The Week Ahead Memo

State Road Elementary School

Monday, December 15, 2014

Events This Week!

Bee Happy STAFF Christmas Breakfast

PLEASE join us tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 16 in the Media Center for our BEE HAPPY Staff Christmas Breakfast from 7:30-8:30am... And don't forget to wear your Ugly Christmas Sweater! :-)

Mobile Labs

Our Mobile Labs of Tablets and Chromebooks have arrived! Our Tech Dept. will be using some of our 5th grade students this week to help "set up" the devices and get them ready for use once we return from break!

School Improvement Team Meeting - CANCELLED!

Due to the busyness of the holiday season, we are cancelling our December meeting and will start back up in January!

Troubadours Assembly!!!

As a reminder, our Troubadours Assembly is this Thursday!

K-2 at 9:30am

3-5 at 10:15am

  • The PTO is asking that all classrooms empty your "9-Bins" of recycled classroom items into the main container in the lobby by Thursday, Dec. 18.

Out-of-the-Building

I will be out of the building:

Monday afternoon for Ad Council

Grade Fixes for the Year!

As a reminder, our “Grade Fixes” that we agreed to pilot for this school year are:

▫ Fix 1: Don’t include student behaviors in grades; include only achievement

▫ Fix 5: Don’t consider attendance in grade determination; report absences separately

▫ Fix 6: Don’t include group scores in grades; use only individual achievement evidence


"Grading" SI Action Team Requests:


  • As a staff, we are going to focus on one fix per month
  • For the month of November, please read Fix #5: Don’t consider attendance in grade determination; report absences separately. Please read pp. 47-51 and provide your feedback to either Gabe or Callie. It is actually very easy reading and we do value your comments as we used them to lead our discussion.

    We will compile and share this feedback at our December team meeting and with the rest of the staff.

Observation / Evaluation Process Update

I plan to do more observations each day this week - I’d like to complete all 'first-observations' by Christmas break. The ‘Noticings’ and ‘Wonderings’ sections will only focus on two (2) Dimensions for Observation 1 (Purpose (P) and Classroom Environment & Culture (CEC)).

    • Observations - We will again conduct a minimum of 3 observations for the year (district continuity).
    • Observations Time - These will be 15-30 min of lesson scripting and another 15 minutes of coding.
    • I should be able to access or view your daily lesson plans with assigned standards.
    • A difference from last year is that all observations will be unannounced (law compliance and district continuity).
    • We will have a Dimension focus during observations (up to two dimensions). The dimension focus areas will be the areas that Noticing’s, Wonderings, and Analysis will be derived.
    • Evaluation learning series - We will offer several voluntary learning opportunities for staff to participate in. These opportunities are geared to develop deeper understanding of the framework, rubrics, vocabulary and other processes of 5D+ for those interested. Materials will be made available to all.

Culture of Learning

Student Notes are Happening!!!

I'm thrilled that so many staff are writing special notes to students and sending them home! You are making a difference and building special relationships with your students and families every single day!

What's Happening Next Week?

  • Our Christmas Holiday Break is Dec. 22, 2014 - Jan. 2, 2015

DOWN THE ROAD...

  • School resumes on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015