Waterville Primary School
Sharing Great News with our AWesome Staff!
Formative Assessment Techniques
Formative Assessment Strategies for: Meta-cognitive Thinking Activities
Very important to model these strategies as often as possible
-The author gives me a picture in my mind when he describes
-What might happen next? Why do I think that?
-What was this page about?
-Maybe I should reread this part again and look for specific information.
-How does the graphic on this page help me understand the text?
-Since I don't understand this word, I may need to
-This wasn't what I expected. I expected_____ because ______.
-What can I write or draw that might help me remember and understand what I just read?
If you use any of these strategies, please share with me how it went! Student work samples are also welcomed! Thank you for your commitment to professional growth!
Events for the Week of December 14-December 18
Dates to Remember
Monday, December 21st: OTES Post Conf (Buffy)
Monday, December 21st: Pizza lunch with principal @ noon
Tuesday, December 21st: Eighth graders share projects @ 9:45am-10:45am
Tuesday, December 22nd: Staff Holiday Lunch
Tuesday, December 22nd: Holiday Classroom Parties (beginning @ 2:30pm)
Monday, January 4th: School Resumes! Happy 2016!
Wednesday, January 6th: GLC meeting @ 7:45am
Thursday, January 7th: Waterville City Council Oath of Office and Student Council Induction
Friday, January 8th: WPA Movie Night
Monday, January 11th: WPA Mtg @ 7:00pm
Monday, January 13th: Primary Princ Mtg @ 9:30am-11:30am
Tuesday, January 12th: BOE Mtg @ 6:00pm
Friday, January 15th: No students, Teacher Workday
Monday, January 18th: No School
*Please remind families that breakfast is not served to the students on a 2-Hour Delayed
Start Day. Thanks!
*From Lori: Thank you so much for jumping on the hour of code with your students. I hope you found the process easy to implement and saw a lot of smiling children in your rooms! If you would like to print certificates for your children you can do so by going to this website! I would love any feedback you have so we can tweak things for next year.
Thank you again!
*Please remember to wear your school ID badges while at work.
*Formal OTES timeline:
First observation completed by 1/15/16
Second Observation completed by 3/25/16
Entire process completed by 4/15/16
Informal OTES timeline:
Staff only needing: Professional Growth Plan, Observation, and Meeting:
Observation and meeting completed by 2/26/16
*Please remember that individual teachers need to complete School Dude tickets for maintenance/custodial requests. It is important that all of the requests are tracked in order to see if there are reoccurring areas of concern. Thanks!
*Please make sure to check your mailboxes for updates (especially possible student transportation plans) each day at 2:00pm or after.
*Please remember to sign up to observe one of your colleagues. Everyone has received their golden pirate booty and tickets! Let the fun begin!!!
BGSU Student Teacher Matching
Collaborating with the Junior High
The Junior High School contacted Waterville Primary about an exciting interdisciplinary project the eighth grade language arts and social studies departments have been working on. The eighth grade students have been learning about the Revolutionary War and are using this knowledge to write children's literature. The eighth graders will be coming to our school to share their completed children's books on Tuesday, December 22nd. The students will be rotating in small groups of 3 to share their stories on ipads with the elementary classes. As of now, the eighth graders will be visiting grade levels 2-4. If extra groups attend, we will include first grade and try to let you know as soon as possible. We have created a schedule and will share it with you all as soon as we have final approval from the Junior High teachers. They will arrive here at 9:45am and stay until 10:45am. You will have multiple groups present to your class.
This will be a wonderful opportunity for our eighth graders to gain experience with presenting in front of larger groups of people, teach our students about the Revolutionary War, see all of their hard work come together into a project, and for our students to practice with being good listeners. We are really looking forward to collaborating with the Junior High staff and students next week!
Here is the timeline for SLOs this year...
11/9: SLOs Due to Building Principal: COMPLETED!
11/10: Elementary Committee Meets to Review SLOs: COMPLETED!
11/13: SLOs returned to teachers:COMPLETED!
11/18: SLO's needing revisions returned to Building Principal-COMPLETED!
11/20: Revised SLOs reviewed by committees-COMPLETED!
11/21: Revised SLOs returned to teachers-COMPLETED!
Below are three links related to testing. The first is simply the log in for AIR. You may want to bookmark that as we will be using that frequently in the months to come.
The second is a link to the PDF of the test administrator user guide.
The third is an actual test administrator certification course. It is pretty good. AIR works basically the same as it did last year with some minor modifications.
Test Administrator User Guide:
Log In URL:
Test Administration Certification Course:
We look forward to seeing you soon!