Principal Weekly Notes

Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2015

Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. Sept. 28th:

* Duty - 2nd Grade, Peterson

* MAPS Testing

* Weekly Office Mtg, 8:30-9:00 a.m.

* Leadership Team Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tues. Sept. 29th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Ryan

* MAPS Testing

* Initial Eval conversations w/Kamisha during plan. We are forgoing Data teams this week in order to accomplish this! I will schedule your time. See calendar at end of Monday for your time slot!

* All Staff Meeting, Library, 3:40-4:40 p.m.

Wed. Sept. 30th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* MAPS Testing

* Elementary Principal Meeting w/Ava (8:30-12:30 p.m.)

* New Teacher Orientation Meeting @ Admin, 4-6 p.m.

Thurs. Oct. 1st:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* MAPS Testing

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

* School Culture & Climate Team Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

* IBS Mtg @ Admin, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fri. Oct. 2nd:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Co-Planning during plan

* Eric Carbaugh doing observations w/for UbD team

* Building Collab, 2:20-3:45 p.m.


We will most likely be having our Fundraiser Obstacle Course during a special assembly this week while the weather is still good. If you were willing to run this with me, please let me know! We are looking at a time near the end of the week. More info to come!

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. Please remember to post your link to your Planbook.com lessons on the Google Doc. If you aren't using Planbook, please share your document for lessons with me each week.

2. The SR Rubric was due last Thursday. There are a few people who haven't completed this. Please do this asap so that I don't have to make a special visit with you about this. :)

3. I am going to schedule each of you a time slot on Tuesday to have initial evaluation dialogues with me. Please be sure your self assessment is done.

4. SR School Teams - Our team meetings are starting this week. If you are not on a team, I will be sharing the roles and responsibilities of each team (Leadership Team and School Culture and Climate Team) with you. Please take some time to read these over so that you can decide which team you would like to be a part of and how you can best help us do our work! Will discuss briefly at staff meeting on Tuesday.

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MCSD 5 Non-Negotiables

1. Unwrapping the Standards - This is a stand alone in the 7 Best Practices because it is so critical. If you don't unpack the standards correctly and focus in on the nouns and verbs, your learning targets will not be focused on the right stuff!

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process (see below)

3. Non Fiction Writing - At the elementary level, we should always have high expectations for students in writing (including grammar, punctuation, etc). Non Fiction Writing means students should be writing more often, not just during writing time. Students should be writing in other subject areas and teachers should still be holding students to the high standards of writing. The provisional writing is really for those teachers who teach outside of the "regular" classroom like PE, Music, Art, etc. These teachers should be having students reflect and write in journals about their learning. In this instance, it is really about getting the students to write at least once a week.

4. Assessment Matrices - In Reading, Writing, and Math. Other subject areas are optional this year.

5. Lesson Design - that includes these 4 components (See chart below):

What do we expect our students to learn? (Standards, Goals, Expectations)

How do we best teach? (7 Best Practices, Marzano's 9, Schlechty's 10 Engagement

Strategies, Non-Fiction Writing)

How do we know they learned it? (Formative assessment, Classroom assessment,

Summative assessment)

What if:

- We teach it and they already know it? (Using pre-assessment to determine)

- We teach it but they don't learn it? (Re-teach)


Don't forget that you must use the District Scope and Sequence! Most updated versions are on the district website.

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Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

1. Post it/Publish it - Daily Learning Target - Remember, this is primarily for the teacher. Get zeroed in on what you are going to teach and what you are going to assess.

2. State it and Unwrap it - Do this with the students. They need to understand why they are learning this.

3. Give it Relevancy - Students need to understand why they need to learn this.

4. Bring it back, Bring it back, Bring it back! - Bring students back to the learning target multiple times during the lesson. "Remember what our learning target is...."

5. Assess it - Each day, in some way, assess student learning connected to the learning target.


Learning targets are to be posted for each content area and correlated to the learning occurring at that time. They should be displayed in the following format:


"I can ________ (verb) ___________(content) by ___________________ (assessment or product)."

7 Best Standards Based Practices

1. Unit/Lesson Design

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

3. Unwrapping the standards (nouns/verbs) for both teacher and students

4. Exemplars

5. Classroom Assessment

6. Assessment Matrix

7. Standards based Feedback, Grading, and Reporting

A little something to brighten your day....

ROLLIN` SAFARI - what if animals were round?