Leopard is on Patrol this week
Leadership Items for Wednesday
Spread the Word to End the Word
Shout Out: Bees and Coding
Geography Bee Buzz
Congratulations to PSM Champion (again:)):
Runners Up were:
Mike Klausen & Maddie Rimmer
Thank you to Lisa and the Media Center team for their efforts to provide world class opportunities to our students at PSM. The Geography Bee does not occur in every school ... our kids are spoiled by you.
Spelling Bee - SEND KIDS TO THE MEDIA CENTER ON THURSDAY BEFORE EIGHT
Summer Facility Requests Due ASAP
Please email Margo / Kelsa with requests as soon as possible. Thank you!
Sixth Grade At a Glance
Important Dates and Reminders
TCB is held Monday, Tuesday (except Early Release Days), Wednesday, and Thursday until 4:00 in the 6th grade computer lab. There is a late bus that will bring the students home on Wednesdays.
Early Release Day on Tuesday, January 12th
Course Briefings/AOLs for the upcoming week:
Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Fractions
Begin Decimal Operations Book
Finding Unit Prices
Continue with Text Structures
Roots and Stems Quiz #8 on Friday, January 15th
Finish up Asoka DBQ
Begin 5 Major World Religions Unit
6th Grade Guided Study for Week of 1/11-1/15:
CNN Student News will be shown to introduce current events of the week.
Grade checks continue along with checks for missing work
Math Lesson: Fraction Practice
Grade Level Meeting with Mr. Sigg and Mrs. Sperry
Seventh Grade At a Glance
1/11/15 Weekly Update for 7th Grade:
(Topics, AFLs, A:OLs)
We will begin a Unit on Mexico and Central America. This Unit will include: geography, history and life today. There will be an AOL at the end of our study in about 10 days.
Topics: Reading Nonfiction Text in Reading; Finish presenting Vocabulary Projects in ELA
Advanced Integrated Algebra 7th Grade-
Topic - We will be completing Investigation 2 of Comparing and Scaling with ACE problems and reflection. Our first partner AOL will begin on Wednesday and continue on Thursday, January 13-14. At the end of the week we will begin work on Commission, Mark-ups, and Discounts. Target Zero Q3-1 is due on Monday FOR ALL CLASSES.
Integrated Algebra 7th Grade-
Topic - AOL over Stretching and Shrinking Investigations 1 and 2 on Monday. Focus on similar figures and scale factor. Continue with investigation 4 on Tuesday.
Students have an AOL on January 22 about cell structures and functions. We are working on Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis this week, along with related labs.
Guided Study 7th Grade:
Students will be creating a vision board for the upcoming calendar year in the form of a collage of pictures, images and quotes describing life goals and dreams. Vision boards could contain images regarding career, friends, relationships, etc.
Eighth Grade At a Glance
01/11/16 Weekly Update for 8th Grade:
(Topics, AFLs, AOLs)
Chpt. 27 and Chpt. 28 - Continue discussing postwar tensions, Republican Era, culture of the twenties, and begin to talk about the clash between traditionalism and modernism.
Continue career research projects. Continue Human Spirit readings and thematic activities. Vocabulary AFL (first part of week), and Vocab AOL on Thursday.
Integrated Algebra 8th Grade - Target Zero -due Monday. Continue work with symmetry, transformations, and congruency.
Wade’s 2nd hr Math -Target Zero -due Monday. Continue work with linear functions.
Algebra I - Target Zero -due Monday. Continue work with simplifying expressions.
Tentative: AOL (simplifying expressions) - Friday, Jan.15.
Science classes have transitioned into Chemistry. We are learning about parts of the atom and atomic theory this week.
Guided Study 8th Grade:
Students will be guided through creating a Personal Mission Statement for themselves. The focus here is to create self-awareness about living and working with intent and purpose.
Goal I Work: Student Goal Setting
As a reminder, PLC student goal reflection plans should be rolling out over the next ten school days. We thank you for your guidance and input into our classwide conversations occurring on January 12th. In June, August and the Fall, we heard goals being set in the following places:
1.) Naviance with counselors (every student)
These goals allowed students to pull ideas / coaching from Heath/Stacey as well as teachers in GS, Math and ELA. We strongly encouraged at least one academic and one Goal II / personal goal. Key to this was an action plan. Thus: "I want all A's" was discouraged without concrete steps to complete. If you use Naviance to reflect with, a focus on the measurable plan (if already created), or the creation of a plan are strongly encouraged.
2.) Math / Reading teachers set math goals in their classrooms (most did this)
These goals allowed tangible growth in a variety of measures improved Math / ELA MAP scores, consistent AFL to AOL growth in line with strong AFL writing and feedback/coaching, homework completion et cetera.
3.) Guided Studies goals were set allowing deep discussion and done in a variety of ways
Please use one, more than one or all of these as tangible approaches to coach kids to reflect on measurement, reflect on fidelity to their plan and any need for change or consistent growth. We will support in our class talks in January and February. See us with any suggestions, questions or ideas!
Goal I Work: Three Tiered Lessons Shared 03/01/16 in PLC
PLC Content Areas will present a three tiered lesson in late February during a Tuesday PLC.
This PLC will be attended by Tara Mahoney and possibly other BV supports.
Use the information and skills you acquired around new NWEA reports and the lesson you chose to 'three tier' in your instruction and as an exemplar that will be presented in February to strengthen our practice across PSM.
Instructional support has come from district and building as well as time to collaborate with your grade/content partners to refine targeted lessons in the form of:
- data driven instruction based in MAP tiered targets and performance ranges (NWEA)
- time to develop and implement at least one ideal / best practice AFL reaping very good data about individual and small groups of learners linked directly to AOLs
- Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday time to review this data and write effective plans and assessments to guide instruction
Tara Mahoney joined our PLCs again in December with an offer of support, great information and time to collaborate on a well oiled three tiered lesson.
NWEA access and ability to 'mine' data at a standard level opened up the ability to craft tiered lessons (truly differentiate) around student need. Whether using Stiggins, Marzano, Kagan, Chappuis or commons sense - this is good instruction.
Goal I Work: Quality Assessment Options that incorporate SAMR
- Free account available
- Add 6 interactive elements to video assess / emphasize
- Capacity for 20 active lessons sharable by URL
Upload / locate online video
Add assessment and feedback options that are sharable with students
Lots of options for Feedback
Results directly to teacher
SAMR Access: Google Options (Student and Staff)
- Teachers manage, organize and assess student work and projects in Google Drive.
- "Hand out” Google Drive files to students using a starter template.
- Full teacher control over students’ work
- Control student editing rights and revisions
2. Doctopus + Goobric:
- Utilize Doctopus with Goobric, via Chrome extension.
- Utilize a rubric to automatically score student work.
- Assess multiple choice and fill in the blank assignments.
- Add voice comments to students documents in Google Docs.
4. gMath Add On for Google Docs:
- Add math formulas and graphs inside of Google Docs.
5. Save As Doc :
- In Google Sheets, highlight a cell and the add-on converts the information to a Google Doc
Tryouts are in the Books
TCB Rosters being communicated to parents
Monday- Nixon Back up: Pope
Tuesday- Cloud Back up: Tate
Wednesday: Tate Back up: Feuerborn
Thursday: Gerstner Back up: Feuerborn
Monday: Sifers 3-4pm
Tuesday: Strait 3-4pm
Wednesday: DuPree 3-4pm
Thursday: Berman 3-4pm
Literacy Tools by Lexile across Content
Hour of Code across BV
See attached link for BV district examples of Hour of Code Activities. Great to see at home (PSM) and the district. Feel free to steal and save for use now and later.
Check out the Ed Tech coding resources.http://tinyurl.com/bvcoding
Drop Off Table
Monday, January 11: Math Recommendation Spreadsheets to Math Team by 3:00
Tuesday, January 12: Leadership Second Semester Make a Difference Assembly with ELA classes (schedule sent by email from SS)
Tuesday, January 12: PLC Ideal AFL share out for 7th and 8th grades during PLC
Tuesday, January 12: Early Release - district design starting at 1:45
Tuesday, January 12: All teaching staff meet in library from 1:20 - 1:30
Wednesday, January 13: Leadership PLC at 3:00
Thursday, January 14: PSM Jose Pepper Night (PTO)
Monday, January 18: No School (No Kids, no Staff)
Wednesday, January 20: TCB Early Release list due today for Tuesday
Wednesday, January 20: BBB Kicks Off
Thursday, January 21: Sixth Grade Orchestra Workshop (PRMS)
Thursday, January 21: BVH Eighth Grade Band Night
Friday, January 22nd: KAP Ethics for teaching and para staff available during PLC
Friday, January 22nd: Panther Night for 6 and 7
Monday, January 25th: BBB
Tuesday, January 26th: Early Release (Grade Prep, PLC KAP Assessment Review)
Tuesday, January 26th: Matinee Schedule
Tuesday, January 26th: Problem Solving PLC Reflection & Evaluation PD (w/ Leadership)
Wednesday, January 27th: BBB
Wednesday, January 27th: BVH Enrollment Evening (8th Grade)
Thursday, January 28th: Musical
Friday, January 29th: KAP Ethics Make ups (2:55) for those unable to attend on 22nd
Friday, January 29th: Musical
February 1 - 6: School Counseling Week
Monday, February 01: Math Recommendation Spreadsheets due from Math team to Sigg
Monday, February 01: BBB
Tuesday, February 02: Progress Report Window Open
Wednesday, February 03: BBB
Friday, February 05: PTO Meeting
Friday, February 05: Progress Report Window Closes
Tuesday, February 09: PTC 3:15 - 7:15 (Scheduled)
Wednesday, February 10: Band Guest Conductor (8th Grade - 7th/8th hour)
Thursday, February 11: PTC all day (slight change coming at Leadership)
Tuesday, February 23: Students Meet with Leadership about Second Semester Leadership
Tuesday, February 23: Three Tiered Lesson Plan Share out during PLC (by content)
Community Partners - From PTO
- JOSE PEPPERS & PSMS on JANUARY 14th from 4-10 PM
(143rd & Metcalf), 10% OF SALES GO TO PSMS PTO.
PLEASE TELL YOUR SERVER YOU ARE WITH PSMS!
- URBAN AIR TRAMPOLINE PARK
SAVE THE DATE! 143rd & Metcalf
Grab your friends & neighbors on Early Release,
Feb. 23rd 2-4 pm. Lots of fun!
- Target - Take Charge of Education
You can designate our school by visiting www.Target.com/tcoe or call 1-800-316-6142 & use your REDcard when you shop!
A percentage of all your purchases will go back to PSMS!
- Box Tops for Education - Clip the Box Tops from participating products & send them to the school office. PSMS gets 10¢ per box top when redeemed. IT ADDS UP!
10% of sales go to PSMS. Visit www.hangerskc.com or call at 816.941.2262. MUST SAY WITH PSMS!
PAT dates: 3/29,4/12,4/26,5/10