once the news traveled to other areas, the Gold Rush was in full swing with hundreds of thousands of people coming to California in search of their own gold.


January 25th - The First Winter Olympics - January 25, 1924 was a big day for sports lovers. The very first winter Olympics was held in Chamonix, France. The events included skating, bobsledding, ice hockey and skiing.


January 26th - Michigan Becomes a State - On January 26, 1837, Michigan became the 26th state to enter the Union.


January 27th - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Birthday - Born on January 27, 1756, he is still considered one of the greatest composers of classical music of our time. To learn about his life and music, you can check out the website called the Mozart Project.


January 27th - Lewis Carroll's Birthday - A popular author born on January 27, 1832, he wrote the books "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." He was also a clergyman and a mathematician.


January 29th is National Puzzle Day


January 29th - William McKinley's Birthday - Born on January 29, 1843, he was the 25th President of the United States. He was shot by a mentally ill man while he waited in line at the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition. He died eight days later on September 14, 1901.


January 29th - Kansas Becomes a State - Kansas was admitted to the Union on January 29, 1861, becoming the 34th state.


January 30th - Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Birthday - The 32nd President of the United States was born on January 30, 1882.


January 31st - U.S. Satellite Launched Successfully - On January 31, 1958, the United States launched the first satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was called the Explorer I.

Professional Development Committee Information

The PD Committee Meets on the Last Tuesday of Each Month at 3:30pm in the MS/HS Library. If you need any Professional Development Support, please contact one of the committee members below.

Professional Development Committee Members:

Maygen Ward-Chair & District Instructional Coach

Amanda Munson-Administrative Liaison

Stephanie Greiner-District Curriculum Director

Linda Buchanan-Elementary Instructional Coach

RuthAnn Wallace-elementary

Carla Walker-elementary

Rebekah Wann-elementary

Mandy Adey-middle school

Shelly Mutzebaugh-middle school

vacant position-high school

Matt Peterson-high school

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