Principal Weekly Notes

April 11 - 15, 2016 - Week 30 of school

WELCOME BACK!!!!

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. Since I didn't do this before break, I will be handing out some budget info sometime this week. Need you to each give your input. Similar to activity we did together but now it has some numbers attached.

2. Be sure to check out the (click here for link) NW BOCES website for Summer PD opportunities!

3. MAPS testing will begin next week. I had some feedback from teachers that they would like to sign up for times, since some of the times didn't work for them. I will share out a common Google Doc. This will be the Fall schedule. You MAY NOT take someone else's assigned spot but can fill in other open spots. This must be done by Wednesday of this week. Doc will be shared today by the end of the day!

Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. April 11th:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.

* IBS Problem Solving Mtg, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

* CPP Advisory Council, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.


Tues. April 12th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Serio (pm)

* 5th grade CMAS testing

* 5th Grade DARE

* Specials Deep Planning

* PBiS Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.


Wed. April 13th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* 5th grade CMAS testing

* School Bd Work Session, 7:00 a.m. -

* Admin Team Mtg, 8:30-2:30 p.m.

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

* Budget Stakeholder's Mtg, 6:00-9:00 p.m., CNCC


Thurs. April 14th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* 5th grade CMAS testing

* School Bd Work Session, 7:00 a.m. - Noon

* Counselor's Collab - 9:00-10:00 a.m.

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m

* Full School Culture and Climate Team Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

* GE PAC Mtg, Admin, 6:00-7:00 p.m.


Fri. April 15th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Deep Planning - All Grades

* Bldg Collab, Scope & Sequence Work - 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grades

Events Happening the Following Week (April 18-22)

Mon. April 18th:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* Kamisha gone to Job Fair - recruiting

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.


Tues. April 19th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Serio (pm)

* Kamisha gone to Job Fair - recruiting

* 5th Grade DARE

* Specials Deep Planning

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

* DAC Mtg, 6:00-7:00 p.m.


Wed. April 20th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Elementary Principals Mtg, 8:30-12:30 p.m. (???)

* SR Staff Mtg, 3:40-4:40 p.m.

* Benefits Committee Mtg, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

* PAC Mtg, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.


Thurs. April 21st:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* Counselor's Collab - 9:00-10:00 a.m.

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

* Kamisha gone for 1/2 personal day


Fri. April 22nd:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Deep Planning - All Grades

* Bldg Collab, Scope & Sequence Work

MCSD 5 Non-Negotiables

1. Unwrapping the Standards - This is a stand alone in the 7 Best Practices because it is so critical. If you don't unpack the standards correctly and focus in on the nouns and verbs, your learning targets will not be focused on the right stuff!

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process (see below)

3. Non Fiction Writing - At the elementary level, we should always have high expectations for students in writing (including grammar, punctuation, etc). Non Fiction Writing means students should be writing more often, not just during writing time. Students should be writing in other subject areas and teachers should still holding students to the high standards of writing. The provisional writing is really for those teachers who teach outside of the "regular" classroom like PE, Music, Art, etc. These teachers should be having students reflect and write in journals about their learning. In this instance, it is really about getting the students to write at least once a week.

4. Assessment Matrices - In Reading, Writing, and Math. Other subject areas are optional this year.

5. Lesson Design - that includes these 4 components (See chart below):

What do we expect our students to learn? (Standards, Goals, Expectations)

How do we best teach? (7 Best Practices, Marzano's 9, Schlechty's 10 Engagement

Strategies, Non-Fiction Writing)

How do we know they learned it? (Formative assessment, Classroom assessment,

Summative assessment)

What if:

- We teach it and they already know it? (Using pre-assessment to determine)

- We teach it but they don't learn it? (Re-teach)


Don't forget that you must use the District Scope and Sequence! Most updated versions are on the district website.

UbD Summer Academies

The New Teacher Induction Program will finish the last three meetings of the year with UbD instruction. The meetings will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm at the admin office in the board room on the following dates:


Monday, February 29th
Monday, March 28
Wednesday, April 27th


We are inviting any teaching staff to join in as a review to prepare for UbD Summer Academy! If you are interested, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, February 24th. The agenda for each session is listed below:


Session 1:
* Survey https://goo.gl/n3FQVL
* Homework Prior to that Day- What is UbD? Video - https://goo.gl/cJJyoe Read Module A & B in the book, The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units (Homework is for new teachers, but others may want to review your Stage I, 2, and 3 materials prior to attending)
* Why Concept Based Learning?
* Brief Stages at a Glance- Acquisition-Meaning-Transfer
* Unpacking Standards-BIG Ideas & Concepts (Why behind scope & sequences)
* Transfer Goals


Session 2:
* Homework-Video- Additional Reading on Assessments-
* Take Transfer Goal and write GRASPS
* Understandings-EQ’s


Session 3:
* Homework-
* Know’s & Do’s
* Formative Assessment
* Lesson Design (Connect WHHW to UbD)


Refer back to the email I sent to you for the Google Form to fill out and submit.

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Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

1. Post it/Publish it - Daily Learning Target - Remember, this is primarily for the teacher. Get zeroed in on what you are going to teach and what you are going to assess.

2. State it and Unwrap it - Do this with the students. They need to understand why they are learning this.

3. Give it Relevancy - Students need to understand why they need to learn this.

4. Bring it back, Bring it back, Bring it back! - Bring students back to the learning target multiple times during the lesson. "Remember what our learning target is...."

5. Assess it - Each day, in some way, assess student learning connected to the learning target.


Learning targets are to be posted for each content area and correlated to the learning occurring at that time. They should be displayed in the following format:


"I can ________ (verb) ___________(content) by ___________________ (assessment or product)."

7 Best Standards Based Practices

1. Unit/Lesson Design

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

3. Unwrapping the standards (nouns/verbs) for both teacher and students

4. Exemplars

5. Classroom Assessment

6. Assessment Matrix

7. Standards based Feedback, Grading, and Reporting

Weekly Video

Music can bring back youth!

ORIGINAL Old Man Dancing: Throws Away Canes!