Principal Weekly Notes

March 28 - April 1, 2016 - Week 29 of school

Security Drill

We will have our security drill after Spring Break!

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. 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. Make it through the week with happiness. Even though both staff and students are ready for Spring Break, our students deserve the very best from us. Patience, kindness, and educating are the focus for this week. :)

Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. March 28th:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* International Week Begins

* PARCC Testing Make ups

* Admin mtg w/Ava, 1:00-4:00 p.m. - Admin Bldg

* PAWS Assembly - Starts at 3:00 p.m. - Bring your class flag

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

* New Teacher Induction, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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


Tues. March 29th:

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

* 5th Grade DARE

* PARCC Testing Make ups

* Specials Deep Planning

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


Wed. March 30th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* PARCC Testing Make ups

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

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

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


Thurs. March 31st:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* PARCC Testing Make-Ups

* Guest Speakers - See Schedule Alli LeWarne sent to you

* 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.


Fri. April 1st:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* PARCC Testing Make-Ups

* International Week Olympics, 12:30 p.m. in Gym

* NO Deep Planning

* Bldg Collab

Events Happening Next Week - None! SPRING BREAK!!!

Events Happening the Following Week (April 11-15)

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 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

* Elementary Principals Mtg, 8:30-12:30 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

* 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

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

Bob Marley - "Is This Love"