March 7, 2016 :: 11 Items

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From our Mission, how do we view potential?

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GoFAR (1st-5th, Gifted, SpEd, Specials)

What is GoFar?

GoFar is a testing system that replaces OAS. The questions in GoFar are questions that that the state uses to pull Milestones questions from.

How do I use GoFar?

Tracy Patience created a training video to walk you through the process of getting to GoFar and creating tests. This link can be found on the google drive. Click the link below to select.

What can I do with GoFar?

  1. You can select particular standards and/or DoK levels for your students.
  2. You can assign students questions to take in the system.
  3. You can pull Milestones questions for your own tests.
  4. You can pull Milestones questions for morning warm ups.
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Class List Directions

Please see Cindy Newman's email for complete instructions and timeline. Class cluster lists were discussed with leadership this past Thursday. Directions below.
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Moves for Next Year

We have several exciting moves for next year. First and foremost, we will say goodbye to several wonderful teachers who are retiring and/or moving. Diane Head, Maria Paxinos, Deena Nowicki, and Donna McGinley, we wish you the very best. There are not words enough to thank you for the service you have given to the children at Level Creek. We will have a retirement ceremony later in the year.

We will also say goodbye for now to Sue Menhorn and Kim Cagle as we continue that IRR position with a full time staff member. Special Ed is an admirable job and these ladies have given a great deal of time to both the kids and to developing new teachers. Hope Wooster is able to head back to her home at Roberts ES and continue her work there as a 1st grade teacher. Karen Brazee will be moving closer to home and will be teaching 7th Grade Language Arts at Osborne MS.

We have several moves in the building. Emily Costine will be joining our kindergarten team as this is the last year of Spanish for Level Creek. That special time will be moved to STEM and will be headed by Jawana Kelson. Andrea Sorrow will make the move back to second grade to fill Jawana's position. Megan Bell will be moving back to our EIP/Interventions position to support students school wide. Shaila Khaki will be moving to FOCUS to fill Donna McGinley's shoes.

We have several veteran teachers who will be joining our staff from other schools. The transfer process is not over and we will welcome our new members together when transfers are finished.

Change can be a very positive thing. Please join me in wishing all of the folks above well.

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Milestones Prep (3rd-5th, Gifted, SpEd)

We are sending this out in the eBlast to parents. You will want to take a look in case they have questions for you.

Teachers/Parents of Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 -

The following link will take you to a very valuable Georgia Milestones Study Resource Guide for Students and Parents. Just select the grade level for your students/child.

During the month of March, we will be highlighting sections of the Resource Guide for you to be familiar with as your students/child prepare(s) for the Georgia Milestones. Last week we highlighted the Types of Items and Depth of Knowledge Levels on pp. 6-9. This week we are highlighting the English Language Arts subtest along with specific examples to practice with your students/child.

The English Language Arts assessment will measure the standards under these domains:

Reading and Vocabulary

Writing and Language

There are two kinds of texts for students to read—fiction (including stories and poems) and informational text.

There are two kinds of essays—an opinion essay and an informational or explanatory essay. Students will also write extended constructed responses that use narrative techniques such as completing a story, writing a new beginning, or adding dialogue.

Note: Example assessment items can be found on the following pages of the Guide:

Grade 3 - pp. 11-48

Grade 4 - pp. 11-47

Grade 5 - pp. 11-54

These example assessment items are EXCELLENT to practice at school and at home!!

Next week we will highlight the Types of Items for the Mathematics subtest along with specific examples to practice with your students/child!

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Gradual Release of Responsibility

You have probably heard about the Gradual Release of Responsibility model. You are using components of it every day in your class- maybe the whole model. But what does the structure look like? See below. Is there a portion of the model that you do not use often? Try including it a little more. Do you use this structure well? Ask yourself why this feels right in your classroom.
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We have several Surveys coming out in the near future:

  1. Student Engagement Instrument (SEI) Survey (students 3-5)
    4th and 5th will take this in tec specials. 3rd will take this paper survey in class.
  2. Student Health Survey (students 3-5, for state CCRPI)
    3rd-5th will take this survey in the computer lab. Tracy will send a schedule. (10 min)
  3. Teacher Survey (for state CCRPI)
    This survey was sent out earlier, but we have low participation. Please plan on taking it at the end of either this Tuesday's grade level meeting or next. All staff need to take the survey including paras, office staff, etc. If you are among the 23 who has already taken it, you certainly do not have to take it again. Thank you!
  4. LSTC & Media Specialist (all staff)
    This survey has codes that go with it. Tina will be bringing those around this week.

Testlets & Scoring

Tracy created a guide for creating and scoring Testlets in google. The link is here: Scoring Testlets, or just search for Testlets in google docs.

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Currently any teacher can add a "course viewers" which doesn't give the other teacher the ability to edit.

Partner Teacher roles are good for those teachers who share a course was designed to assist with adding content (ie: parapro). As a Partner Teacher you have the ability to edit the course page you are enrolled within. My biggest concern would be causing chaos within another teacher's course page.

Either way is an easy process. I can do it for them as well as create a quick video to demonstrate how they can do it for themselves.

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Bragging on...

Tracy Patience

Thank you so much for taking the time to teach me mail merge. I appreciate your patience through the learning process.

-Wendy Strickland

Richard DeJohnette

I wanted to send a BIG thank you out to our custodian, Richard for putting my bikes together!

-Kim Cagle

Paige Brandon

Paige helped me with completing a student's BIP. Paige is always ready to help when needed and it is greatly appreciated!

-Kim Cagle

School Goals to support our LSPI

Collaborative Planning Goals

  1. Collaboratively plan lessons
  2. Use data/student work to plan
  3. Deconstruct the standards

eCLASS Goals

  1. Class websites should be linked through eCLASS.
  2. Classwork/Homework assigned weekly through eCLASS (not 'extra' work).
  3. Use discussion boards at least 1x for Language Arts and 1x for Math each Semester.