Cordelia Hills

Staff Update, 9/30/2019

Glows and Grows

Glows: Thank you to those that are commiting to collaborating in the absence of a formal process. So many grade levels are selecting a time to meet after school! It is appreciated. Also, the writing walls in many of our classes reflect the start of quality writing instruction across the school. A special thanks to Mrs. Solis for getting our after school Fitness Club up and running.

Grows: How do you avoid "over scaffolding" with your writing instruction? Do the writing pieces reflect independent thinking or are students copying teacher sentences? How do you chunk the writing process into pieces?

Small Group Instruction Schedule

Remember, our focus is growing the quality and quantity of our Small Group Instruction! For our October walk-thru visits, I am aiming to be in the classroom during your Small Group Instruction time. Please take a moment to fill out this Google Form to help me identify what time you are doing small group instruction. I put up to three time periods as I know some of you are already doing SGI in several different subject areas and time periods.


International Walk to School Day

International Walk to School Day is this Wednesday, October 2nd! Supervisor Monica Brown will be here, as well as a representative from Safe Routes to School! We will be handing out prize tickets to students who are walking to school (or at least part of the way). Feel free to join us out at the front curb (down near the street) or the back gate to celebrate those students who are walking in. Bring your smiles and any other noise makers you have!

Attendance, Student and Staff

Remember, I track school wide attendance here! One of the best things we can do to find success for our students is to celebrate their presence and to make sure we are the ones leading them each day! Thanks for your commitment.

Classroom Room Rep

We are working with PTA in trying to start a program that grows collaboration between classrooms, parents, and the PTA. Thank you to the many staff members that have worked on this. If you haven't sent anything out to your parents, feel free to send out this little blurb with your email:

As the room representative you will be assisting me in areas such as communicating with the parents/guardians of my students, finding volunteers for classroom activities, field trips and celebrations, or by ensuring that fliers are sent home in a timely manner. There may also be times where the PTA may request help finding volunteers, as needed, for PTA events by reaching out to parent's of my class. If you are interested, I can share your contact information with the room representative coordinators, Lorena and Deepi, to send you more details.


MTSS Tier One Plan

Our School Leadership met this week to review something called the FIA (Fidelity Intergrity Assessment). The FIA looks at major areas of MTSS implementation. We specifically established a baseline for site leadership systems, academic instruction and intervention, and behavior systems and instruction. Our site scored a 53% on the areas we assessed. The major areas of strength include leadership (school wide/teacher/etc.) and in behavior systems. WE scored low in systems related to academic instruction and intervention. The major issue seemed to be systematic review of data to drive instruction and implementation of interventions. WE will continue to meet and plan in those areas.

Our Tier One Plan for behavior for Sept./Oct. is here!

Check them out! September is focused on building relationships and making bonds with students. Please feel free to share the successes you've had in this area.

October is focused on recognizing students with Paw Prides and Good News Referrals. Both are available in the staff workroom. Remember, students put Paw Prides in the Paw Pride box on the stage. Good News Referrals come back to me in the office. Students can visit and hand them in and I will recognize them personally.

MTSS Request for Assistance/SSTs

The following is an email excerpt from an email I sent to another teacher. Just in case you are unaware of the process for RFA or SST here at CHE:

"We typically want to have teachers request assistance so that our Tier 2 MTSS team can review a case, offer suggestions, etc. before we escalate to an SST. We have few resources and a small team and so we want to make sure students really should be going to an SST before referred. It doesn't always work out but that is what we are attempting to do.

Either way, the request for assistance form is here: Request for Assistance. This form comes to me directly.

If you don't want to do that and truly want to move forward with an SST, you will fill this form out with plenty of documentation about current interventions. The SST form has changed and is shorter now. It is here: CH SST Form. This form goes to Sandi Fallon.

Finally, I am not sure you have seen this but I will share it anyways. It may help with MTSS/PBIS related information. PBIS/MTSS Need to know. "

NWEA MAP Goal Setting

The MAP TEST Administration window for Fall 2019 is now closed. As scores roll in, please make sure you are reviewing the data (ask for help if you need it), talking with colleagues, and most importantly setting some intermediate goals for students to strive for over the next few months.

Please note that the MAP reports page has changed a bit. I think they do a better of job of previewing the reports available to you.

Staff Meeting Resources!

Slide deck for Small Group Instruction here!

FIA Assessment here

PTA Calendar, 2019-2020

Trotter Calendar

As always, you should have access to my calendar. I will send it out just in case. Here are some upcoming highlights:

9/30: Dangerous Persons Drill at 9:50

9/30: EPAC and Ed Servic; 2-5:00

10/1: Staff meeting at 3:10

10/2: Walk to School Day, Trotter Doctors Appt at 9:00

10/2: School Site Council at 4:30

10/3: Principal Triad @ Cordelia Hills from 8-10:00

10/4: Trotter at Mandatory Training, 12:30-4:30

2019-2020 District Calendar and CHE Schedule

District Calendar


--1st-5th Grade: 8:20-2:30

--Kinder, Early Group: 8:20-1:20

--Kinder, Late Group: 9:20-2:20

--TK AM: 8:20-11:40