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Acton Weekly Update: 4/21/2017

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Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Twitter: @bwesselburke

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Click on the link below for this week's PLC Feedback Form.



Link to the SOS Form for any students you need to start the SOS process.


Fourth Quarter PD and PLC schedule

Click HERE for the PD and PLC Schedule.

All dates are subject to change if necessary.

Nuts and Bolts

Please return the Volunteer Breakfast RSVP forms to me when parents return those to you.

ISTEP has gone extremely smoothly. Thank to all of you for your flexibility, carefully following the schedules and being prepared. We have this week to finish strong. Please continue to follow the schedule changes carefully.

Let's talk social media! I LOVE it! Facebook and twitter are great ways to keep parents informed on upcoming events, and provides a glimpse into what we do everyday. I hear great feedback from parents about how much they love seeing their kids smiling and learning. However, I've heard of some concerns about teachers being on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter ( or whatever else there is out there) during school hours. PLEASE know that this concern has not been brought up here and I want to keep it that way. Please do not be on your personal social media accounts during the school day except during your 30 minute duty free lunch. Prep time is not an option either. Again, if you are posting on a school/class page, that is fine-just not personal. THANK YOU

4th Quarter Midterm Dates to know:


26 Midterm ends

27 Grading window closes

28 Midterms posted

Grade levels can start working on class placements any time. Go to the Google Shared folder. Choose EOY Procedures, Class Placements, Class lists sheet

Curriculum and Instruction

FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85%and Fluency 80%

Ways to Respond to Independent Reading, Read with A Buddy, or Interactive Read Aloud Time~

1.) New Title: What could be another title for what you have read today? How does your new title explain the main message or idea?

2.) Playwright: Students often enjoy turning parts of stories into plays.

3.) Keep a Journal: Encourage your students to write about what they are reading in a journal each day.

Boost those Skills:

A great source of nonfiction reading is Newsela.com, a free news site that adapts breaking stories to your student’s reading level {4th-12thgrade}

FORI (Fluency Oriented Reading Instruction): Another combination fluency strategy: Teacher reads the story and the class discusses for comprehension. Students echo and partner read over the week. Students reread at home. Text is also available as a free reading choice.

Reaching ALL Learners

Embody Respect

You can’t change what’s in your students’ bank account, but you can change what’s in their emotional account. It may require a considerable shift in your thinking. It is fruitless simply to demand respect from students, many just don’t have the context, or background, or skills to show it. Instead,

· Give respect to students first, even when they least deserve it.

· Share the decision making in class. For example, ask students whether they would prefer to do a quick review of what they have learned to consolidate and strengthen their learning or to move on to new material.

· Maintain expectations while offering choice and soliciting input. (e.g., “Would you rather do your rough draft now or gather some more ideas first?”).

From: Eric Jensen’s Teaching With Poverty in Mind


Nadine is spending her entire day at Acton on May 2 &4. If you haven't set up Google Classroom with her, you are priority. PLEASE sign up ASAP!


Athlete Mentors

I've created a Google Sheet with dates and classrooms for student athlete mentors to visit. Please review the dates and find yours. They are listed below and are in a folder in Google Drive for you. If you have any concerns with the date assigned, please let me know. The agenda and schedule that the athletes are given is below.

What's Coming Up

Weekly Updates 2016-2017 : 2nd Semester


26 Midterm ends

27 Grading window closes

28 Midterms posted

28 KG Field Trip Indy Zoo

28 Family Game Night 6:00-7:30 PM


2 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00

3-19 EOY Dibels

4th Fifth Grade Music Program 6:00 PM

8 Drills

9 5th gr field trip Symphony

10 Kindergarten Assessments

12 Kindergarten Assessments

17 Grading window opens

22 Kindergarten (AM) and First Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

23 Second (AM) and Third Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

24 Fourth (AM) and Fifth Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

25 Grading period ends

25 Last Student Day (pending no snow days)

26 All Grades posted & Verified


2 Report cards mailed