Lewis Ledger - Week 5

August 26, 2018

Sunny Heights is where everyone is valued and respected. Our vision is to inspire a passion for learning in a student-centered, family friendly environment.

Week 5

Wow...4 weeks of school have past. We have completed the first round of NWEA and most are going full speed with our foundational curriculum. A reminder that our goal is progress not perfection and all that we are doing is a work in progress. We will tweak, adjust, change, improve, whatever is needed to support student growth and achievement. Stay positive, stay committed to our students, and we will succeed!


Shout Out to our PTA and friends for an AWESOME Family Game Night! The family nights continue to grow in popularity and build community!

Shout Out to Iran Daniels for his time filling in for Denise in Art. He was a great help for the first 4 weeks of school!

Shout Out to Kelsey Hopper for her help acclimating and supporting new teachers...also for inviting me in for an AWESOME science experiment!

Shout Out to Beth Smalley for teaching additional lessons on kindness and bullying to her students as a need showed itself...great work!

Data Blast

78% - Sunny Heights percentage of students meeting Lexia usage expectation

86% - K-4 District percentage of students meeting Lexia usage expectation

We know that meeting Lexia usage expectation leads to improved reading levels for students. Let's continue to look at ways of getting student exposure to Lexia.

Attendance Status

KG:94.7% 1st: 94.2% 2nd: 89.94% 3rd: 90.57% 4th: 93.35% SH Total: 92.52%

The district goal for student attendance is 97% What can we do in our classroom, grade level, and as a building?

Events at a Glance

Week at a Glance - Click on the link to see a view of this week's events (Important PTA events this week!)

Professional Development and Meeting Calendar - click this link to view updated professional development and Wednesday meetings

Sunny Heights Calendar of Events - this link provides school-wide events for Sunny Heights. Please let me know if you see any errors or needed additions.

Remind 101 - here is the link to join our Sunny Heights Remind 101 app for staff announcements

Staff Focus and Action Items

Data Meetings - On Wednesday, August 29th at our staff meeting we work on collecting student data for analysis. The next week (9/4-9/7) we will schedule grade level data meetings to discuss the data collected and analyzed. I will be providing resources and documents for you to use on Wednesday morning as well as time to work on it.

Classroom Observations - Classroom observations will be beginning in the next couple of weeks. I will begin with Unannounced (15-20 minutes, no scheduled meeting). Observations, but will begin scheduling Announced (1 full lesson, scheduled meetings) next month.

Social Studies & Reading Support (seriously!) - If you would like me to come in to teach a social studies lesson for your class, please let me know a time, day, and topic that would work. Also, let me know if you would like me to come read a story to your class.

Social Emotional Learning Tip of the Week

Adversity, Trauma, & Kids by Michael McKnight is a great article with some specific strategies and reminders of how to work with all students, but especially those with significant challenges outside of school.

Visuals - Progress

"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress." - Nicholas M. Butler

Big picture

Resources & Reminders

Teacher Data Collection Form - Please fill out Teacher Data Collection Form when applicable; this was very helpful to support good data discussions throughout the year last year. Be sure to select your classroom tab before entering data.

Tier I Classroom PBIS - Continue to practice PBIS Tier I at the classroom level. Reach out to the committee for questions or clarification. It is very important that we commit to the process and provide consistency for EVERYONE. We will see the results that we are striving for if everyone is committed to being part of the TEAM!

Professional Growth - A couple reminders in regards to professional growth expectations: PGP points should be uploaded into your SFS so that they can be applied to your evaluation; everyone should have a professional learning goal that they have set with Mercedes.

The Safe Schools - Remember to complete your required trainings. Safe Schools Directions & Link (Link to the Login Procedures) The Blood Borne Pathogens training is the first one required.