February 8, 2016 : : 8 Items

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From our Mission, what does empower mean to us?

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Using Socrative for Quick Grading & Test Talks

Take a look at this 3:40 video! Students in several classes are using Socrative for quick grading. Why do this? Because it saves you grading time and gives you the opportunity for an immediate test talk.

  1. Students take a selected response assessment.
  2. Students use the computers in the class to copy their answer choices.
  3. The test grades are automatically populated on the teacher's computer.
  4. Students go right to their teacher to find their grade.
  5. The teacher can have a test talk with them right then, circling incorrect answers.
  6. Students go back and find the right answer (and explain why it is right).
Easy! Setup is a one time deal. If you want help, let Tracy know! Thanks Mary Taylor for the video.
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Easy Grading & Test Talk

Human Resources (HR) Timeline

The transfer process window will begin shortly. Below are some important dates to keep in mind.
  • February 29: Placement Preference (Transfer) Window Opens
  • March 11: Deadline to submit a Placement Preference (5:00 PM)
  • March 18: Deadline for schools to accept transfers (11:59 PM)
  • March 26: Open hiring opens (tentative)
  • May 2: Contract issued (tentative)

New Positions at LCES for 2016-17

This is tentative, but we will likely have an opening in FOCUS and and opening for a STEM teacher next year. If you are interested, please email Tina by Wednesday and we will set up a time to interview.

3rd-5th Testlets

February is the time to start using the Testlets for LA and Math that are in SchoolNet if you have not done so already. The Testlets are best used in the following ways:
  • Teacher models with whole group or small group how to effectively respond to the questions.
  • Small groups of students work collaboratively to effectively answer the questions.
  • Students independently take the Testlets as a formative assessment.
  • Used as homework assignments.
  • Grade levels select common Testlets to administer to the students and analyze the students' work in a collaborative meeting to ensure everyone is expecting the same quality of work.
See the 1 minute video below.
SchoolNet Testlet

Bragging on...

Damon Allredge

I wanted to take a minute and let you know how much Mr. Allredge should be commended for his tireless efforts in afternoon carpool. Today I witnessed him pushing a car out of the carpool line into a parking space so the driver could secure assistance without holding up everyone behind her. I have, unfortunately, been one of those parents whose car would not crank when the line started moving.

Mr. Allredge always comes to our car door at the end of the day with a smile on his face and kindness toward the students. I'm sure his days can be long and tiring but he never shows it. Please let him know how much his kindness is appreciated.


Teach With Your Strengths

"I have to tell you that I think my computer just read [#] years of my heart, mind & soul. Wow. This was spot on. I loved it!"

"I actually enjoyed doing this!"

"Found this very interesting."

"Thank you for the book! I really enjoyed reading it!"

"I think the assessment has described me pretty well!"

-LCES Staff

One of our next steps with this knowledge will be to learn the strengths of the others on our team.

Student Led Conference Video

Student Led conferences are possible even in Kindergarten!
Kindergarten Student-Led Conference

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.

Leadership provided great guidance for planning & learning next year

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