Principal Weekly Notes

Nov. 23rd - 24th & Nov. 30th - Dec. 4th

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Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. Schedule your formal observation with Kamisha or Kristy. The observation should be scheduled between November 16th - December 11th, please. Remember, there will be three appts. you will need to schedule. First, the actual formal observation time. Next, the pre obs appt. Finally, the post obs appt, which should be within two days after the formal observation.

2. For Deep Planning - Be sure to bring a sample of the week's Non Fiction Writing to share. Be ready to talk about how to utilize our ELL Para and Marzano's 6 for small reading groups. Bring your best ideas and thinking!!

Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. Nov. 23rd:

* Duty - 2nd Grade, Peterson

* No Preschool - PS Parent/Teacher Conferences, All Day

* PAWS Assembly, 3:10 p.m.

* SAC Testing Coordinator Mtg, 1-3 p.m., Kamisha, Kristy D, Gerard attending

* iPad Rollout Mtg for Principals, 3-5 p.m, Admin Bldg

* New Teacher Orientation Mtg, Admin Bldg, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg, Cancelled for this week, Bump Agenda to next week's meeting.

Tues. Nov. 24th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Ryan

* Jeans for Janet - Jeans and Professional Tops (From this point forward, please only pay for privilege each week. It's too hard for us to track. Thank you!)

* PE & Music - Deep Planning, 2:15-3:15 p.m. (Conf. Rm)

* No Preschool - PS Parent/Teacher Conferences, All Day


Mon. Nov. 30th:

* Duty - 2nd Grade, Peterson

* PAWS Assembly, 3:10 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

* IBS Mtg, 4-8 p.m. - Admin Bldg

Tues. Dec. 1st:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Ryan

* PE & Music - Deep Planning, 2:15-3:15 p.m. (Conf. Rm)

* 5th Grade iPad Rollout, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m., SR and SS

Wed. Dec. 2nd:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Elementary Principal Collab, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

* UbD Mtg, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Admin Bldg

Thurs. Dec. 3rd:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

* IC and Principals Mtg, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Admin

* Full Culture & Climate Team Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (ALL Subcommittee members should plan to attend)

* SR Choir performance, KRAI @ Centennial Mall, 4:00 p.m.

* 5th Grade iPad Rollout for East and RV, 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Fri. Nov. 4th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Deep Planning, Reading, All Grades

* Young Writer's Field Trip, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

MCSD 5 Non-Negotiables

1. Unwrapping the Standards - This is a stand alone in the 7 Best Practices because it is so critical. If you don't unpack the standards correctly and focus in on the nouns and verbs, your learning targets will not be focused on the right stuff!

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process (see below)

3. Non Fiction Writing - At the elementary level, we should always have high expectations for students in writing (including grammar, punctuation, etc). Non Fiction Writing means students should be writing more often, not just during writing time. Students should be writing in other subject areas and teachers should still holding students to the high standards of writing. The provisional writing is really for those teachers who teach outside of the "regular" classroom like PE, Music, Art, etc. These teachers should be having students reflect and write in journals about their learning. In this instance, it is really about getting the students to write at least once a week.

4. Assessment Matrices - In Reading, Writing, and Math. Other subject areas are optional this year.

5. Lesson Design - that includes these 4 components (See chart below):

What do we expect our students to learn? (Standards, Goals, Expectations)

How do we best teach? (7 Best Practices, Marzano's 9, Schlechty's 10 Engagement

Strategies, Non-Fiction Writing)

How do we know they learned it? (Formative assessment, Classroom assessment,

Summative assessment)

What if:

- We teach it and they already know it? (Using pre-assessment to determine)

- We teach it but they don't learn it? (Re-teach)

Don't forget that you must use the District Scope and Sequence! Most updated versions are on the district website.

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Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

1. Post it/Publish it - Daily Learning Target - Remember, this is primarily for the teacher. Get zeroed in on what you are going to teach and what you are going to assess.

2. State it and Unwrap it - Do this with the students. They need to understand why they are learning this.

3. Give it Relevancy - Students need to understand why they need to learn this.

4. Bring it back, Bring it back, Bring it back! - Bring students back to the learning target multiple times during the lesson. "Remember what our learning target is...."

5. Assess it - Each day, in some way, assess student learning connected to the learning target.

Learning targets are to be posted for each content area and correlated to the learning occurring at that time. They should be displayed in the following format:

"I can ________ (verb) ___________(content) by ___________________ (assessment or product)."

7 Best Standards Based Practices

1. Unit/Lesson Design

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

3. Unwrapping the standards (nouns/verbs) for both teacher and students

4. Exemplars

5. Classroom Assessment

6. Assessment Matrix

7. Standards based Feedback, Grading, and Reporting

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