K-2 Team Newsletter

January 20, 2020

Principal's Message

As we take time to reflect on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I am so honored that we are a living extension of his famous dream. We show up for our scholars daily and overcome challenges to ensure they receive the best education possible in East Nashville. Everyday isn’t perfect but we continue the fight for equity and justice in the education field. We believe not in what’s IMPOSSIBLE but we help scholars believe I’M POSSIBLE no matter what barriers lie on the horizon for them on their quest for college and beyond. You all proved that because currently 70% of our scholars met their winter MAP growth goals and over 130% of projected growth! Thank you for all your hardwork and dedication to Dr. King's dream and our EEP mission!

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School Wide Focus

Priority #2: No Opt Out Academics

We are continuing to “build in strategies that encourage 100% participation and thinking” and continuing on with HOD. A glow is that we are definitely seeing scholars agreeing/disagreeing with some evidence during class discussions and the grow is pushing for the add on with evidence. Please review the example below and be prepared to target this in your 1:1s this week!

  • (Continue) Pushing for Evidence though HOD - After each question asked to scholars, scholars should agree, disagree, or sign to add on. Then they should defend their answer to the other person and look at them.

Example:

Teacher- Why did the character cry?

Scholar 1- He cried because he was sad

Scholars- Show yes, no, or add on right after scholar 1 answers

Teacher- Calls on another scholar showing either yes, no, or add on

Scholar 2- (Speaking to scholar 1)... I agree with you because, I disagree with you because, OR I like what you said, but I want to add on.


S-Teams

S-Teams are already scheduled this week for current scholars so please check your calendar invites. If you have any work samples to illustrate the deficits or positive growth please bring it to those meetings. One or two examples are fine. All new approved cases will likely be scheduled for the first week of February. Thank you for getting all that paperwork turned in. Be sure to keep collecting work samples and saving RTI related documents as we prepare to show what interventions are working (or not working) for our most struggling scholars.

Exemplars of the Week

Deans of Academics

Kindergarten RTI

Please progress monitor your current Tier 2 and Tier 3 group one last time this Friday, January 24th. Here’s a link to your current groups.


1st and 2nd Grade RTI

Please benchmark your scholars who are in your Tier 2 and Tier 3 groups according to the new data from this round of MAP testing by Friday, January 24th. Here’s a link to the new RTI groups.

Dean of Culture

Our culture focus for the entire month of January is transitions! We have noticed that the hallways are much quieter, lines have less gaps, and transitions to centers are much quicker. Shout to Liza Graham and Allie McLeod in Washington for implementing changes to your transition procedure and for taking the feedback given and implementing it right away. This week let’s continue to utilize the hallway stop signs, whisper narrations, hall passes, and let’s shorten the time it takes to go to and from active play outside!

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This week’s WIG WINNER IS…

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Attendance

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Dean of SEL

Thanks for all of your hard work on testing this week! We are finishing our unit on proactivity by reading a really hilarious book titled Who Wet My Pants, which is about a bear who refuses to take responsibility for his choices. Also, thank you all for your work on your leadership notebooks as well! Every classroom has leadership notebooks they are adding to! Please make sure that you are having scholars fill in their academic data as you complete assessments.


Habit of the Week:

Habit #2 Begin With The End in Mind

Have a plan! Create small goals that will help you achieve your big goals at the end! Never give up, even when the work is difficult and you are feeling defeated!

Operations Important Information

2019 W-2’s

W2s will be mailed no later than January 31 to the address we have on file in payroll. They will also be emailed to the email address we have on file. If you need to change your address, please contact Jennifer Ball via email. (jball@marthaobryan.org)

Mid-Year Evaluations

During the week of January 27, 2020 Principals and Deans of Academics will be hosting Mid Year Teacher Evaluations. During this time, all East End Prep teachers will have their evaluation meetings. To sign up for your meeting, please place your name into the schedule included here. As you schedule your sign up time, please be sure to consult your schedule and classroom responsibilities in the given time slot. All teachers must have their MOY scheduled by 8am Tuesday, January 21, 2020. If you do not sign up by the deadline you will be assigned a time slot by your Dean based on their schedule.

Upcoming Events

Jan 20th

NO SCHOOL - MLK Holiday


Jan 21st-23rd

MAP Testing (Kinder)


Jan 27th-31st

MOY Evaluations


Jan 30th

Progress Reports


Jan 31st

NO PD - Mental Health Day

*Paycheck Cart

PD Calendar

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Shout Outs

Congrats to our G.R.E.A.T. Winners of the Week and check out the Class Photo of the Week!

Staff Absences

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Reminders (new bolded)

  • All scholars should have a hall passes and/or office note for 2020

  • Save RTI academic work and time your transitions

  • All elements of AgMo should be in place (pathways, laps, codes, data trackers, and a response to the data)

  • All boards should be updated with the current date, objective (SWBAT..), and the common core standard codes

  • Principal and GLLs should be notified of late arrivals (after 7:28 am) or "early outs" (before 3:45 pm). Please see K-5 Playbook for details

Dr. Tianay Perrault

Lower Elementary Principal