Faculty F.Y.I.

September 13, 2019

Dear Teachers and Staff,

Another great week at FJVD! Thank you for your continued efforts in the classroom. It has been wonderful seeing your thoughtful and creative lessons in action.

We will have our next faculty meeting this upcoming Thursday, September 19th from 2:45-3:45. You can find the editable Google Doc agenda here. If you are organizing an upcoming event that needs to be discussed, please add it to the agenda under the appropriate heading.

One item on our agenda for the faculty meeting is to review the Classroom Walk-Through Form that has been created based on your discussion & feedback. You can find a sample Walk-Through Form here. I have also included the document with your thoughts from the faculty meeting here so you can see where and how your ideas have been incorporated into the form. These items are also included as attachments below.

Paul Effman Music will be here on Monday to size instruments for registered students. This should only take 2-3 minutes per student, and students will be called to the music room by grade level (as necessary). I apologize for the interruption of class time and appreciate your support of this music program.

Our second year of ALICE Training is set to begin. You will receive an email next week with login information and procedures for beginning your year two training. It will be similar to last year with a series of online videos to watch and review.

Lastly, if you could please utilize the Nurse Pass (attached below) when sending a child to the nurse. Of course, if there is an emergency situation, don't worry about it; however, this helps us keep precise records if utilized whenever possible. Thank you!

Have a restful and enjoyable weekend! I look forward to seeing many of you at the Car Show!


Kevin Peloquin

Classroom Discussion Strategies

I know one of my favorite instructional strategies as a teacher - particularly for middle school literature - was a class discussion; however, I noticed eventually certain discussion styles started to lose direction, enthusiasm, and purpose. When this happened, I knew it was time explore some new discussion strategies. It's amazing how simple changes can completely transform a well-worn instructional technique.

I've attached a few well-researched strategies for classroom discussions below. Most can be adapted for all ages, not just the middle school level. I would encourage you to review you them at your convenience and try out one or two. It may just transform your discussions like it transformed mine.

Important Dates & Documents

Monday, September 16th - Friday, September 27th

First round of STAR Testing

  • Reading September 16-20
  • Math September 23-27

Wednesday, September 18th, 2:45pm

Faculty Meeting

  • Circle of Grace curriculum to be discussed

Monday, October 7th

Grandparents' Day

Thursday, October 17th

Walkathon & Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, September 23rd - Friday, November 8th

  • Schedule initial Formal Observation for this window
  • Scheduling can be completed via email