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Acton Weekly Update: 11/20/16

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Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Nuts and Bolts

A look ahead:

Monday-Brook at Ed Leaders Conference,school board meeting- I'll keep you posted on any new events or information.

Tuesday- Brook at Ed Leaders Conference, Tech Tuesday- Please plan to meet with Katie Reynolds in the LIBRARY (LGI being used) for a full PD on Apple and Google classroom.

Wednesday-Friday- Thanksgiving Break- EAT TURKEY!

November 28th- ACUITY, NWEA and COGAT begins. Testing documents, schedules and guides are in the AC Google Shared folder/ Assessments folder

Support the sales of the Major Saver card however you can, classroom newsletters, FB pages, etc.

    Regarding the Superintendent position, I have no update. I know the Board has met a couple of times this week. I will continue to share as appropriate as far as a replacement process.

    I am still missing several of your Twitter handles! If you haven't yet, please let me know what yours is.

    Curriculum and Instruction

    Have you logged onto DIBELS lately and checked on your student's progress monitoring. I suggest every team log on together and review your T2 and T3 students. Are they making progress? Are they above their aim line three times and ready to move out of an intervention? Please start having these conversations.

    FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85% and Fluency 80%

    Ways to Respond to Independent Reading, Read with A Buddy, or Read Aloud Time~

    1. Evaluation: Quickly list as many words as you can to describe your book. Put a plus sign next to the words on your list that you could support with details from the book. Pick your three best words and put them in one sentence.

    2. What’s Next: Of the books the other people in your group are reading, which one would you choose to read next? Why? If you could read another book related to the one you’re reading now, what would it be? Write a journal entry about books you’d like to read after you finish the one you’re reading.

    Literacy Activities That Engage the Brain~

    High Frequency Words: Have students manipulate magnetic letters to spell out designated words. The magnetic letters can adhere to a cookie sheet or a metal file cabinet.

    Reaching ALL Learners

    Leave on a high note: This ritual ensures that students leave class on a high note every day, with a sense of completion and anticipation for tomorrow.

    THE YES CLAP: At the end of the school day, have students stand facing you or their classmates, with their hands stretched out from each side, palms up. Say, “Use your imagination to put all of your previous knowledge, whatever you brought with your today, in your left hand. Put all of the new material you have learned today in your right hand. When I say so, bring them together in a huge, roaring clap, and shout the most powerful word in the English language: ‘YES!’”

    From: Engaging Students With Poverty In Mind

    Athlete Mentors

    I've created a Google Sheet with dates and classrooms for student athlete mentors to visit. Please review the dates and find yours. They are listed below and are in a folder in Google Drive for you. If you have any concerns with the date assigned, please let me know. The agenda and schedule that the athletes are given is below.


    Happy Friday Teachers and Staff!

    Below are links to a few recent blog posts I’ve added to www.fttechtips.comTake a look at the titles and click on one you’d like to explore!

    1. Great Google Tech Blog with LOTS of good info!! ~ I will do a Facebook Live PD on this next week!

    2. Vizia! Option for Adding Questions to Videos!

    3. Google Photos! Free up Space on your iPad! ~ You will definitely want this on your iPad!

    https://youtu.be/aEK37MBTUPkChromebook Carts will be checked out to Nadine on days when she is in our building for professional development with teachers. These days will trump other reasons for using the Chromebooks. This means that some teachers may need to reschedule with Krissy. Fridays will be affected with assessments.

    Google Drive: Help organizing your Google folders Link to Google Drive Organization Tips

    Don't forget to fill out the HQDL google form to record your lessons.


    From Katie Reynolds (Tech Team Rep):

    I wanted to share out these ideas on Digital Etiquette. This is more relevant for the older kids, however the younger kids might benefit from being exposed to the idea of digital etiquette/digital common sense. Below is the page from Nadine's website with tons of helpful ideas, as well as a free Brainpop on the subject.


    Upcoming Events



    28th-Dec 16th Acuity B

    28th-Dec. 12th 1st, 2nd and 5th HA Testing 2nd and 5th will be using both computer labs and the all the Chromebooks on the 15th and 17th at the times above (see Nuts and Bolts section)


    1-16th NWEA 4th Grade

    1 Choir Concert 6:00-7:00 PM

    1 Third Grade Music Program 7:15-8:15 PM

    3 Breakfast with Santa 9:00-11:00 AM

    6 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00 PM

    7 Monkey Joe’s PTO Fundraiser Night 6:00-8:00 PM

    16 Last Student Day

    16 Winter Celebration Parties 3:00-3:45 PM

    16- Jan 3 Winter Break

    19- Teacher Work Day