NRES Staff Newsletter
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Week of January 3rd, 2016
Around the Building
New Duty Schedule
December Star Student Assembly
Thursday, Jan. 14th, 7:45am
Learn More About STAR Scores
Conver-Stations-A Discussion Strategy
Looking for more student-led learning? Need to generate more engaging
conversation between students?
From Teaching Channel:
Watch as Sarah Brown Wessling demonstrates one way she facilitates
Looking for a formative assessment tool to use in class? Try Quizalize.
Quizalize is a formative assessment tool similar to kahoot.https://www.quizalize.com/
Committees continue assisting with state test development for English language arts and mathematics
This fall and winter, numerous committees are continuing to make progress with test development for the 2015-2016 state tests in English language arts and mathematics for grades 3 through high school. These groups are:
Content Advisory Committees – In November, the committees reviewed performance-level descriptors for the upcoming December standard-setting activities. The content advisory committees continue meeting through January to review newly developed Ohio test items. Approximately 240 teachers are serving on these committees, which are segmented by grade level and content area.
Standard Setting Committees – On Dec. 15-17, approximately 110 Ohio teachers and content experts met to help make judgments about performance levels for this year’s tests. These Ohio educators also had a role in defining how student test performance translates to college and career readiness, or to being on track.
The committees of teachers received training on how to set Ohio’s five performance levels – Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient, Limited and Basic. The process for setting levels determines the scores that students minimally must earn on the tests to achieve each performance level. The committees represent both public and private schools from around the state that use the tests. The State Board of Education will review the committee’s recommendations before establishing this year’s performance levels.
To learn more about how teachers are assisting with test development, see this Web page.
Use INFOhio's new "bags" for blizzards, substitutes and more
The 2015-2016 instructional "bags" from INFOhio for K-12 are here. Each bag includes:
- A complete, customizable research unit with four, self-contained lesson plans with assessments and activities;
- A teacher guide with differentiation tips, standards alignments, extension activities, cross-curricular options, technology skills supported and time needed to complete the lessons;
- Materials for in-class instruction and home exploration; and
- Information about the career cluster covered in the unit along with links to related Career Connections on the Ohio Department of Education website.
Use these lessons as Blizzard Bags, as sub plans or any time you need a plug and play lesson. To get started, just download the PDF from these links:
- Grades K-1—Things That Go
- Grade 2—Animals and Their Caretakers
- Grade 3—Dentists, Doctors, and Health Helpers
- Grades 4-5—Engineering the Future
- Grades 6-8—Money, Money, Money. The World of Finance
- Grades 9-12—Tech Careers: Coding and Beyond
Please send any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMO 617-This week's articles come from Edutopia, Phi Delta Kappan, The Journal of the Learning Sciences, Education Week, American Educational Research Journal, Elementary School Journal, and The New York Times. The headlines:
- Turning "I can't" into "I can" in a high-school chemistry class
- A teacher shadows a struggling high-school student
- An Israeli study of girls' middle-school math challenges
- Does a growth mindset make students better math problem-solvers?
- High schools that combine academic and social-emotional learning
- Anti-bullying insights from Sweden
- Dealing successfully with traumatic memories
- The debate on inclusiveness in college science classes
Things to do:
- Grades Due by Tuesday (1/5), 11:00 p.m.
- Star Student names and Write-ups to Rob.
10 Day Forecast
Monday, January 4
- Classes Resume
- 3rd Grade Team Meeting, 7:55 a.m.
- 2nd Grade Team Meeting, 10:00 a.m.
- 5th Grade Team Meeting, 2:20 p.m.
Tuesday, January 5
- NEAT Meeting, Rob Out
- 4th Grade Team Meeting, 10:40 a.m.
- Kindergarten Team Meeting, 1:05 p.m.
- Grades Due, 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 6
- 1st Grade Team Meeting, 12:30 p.m.
- Elementary Staff Meeting, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 7
- Acceleration Follow-up Meeting (Doogs/Everhart), 2:20 p.m.
Friday, January 8
- Grade Cards go Home
Monday, January 11
- PTO Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 12
- IEP Meeting, Doss 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 13
Thursday, January 14
- Star Student Assembly, 7:45 a.m.
Friday, January 15
- District Wavier Day-No School for Students
Old Business-Previously Released Items
Second Round of OTES
If you'd like to schedule your second round of OTES please do so by the end of this month. After December I will schedule those who have not scheduled yet. Here's what you need to schedule:OTES-Round 2 Scheduling
- Pre-Conference/Mid-year Review
- Observation-30 minutes
See a great opportunity for Professional Development? I'd like to help!
There isn't always money for PD or money to get subs for a lot of people; however having one or two people attend workshops/conferences with the expectation that they will share with others when they return can help foster a more powerful Professional Learning Community within our school.
Sharing would consist of coming back and presenting at a staff meeting and "coaching" those of us who might be interested in going further with the topic/idea.
So be on the lookout for great PD and let me know.
Complete your PHA by June 1, 2015 to earn $35 wellness dollars!
EARN YOUR $35 TODAY!
You can earn $35 today by completing your Personal Health Assessment (PHA) through the EPC Wellness Program. The PHA will take about 20 minutes to complete and consists of questions related to individual lifestyle practices and health history factors that impact your health.
To start earning your wellness dollars visit epcwellness.org and log in using your username and password. New users can select 'Sign Up Today' to register on the wellness website.
EPC Wellness: Participate and Earn Rewards!
Dear EPC Participant,
Don’t miss out on your reward! Make sure to complete the following steps as you participate in EPC wellness:
Step #1: Complete Personal Health Assessment
Step #2: Complete Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health wellness workshop (required): $50
- Login to epcwellness.org
- Click on #1 Your Roadmap for Health
- On the Manage Workshops page scroll down the list and find ‘Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health.
- Click Sign Up
Step #4: Redeem wellness dollars for gift cards in the Hallmark Gift Card Center
- Complete steps 1,2, and 3 no later than August 31, 2016
- Complete step 4 no later than September 30, 2016
Please click HERE to review the attached program guide to help answer any questions.
You can also email email@example.com for additional help.