Food for Thought
Principal's Weekly Communication -Week of February 1
School Improvement Planning Through Rising Star
At our January meeting we put together a plan for Fed. 12th Institute Day. It will be a time for teams to review an upcoming unit of literacy with Interventionist to to differentiate by target, enhanced, and prerequisite. The unit plans also differentiate learning activities among various modes of instruction – whole-class instruction, independent work, small-group and station -based activities. Encore teachers will look at an upcoming unit within their content area. More information to come at our Feb. staff meeting.
Learning Environment: CL8 The school culture supports teachers in practicing effective and responsive instruction to meet individual student needs.
Educator Quality: ID13 Instructional teams meet for blocks of time sufficient to develop and refine units of instruction and review student learning data.
Teaching and Learning: IIB04 Teachers differentiate instruction based on assessment results to provide support for some students and enhance learning opportunities for others.
Looking for ideas for iPad Lit Stations?
They offer two different types of apps. One set of apps are categorized under "Writing Poetry." The other set of apps are categorized under "Organizing and Summarizing."
Click here to learn more about the poetry apps: http://www.readwritethink.org/search/?resource_type=126&type=140
Click here to learn more about the organizing and summarizing apps:
I highlighted two apps on a new page on my website. https://sites.google.com/a/d47.org/icoach-thorsen/products-services/app-time
Let me know if you would like to learn more.
iCoach (Innovation Coach)
Differentiated Instruction using Tiered Assignments
Is it 100 Days of School Already?
100th day of school will be February 9.
On My! Valentine's Day is Just Around the Corner
Social Committee is looking into organizing ordering lunch for this day, to make it easier on everyone that is interested, to enjoy lunch prior to the start of Institute Day. (More info to come)
Kim Freund --- Thanks for organizing our field trip to the Raue and taking care of all of the money associated with it.
Lisa Noonan rocks for helping me several times with technology questions. She has gone out of her way to try to solve my technology problems without question. I feel very lucky and grateful that she is such a giving person of her time and I want her to know how much I appreciate her help!! Lisa you rock!! :)
Kerri Tilton rocks because she shares her knowledge and resources.
Cathy & Gina rock for helping model book club conversation!
Jen Nixon rocks for inviting me into her room and collaborating with her guided reading group!
Jenny Massie rocks for inviting me into her room and collaborating with book clubs!
Adrienne Hentz rocks for supporting kindergarten using picture sorts!
Three cheers for all of our Encore teachers! Every single one of my students LOVES going to specials. They look forward to it each day as an "event"! Thanks for all you do to give our students those hands on and kinesthetic experiences they will always remember.
I want to give a "You Rock" to Mr. Perez because he always greets everyone with a smile and has such a warm personality. I love hearing about all of your trips, Mr. Perez! You're the best!
YOU ROCK Anita for setting up our Da Vinci assembly!! It was/still is a lot of work but is going to be SO much fun for the kids!!