Team Trailblazer Weekly Update

January 11, 2015

Text Based Instruction Series

As we wrap up the first half of the school year and gear up for our state testing, I would like to share a 4 part series regarding text based instruction and the support that we all can provide our students as they master what is expected of them in the ELA common core standards.


Enjoy!

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Happy Birthday to MS Social Studies teacher, Melonie Porubsky, and HS math teacher, Lara Ibrahim, on January 10!

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We welcome Jenica Hale to our team. She will be working with our high school special education students. WELCOME JENICA!

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Congrats to Matt Morsehead and his wife on the birth of their daughter during winter break. Her name is Coral Catherine!

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NWEA Winter Testing

It is a big week at MVCA! All of our students in grades 2-8 as well as our HS special education students will be taking the NWEA MAP Winter Assessment! We are looking forward to seeing the growth that our students have made since September.


The middle school schedule has been altered to accommodate the testing.


High school teachers, please be flexible should the special education students need to miss class due to MAP testing.


Thanks!

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S2 Course Set Up

Content Coaches will be working in building out our S2 courses. Please look for direction from them for course set up - I have attached a job aid to help to support that set up.
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Semester 1 Report Cards

We will be creating and sending out report cards at semester. They will be kmailed and we are waiting to hear if they will also be physically mailed.


HS will receive their report cards as they have in the past - Tiffany will create and email to you.


7th grade will use a new tool with Engrade - details coming!


8th grade is still being developed as having 2 platforms is a challenge...stay tuned!

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Teach Like a Champion Trainings in K12 Training

Please be sure to complete these by 1/22 - Thank you!
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Ideas for Community Connector Newsletter NEEDED please

The link below was sent out last Monday asking for ideas, articles, and information for this month’s Community Connector Newsletter.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/103FEoLjG_BGR1lhYYGsg6LWBKSbw5XJiyjUQhfN52tE/viewform

We’d love to have articles from the teachers – the theme is getting off on the right foot for semester 2. If you are interested in working with FAST for a short article, please get in touch with Jenny Hines at jhines@k12.com.


THANK YOU!

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SAT/PSAT Support

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ILP Action Item Notes - DUE JANUARY 22

I have attached the latest ILP report for missing ILP Action Items for quarter 2. As school we are at 63% completion.


For grades 7 and 8, the content coaches will be messaging the plan to homeroom teachers enter notes for all 7th and 8th grade students regarding the targeted NWEA small groups we have in ELA and math.


I will work with the content coaches, special education team, interventionist team and counselors to develop a plan for HS. If you have any ideas, please send them to your content coach.

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Course Set Up - Please confirm that you have the MVCA Grade Scheme selected

In an effort to be sure that our semester end transition goes smoothly, please confirm that you have selected the MVCA Grade Scheme for all of your semester 1 courses.


We will use it for our semester 2 courses as well.


Thanks!

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Family Internet Reimbursement

In case you hear from a family regarding S1 internet reimbursement, here is info from Susan Brown, our operations manager:


The internet stipend information went out to families on December 29 via Kmail. Families can submit the form for Sept-Dec. The cut-off date is 1/15/16. It will take up to 4-6 weeks for processing. Families are reimbursed $12 per month of actual enrollment. They must complete a form and mail it to the office. If there are any questions they can contact the substitute office manager at 616-309-1600 (1608).

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FAST UPDATES FROM ANDREA KITOMARY

Weekly Orientation programming

-Orientations is scheduled for Monday each week with a make-up session on Tuesday for families who did not attend on Monday.

-Welcome calls will generally begin on Wednesday of each week for any new student.

-Ms. Baldwin will only invite students who are fully enrolled to orientation sessions and put those same students into ORN 010 courses for grades 8th-12th.

-Ms. Baldwin will monitor the completion of OLL and ORN courses by new enrollees

-Any student not attending orientation within a two-week window will be escalated to FAST as a referral

Pulse Checks (See email attachment for job aid)

-When teachers receive pulse check information from a principal, outreach to the family should happen within 1 business day.

-If a teacher receives pulse check follow-up request from FAST, the teacher should complete the requested outreach within 1 business day and should document using the pulse check template.

-Teachers are to document pulse check follow-up date, resolution and any notes in tvs notes using the FAST: Pulse Check template. See Pulse Check QRG. This is very important for accurately assessing if MVCA is completing Pulse Checks.

If you make a CONNECT referral for FAST...

please post a note in TVS using the FAST - Teacher compliance FASL referral template - thanks!

Martin Luther King Jr Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS

Monday, Jan. 18th, 8am-5pm

This is an online event.

Semester Break for Students/Teacher Work Day

Monday, Jan. 25th, 8am-4pm

This is an online event.

This will be a work day for MVCA staff as we wrap up S1 and get ready for the start of S2 on Tuesday, January 26.
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Thank you note from Streams of Hope

Michigan Virtual Charter Academy

Attn: Ms. Tiffany Snyder

December 18, 2015


Dear Teachers and Staff –

Thank you for your recent food donations to Streams of Hope! We are appreciative of the support that you provide for our programs and services.

Our theme for the past couple of months and an objective for our year has been to raise

community awareness of the many activities that occur each week at our site. Many of our neighbors and supporters are surprised to learn about the variety of things that happen.


Here’s a snapshot from just the past month:

 480 served at food center

 40 kids tutored in reading each week

 34 kids tutored in math each week

 High school drop-in homework help

 Recreational programs after school

 12 teens in 6-week cooking class

 10 adults in nutrition program

 Saturday morning youth group


This is just a sample of the way that our campus is used for building relationships and

neighborhood development. We are much more than a food pantry! Please check out website and Facebook page to learn more, or stop by to visit.


Once again, thank you. Please know that you are appreciated by our staff and our neighbors!


Paul Holtrop

Executive Director

Email: Paul@StreamsofHope.org Ph: (616) 915-9393

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eBooks

If your students use this feature, please note that some changes were made over break. Please refer to the ppt deck attached to the email with more information.
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Upcoming State Testing

Did you hear the great news?


There are NO CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES for both ELA & Math Performance Tasks! This should make us all smile.


If you are not already subscribed to the weekly state update regarding state assessments, please do so by following the link below:


https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIMDE/subscriber/new


I have attached last week's newsletter for you as well.



A big THANK YOU to the many volunteers who messaged me about additional needs for proctors and leads. I will send out an updated list of needs in upcoming weeks.

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Mileage Update

Please update your calculations for mileage reimbursement to .575. The rate should be used beginning 01/01/2016.

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Upcoming GVSU FREE PD in January and February

Independent Workstations: How Hard Can They Be? (WEST)

Event Start: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: Grand Valley State University

More Information or Registration


Grammar Mirth-Playing with Parts of Speech (West)

Event Start: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Independent Workstations: How Hard Can They Be? (East)

Event Start: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


Improving Performance and Attitude in Middle Grade Students (West)

Event Start: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Reading RTI: A Movement Approach to Intervention (West)

Event Start: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Math RTI: A Movement Approach to Intervention (West)

Event Start: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Reading RTI: A Movement Approach to Intervention (East)

Event Start: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


Middle School/High School Assessments & Interventions (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Math RTI: A Movement Approach to Intervention (East)

Event Start: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


Middle School/High School Assessments & Interventions (East)

Event Start: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


DE-ICER Science: 6 Steps to Planning and Delivering High Quality Instruction (East)

Event Start: Friday, February 5, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


Rtl/Multi-Tiered System of Support (West)

Event Start: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Rtl/Multi-Tiered System of Support (East)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


Phonics & Phonemic Awareness (East)

Event Start: Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension (East)

Event Start: Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


ADHD Clinic for Educators (West)

Event Start: Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Capturing Curiosity: Creating Engagement in Mathematics (West)

Event Start: Monday, February 15, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


MAP© 201 (WEST)

Event Start: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Guided Reading (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Micro-Aggressions (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Comprehension & Close Readings Strategies Workshop (East)

Event Start: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


MAP© 201 (EAST)

Event Start: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


Comprehension & Close Readings Strategies Workshop (West)

Event Start: Friday, February 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Google Tips for Teachers (East)

Event Start: Monday, February 22, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


Micro-Aggressions (East)

Event Start: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


Unwrapping the ELA Common Core Standards (West)

Event Start: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


Tech Tools and Teaching Tricks (WEST)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: L. William Seidman Center

More Information or Registration


Unwrapping the ELA Common Core Standards (East)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


Guided Reading (East)

Event Start: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


DE-ICER Science: 6 Steps to Planning and Delivering High Quality Instruction (West)

Event Start: Friday, February 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration


It's More Than a Test: Implementing a Successful SAT Assessment Program (East)

Event Start: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration


Designing Differentiated Units of Instruction (West)

Event Start: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration

F2F All Staff PD

Friday, Feb. 12th, 8am-4pm

Lansing, MI, United States

Lansing, MI

Details coming!

ASCD PD - Thanks for sharing, Jon DeCou!


Free Webinar on Igniting Teacher Leadership

It is important to support teachers as they lead and learn, even while grappling with new challenges, innovation, and change.

Join ASCD author William Sterrett, a former teacher and award-winning principal, in an engaging webinar on the importance of teacher leadership and value of growing others within a learning organization. Featuring topics such as fostering teacher leadership, facilitating professional learning, and developing habits to promote innovation and collaboration, this webinar will help you develop plans to translate into action steps that can transform your school in a positive manner.

Sterrett will share action steps, strategies, and tips from the field from his new ASCD Arias Igniting Teacher Leadership as well as his recent publications, Short on Time: How do I make time to lead and learn as a principal? and Insights into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works.

Igniting Teacher Leadership:
How Do I Empower My Teachers to Lead and Learn?

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 12:00 p.m. ET (US)
Presented by William Sterrett

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I couldn't resist...it is a big week as the semester comes to a close! THANK YOU!

Europe - The Final Countdown (Official Video)