Waterville Primary School

Sharing Great News with our AWesome Staff!

Formative Assessment Techniques

At our GLC meeting this week we discussed possible professional development topics and instructional tips that would be helpful to provide to staff. Formative assessment techniques was an idea mentioned on the staff survey I sent out in July as a topic that staff is always interested in learning more about. I will plan to use this section of our weekly staff update to list 2-3 instructional strategies each week. I am sure that you are already familiar with some of these, but hopefully this can serve as refresher or a way to spark new ideas to use with our students. Please share any great tips you have so I can include them! Thanks!

Formative Assessment Strategies for: Meta-cognitive Thinking Activities

Very important to model these strategies as often as possible


-How well did I read and understand?

-What strategies worked well for me?

What strategies did not work well for me?

-What should I do next time?

-Do I need some help for next time?

-How will I remember what I read?

If you use any of these strategies, please share with me how it went! Student work samples are also welcomed! Thank you for your commitment to professional growth!

Events for the Week of December 28-January 8th

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, December 23rd-Sunday, January 3rd: Holiday Vacation! Enjoy!

Monday, January 4th: School Resumes! Happy 2016!

Wednesday, January 6th: GLC meeting @ 7:45am

Thursday, January 7th: Waterville City Council Oath of Office and Student Council Induction

Friday, January 8th: WPA Movie Night

Monday, January 11th: WPA Mtg @ 7:00pm

Monday, January 13th: Primary Princ Mtg @ 9:30am-11:30am

Tuesday, January 12th: BOE Mtg @ 6:00pm

Friday, January 15th: No students, Teacher Workday

Monday, January 18th: No School

Wednesday, January 20th: Informal Obs Ernsthausen @ 10:55am

Friday, January 22nd: Informal Post Conf Ernsthausen @ 2:15pm

Tuesday, February 16th: 2 Hour Delayed Start

Tuesday, March 15th: Full Day Professional Development Day

General Information

*Please remind families that breakfast is not served to the students on a 2-Hour Delayed

Start Day. Thanks!

*From Lori: Thank you so much for jumping on the hour of code with your students. I hope you found the process easy to implement and saw a lot of smiling children in your rooms! If you would like to print certificates for your children you can do so by going to this website! I would love any feedback you have so we can tweak things for next year.

Thank you again!

*Please remember to wear your school ID badges while at work.

*Formal OTES timeline:

First observation completed by 1/15/16

Second Observation completed by 3/25/16

Entire process completed by 4/15/16

Informal OTES timeline:

Staff only needing: Professional Growth Plan, Observation, and Meeting:

Observation and meeting completed by 2/26/16

*Please make sure to check your mailboxes for updates (especially possible student transportation plans) each day at 2:00pm or after.

*Please remember to sign up to observe one of your colleagues. Everyone has received their golden pirate booty and tickets! Let the fun begin!!!

Holiday Fun!

Thank you for making these final 2 days before break magical for all of our students and adults! Waterville is an amazing place to be!

Please relax and spend time only on enjoyable things this holiday season!

BGSU Student Teacher Matching

We have scheduled a BGSU matching evening on February 24th from 4:00pm-6:00pm for teachers interested in mentoring a methods/student teacher next school year. You will have the opportunity to interview teacher candidates and match with one. This event will be hosted at Waterville for all 3 primary buildings. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Collaborating with the Junior High

The Junior High School sent eighth graders over today to share their children's stories about the Revolutionary War. The small groups of eighth graders read their stories and beautifully illustrated examples of historical fiction. Our students in grades 2-4 enjoyed multiple stories and asked really great questions about the writing process. This was a huge a success and we are already planning on how we can expand this for next year! We are so thankful that the Junior High is collaborating with our students and teachers!

SLO Schedule


Here is the timeline for SLOs this year...

11/9: SLOs Due to Building Principal: COMPLETED!

11/10: Elementary Committee Meets to Review SLOs: COMPLETED!

11/13: SLOs returned to teachers:COMPLETED!

11/18: SLO's needing revisions returned to Building Principal-COMPLETED!

11/20: Revised SLOs reviewed by committees-COMPLETED!

11/21: Revised SLOs returned to teachers-COMPLETED!

AIR Testing:

Below are three links related to testing. The first is simply the log in for AIR. You may want to bookmark that as we will be using that frequently in the months to come.

The second is a link to the PDF of the test administrator user guide.

The third is an actual test administrator certification course. It is pretty good. AIR works basically the same as it did last year with some minor modifications.

Log In URL:

Test Administrator User Guide:
User Guide

Test Administration Certification Course:
Certification Course