Waterville Primary School

Sharing Great News with our AWesome Staff!

Formative Assessment Techniques

At our GLC meeting this week we discussed possible professional development topics and instructional tips that would be helpful to provide to staff. Formative assessment techniques was an idea mentioned on the staff survey I sent out in July as a topic that staff is always interested in learning more about. I will plan to use this section of our weekly staff update to list 2-3 instructional strategies each week. I am sure that you are already familiar with some of these, but hopefully this can serve as refresher or a way to spark new ideas to use with our students. Please share any great tips you have so I can include them! Thanks!

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

General Information

*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!!!

Holiday Lunch

The annual holiday lunch for staff will take place this year on our last day before break, Tuesday, December 22nd. Lori and I will be bringing in Granite City as our gift of thanks to all of our staff here. I am not sure that our gratitude for everyone would be adequately expressed if we prepared a "home-cooked" meal for you all!!! The food will be served throughout your regularly scheduled lunch periods in the lounge (similar to when Granite City provided lunch to us in Sept). Please plan to eat in the lounge and enjoy a day off of packing your own lunch!

BGSU Student Teacher Matching

We have scheduled a BGSU matching evening on February 24th from 4:00pm-6:00pm for teachers interested in mentoring a methods/student teacher next school year. You will have the opportunity to interview teacher candidates and match with one. This event will be hosted at Waterville for all 3 primary buildings. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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!

SLO Schedule


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!

AIR Testing:

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.

Log In URL:

Test Administrator User Guide:
User Guide

Test Administration Certification Course:
Certification Course

Holiday Party

Thank you to Leslie Lee for offering to host our holiday staff party at her home!!! The festivities will occur today, Friday, December 18th, beginning at 5pm. Please sign up to bring a favorite snack to the party here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NToBBESpA7TnceXc08r06pEOwfZ-KABF6C8h_k5et6k/edit?ts=564b8cb2

We look forward to seeing you soon!