January 23rd, 2015
The second quarter is in the books! Time flies when you're having fun. :) Here's to two great quarters at Meadowview!
Preparations for PARCC continue to be underway. Thank you to our SpEd team and many others for assisting in the preparations for PARCC. PARCC testing will have implications for the entire school, so your teamwork and understanding will be greatly appreciated. More details to follow.
Thank you fourth-grade teachers for completing the time-consuming NAEP survey. If it was anything like the building-level survey, I'm sure you had a blast! :)
Somehow Zohaib got roped into being the DJ at our dance tonight, but the students will LOVE it! Thank you, Zohaib, for being such a good sport. Can't wait to see your dance moves.
Bringing it back old school, but hopefully you see the point...
Learning Target Reminders
Please review the resources below as reminders regarding the use of learning targets. As I walk through classrooms, I see many high-quality learning targets that are aligned to Common Core State Standards, posted, explained, reviewed during the lesson, reviewed at the end of the lesson, and aligned to the assessment. I have observed students doing a nice job of self-assessing whether they reached the target as well. I have also seen 'learning targets' that focus on the activity in which students will be engaged (instead of what students will know as a result of the lesson). The links below help highlight the distinction between a learning target and a learning activity. The brief video and rubric within the first link may be especially helpful.
Reaching ALL our Learners...
Notes and Reminders
- As a general FYI, there are nine IEP meetings scheduled for next week.
- Certified staff, please let me know when you complete the 5Essentials survey. Sixth-grade teachers, please email me with the date and time your students will complete the survey. So far, 11% of our families have completed the survey. In your communication with your families, please remind them to complete the survey.
- The math grade-level meetings with Rachel will take place during PLCs next week. Thank you for being prompt.
- Third through Sixth-Grade Teachers: Please make sure to continue to expose your students to the PARCC practice tests. Thanks!
- As a reminder, mid-year goal reflections are due by January 30th.
- Please continue to enter your daily collaboration notes into the Google doc.
- Upper administration will be in the building next week. Keep calm and teach on!
Fun Fair Information
S'More Smores (this is a repeat, but read through carefully please)
Monday, January 26th
It's a B Week - PLCs will be held, but Rachel will facilitate. Please come prepared with feedback and ideas regarding our math curriculum.
Superkids Coaching for Second Grade
Monday Meeting, 3-4 with ALL staff (The focus will be on student discipline. EC staff - Your thoughts and contributions will be appreciated even though our discussion will primarily focus on K-6 students.)
Tuesday, January 27th
Data Review Meetings for Primary in AM
Accelerated Math PD (select staff)
Wednesday, January 28th
Data Review Meetings (all day)
Conference Scheduling Meeting - 3:00-3:30 PM in the LRC (Please be prompt)
District Spelling Bee, 6:30 PM at JJH
Thursday, January 29th
NAEP Test for Fourth Grade (9:00-10:30 AM) Please be quiet in the intermediate hallways and near the conference room during this time. You will notice four NAEP representatives in the building at that time. Please do not disturb the fourth-grade classes from 9:00-10:30 AM. Thank you for your cooperation as fourth graders take this required test. :)
Friday, January 30th
Student Council Meeting 3 PM
Dates to Keep in Mind:
Monday, February 2nd - Monday Meeting for ALL staff (Special Ed/TA Collaboration and Individual Reflection)
Monday, February 2nd - School Board Meeting (curriculum update) 7:30 PM, JJH
Tuesday, February 3rd - Admin Meeting (Reg out in AM)
Friday, February 6th - Problem Solving Meetings (if necessary)
Friday, February 6th - PTO Sponsored Family Movie Night
Monday, February 9th - Battle of the Books
Tuesday, February 10th - ISBE PARCC Webinar (Reg only)
Tuesday, February 10th - Grades Due
Tuesday, February 10th - Parent/Teacher Advisory Committee Meeting, 4:45-6:00 PM, JJH (Maggie will be representing Meadowview.)
Thursday, February 12th - Report Cards Distributed in AM
Thursday, February 12th - Half Day, Dismissal at 11:40 AM. Parent/Teacher Conferences begin at 3:00 PM.
Friday, February 13th - No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences 11:00-4:00
Monday, February 16th - Presidents' Day, No School - Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 17th - Admin Meeting (Reg out in AM)
Wednesday, February 18th - Navigating the American Education System for intermediate bilingual parents, 6:00 PM, JJH
Thursday, February 19th - PTO Meeting (SpEd, EC, and Kindergarten representing)
Friday, February 20th - Robert Crown Field Trip for Fifth Grade in AM
Friday, February 20th - Lisa P's baby shower, 3 PM, LRC
Monday, February 23rd - Monday Meeting, 3-4 for Certified Staff (PARCC Focus)
Monday, February 23rd - Board of Education Meeting, 7:30PM
Wednesday, February 25th - Band Concert, 6:30 PM, JJH
Wednesday, February 25th - Math Curriculum Revision Meeting (select staff)
Thursday, February 26th - Math Curriculum Revision Meeting (select staff)
Friday, February 27th - Institute Day
Friday, February 27th - Meadowview Fun Fair, 6:00 PM
Meadowview Talent Show
May 20th Try outs (3-5pm)
May 26th Practice (3-5pm)
May 28th Practice (3-5pm)
June 1st Dress Rehearsal (3-5pm)
June 2nd Talent Show (1pm and 6:30pm)