SPARTAN ACADEMY

Week Of January 30, 2017 - February 3, 2017 (Wk19)

"THE FOUNDATION OF SPARTAN ACADEMY" - "WHERE STUDENTS SUCCEED AND FUNCTION WITH BEHAVIORAL NORMS"

  • Lesson Plans are non-negotiable – Lesson plans must be submitted weekly using the new RPS format – UBD model – Lesson plans are a clear picture of Teaching and Learning opportunities in your class. Lesson plans are due every Friday.
  • Please remember to highlight the JFF Strategies Common Instructional Framework Strategies on your lesson plan and implement them in your classroom: Questioning, Scaffolding, Classroom Talk, Literacy Groups, Collaborative Group Work, and Writing to Learn.
  • Reminder to all teachers - please ensure that you are using your Daily Attendance Logs to keep documentation of your back up attendance. More Logs are available at your request.
  • Calls home: 5 x 5 x 5 -- 5 positive, 5 academic, and 5 attendance -- that's three phone calls a day. Remember to document all phone calls in student's phone logs.
  • End of Semester is January 31st! Grade verification sheets will be in all teacher's mailboxes for review, corrections, and signature. All corrections must be made by COB Wednesday, February 1st -- Report cards will be printed Thursday, February 2nd and mailed home on Friday, February 3rd.


Attendance

Remember to only use the attendance on the home page of ASPEN. Please, update any tardy students in ASPEN when they arrive late!


Teachers are reminded that Daily Attendance is to be taken in ASPEN within the first 15 minutes of class each period. Usage of the Daily Attendance Logs is not an option, it is mandated per the Code of Virginia - § 22.1-259.


If you do not have access to ASPEN to take attendance or enter assignments and grades, please let Ms. Jewett know ASAP.


Security Reminders


  • Always lock up all personal items
  • DO NOT give students building keys for any reason.
  • DO NOT open doors for staff. Side entrance will be locked by 8 AM each day. After 8 AM only use the front door entrance.
  • Restricted Movement means Restricted Movement! No one is to move when a Restricted Movement Notice has been given. Students nor staff are permitted to be in the hall way. It is for your safety!
  • DO NOT purchase snacks for students out of the vending machines.
  • DO NOT block a door if a student is trying to leave. Alert your team leader, behavior specialist or security.
  • DO NOT encourage students to leave you room. If you need a student removed, ask your team leader, behavior specialist or security.
  • DO NOT deny students entrance into class if they are late.
  • Please place notification on your door if you are relocating your classroom.
  • In order for a student to leave the classroom - 1. you must grant them permission, 2. a pass must be given to the student, 3. time frame expectation must be communicated to the student


Strengthening the Craft of Teaching and Learning


Jobs for the Future focus strategy for January 23rd - February 3rd

SCAFFOLDING

Scaffolding helps students to connect prior knowledge and experience with new information and ideas. Teachers use information from assessments of prior knowledge to plan a careful sequence of activities that continually links that knowledge and understanding to new knowledge and skill attainment. Teachers challenge students step by step with increasingly more difficult tasks and concepts to ensure they are continuously learning.


Teach Like a Champion strategies for January 23rd - February 3rd

SETTING AND MAINTAINING HIGH BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS

THRESHOLD

Threshold means meeting students at the door, setting your classroom culture expectations before they even enter the room. This is the single most important moment for setting those expectations. Threshold technique is part of establishing and maintain strong positive, disciplined systems and routines in your classroom. These are the basic elements:


  • See both sides. Stand where you can see the room and the hall
  • Control the flow. Stand where you control movement in and out as much as possible
  • Shake hands! This builds a tone of civility and should cause each student to pause and make eye contact
  • Reset expectations. Use Threshold as an opportunity to remind and reset students who are in danger of slipping. A gently reminder of your expectations will go a long way for students struggling to improve
  • Use positive chatter. Build positive rapport and connections to students with brief personalized comments -- "Looking sharp, Devon!"
View your Threshold as part of your broader Entry Routine.


BUILDING CHARACTER AND TRUST

PRECISE PRAISE

Precise Praise brings a high degree of strategy and intentionality to positive reinforcement -- one of the strongest tools available to teachers. The following are some key ideas:


  • Giving plenty of acknowledgement in response to students' meeting your expectations and saving praise for when students have exceeded expectations
  • Using the power of public praise when appropriate
  • Using praise to reinforce actions, as specifically as possible, especially behaviors and actions that students can choose to do
  • Using praise to reinforce both behavioral and academic skills
  • Maintaining sincerity and honesty in giving positive reinforcement




SOL Updates


TestNav 8 Updates to Mathematics Tools Practice Items

TestNav 8 conversions to the Mathematics Tools Practice Items are currently in progress. A completion date will be communicated through a mathematics update when the items become available. TestNav 8 SOL Practice Items are currently available for Grades 3 – 8, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.


Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) for Grades 4 and 5 MathematicsThis Superintendent’s Memo provides information regarding the transition between static and computer adaptive testing for Grades 4 and 5 Mathematics beginning Spring 2017. Please note that revised SOL Testing Blueprints for CAT are now posted, as well as additional CAT resources. If you try to view the new blueprints and see the “original” version, please clear your Web browser’s cache and history.

§ MEMO 173-16
Shorter Version of the Grades 4 and 5 Mathematics Standards of Learning Tests Administered in a Computer Adaptive Testing Format beginning in Spring 2017



Superintendent’s Memo #244-16


COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education


September 23, 2016

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework

On September 22, 2016, the Board of Education adopted the Proposed Revised 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and the Proposed Revised 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework for public schools in Virginia (see Agenda Item D). The final version of the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and the 2016Mathematics Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework will be posted on the Virginia Department of Education's website no later than December 31, 2016.

The 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning identify academic content for essential components of the mathematics curriculum at different grade levels for Virginia's public schools. The 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework, a companion document to the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning, amplifies the standards and further defines the content knowledge, skills, and understandings that are measured by the Standards of Learning assessments.

The implementation timeline for the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework follows:

The implementation timeline for the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework


2016-2017 School Year – Crosswalk between 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning

  • VDOE staff provides a crosswalk between the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning.
  • School divisions incorporate the new standards into local written curricula for inclusion in the taught curricula during the 2017-2018 school year.



2017-2018 School Year – Crosswalk Year

  • 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning are included in the written and taught curricula.
  • Spring 2018 Standards of Learning assessments measure the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and include field test items measuring the 2016Mathematics Standards of Learning.



2018-2019 School Year – Full-Implementation Year

  • Written and taught curricula reflect the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning.
  • Standards of Learning assessments measure the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning.



Recognizing that curriculum alignment efforts require planning, time, staff development, and resources, school divisions should begin to:

  • review and align mathematics curricula with the revised standards;
  • review current resource materials and correlate them with the revised standards;
  • develop new materials where needed; and
  • provide staff development for teachers.


If you are in the process of planning professional development in mathematics, please consider using all or parts of the VDOE mathematics professional development resources available. The resources from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 institutes were designed as self-guided professional development for teams of teachers (grade level or course), broken into modules that are rarely longer than 40 or 45 minutes in length. Parts of these professional development modules could be used/modified to create division-level professional development.

Online Technical Assistance Resources

The Virginia Department of Education’s website includes multiple resources to assist focus schools with meeting the needs of identified proficiency gap groups.




English


VDOE English SOL Resources


VDOE EOC Reading Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis


VDOE EOC Reading Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis


Text Dependent Questions: Sample Question Starters


Prompts for Text Dependent Questions


Please use the link and password below to access a tutorial for NoRedInk Premium. Pass this along to your English department for those who did not attend training.


Link to video library: https://vimeo.com/album/4159266

Password (please do not circulate outside of RPS): bDpfVamg6yq!


Please let me know if you need any additional assistance with the program.



Science


VDOE Science Spring 2014 Instructional Guidance based on Student Performance


VDOE Earth Science Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instr. Guidance


VDOE Biology Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instructional Guidance


VDOE Chemistry Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instructional Guidance



Math


VDOE Algebra I Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis


VDOE Geometry Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis


VDOE Algebra II Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis



History


VDOE North America Geographic Regions


VDOE Virginia Geographic Regions with Counties


VDOE Virginia Geographic Regions of Virginia Outline


VDOE CTE Career Clusters

Positive Interventions

click the box above to access the article regarding two different approaches/beliefs to dealing with problem behaviors

"Less Than 100 and 80" days to make a difference in the lives of our students"

Monday - January 30, 2017


Word of the Day: Abyss - a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity


Even classes week--


After School - Work on Grades and Lesson Plans


Tuesday January 31, 2017


Word of the Day: Allusion - obsolete; a parable or metaphor


Girls Group Meeting - 11:00 a.m. - downstairs conference room - see Ms. Grimes for additional information


Grade verification sheets -- proof and sign -- make all corrections.


Wednesday -February 1, 2017


Word of the Day: Aloof - at a distance, especially in feelings or interest


Start of the 3rd nine weeks marking period -- you have 45 days to teach like a champion!


Weekly Attendance Meetings - SAST


2 hour early release - students are dismissed at 12:45 pm


Team Meetings after school



Thursday - February 2, 2017


Word of the Day: Character - moral or ethical quality


Report cards printed.


Friday February 3, 2017


Word of the Day: Chronological - arranged in order of time


Report Cards Mailed Home

Suggested Reading

"Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males" by Alfred Tatum


For those who truly wish to leave no child behind, the racial achievement gap in literacy is one of the most difficult issues in education today, and nowhere does it manifest itself more perniciously than in the case of black adolescent males.


Approaching the problem from the inside, Alfred Tatum bring together his various experiences as a black male student, middle school teacher working with struggling black male readers, reading specialist in an urban elementary school, and staff developer in classrooms across the nation. [Tatum's] book, Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males offers teachers and schools a way to reconceptualize literacy instruction for those who need it most.

Concerns and Updates

  • Common Assessments are scheduled on Monday's twice a month - Next assessmeent will be on Monday, February 6th.

  • Transition Ceremony January 30th - 11:00pm @ Golden Corral.
  • SAT Day is March 1st for all juniors. All juniors sit be registered by February 15th.
  • 2016 Mathematics SOL Crosswalk Documents Now Available

  • Crosswalk documents for the approved 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework are now available for each grade level and course. The Crosswalks provide a summary of revisions including the additions

    , deletions, and edits. It provides educators the opportunity to review the 2009 Mathematics SOL alongside the newly adopted 2016 Mathematics SOL

The next three bullets are opportunities for our students - copy and paste the link in the address box of your screen

6-Sessions All About Google


Learn how easy it is to use Google tools for any classroom.

- Find the Google tools every teacher needs in their digital toolkit

- Collaborate anytime and anywhere with Google Drive and Docs

- Overcome group project issues with Presentations and Spreadsheets

- Take the complication out of formative assessment with Google Forms

- Discover the best Chrome Apps for your classroom

- Go beyond the basics with your class using Google Drawings and Slides


click link below ---


https://simplek12.leadpages.co/event-11-5/?cc=email-p4
Superintendent's Memo #294-14

Information regarding SOL History Tests

Google Docs Blank Lesson Plan Template

If you are completing your lesson plans in Google Docs, this is the Google Doc to make a copy of and edit. Don't forget to rename the file to reflect your name and subject!

Microsoft Word Doc Blank Lesson Plan Template

If you are completing your lesson plans in Microsoft Word, this the the Word Doc to download and edit. Don't forget to rename the file to reflect your name and subject!

Lesson Plan Guided Notes

A quick reference for the lesson plan format.

GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY eBOOK

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Questions, Comments, Concerns? Please email me at your earliest convenience.


As always, thank you for all of your hard work and for continuing to Inspire Excellence for all of our students!

A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others