Tiger Beat

Acton Weekly Update: 1/6/2017

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Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Twitter: @bwesselburke

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Nuts and Bolts

Please fill out the following Google Form to provide feedback for future convocations. Since we are starting all new we need to establish some of our routines and traditions. Your input is needed and expected.

convocation survey


Next Friday morning we will be calling groups of students down for group photos for the yearbook. Please plan to be flexible with students coming and going from your room. The photographer will also come around to rooms to take candid photos. I'd like to take a WHOLE STAFF photo at 8:20 in the gym. For classified staff members, that means we'd like to have you here a few minutes early that day. I will discuss with you how we can comp those ten minutes.


Groups being photographed will be:



Student council
Announcements team
Bookstore helpers
YMCA
Running club
Choir
Robotics

Children's Museum Art Contest winners

Say No to Drugs Winners


Sponsors, please send me the list of students that we need to call down for these photos by the end of the day Wednesday.




WIDA ACCESS TESTING begins next week. Mandy Scherger will spend 3-4 full days from January 11-14thish here testing her students one on one or in small groups. She has already emailed the teachers that this affects directly. She will be using Chromebooks #30-35 in the REACH/ Science Lab each day.


Food Policy- several of you asked me ahead of time about passing out edible items or including such items in your lessons recently. However, there were several that I was not aware of. As of now there are some gray areas.Please see the new form that we will begin using (below). You can also access it in the Google Drive in the All Staff Documents folder. I will put one hard copy in your mailbox. I ask that all of you start identifying NEW lessons, prizes or incentives. WE must get away from the old practice and no longer have food items in our classrooms. I know this is new and change can be tough but in the long run it is the safest and healthiest option for our students.
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Curriculum and Instruction

IT'S DIBELS MOY TESTING TIME!!! PLEASE work hard to get these completed in an efficient amount of time and do so with validity to the testing process. If you have any questions at all contact Ronna. Grades 3-5 Don't forget to do your DAZE tests, too! The sooner the booklets are turned into the office, the sooner we can input your data and get reports to you. We will have a DIBELS Data Dig during your prep times on January 31st, but there will be no PD meeting that morning.


Scheduling Concern: Folks, I'm going to respectfully ask that grade levels NOT schedule math tests on Fridays and SS or Sci tests should be spread out also. We are a small staff and have limited availability on a daily basis, especially Fridays. Students who require accommodations are very difficult to appropriately service when there are multiple tests on the same day. Please be sure to spread out testing dates and ALWAYS notify Lindsey and Kat at-least two weeks prior to a test date so they can plan ahead.


ISTEP RELEASED ITEMS TO BE USED FOR ISTEP PREPARATION:

http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/istep-grades-3-8


FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85% and Fluency 80%

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

1.) 20 Words: Write a twenty-word description of the book you are reading. Use exactly twenty words.

2.) 3 Things: Three things I learned are…

Literacy Activities That Engage the Brain~

Cause and Effect Chain: Have students answer cause and effect questions by forming a cause-effect chain. Have students stand and form a circle. Begin the circle by stating a cause. Then next person in the circle to the left repeats the cause and gives an effect that follows the stated cause. The next person to the left continues the cause and effect chain. For example: I had to stay in my room all day. I had to stay in my room all day, so I could not go outside and play. I could not go outside and play, so I began to cry, etc.

Reaching ALL Learners

Activate your students’ brains through movement. Cross-lateral movements are great for this.

· Touch hands to opposite knees (do this about 10 times)

· Give yourself a pat on the back on the opposite side

· Touch opposite hips, elbows, heels

· Do air-swimming-one arm in one direction of freestyle and the other arm swimming in the opposite direction

· Touch nose and hold opposite ear then switch hands three times

· Do sideways 8s in front of you by tracing the pattern of the number eight with your thumb ups sign…start your 8 at the center, arms length, going up and to the left, do big loops on both sides and switch sides. Follow with your eyes and repeat pattern three times, switch hands. Then do the pattern with both hands.

From: Eric Jensen’s Engaging Students With Poverty In Mind and Brain Compatible Strategies

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.

Technology

We will continue with mini Tech Tuesday PD's with Katie Reynolds!

See Nadine's availability schedule in the photo below.



January Twitter Challenge!!!! Let's do this!!!!

If you haven't set up your Twitter account yet please do so NOW. Helpful tips in the link below.

How to Grow Your PLN


Our District Twitter Challenge has now started and you are eligible for PRIZES if you participate! Below is a video clip of me explaining how it works. You have from now til the end of February to participate.. and the building with the highest participation will receive a prize as well! Feel free to email Mark or myself if you have any questions!

Good Luck and Happy Tweeting!

https://youtu.be/Yo0x3HsVjks

Link to Bingo Board

New to Twitter?? Use this link to help you get ready!

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What's Coming Up

Weekly Updates 2016-2017 : 2nd Semester

January

3 Students Return for Second Semester

5 Principals Meeting

9- Feb 24 WIDA

9-27 MOY Dibels

9 School Board Meeting

9 Evacuation Drill

10 3rd gr Field Trip NIFS

12 Music Recruiting Concert MSE 12:30-1:35

13 Yearbook Activity Picture Day

16 MLK Day-closed

17 SpEd Elementary PD

17 SpEd Leader Team Mtg

18 Hot Box Pizza PTO Fundraiser (All Day)

19 Instrument testing for music (PM)

20 All Pro Dads 7:45- 8:30 AM

20 Nadine here

24 K-5 Related Arts PD

24 counselors Meeting

25 K-5 Related Arts PLC

26 Leadership Team Mtg

26 2nd Gr Field Trip NIFS

30 5th gr Field Trip IRT

31 SpEd Leader Team Mtg

31 Grade level Data Digs


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