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Acton Weekly Update 8/16/19

PBIS Updates

We had an amazing work day as a PBIS team. I left that meeting with a grateful heart. I love your passion for our student's success and such creative ideas on how to celebrate and support them. Please follow the link to our 18/19 Discipline Data. Using this data we determined our 2019-2020 School Improvement PBIS goal to be:

In the 2019-2020 school year we will reduce our male office referrals from 81.6% to 78% or less. We noticed a dis-proportionality between male and female referrals so we want to work with our males to develop appropriate social skills and conflict resolution. Some of our ideas for interventions are: Boys2Men Club (similar to Girls on the Run) , Male Mentors, Boys only assemblies on manners and conflict resolution, and school leadership roles for males. We will spend first semester planning and hope to implement these items by second semester.

We also really enhanced and cleaned up our school-wide incentive program and cleaned up the language on discipline levels. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to present it all on Wednesday. I'll be sure to provide more information regarding the discipline forms.

Things to Know

Social Committee: We ask that certified staff turn in $20 each semester, or $40 total, to Mrs. Gilkerson for our support fund. Classified, we ask that you contribut $20 total for the year. By paying the money you get to wear jeans on Fridays and the money goes towards supporting our staff and students during emergencies, deaths, celebrations, etc.

We do this by the honor system so I ask that you make your contribution if you want to join us on Jeans FRIDAYS.
If we run short on funds (as we have in the past), we will do a jeans week fundraiser.

Grade Book Reminder: Please be sure grade books are set up and grades are being posted regularly. Contractually, the minimum is bi-weekly. However, to provide communication with families on student progress the more up to date grade books are the more informed they feel.

Updated SOS Form is in the link below!

19/20 SOS Form

Print this off and fill it out or make a copy and send to Brook.

Coaches Corner

Happy Friday Friends,

I'm so happy to hear that most, if not all of us, are up-to-date on our GR assessments. Remember to use your IAs for 30 minutes to complete your running records. The updated Word Knowledge Inventory was put in your mailboxes this week. Only do the words that are different, NOT the whole assessment. I will be walking you through how to create your class and enter in your data next week. We will also have collaboration time to work on putting in our data. It is super simple and I am available to help answer questions and assist as needed!

Upcoming dates: Post-Assessment given by Aug. 30th

Data Entered by Sept. 3rd

Data Discussed on Sept. 4th

Daily 5 up and running by Aug. 30th

GR data entered into Scholastic by Sept. 6th

1st GR table up and running by Sept. 9th

All 3 GR tables up and running by Sept. 16th

Students in K-2 will complete a dyslexia screener in the near future. I will be sharing more about this with you. I will be training IAs on how to perform this assessment, so I can take this off of your plate. Brook and I will be entering in the data for you.

The Million Minute Challenge Launch is coming up! I will present information on this during our Family Meetings next week.

Calming Corners:

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The Acton Link

Click here for a list of helpful school specific links.

19/20 Collaboration Schedule

Tuesday and Wednesday PD Schedules. This may change and will be updated throughout the year.

Counselor Corner

Hello Everyone!

I am feeling like I have such a better understanding and sense of direction after the CD team met this week. I hope you feel encouraged and maybe a little calmer about where we are with CD. Take a deep breath and remember you are all doing amazing things!

Here are a couple things I wanted to update you on regarding CD:

  1. I realized I was adding resources to a different google folder, but now I have added everything to the Acton Conscious Discipline Files linked below.
  2. I bought the album "It Starts in the Heart" that has the song "Get Ready" we did on the news last week. All of the songs are in the Brain Smart Start Folder and I also have the lyrics in that folder.

Just to be on your radar:

  • The week of August 26th I will be doing my library lesson on bullying for the whole school. My goal is to make the focus a little more positive and encourage students to be kind and be up-standers.
  • To help we are going to be making that week Friendship Week. Each day will be a color day. I will give you more information and have flyers ready to go home early next week.

Have a restful weekend!

Coming Up


Brook Out


Collaboration: CD Video Session (Sped can go to SC or stay with AC)

Thursday RA Rotation Day

Collaboration: CD Video Session

All day IA training day- (CD videos, dyslexia screeners, health training)- No T2/T3 IA support


Jen at Instructional Coaches Meeting and Brook at Principal's Meeting.

PBIS/CD Assembly- PBIS Incentives Kick Off Celebration



26-30 Friendship Week/Bullying lessons

28 Picture Day

28-9/2 Midterm grading window open- Grades must be posted by September 2nd.


2 Labor Day

3 Evac Drill

4 Midterm grades SARAH posts for parents

5 PTO Meeting

5 Girls on the Run starts (Tues/Thurs)

6 Choir starts (Fridays)

9-20 BOY AIRWays

9-Oct 4 Skating PE

16 IA appreciation day

20 All Pro Dads

20 Team A Thon

23-24 Body Safety

30-10/23 Teacher Grading Window open

Safe Schools Training

I believe I emailed all of you and update on your Safe Schools progress. Please keep working on these and get them complete so we are at 100% compliance BEFORE the due date.

Please complete all modules you have been assigned by the due date of August 31, 2019. Please note you do not need to print out the certificate at the end of each module as we receive them automatically through the Safe Schools system.

If you do not receive an email from the Safe Schools site by Friday please email Lacey Martin in Human Resources at lacey.martin@ftcsc.org for assistance

PBIS Central

Click here for anything and everything Acton PBIS.

Wear Red for Ed

On Wednesdays educators have been encouraged to wear Red for Ed. If you'd like to participate in this you may wear jeans on Wednesdays with your red tops.

FTCSC Hedgehog Focus

The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.

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