Howard Happenings

November 12, 2018

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Chronic Attendance Update-17.1%

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Our goal for the year is 19% chronic attendance (37 students) currently we are at 17.1% (34 students).

Shout out to Carranza (80%) and Plummer (73.9%) for having the highest satisfactory attendance.

Shout out to Plummer (13%) for having the lowest chronic attendance and no students with severe chronic attendance.

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Important Information-ALL

Extended time away from school and predictable routines can cause stress and anxiety for some students. Please ensure that you are supporting students during this stressful time.

Please remember to distribute Scholar Dollars to students for meeting expectations.

Please ensure you sign in and out daily

All confidential or personal information should be printed in the library and picked up promptly.

Important Information-Teachers

Assessments Due Friday 11/16:

  • Math C-EoU (K-2, entered into Illuminate)
  • Math IAB (3-5)

Grade Reporting and End of Trimester:

  • AERIES is open for grade reporting
  • End of Trimester 1, Friday 11/9 (minimum day)
  • Deadline for submitting grades to AERIES is Wed 11/14 @ 4pm
  • Report Cards sent home, Friday 11/16
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, Wed 11/28 - Fri 11/30
  • Resources for writing comments: 101 Report Card Comments to Use Right Now
  • Reminder to edit for spelling and grammar

Please ensure that you are on time (immediately following the bell) to pick up from the yard and/or cafeteria.

Just a reminder that the teacher workday begins at 8:00 am. Please contact me if you will be late.

Best Practice of the Week - Review

Vocabulary Instruction:
  • focused on Tier 2 words across the content areas
  • supports readers below grade level, English language learners and students with IEPs

Graphic Organizers:

  • can be a scaffold for students
  • can be used across the content areas
  • help students organize their thoughts and ideas for answering questions,

  • function as a pre-writing tool

  • provide a visual display of information.

  • are an easy way to differentiate instruction for a variety of learning styles.

Participation Protocols for equitable voice:

  • allows all students to participate in sharing their thinking, academic discussion, and checks for understanding.
  • increases engagement and accountability
  • can be the whole group (silent signals, shout out, etc)
  • or can be individual (pulling of sticks, cards or rolling of the dice)
  • allows equitable student voice

Do Nows:

  • can either be a review of previous material or a prep for upcoming material
  • should be able to be done independently by students
  • only should take 10 to 15 minutes of instructional time
  • should be consistent

Bulletin Boards should:

  • align with a current unit of study
  • showcase student work and learning
  • include the teacher name, grade and learning objective
  • be updated often

Bulletin Boards should:

  • align with a current unit of study
  • showcase student work and learning
  • include the teacher name, grade and learning objective
  • be updated often

Classroom Newsletters should:

  • be clear and concise
  • sent out regularly (weekly or monthly)
  • include curriculum information (current and upcoming units, assessments, goals, etc)
  • include important upcoming dates
  • support your classroom procedures and expectations

Agendas should:

  • be updated daily
  • include times and subject/activity
  • be student friendly and appropriate to the grade level
  • support classroom routines and student learning

Objectives should:

  • align with the agenda topics
  • align with common core standards and the task
  • be student friendly and appropriate to the grade level
  • allow students to know what they are working on/learning

Yard Duty

Primary Yard-Mrs Lindsey

Upper Yard-Plummer


Monday 11/12
  • No School-Veterans Day

Tuesday 11/13

  • Fire Earthquake Drill 1:30

Wednesday 11/14

  • Minimum Day
  • Hoot and Holler 1 to 1:30
  • Howard Professional Learning 2 to 3:30
  • Howard Collaboration 3:30 to 4

Thursday 11/15

  • Principal Learning Walk @ Howard
  • Williams Off-Site Principal Professional Learning
  • Grocery Giveaway 2 to 3

Friday 11/16

Cycle 2 Overview

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Upcoming November Events

11/19 to 11/23--Thanksgiving Break

11/26 to 11/27--Minimum Days Howard Professional Learning

11/28 to 11/30--Minimum Days Parent Teacher Conferences