Tiger Beat

Acton Weekly Update: 4/28/2017

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Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Twitter: @bwesselburke

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Daily Transportation


Click on the link below for this week's PLC Feedback Form.



Link to the SOS Form for any students you need to start the SOS process.


Fourth Quarter PD and PLC schedule

Click HERE for the PD and PLC Schedule.

All dates are subject to change if necessary.

Nuts and Bolts

We are planning for about 20 volunteers to be honored on May 8th at our volunteer breakfast. Bob Evans will be catering the meal. Certified staff preferred to make a donation in order to help with the cost. I'm asking for all certified to make a $10 donation and I'll cover the remaining amount. We'd also appreciate any staff available to assist with serving the meals to our parents. If anyone is talented at planning a quick skit, song, or poem to honor our wonderful Volunteers, your help would be greatly appreciated.

Supply Orders for each team are due to Sarah by Monday.

Grade levels should be working on class placements. Go to the Google Shared folder. Choose EOY Procedures, Class Placements, Class lists sheet. You can turn in the pink and blue sheets to me in 17-18 Class sets by grade level.

Curriculum and Instruction

FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85% and Fluency 80%

Boost those Skills:

Tape-Assisted Reading: In tape assisted reading, students read along in their books as they hear a fluent reader read the book on an audiotape or through technology. For tape assisted reading, you need a book at a student’s approximate independent reading level and a tape recording of the book read by a fluent reader at about 80-100 words per minute. The tape should not have sound effects or music. For the first reading, the student should follow along with the tape, pointing to each word in his or her book as the reader reads it. Next, the student should try to read aloud along with the tape. Reading along with the tape should continue until the student is able to read the book independently, without the support of the tape.

Model Fluent Reading: By listening to good models of fluent reading, students learn how a reader’s voice can help written text make sense. Read aloud daily to your students. By reading effortlessly and with expression, you are modeling for your students how a fluent reader sounds during reading.

Please review the DIBELS SWAT Schedule below. Remember, each grade level will be DIBELing their own grade level, but not their own class. IA's will cover classrooms and the one teacher not DIBELing will be responsible for moving students into the room quickly and quietly. Sarah will be giving you class rosters next week to write down any important notes for the DIBELing teacher to be aware of. Please plan quiet activities that your class can be working on while waiting for their turn.

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Reaching ALL Learners

Embed Social Skills: At every grade level, use a variety of classroom strategies that strengthen social and emotional skills.

Teach basic but crucial meet-and-greet skills.

When students introduce themselves to other classmates, teach students to face one another, make eye contact, smile, and shake hands.

Discipline through positive relationships, not by exerting power or authority.

Avoid such negative directives as “Don’t be a wise guy!” or “Sit down immediately!”

Instead say, “We’ve got lots to do in class today. When you’re ready to learn, please have a seat.”

From: Eric Jensen’s Engaging Students With Poverty in Mind


Nadine is spending her entire day at Acton on May 2 &4. If you haven't set up Google Classroom with her, you are priority. PLEASE sign up ASAP!


Athlete Mentors

I've created a Google Sheet with dates and classrooms for student athlete mentors to visit. Please review the dates and find yours. They are listed below and are in a folder in Google Drive for you. If you have any concerns with the date assigned, please let me know. The agenda and schedule that the athletes are given is below.

What's Coming Up

Weekly Updates 2016-2017


2 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00

3-19 EOY Dibels

4th Fifth Grade Music Program 6:00 PM

5 3rd grade field trip to the Central Library

8 Drills

9 5th gr field trip Symphony

10 Kindergarten Assessments

12 Kindergarten Assessments

12 4th grade field trip to the zoo

17 Grading window opens

18 5th graders visit to East 9:30-11:30

19 5th graders field trip to Southeastway Park 10-1

19 5th grade jam 4-6

22 Kindergarten (AM) and First Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

23 Second (AM) and Third Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

24 Fourth (AM) and Fifth Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

25 Grading period ends

25 Last Student Day (pending no snow days)

26 All Grades posted & Verified


2 Report cards mailed

*All events are tentatively scheduled and could change throughout the school year. Please follow the newsletters, Facebook posts and Teacher updates for possible changes.